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  • Chance Huiet of Hardin, TX writes:

    RE: Pro Circuit's 150-hp minimum Rules are rules, but thats the stupidest rule Ive ever heard of. Professional tournament bass fishing has gone down the drain.

  • Archie Wilson of Corryton, TN writes:

    RE: Balog on weather rulints Fishing with too many standards on TV will be boring. Mankind has fished almost from the very beginning and from the beginning those who take the biggest risk more often than not reap the biggest rewards. Fish are stupid, fishing (and specifically tournament fishing) is not so much about man against the fish, its about man figuring out how nature affects fish. If the perfect storm is not on the horizon, let em fish.

    I understand the need for rules, especially regarding cheating. However, over-regulation will not increase viewership, it will drive viewers away. Look no further than NASCAR for an example of what over-regulation will do for a sport.

  • Steve Lindner of Seal Beach, CA writes:

    RE: Stone with FLW Live crew Why? The most boring guy on TV. Many feel this way and it won't help your ratings. Marty is a nice guy, but not in front of a microphone. Sorry, my 2 cents and I can't watch.

  • Todd Hammes of La Crosse, WI writes:

    RE: Stone joins FLW Live crew I like how he analyzes water and breaks down strategy. I learn a lot by listening to him.

  • Charles Bowman of Kernersville, NC writes:

    KVD has disappeared. A couple years ago, I saw KVD everywhere. In the last couple years, I do not hear anything at all of KVD. It's as if he's vanished. KVD, are you still out there somewhere?

  • Steve Linden of Hickory, NC writes:

    I just wanted to pass along a positive comment. The FLW Tour two-hour show on Friday nights is outstanding! A big step up from prior years. The broadcast team and production work is excellent. Keep up the good work!

  • Steven Williams of Harrington, DE writes:

    Supposed to fish the Eastern Open on Oneida Lake as a co-angler. Still no word about them even having this tournament!

  • Gus Dowdy of Leeds, AL writes:

    Sounds like a dog chasing his tail. Rankings based on performance against strength of field and strength of field determined by Rankings? Under that system, why have any Elite Series anglers since all the "stars" are in MLF?

    BassFan says: There are a substantial number of anglers on the Elite Series with strong track records enough that Elite anglers currently hold three of the top 10, eight of the top 20 and 13 of the top 30 positions in the BassFan World Rankings.

  • David Harrison of Huntsville, AL writes:

    I know what the B.A.S.S. Elites pay to win AOY. Did Jordan Lee get any money for winning the BPT points race? I could not find this on their website.

    BassFan says: There is no cash award tied to the 2020 BPT points championship.

  • Dennis Pentecost of Milford, IL writes:

    I am one who believes fishing equipment is overpriced, but I have to tell you I fished a tournament last weekend and the partner I fished with had a Humminbird Helix 12 with 360 Imaging, Side Scan and Down Imaging. Probably worth every penny! We found bluegills on the beds in weeds with it and weighed in 17.13 pounds for 2nd place. I am going to bite the bullet and get one.

  • Matt Mattingly of Gravel Switch, KY writes:

    RE: New Your tournaments What about the Bassmaster Open on Oneida?

    BassFan says: We haven't received any word on that yet.

  • Randy Sherrick of Apple Valley, CA writes:

    RE: BPT entry fees Johnny Morris is a billionaire. If Mr. Morris genuinely cares about tournament bass fishing, he should do the right thing and continue to cover the entry fees for the BPT pros.

  • Sid Havard of Simsboro, LA writes:

    I was blessed to grow up in the heyday of Toledo Bend, my dad and his brothers guiding there. I often tell my son of the days of 80 to 100 bass days on topwater, or the old worm holes where you just tied up to a stump and made same cast over and over. My point to Chance is simple: We did not have two 12-inch graphs at the wheel with a double stack rig on the front deck. Lures were simple 6-inch worms, a few topwaters and depending on time year maybe a tailspinner to work off the bottom.

    My point was Ive tried to teach Chance to read what's right in front of you. Look at how the big trees lean in that creek, those grew on the banks before lake was made. Now Chance is almost 30 and he gets it. Dads box of old-school lures will work and $10,000 worth of electronics and another $10,000 to $15,000 in lures is not always necessary. Companies will build and sell you what every you fall for, and some of this is good stuff. On the other hand, dont forget that 100-bass days happened for years without Side Scan, Power-Poles and Spot-Lock All these are great tools; Im just saying if you just simplified fishing, one might be surprised at the end of the day!

  • Tim Farruggio of Long Branch, NJ writes:

    RE: Balog on fishing "truths" Thank you, J.B. another great article to think about. Keep 'em rolling. You word is bass fishing gospel to me.

  • Steve Jones of Moss Point, MS writes:

    RE: Balog on fishing "truths" I totally agree with Joe on the "misconceptions" of flourocarbon lines. In my own underwater study in a pool, green monofilament lines were more invisible underwater than the flouro. The clear flouro actually could be seen easier (with the sun out) than the mono as it actually reflected off of it or passed through it, but in either case you could see it with the human eye much easier than green mono of the same pound test. There is also misconception of the "low" stretch of flouro. Again, in some cases the flouro stretches more than mono. I'm sure all of this is marketing, but as anglers we're sometimes too easily persuaded by the next big thing. I do think the "hardness" of the flouro does allow for a better feel, especially in deeper water, than mono.

    A lot of the younger guys don't know that we watched Bill Dance back in the day catch fish in 25 to 30 feet of water on worms using mono, or Denny Brauer and Tommy Biffle flipping and pitching with 20- to 25-pound mono, and they were still caching fish. I personally still use mono quite a bit on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and some smaller topwaters. Works fine and I still catch my share!

  • John Gaulke of Ithaca, NY writes:

    RE: Balog on fishing "truths" Good article, Joe. Anglers need to take everything they hear with a grain of salt. Back in the 1970s I would read that smallmouth bass typically move shallower in the fall and largemouths deeper. In northern lakes, the opposite is true. Smallmouths may move up to feed on occasion, but by late fall many smallmouths are in over 30 feet of water where I live and ice fishermen in the winter catch so many shallow largemouths that seasons were closed to protect them. Poet William Blake said, "I will create a system or be enslaved by another man's." I think that is great advice.

    Regarding the Bass Pro Tour and the announcement of entry fees, I think Al Lindner said it best one time "Nobody is going to pay anyone else to fish." Apart from somebody paying an angler to procure food for them, I can't ever think of a situation where anyone would pay someone else to fish (although some guides feel that being hired to guide others is an excuse to fish).

  • Skip Bennett of Texico, IL writes:

    RE: New York tournaments Like B.A.S.S. didnt see this coming. Were they relying on Cuomo being cooperative?

  • Terry Bonsell of Fruitland Park, FL writes:

    RE: BPT entry fees The beginning of the end to the great experiment. No entry fee was one of the major differences from the other tours. Must have spent too much money buying FLW.

  • Kenneth Kraft of Columbus, OH writes:

    RE: New York tournaments If I were B.A.S.S., I would start rescheduling the next two events now. New York politicians will keep the state closed until November.

  • Dennis Pentecost of Milford, IL writes:

    RE: BPT entry fees Mass exit back to B.A.S.S. coming!

  • Matt Mattingly of Gravel Switch, KY writes:

    RE: New York tournaments Any word on the Open for Oneida in a few weeks?

    BassFan says: Nothing yet.

  • Jim Finley of Coconut Creek, FL writes:

    RE: BPT entry fees Well, well, well, it was only a matter of time, we all knew they couldn't sustain a no-entry-fee format. Now it's going to be interesting to see the guys who said they will never pay entry fees again, what do they do now? Also, what about the 3-year contract? Oh, that's right, MLF doesn't have to abide by their own rules, again they change them as they seem fit. I'll bet if an MLF guy wanted out of their contract they wouldn't allow it. Going to interesting!

  • Bobby Colson of Mt. Juliet, TN writes:

    RE: BPT entry fees Right back where they started from.

  • Mark Poulson of Antioch, IL writes:

    RE: Balog on Super Tournament Joe, I think you missed the point in regard to the more intimate relationship between the commentators and the participants. One of the most important parts of televised bass fishing is how the rest of us mortals can relate to the pros, even though they are a world above us in terms of fishing ability. On any cast, one of us could catch a giant, and we can realistically dream of that. We all know the fun of sharing a boat with a buddy, the frustration of a backlash and the thrill of setting the hook on a big fish and fighting it back into the boat. Not many of us will ever hit a 400-foot homer or slam down a thunder dunk over someone, but we can still fish.

    The elevation of the other pro sports' stars to superhuman status, while maybe well-deserved, separates us from them, and I think that is a mistake. Bass doesn't to that and I, for one, appreciate it.

    BassFan says: From Joe Balog: "This is a very good point and your feedback is appreciated."

  • Ryan Bowman of Seneca, SC writes:

    RE: Balog on Super Tournament For all your talk of elevating pros, and they should be, you dont see pros in other sports playing AAA ball. In fishing, you see top pros fishing at lower levels like the BFLs. Seems non-professional.

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