Hey guys n gals, I'm putting some ideas to paper on getting the "Snoopy Challenge" up and running. During some of my personal thought sessions, I've come up with some issues which I'd like you all to debate. I dont doubt that this would be whole lot of fun for our members but we must be honest with ourselves on a couple of issues. The biggest issue I see with this type of tourney, is the effect it might have on these fish. In particular, if we go after these fish with snoopy, superman, batman, etc 3 feet fishing rods and plastic reels, we are NO DOUBT going to bust off alot of fish, the result being the fish are going to be swimming around with a long stretch of fishing line behind them, and a hook in there mouth. If the fish get the line tangled up around themselves, or around structure, it would most likely be fatal to the fish, and I know none of us want that. Questions we need to answer. Can this risk be mitigated by utilizing hooks that rust out quickly , and perhaps utilizing a very light leader material that would break off very near the fish? We could issue the leader material, and the hooks to each angler so that the fishes risk would be mitigated and we would all be on the same playing field. If we replace the line on the plastic reels with a stouter braid, then use a light leader, a broken off fish would only have a foot or so of very light line to drag around for a day or two. If we use hooks that will rust out very quickly, the fish would be able to shed the hook in the matter of a couple of days. Catfish Chris might be able to shed some light on this for us as well. Lets me honest with ourselves on this tournament idea. I dont doubt it would be hilarious with all of us tearin down the river with barbie poles hanging from our rod racks, however we must be honest and forthcoming with ways that wont impact the fish. I'm thinking its doable IF 1. We all respool the reels with 50 pound braid (which is the same diameter of 12 pound mono) 2. We all utilize a leader material of say 20 pounds breaking strength. (we would pre-issue each angler several leaders so we are all fishing equally) Thanks for your thoughts.