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  • Brad Story of Roswell, GA writes:

    With all the talk of the BPT modifying the format to five-fish limits, 2-pound minimums, etc., I find it interesting no one has mentioned having different tournaments with different formats. In other words, Tour stop No. 1 might be their most weight caught format and Tour stop No. 2 be largest five-fish limit format. Seems pretty simple and would make it even more interesting watching anglers adjust strategies. Also seems it would level the field more between anglers with varying styles of fishing.

  • Robert Karbas of Wake Forest, NC writes:

    RE: Martin's trip with ailing boy – Awesome way to give back, Scott!

  • Dennis Pentecost of Milford, IL writes:

    RE: Kriet's tough year – Jeff Kriet seems like a very likable guy and a great bass angler, but after watching him for several years I think he is his own worst enemy.

  • Steve Craighead of Mt. Holly, NC writes:

    RE: Pradco acquires Gene Larew – So Pradco has bought out another competitor’s brand. I wonder if they leave out the best products that the competitor offered. Prime example, when they bought out XCalibur they left out one of the best if not the best rattlebaits ever to come out. The 1/4-ounce gold One Knocker was, with out a doubt, head and shoulders above anything else I fished. Now you can find them on eBay for $30 or more. What will they leave out of the lineup this time?

  • Michael Belter of Reidsville, NC writes:

    RE: Tournament formats – I agree with the comments Davy Hite made about having to trust your gut and instincts when you don't know how others are doing in a tournament situation. This is one of the biggest complaints I have about the MLF format – it corrupts the decision-making of the angler.

    Fishing does not need to be like other sports. What is wrong with being unique? The irony is that in attempting to turn fishing into a sport like other big league sports, MLF/BPT has turned it into a fishing show for entertainment rather than becoming the "purest form of fishing" or sport that they intended it to be.

  • Bob Selsor of Linden, CA writes:

    RE: Confidence baits – Senko, black and red flake, weightless. Sometimes with smelly jelly.

  • Warren Wolk of Langhorne, PA writes:

    RE: World Rankings – No Chris Zaldain in the top 10? You need to revamp the rankings system – too much credit to the BPT anglers with the current system.

  • John A. Argese of Taylors, SC writes:

    RE: Ike on small buzzbaits – 1/8-ounce Bill Norman's Triple Wing buzzbait. The original model with the riveted blades. Yup, they worked!

  • Kurt Dove of Del Rio, TX writes:

    Rick Riles' comments about FLW are ridiculous. At present, 9/2/2019, five of the top 10 B.A.S.S. Elite anglers and four of the top 10 in the MLF/BPT Redcrest Championship are former FLW "weekenders."

    FLW anglers are absolutely many of the best anglers in the business. Many of them choose to fish FLW and would be very successful in any format and against any other field in the industry.

  • Terry L. Bonsell of Fruitland Park, FL writes:

    It is great to have both formats available.

  • John A. Argese of Taylors, SC writes:

    I've been a fan of professional bass fishing for a long time. Knowing what is going on with the other competitors as it is happening is what makes MLF an actual sport as opposed to simply a competition. There is action and reaction. Strategy based upon real-time information.

    As a side note, the MLF model is beyond better than the livewell and weigh-in model from a conservation perspective, especially during spawn and nesting.

  • Randy Brandenburg of Frisco, TX writes:

    Seems like to me that the pros in the traditional 5-fish format have a sixth sense, so to speak, that tells them they do or do not have enough. Seems like they just know somehow most of the time. Seeing the decisions they make on intuition and being right most of the time is more fascinating to me than knowing for sure what everybody has. I think that's good in the every-fish-counts format, but I don't want it in the 5-fish format.

  • Tommy Cauley of Bee Branch, AR writes:

    RE: Balog on streaming coverage – Great read, Joe.

  • Ronald Davis of Melbourne, FL writes:

    I watched the BPT for the first time on Sunday and after an hour called it quits. I enjoy the edited TV show, but as a live tournament found it dull. I watch most of the B.A.S.S. and FLW weigh-ins because I get off work at 3. I tuned in Saturday and was surprised I was so disappointed. That being said, congrats to E2 for winning, I just hope they tweak the format in the future.

  • John Gaulke of Ithaca, NY writes:

    Just got back from watching the Elite Series weigh-in live in Union Springs, N.Y. The big bass are really the star attraction of bass fishing. Hate to admit this, but it didn't bother me one bit that a lot of my favorite pros weren't there. What got the crowd excited was seeing numerous catches of gorgeous big bass. It ain't about the pros - it's all about the bass!

    I'm gradually getting familiar with the new pros and I'm sure I'll have some new favorites, but seeing big bass caught on my home lake was what it was all about.

    BassFan says: Gaulke operates the Finger Lakes Angling Zone Guide Service.

  • Dennis Pentecost of Milford, IL writes:

    After almost a year, I find the MFL/BPT boring and too long and drawn out.

  • Quinn Hoyer of Cadiz, KY writes:

    RE: Balog on Thrift – Spot on. The man's a machine.

  • Rick Riles of Baton Rouge, LA writes:

    I like Joe Balog and agree with many of his stances. I also think Thrift is a good fisherman, but to say he’s hands-down the best in the business currently is a bit of a reach. The FLW tour is 95% weekend anglers with a jersey and checkbook. Thrift has no more than five peers in that field. I can’t wait for wait Thrift, Martin and Dudley to join up with BPT and solidify them as the premier tour everyone knows they are. I think FLW would be a perfect feeder tour for the BPT – I hope the rumors are true.

  • Tom Tanner of Jonestown, PA writes:

    I've been following professional bass fishing since the early '70's and Bryan Thrift is one of the guys who impresses me the most. He brings a real honest, downhome personality and demeanor along with tremendous fishing skills. He also offers a dose of true credibility to the sport, not jumping from tour to tour or switching sponsors all the time. He stands out from many of the other anglers who have turned themselves into reality TV stars more than fishermen.

  • Patrick Ross of Bella Vista, AR writes:

    RE: Redcrest format – What happens if the first-place angler in Group B has less weight than the 11th-place angler in Group A? Shouldn't the final for the Redcrest be made up of the 20 anglers who landed the most weight, not the top 10 from each group if one group truly outdistanced the other?

    BassFan says: The most likely reason for one group truly outdistancing the other would be the fishing conditions being much better on the day that the dominant group fished. In our view, pitting anlgers only against others who fished on the same day is the fairest possible format.

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