I never knew B.A.S.S., FLW and their magazines were only for bass fishermen who had bass boats with outboards, trolling motors, sonar units and other expensive gear. So what if a canoe is on the cover of Bassmaster Magazine? Big whoop! There are plenty of other photos and articles related to the anglers and sponsors inside the magazines.
If anything, there could be more photos and stories about other means of fishing. Dissecting small ponds, the best ways for kids to catch fish, how to rig canoes and kayaks safely and effectively ... and those small lake-small boat anglers might just be eyeballing bigger bass boats in a few years when they get older and have more money. Nothing wrong with fishing from a canoe, kayak, pirogue, from the bank or on the dock, which is the way many of us got our start.
B.A.S.S. and FLW are about bass fishing by bass anglers of all ages, races and gender — not just one group with big boats and gear. Kudos to Dave Precht, James Hall and the Bassmaster Magazine staff for including other methods of catching little green and brown fish. Please include more photos and stories about these methods along with the shiny, zippy boats and television consoles showing fish burping in the silt 27 feet below.