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  • Jim Liner of Montgomery, AL writes:

    B.A.S.S. has a publication called "How to Conduct a Bass Tournament and Yourself." It should be required reading for FLW and everyone else. We cannot do anything about the public, but they should read it also.

  • Jeff Mitchell of Kewanna, IN writes:

    I tried, really tried, to watch the live weigh-in for the Forrest Wood Cup. It was so boring and completely uninteresting I had to turn it off to watch reruns of the Big Bang Theory. B.A.S.S. weigh-ins I can't get enough of. Why does one do things well and the other just bombs at it?

  • Scott Walker of Greenville, KY writes:

    RE: Forrest Wood Cup – FLW needs to take a lesson from B.A.S.S. on how to take care of their fish. I watched the weigh-in today the fish are out of the water an average of 4 minutes from the time the pros walk on stage. That's not to mention the time they are put in the bag with no water (that we can't see) until they are walked all the way around the back (we can't see) until they are put in the release boat. Heck, they didn't even have the scales ready for the first boater when he came up and they did an interview for 5 minutes! Two minutes with no air starts brain damage! Come on, FLW, get your act together!

  • Rob Dixon of Lewistown, PA writes:

    RE:2016 Cup at Wheeler – Great, a Tennessee River ledge-fishing tournament as the Forest Wood Cup. Bumper boats fishing 10 feet apart from each other, just wonderful. There are great rivers and lakes all over the country that wouldn't force the anglers to fish talking distance apart. Why not try a tidal river somewhere in the western U.S. or one of the 10,000-acre lakes all over the Southeast that aren't big enough for a regular tour event but plenty big for 50 anglers? Anything but a ledge-fishing lake in the dog days of summer.

    A quarter of the fish caught will die, too, coming out of deep water and riding around in a livewell, then being driven to the closest events center.

  • Charlie Hartley of Grove City, OH writes:

    RE: Balog on sport's progression – I agree, agree, agree. We have had the pleasure of watching a young sport mature and we have yet to see the biggest bags and best competitors ever. The sky's the limit. Many records are yet to be broken ... there is always a bigger sack possible than the winning weight. What an awesome game we play! Fishing is wonderful ... full of wonder! Keep writing good stuff.

  • John Gaulke of Ithaca, NY writes:

    I'm enjoying the coverage of the Chesapeake Elite Series tournament. One thing I've noticed is that the tougher the bite, the better Bill Lowen does. He's quietly becoming (or has already become) the most consistent angler on the tour. In his "Day On The Lake" column, the writer mentioned Bill fishes slower than any of the other pros profiled up to that point. It proves that bass fishing can be approached in many different ways, and being a "machine" like Kevin VanDam isn't the only way to go. I'm a fan of his and hope he keeps up the top-notch performances.

    Regarding Aaron Martens, I think B.A.S.S. needs to do a DNA check on him. They might find he is part bass!

  • Tim Brown of Ridgetop, TN writes:

    RE: Short leaving Elites – Heck, Kevin is smart. He can still fish the Opens, it will cost him less cash to do so and he'll still have a chance at the Classic ... that is, as long as B.A.S.S. still offers that slot. And I don't see it going away, because if it does, so will the Opens. Just check out the Weekend Series numbers – they really dropped off after the ABA and B.A.S.S. went their separate ways.

  • Martin Danny Lamb of Albia, IA writes:

    RE: Balog on kayaks – I enjoyed Joe's article concerning the rise in kayak interests. However, I feel he left out one variable – could it be the sudden uptick could have something to do with the price of a bass boat approaching that of the average home in many areas? Just a thought.

  • Albert Willis of Lake Seminole, FL writes:

    Balog on kayaks – I can tell you why I chose to get into kayak fishing: To get into a decent bass boat nowadays you START at $50,000.

  • Tom Baldwin of Cedar Hill, TN writes:

    I watched the one-minute-plus clip from Dave Mercer where they released the bass with the camera mounted to it. Coolest thing I've seen!

  • Allen Cirard of Bucks County, PA writes:

    RE: Slow bite at Chesapeake – They all said the Delaware was tough, but they came through. The Chesapeake will show up on tournament days ... they are the best!

  • George Kramer of Lake Elsinore, CA writes:

    RE: Short stepping away – While Kevin Short might have been a second-tier guy, the fact is not one of today's 40/50-somethings who we fawned over as dominant 20/30-somethings is Benjamin Button. Nobody wakes up tomorrow younger and stronger than they were today. Look at the points and rankings. "Team Rushmore" (you pick the era) always weathers and crumbles with age. Short is smart. He exits on his terms. But I can still name another dozen or so who should look for the egress.

  • James Watson of Springfield, MO writes:

    The service crew is a huge "security blanket" for us out there. They all work so hard! As a full-time pro you don't always have the luxury of using your dealer. I really appericate them and make sure they are all on my Christmas list every year. Thanks, Bassfan, for showing them some love on your site.

  • Dave Diodato of Fort Plain, NY writes:

    RE: Oneida Northern Open – Randy Howell's co-angler on day 3 was Scott Schafer. He ended up winning in a tiebreaker. Interesting to note that Scott also won the Rayovac tourney in Plattsburgh (Lake Champlain) the week before as a co-angler. Two boats won in two tourneys.

  • Larry Solverson of Land O Lakes, FL writes:

    RE: Lane's St. Lawrence incident – Good article, but why the "redneck" comment? More a jealous "jerk." We can only hope Russ gives the info to DNR and gets video/pictures next time, or at least a boat registration number.

  • Dave Lefebre of Erie, PA writes:

    RE: Balog on Menendez incident – I agree with my buddy Joey on this one – throw the book at this moron. I had a guy come running down his dock with a pistol (at Chautauqua Lake) once. I reported him and nothing was ever done. I've had a couple other heated encounters over the years, all in the North, go figure. But I'm reminded of the time at 1000 Islands a couple years ago when a dock owner started swearing at me for fishing around his boat. I told him and his drunk buddy that I wouldn't hit his boat unless I wanted to and that if he wanted, I could put my jig in his beer mug. He held it out, so I respectfully added a little Terminator/Yamamoto to his beverage, not to mention a little splash on his shirt. Strangely and thankfully, they laughed hysterically instead of killing me and we were best of friends for the next 2 days!

    As fishermen however, we should never leave a hook or line behind when dock fishing (if possible). I can honestly see both sides to this story, but there's no excuse for harassment when you really get down to it. If you chose to live on a lake, that's just part of it.

  • Rob Dixon of Lewistown, PA writes:

    RE: Mille Lacs regulations – I hope to see the Elite Series as Mille Lacs next year. I can't help but think they are in discussion about it and that's what's driving the regulation changes.

  • Harold Sharp of Hixson, TN writes:

    Many years ago we had a tournament on the St. Johns River in Florida. At about 10 a.m. a contestant came to my room to file a complaint. He said the day before he was fishing a canal when a property owner told him he couldn't fish there and threw rocks in the water where he was fishing. He went back to same canal again that day and the man was standing in his yard with a .22 caliber rifle, so he cast his lure in front of him and the man shot it three times and he left to file a complain with me.

    I handed him my phone and said call the sheriff, and try not to argue with people holding a gun on you.

  • Michael Kepp of Rochester, MN writes:

    RE: Balog on Menendez incident – Joe, I agree 100 percent. There seems to be the mentality that If i am a shoreline proper owner, I also own the water. It is far worse up north than down south. I have fished all over and I have never run into that kind of bull in our Southern states.

  • Mike McNeilus of Dodge Center, MN writes:

    RE: Menendez files complaint – I was at Minnetonka in 1995 as a co-angler. While fishing docks with Tommy Martin, a property owner came out, frothed the water with his Jet-Ski, smiled at us and said "Catching anything?" Tommy just said to me, "There's not much you can do," and we left. I was not there in 1996, but I heard and read it was more of the same. I can't blame them for not coming back to Minnesota or anywhere else where they are treated like that.

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