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  • Ken Bragg of Fayetteville, WV writes:

    RE: Balog on Elite returnees – I really don't think it was a planned exit and return and I am really glad to see them back with B.A.S.S. I think the pros and even we as fans did not realize how much exposure B.A.S.S. was providing. After the exodus, those who left seemed to disappear from the scene completely unless you made the effort to watch MLF, who has the worst TV scheduling in modern history. One week its a 2016 show and next week 2019 or none at all. To each his own, but a live weigh-in and seeing how these guys make changes to get the quality bites as well as attending an event such as the Classic is what it's all about.

  • Doug Amos of Mallorytown, ON writes:

    With all the changes in the last year, I have lost interest in pro bass fishing and no longer follow any of the tours.

  • Randy Brandenburg of Frisco, TX writes:

    RE: Balog on Elite returnees – I don't think there is any chance this was their plan all along. I also think that in the back of their minds, in their heart of hearts, they always knew they should have stayed with B.A.S.S. I think others on the BPT tour would admit the same thing, truth be told – t he fact that the BPT forced B.A.S.S. to improve things for its anglers notwithstanding. Of course, I think that was to be expected. Should not be any hard feelings from anyone. All of these pros have more than earned the right to pursue what is best for them. You really don't know until you try.

  • Charles Petit of Mountain Home, AR writes:

    Glad to see Brandon Palaniuk and Gerald Swindle back with the Elites for 2020. There I will know how to find these anglers. MLF is fine to watch guys pulling in bass, but I cannot see them all together competing all at once and know when to see them. With FLW selling out, Bassmaster will gain.

  • Bruce Holt of Kalama, WA writes:

    RE: Palaniuk's return – I've always been a big fan of B.A.S.S. and Brandon. I think their format fits him much better. He's a "greet the crowd with a big bag and a big smile" kind of guy. The fact that he made this change just shows he missed the crowds and the benefits that B.A.S.S. offers anglers. Glad to see him do it. He's definitely one of the good guys!

  • Chance Huiet of Liberty, TX writes:

    RE: BPT Heavy Hitters – So if you get lucky with one big bite at each venue then you qualify? So essentially all MLF is trying to do is steer away from the "little fish" moniker it's known for and attempt to make guys target bigger fish to qualify. Hmmm, seems to legitimize everything everyone is saying.

  • Todd Hammes of La Crosse, WI writes:

    RE: Martens to G. Loomis – I thought he recently signed a deal with Enigma.

    BassFan says: The Enigma deal was signed in 2015.

  • Kenny Hemmen of St Louis, MO writes:

    RE: Swindle, Palaniuk back to Elites – Let's be real. The decisions to change to MLF were/are about money - nothing more, nothing less. To return to B.A.S.s. is great. Lesson learned - some things are more important than money.

  • Michael Nolan of Grosse Ile, MI writes:

    RE: Swindle, Palaniuk back to Elites – It really doesn't seem right that these guys can come back to the Elites without qualifying. It cheapens the whole field to allow people with a "name" to bypass people who qualify the proper way.

  • Bill Capps of Auburn, AL writes:

    RE: Swindle, Palaniuk back to Elites – Ex-Elite Series anglers who left B.A.S.S. to go to the MLF series and now want to return to B.A.s.S. should have to requalify through the Opens. There should be no free passes.

  • Mike Giardini of Freeport, IL writes:

    RE: Repeat venue poll – Repeat locations are always part of a tournament circuit. It's the conditions that change, which makes the same place different every time it's fished. Seasonal changes will always create different conditions.

  • Skip Bennett of Texico, IL writes:

    RE: Swindle, Palaniuk back to Elites – Swindle just couldn’t handle the stress of being on the cut line so much, maybe it’s best for his health. And "legends" should be previous Classic champions.

  • Aaron Hodge of Harrison, AR writes:

    RE: Wheeler's AOY quest – Well, he better pick another circuit if he wants a tour-level AOY title because MLF is a circus.

  • Logan Nevins of Memphis, TN writes:

    RE: Repeat venue poll– Going back to the same body of water is fine, but I think they need to change up more about what time of year they go back. Moving it a week or two isn't enough. If you fished Guntersville in the spring or early summer, go in the fall the next year.

    Fisheries are never the same year to year at the same time, but it is still typically the same type of fishing for the most part for the bulk of the field. I know the travel is a lot but there are a lot of lakes, especially out west, that should be visited. Most tournaments rotate between the same 20 bodies of water over a few year stretch. Also, MLF fishing Table Rock twice was ridiculous. The fishing was sort of different but I didn't want to watch any of the second event due to the first one.

  • Joshua Pullins of Bonne Terre, MO writes:

    RE: Repeat venue poll – First and foremost, the bass fishing industry has lost its way when it comes to its demographic and funding base. Participation in tournaments is down, boat-buying is declining and this fight for viewership is watering down content to next to nil. The tournament industry and the fishing industry is creating a bubble that will eventually pop at sometime in the near future. The industry barely survived the '08 recession and if we don't make it affordable to purchase and participate in tournaments then our fate, much like the motorcycle industry when all the baby boomers pass, will decline even more rapidly because they are forgetting who they are marketing to.

    We don't want to tune in to fish catch after fish catch on live streams or television shows. Many, like myself, want to know the hows and whys of something. Why are you using this color, this bait, on this bank, etc.? Now it's the same ol' lakes with the same ol' names catching fish out of a spot they have for the past six times to the lake.

    B.A.S.S. turned its back on the blue-collar workers when it got rid of the Weekend Series, and FLW almost ran off everyone because they were trying to rob the poor (raising BFL entries to $300 each tourney) in order to pay for their FLW tour. Stop going to the same lakes and bring back the sport to its roots – big bass lake or tough-as-nails lake. Start highlighting other venues and cities and it will get better for us all.

  • Steve McDonald of Greenwood, AR writes:

    RE: Nixon's 2020 outlook – Good luck this next year. Hope your shoulder does well. Joey is a genuine good guy.

  • David Larsen of Albertville, MN writes:

    RE: Repeat venue poll – I do not like the repeat lakes. I think they need a three-year rotation minimum. I think they need to fish more new lakes.

  • Rick Grover of Anaheim, CA writes:

    RE: Repeat venue poll – Pretty sure they all go where the local Chamber will pay the money, so that's why the repeats. I think to make it to that level you're the best in the business and going somewhere new is what separates the men from the boys. Mix it up.

  • Dean Lanternier of Hixson, TN writes:

    RE: Repeat venue poll – Repeats are good if the launch changes dramatically. Example, St. Lawrence, use opposite ends. Clayton vs. Morrisburg. If not, don't repeat lakes annually. Maybe a three- or four-year cycle.

  • Al Jones of Grand Rapids, MI writes:

    RE: Balog on youth – I too am encouraged by the growth of fishing interest our youth. I've fished since the '60s and still enjoy it.

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