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  • Debbie Clausen of Spokane, WA writes:

    RE: Nixon's heart surgery – Cal and I are sending our thoughts and prayers to Larry Nixon. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  • James Watson of Nixa, MO writes:

    Congrats to Charlie Hartley on his Bassmaster Open victory! Great victory for a great competitor and man!

  • Rick Birge of Chipley, FL writes:

    RE: Spohrer's rescue efforts – Great job, Gerald. God bless you!

  • Ray Arbesu of Henderson, NV writes:

    RE: Nixon's heart surgery – Wishing you a speedy recovery! Tight lines!

  • Jimmy Snyder of New Albany, MS writes:

    RE: Nixon's heart surgery – I'm nearly 70 and Larry's been one of my favorite pro fishermen for many years. I also had four bypasses 11 years ago. Just wondered if there's a way to get a "get well" wish to him.

    BassFan says: You could try his Facebook page.

  • Steve Boyd of Orlando, FL writes:

    If I'm seeing this correctly, a 3-day Bassmaster Open pays $54,000 to the winner and an FLW Series pays $77,000. With equal entry fees, somebody's getting robbed. Do I need to point out who?

  • Bill Schroeder of Paducah, KY writes:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Larry Nixon as he recovers from bypass surgery in Litttle Rock, Ark.

  • Dennis Sullivan of Plant City, FL writes:

    RE: Balog on Cox – The down and out success story about John Cox only points out that tournament fishermen have a disease similar to a gambling addiction. Sure, there's more untold stories of those who risk it all to lose it all instead of win it all. I've seen guys put second mortgages on their homes to pay deposits, have mounting debt on numerous credit cards living the plastic dream of being the next John Cox.

    In my opinion, it's more a sad story than a success story where professional fishing has gone. Every year, higher entry fees with lower payouts leading to less odds of even breaking even for anglers. Take the new FLW Invitationals coming up: Why one would pay a $4,000 entry fee for a chance to barely break even if you finish out of the top 10? And 78% odds of losing more money to play the game?

    They dangle that golden carrot of an automatic bid to the Forrest Cup for the one and only winner and the addict takes the bait to come up with the entry fee. There should be a help hotline for tournament anglers ... 1-800-WeBDumb.

  • Rick Pierce of Mountain Home, AR writes:

    Kudos to Gerald Spohrer on his recent efforts to assist those in Louisiana with recovery efforts. We all could take lessons and he brought it to us on Facebook regularly. We all should have your fortitude, Gerald!

  • Johnny McLean of Little Rock, AR writes:

    RE: Balog on Cox – Everybody likes success stories like Cox's, but after a while it gets a little old. Bass fishermen are like country singers – everybody has a hard-luck story. The sad part is that for every John Cox there are probably 99 others who went broke chasing little green fish.

  • Anthony J. Faria of North Kingstown, RI writes:

    Great tip about keeping the braid-to-fluorocarbon knot outside the reel spool.

  • Ron Festavan of Vivian, LA writes:

    RE: Balog on Cox's boat – Take a look at an X-19 XPress with a 200 SHO. I have one tricked out with all tournament gear and twin Power-Poles. Been tournament fishing it for 4 years. I've fished out of 15 different fiberglass boats, some I owned, some team boats. I would never spend the difference in money again.

  • Mike Bingham of Brandon, MS writes:

    RE: Balog on Cox's boat – Joe, great story about tin boats. While this is now ancient history in the bass fishing world, I ran an aluminum rig for a full season of Bassmaster Top 150s in 1998-99. It was a Bass Cat 18-foot with a Mercury 115. Top speed was about 50 mph and it would go anywhere. A big 24-volt trolling motor was more than enough to maneuver that boat. Like you said, easy on fuel and very easy to pull.

    We fished the Louisiana Delta, Potomac River, Logan Martin, Harris Chain, Old Hickory and Lake Mead that season. It was a great boat that stood up to a lot of tough conditions, even negotiated some big waves on Lake Mead and in Louisiana. I thoroughly enjoyed fishing out of it that season and I still see it out on the water here locally.

  • Steve Boyd of Orlando, FL writes:

    RE: Scroggins' cramp fix – Sorry, but pickle juice as a regular solution to heat cramps is lacking in any educated understanding of what is actually happening in the body and outright dangerous.

    Drinking pickle juice comes out of football, used as an emergency solution to severe cramping that can lead to muscle damage. It's not a wise or long-term solution to repeated experiences with heat cramps in a sport that is strictly exposure to heat, not physically demanding exercise.

    Heat cramps (what Terry is experiencing) are a milder form of heat exhaustion and can lead to heat stroke.

    A better solution would be to begin hydrating 3 days before an event and maintain it during the tournament. How? Water, lots of it and nothing else.

    It's fishing – standing in the heat for 8 hours. Not an endurance sport.

  • Scott Crawford of San Jose, CA writes:

    RE: Balog on Cox's boat – Yep, and if Bass Pro put the 17-foot Nitros, rigged like they are in Major League Fishing, on their showroom floors they would sell a lot of boats.

  • A.J. Menssen of Bloomington, IL writes:

    RE: Balog on Cox's boat – Aluminum boats do well on the Great Lakes, also. Try chasing an X19 or X21 Xpress bass boat with a glass bass boat on Lake Erie when there are 3- to 6-foot swells!

  • Rob Dixon of Lewistown, PA writes:

    RE: Balog on Cox's boat – John Cox is probably one of the top 8 or 9 bass anglers in the game right now. I'd happily trade my Nitro for his Crestliner or one of the new Ranger or Trackers that can hang a 150hp.

  • Scott Bennett of Verdigris, OK writes:

    RE: Balog on Cox's boat – Great article. The new bass boat prices are inflated and at these prices, I will never buy a new boat unless it's aluminum, and all I have owned are fiberglass.

  • Holly DiPierro of Lakeland, FL writes:

    RE: Wheeler at the Cup – Hoping to be there to see you win on Wheeler Lake!

  • Jim Liner of Pintlala, AL writes:

    RE: Balog on Florida regs (again) – Good job, Joe ... confession is good for the soul and your readers. Please encourage all of your readers and fans to get replica mounts of all big fish and release the fish to live another day so she can thrill another fisherman.

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