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  • John A. Argese of Taylors, SC writes:

    RE: Balog on ICAST – You want to get rid of the "board-room feel"? You want to get rid of ridiculous Best In Shows? Do what the Japanese tackle industry, far and away more vibrant, responsive to consumer demand and cutting edge does, and make it a manufacturer and consumer show.

    With field-testing and promotional staffs being cut to the bone, how do manufacturers expect to get the best new and productive tackle in the hands of the anglers, ESP? It's the typical spaghetti-against-the-wall strategy. Throw a bunch and hope some sticks. Let's toss in a few mergers and buyouts for good measure.

  • Dustin Daggett of Twin Lake, MI writes:

    RE: Balog on ICAST – Couldn't agree with you more on Zona. Fished a few events against him in SW Michigan over the years. I remember a particularly cold, snowy, miserable Thanksgiving weekend morning. He gets out in the middle of a snowstorm and the guy is just "on" – nothing was going to ruin a day of fishing for him (or the rest of us). That guy's cup is not just half-full, its overflowing, regardless of the circumstances.

  • Ken Bragg of Fayetteville, WV writes:

    RE: TV show poll – Love the Major League Fishing format – actually watching them fish instead of wall-to-wall commentaries with just bits and pieces of footage

  • David Crouch of West Columbia, SC writes:

    RE: Fishing TV shows – I like the tournament format of MLF: all fish over 12 inches count, immediate release of all fish. For conservation purposes, all tournaments need to move to this format.

  • Skip Bennett of Texico, IL writes:

    RE: Rage Tail infringement – Way to go, Parks, on doing ICASTs job of culling knock-offs. I guess ICAST just wanted the money for a booth and didn't care about infringements.

  • Leon Jefferson of Woodville, TX writes:

    RE: Mossy Oak and KVD – Great Angler, even better person. Deserving of everything he's accomplished.

  • Thomas Aaron of Kokomo, IN writes:

    RE: Fishing TV shows – I love Bassmaster Live, would like to see more of pros fishing and less of commentators talking.

  • Joe Reising of Morton, IL writes:

    RE: Rage Tail infringement – I can understand Mr. Parks being upset upon discovering his Rage Tail design was copied by another company. He now knows how Yamamoto, Zoom and Reaction Innovations feel every day when companies like Strike King blatantly copy their lure designs. It's really hard to feel much sympathy.

  • Mike Maloney of Millstone, NJ writes:

    RE: Rage Tail infringement – I wonder if Steve Parks is waiting for the day that Keitech calls him to the carpet for knocking off the Fat Impact.

  • Jim Brown of Jay, FL writes:

    RE: Mossy Oak and KVD - I have known and respected Toxy Haas for many years. One of the finest people I have ever known. Toxy was, is, and will always be Mossy Oak. The fact that KVD has joined the team excites me as a retailer when I see two like-minded people working together in our industry. This will definitely be a win-win for both consumer and retailer alike. Congrats to all involved in making this happen.

  • Rick Pierce of Mountain Home, AR writes:

    RE: Mille Lacs politics – While bass anglers see the new frontier on Mille Lacs, it is a suffering economy from the lack of walleye. We have a really good servicing dealership on the southern rim in Isle, MN. And of course Seth Feider lives there now as well.

    It was once a premium destination for walleye anglers, many from the Minneapolis area. They have longterm-owned family cabins and a destination for a lot of those outdoors enthusiasts in camping, resorts and those summer homes.

    The apparent lessened walleye population has restricted fishing and reduced income for those on the lake. Our dealer is from a fifth-generation Mille Lacs family and runs approximately 50 winter ice houses also. What we see as a soft-water sport, they see as almost an annual income. Both ends of the ice and boating have suffered.

    Over-regulating the situation is not a fix, the complexity of Mille lacs runs well beyond the ability of the government and conservation departments.

    The lake was easier to find fish on and now, with fewer fish, the fishing is harder. While it's a new frontier for many bass anglers after the AOY event, it's still a very difficult climate for those locals trying to save an annual income.

    Also, kudos to Bassmaster on opening their thought train up and bringing a 2018 Elite schedule that is out of the box. Good job Michael, Eric, Trip and crews! Those new frontiers need to keep coming.

  • Peter Conn of Alexandria, VA writes:

    RE: ICAST – A $119 bucket? LOL, they see us coming.

  • Boots Jones Beasley of Mooresville, NC writes:

    RE: Mille Lacs politics – Amen Joe, 100% hit the nail on the head. Same thing here in NC with coastal fishermen fighting regulations that will save the fish for future generations. It's me, me, me and now. To damn dumb to understand if they don't do something now, there won't be any fish for them to catch.

    Now the bass boys will put more money in the local businesses than every before. Now the local businesses need to promote it and learn to dig the gold where it's found and not where they want to find it.

  • Martin D. Lamb of Albia, IA writes:

    RE: Mille Lacs politics – Resort owner Greg Thomas is full of stuffing. Last June I put out $600 hotel, $200 fuel and over $200 in food for a three-day trip to Mille Lacs. Did that money not go into the local economy? This year I have five nights hotel already paid for in September and will certainly fork out more for fuel, supplies, and food. Where will that money go? I am certain every establishment in the area is booked for the AOY week.

    I challenge that Mr. Thompson is seeing a shortfall due to bad business practice. The dollars are there if one can recognize the opportunity. His business will not be the first to fail from refusal to adapt.

  • Brian Pontius of Wichita, KS writes:

    RE: Fishing TV poll – I try to catch all the professional fishing shows I can because there is always something to learn. I have fished for over 35 years in local, regional and national tournaments and I still learn something every time I watch a show. The advancement of baits, techniques and electronics has changed the sport of bass fishing and definitely taught this old dog some new tricks.

  • Martin D. Lamb of Albia, IA writes:

    RE: Snakeheads not so bad? – Seriously? How can a species that is prolific, a predator and reaches significant size not have an impact on the ecological balance of the system? My take on this is "we don't know how to control them, so you should embrace the change." SMH.

  • Bill Heitzman of Hills, IA writes:

    RE: Bertrand gets app sponsor – I marshaled for Josh at Kentucky lake. He is a first-class gentleman.

  • Gary Lee Kelley of Newark, OH writes:

    RE: Fishing TV poll – If any bass fishing show is on and I am home, I'm watching it.

  • Mark Aaron of Gastonia, NC writes:

    RE: Elite Series no-info rule stiffened – What took them so long? The most valuable resource these guys have had for years is obtaining information via locals. I've seen (firsthand) and heard from folks "in the know" (competitors) about this stuff going on. Sure, a rule is a rule, but until B.A.S.S. administers a polygraph at each event, how will they know?

  • Mark Hogue of Danville, KY writes:

    RE: Elite Series no-info rule stiffened – How are you going to enforce this rule?

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