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  • Steve Lindner of Lake Havasu City, AZ writes:

    RE: Colliding with coots Wow! So cool that Randy B. brought this out. I have seen this for years as well. I slow down all the time and most anglers do. I am thrilled Randy had the nerve to say something. The fishing and outdoor world are proud of you.

  • Joe McKinnon of Waltham, MA writes:

    RE: Colliding with coots Great job, Randy! You are 100% right!

  • Zach Maisch of Lima, OH writes:

    RE: Colliding with coots I fished with Randy once and found him to be a very nice and professional guy. I also think he may have a valid point here, however, approaching it in this manner after the tournament is over is not professional. The same rules he wishes to use to DQ anglers state clearly that he has a duty to step forward and make a protest within the specified time. Using social media in this way rather than filing a proper protest is not professional and leaves me a little disappointed in him.

  • Jack Watkins of Belleville, IL writes:

    It is illegal to intentionally kill waterfowl and not secure the killed or maimed bird, according Florida game rules. Is that not enough, FLW?

  • Johnnie Large of Owasso, OK writes:

    RE: Colliding with coots Check out the Florida waterfowl rule book it outlines what should happen in this situation.

  • George Mrozinski of Sarver, PA writes:

    RE: Balog on bed-fishing In my area we have a reservoir of approximately 11,000 acres which has no closed season due to half the lake being in Ohio. It gets pounded with tournaments throughout prime spawning season for 2 months straight. A study was done on the lake proper and the 2,500-acre propagation area in which no fishing has ever been allowed.

    The findings were that the fish densities were the same. Twenty years ago it took 16 to 18 pounds to win a tournament. It now takes 21 to 22 pounds to win. I would say that's pretty compelling evidence.

  • Wil Wegman of Bradford, ON writes:

    RE: Schultz back in Classic Great article about Bernie and an interesting look back at his 1991 Classic on the Chesapeake. I was his press angler for one of those days, covering my first Classic, and can vouch that Bernie was on some winning fish. Traveling across that huge, shallow bay with Bernie to reach his fishing areas was half the adventure.I still root for Bernie all these years later and hope he hammers them at this this year's Classic!

  • Bryan Heaberlin of DeLand, FL writes:

    RE: Balog on bed-fishing Joe, I wouldn't spend too much time being horrified over the removal of some trophy-class fish, There are many giant bass down here. What you should do is make a difference rather than trying to divide this community even further. Now that you live here you should spend some time following around the spray boats, document what they do, what happens afterward and such, note the frequency and if it is really even needed.

    In my opinion, if you truly want to see a world-class fishery it is right here. The key is letting the vegetation alone and very selective application in our waters. Instead of talking to someone on the payroll of a governmental agency because you believe it to be scientific, spend time talking to the people that use it. If this area had its vegetation left alone and I mean left the heck alone the bass will get everywhere, they use it, they can be caught from it and yes, they get huge. There is nothing more frustrating to me than to constantly spend my time searching for the stuff they missed so I can go fishing.

    With your column you could do wonders to restore what once was. Sorry to ramble and rant, but you truly have an opportunity to get this out.

  • Johnny McLean of Little Rock, AR writes:

    RE: Balog on bed-fishing Good article, Joe. I have always been in the opposing camp, believing that it is just not ethically right to sight-fish.

  • George Foster of Pineville, LA writes:

    Yes, it is to hard to make it as a pro. But when you cannot make it with the big boys it is time to drop down to the FLW level.

  • Paul Wallace of Cambridge City, IN writes:

    RE: Watson on MLF Giant spoon-flipping in the docks! That might be the greatest episode ever. Well done, Mr. Watson.

  • Dave Krantz of Albany, GA writes:

    RE: Balog on bed-fishing I would be very leery of any study done by fishery biologists on the effect of bed-fishing on spawning bass. First off, almost every bass caught in the spring is in some stage of the spawning process. Most bass are caught either staging or guarding a bed you can't see. Secondly, bass caught off beds during tournaments are a tiny fraction of the fish caught in any tourney.

    What you've got is a situation where it's impossible to know the fish population and without that, there is no way to project your findings (sample) accurately enough to give you any useful information.

  • Bob Goodman of Phelps, NY writes:

    RE: Watson on MLF I watched him in the survival round 1 and couldn't believe this guy is a "pro." I guess to get sponsors you have to act like a jerk when you lack talent. Sad part is he fell into a bunch of fish and won the round.

  • Jason Houchins of Clarksville, VA writes:

    RE: Dove switches over Kurt is a great fisherman, a great product rep, a great friend and, most importantly, a great person. Looking forward to his FLW career. Good luck!

  • Barbara Long of Humble, TX writes:

    RE: Reyes' passion I truly enjoyed reading this article. I've known Jason Reyes since his tournament fishing career began. He is a straightforward young man who is a leader among his peers. His insights to fishing are true lessons to be learned. This article proves his love and dedication to the sport of bass fishing.

  • Andy Williamson of Lake Andes, SD writes:

    RE: Watson on MLF Most of the comments on Major League Fishing made by James Watson that are directed to his marshal or even to himself are simply joking around or "ribbing." This makes for more entertaining TV. Thanks, Don Rucks, and way to go, James, for crushing the field with the dock/spoon deal.

  • Richard Elliott Jr. of Teeswater, ON writes:

    RE: Johnstons' team approach Go get 'em boys. Tight lines from Canada.

  • Mark Melega of Rices Landing, PA writes:

    RE: Johnstons' team approach The "Rookie Brothers" are going to hit the FLW Tour with a full head of steam. Two skilled heads working together really helps for finding good water. I hope Andy Morgan doesn't bust their bubble too soon.

  • Dwain Mercer of Madisonville, TN writes:

    RE: Morgan's consistency Andy is a great representative for both fishing and hunting. Proud he is from east Tennessee. Do whatever it takes to keep our outdoor heritage alive.

  • Adam Ohms of Edwardsville, IL writes:

    RE: Balog on bed-fishing I personally see no difference in bed-fishing compared to forcing a reaction strike by a 15- to 20-foot cast to a visual target, triggering a feeding frenzy with multiple presentations to a school on a ledge that was found visually with modern electronics, or making 10 casts with a wacky worm to a cruising bass. If it's hooked in the mouth, it represents angling ... period.

    Bed-fishing has been done by anglers for decades and to provide a contrary opinion to that of decimation of lake population, a previous opinion of this column has been that bass fishing has never been better and continues to improve.

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