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  • Daniel Washburn of Lawrence, KS writes:

    Does anyone remember a bass tournament held at Bull Shoals Landing about 1960 or '61? First prize was a boat and trailer and I believe a local guide, Bill Rose, won.

  • Dennis E. Harbour of Terre Haute, IN writes:

    RE: Ultimate Match Fishing I won't miss the line, but will probably miss the program! Certainly there is a hunting show that could be moved so UMF could be broadcast in the evening. I have quit watching as much becauseI could only watch so much deer or turkey hunting.

  • Kenneth Matthews of Willard, MO writes:

    About your video on Zaldain's rig in Missouri, you can run only three hooks on a rig. Still a neat video.

  • mark melega of rices landing, pa writes:

    If nets are legal in your tournament, then your answer to a jumping fish with the lure flying out of its mouth and the fish being scooped up in the net is, "The purpose of a net is to scoop the fish." The sole reason that companies such as Frabill are in business is to make nets to scoop jumping, fighting, lure-throwing fish.

    If you don't want a net in the boat, then fine, but don't beg me to grab that 3-pound smallmouth with the three-treble Lucky Craft slashing around. While you're at it, don't scream at me to grab that snapped 8-pound line floating on the surface after that same bass rights itself and begins to swim away.

    Grab it with your hands or use a net (if legal in your tournament). What's the difference?

  • Tom Fisher of Boulder City, NV writes:

    Of course the netted fish should count, but for who? The angler didn't get the fish in the boat. the net man did. Who caught it?

    Better question: At what point do we over-regulate ourselves right out of business?

  • Martin D. Lamb of Albia, IA writes:

    I find it interesting that six of the Top 10 in the World Rankings are FLW anglers. Since most of them are fishing both tours, that pretty much eliminates the argument of weaker competition.

  • Gary Cossaboom of Hershey, PA writes:

    There's no problem with co-anglers in the boat. If a pro doesn't want to risk a bad net job losing a fish, he can simply net the fish himself. When I fish tournaments I tell my partner that I'll net my own fish. That way there's only me to blame if I mess it up ... ot that I'd be overly upset if my partner did so stuff happens.

  • Robert Rovenski of Mt. Holly, NJ writes:

    RE: MLF format for clubs I voted none and the reason why is that every local club event must have two people in the boat so no cheating happens. The club I was in, no one wanted to pair up, so I don't think it would work.

  • Harold Sharp of Hixson, TN writes:

    Many are concerned with the handling of bass at tournaments, and also dip nets. Here's a little history on these subjects.

    The first B.A.S.S. tournaments from 1967 to 1972 were" kill all" events. All bass were kept on stringers, and after weigh-in they were iced down and donated to a local charity for food. Dip nets were also allowed.

    After the 1971 season, B.A.S.S. invented "Don't Kill Your Catch. We saw the need to protect our sport and came up with a system that is still working. We were still allowing dip nets until the B.A.S.S. Champs event at Cincinnati in July 1982. At that tournament, good-size bass were hard to come by. A contestant hooked a good one, his partner grabbed the net and it tangled in the depthfinder located on the console. The angler kept waiting for his partner to untangle the net and lost the bass. He also filed a complaint against his partner, claiming he caused him to lose the bass. So B.A.S.S. outlawed dip nets after that happened. Years later, nets were allowed again.

    Here's a question to think about: If a contestant is landing a bass and his co-angler or observer or marshal or whoever is handling the dip net and the bass jumps and throws the hook but falls in the net, should that bass be counted?

  • Bruce Sears of Fort Smith, AR writes:

    RE: Table Rock Elite Series Can't believe you don't have Jason Christie in your 10 to watch. This is in his wheelhouse.

  • Ed Riley of Woodbine, MD writes:

    RE: Major League Fishing Like the format and love the show.

  • Alex Posey of Roswell, GA writes:

    RE: Kilby's lost giant If Rob Kilby had landed that fish, I would have won Fantasy Fishing this week! Oh well, we both lost out. Still ended up in 2nd place.

  • Larry Hipps of Cary, NC writes:

    RE: Wiley's comeback at Rayburn Way to go, Scott, and never give up! Bet you miss all of the good meals I used to cook you on the EverStart trail!

  • Richard Bates of Belle Chasse, LA writes:

    RE: Balog on two-tour pros I enjoyed your article about two-tour professionals and couldn't help but think of Steve Kennedy. He seems to be the closest pro to what you describe. Of course winning over $1.9 million helps, but you don't see him heavily invested in anything other than fishing tournaments.

  • Jeff Mitchell of Cincinnati, OH writes:

    RE: Kennedy's big one on video Watching Steve Kennedy's fish catch, I know this will be controversial, but it's a perfect reason not to have co-anglers in a boat. If that co-angler had jumped the gun or tried to net that fish early, it probably would have been lost. In this case, Steve was lucky that he had a good netter in the boat.

    Professional bass fishing is about the professional fisherman not the quality of the netter in the back of the boat.

  • Cobi Pellerito of Gladwin, MI writes:

    RE: Balog on MLF I sincerely enjoy your column each week. I think its great to have a writer like you who just tells it how it is. The ending portion of your colum stuck out to me with the note about fish care particularly culling on a carpet. I think it would be great if you wrote an article about that!

    I had the chance to marshal in the Elite Series event on Lake St. Clair last August, and that was one thing that really disappointed me about these anglers. Watching Ott DeFoe on the first day cull a smallie after leaving it on the floor of his boat for 2 minutes and then leaving it floundering on the surface is just sad. Even being a young college angler, I've always been the angler in the groups who worries about fish health and care, and it just pained me. Rick Clunn did the same thing the next day, leaving three smallmouth bass bouncing around on the hot carpet, losing all of their protective slime covering.

    I have the utmost respect for these anglers and think very highly of them, and by no means am I just pointing fingers - these are the only two anglers I had experience with (Mark Davis only caught seven on the third day and only culled once.) Even with stuffing 25 pounds of bass into a bag and then into a livewell and pretending like they can breathe just fine is silly. I'm not saying I have the miracle cure, but I just think we should take another look at the way we handle our tournament weigh-ins.

    I get the whole "it's just a fish" thing, but these fish are what many of us, including myself, live for. I just think we need to do a better job taking care of them so they're around for many years to come.

  • Harold Sharp of Hixson, TN writes:

    RE: Balog on MLF All the talk about using bass tournaments as a "revenue source" will not miss the eyes of the state conservation departments who are in charge of developing fishing as a sport to be enjoyed by the public. They do not spend time and money developing great fishing as a revenue source for someone out of state.

    B.A.S.S. was formed to create organized membership that would promote our sport. FLW was organized to sell boats the more tournaments you have, the more boats you need. Both very good ideas.

    MLF's idea to use bass tournaments as a revenue source will get the attention of states that spend time and money developing "our" sport for the public to enjoy.

  • Phil Lipscomb of Dayton, OH writes:

    RE: MLF format If you trust everyone in your club/group and you have a smartphone or tablet in every boat, it might work.

  • Rob Dixon of Lewistown, PA writes:

    RE: Balog on MLF I can never understand why there are so many people who pretend to actually care about the lives of this fish we all love catching, yet they poke their old-fashioned culling clips through their lips, they let fish flop around on their dry carpet, they use old-fashioned nets that rub the slime off their fish, etc, etc. There are so many good clip-on culling tags out there now. You can get a good set for $15, and dont give me the "they fall off" stuff. I've been using the cheapest ones Bass Pro Shops offers and they have never fallen off a fish. You can buy a rubber net for less than $30 at Bass Pro Shops. These extremely minimal expenses to help care for fish should be required to fish in organized tournaments.

  • John Barbaro of Leesburg, FL writes:

    RE: Balog on MLF What's wrong with trying to make a profit with a system you developed and charge a fee to use? If you feel the system is better for the fish, I would think you would encourage its use. Do you do your coluum for free?

    Anglers fish for pay and the money has to come from somewhere. I am confused.

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