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.