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  • Ben Stacy of Cincinnati, OH writes:

    RE: Megabass Levante rods – I have the Flat-Side Special. I actually traded a fishing buddy for this rod – he wanted my G. Loomis GLX cranking rod, so we swapped. By comparison, this rod is quite a bit stiffer than the Loomis but still has a nice parabolic bend. I far prefer this rod for square-bills and small cranks to the Loomis because I feel the Levante has more backbone and still plenty of give for the fish to get the bait. Plus, I think this rod will prove to be considerably more versatile for lipless and even cranks up to a 5XD or so.

  • Trevor Knight of Summit, MS writes:

    RE: Reed pulls out of Elites – In my time fishing in college, the B.A.S.S. Opens, FLW EverStarts and PAA, Matt Reed was one of a select few tour anglers who always treated me with respect and courtesy. He is a class act and I am glad I got the chance to know him and fish against him.

    I stepped away from tournament angling 4 years ago and have far less stress, am happier, and am much better off financially. I hope Matt will find the same results in his choice.

  • Kent Brown of Roseville, CA writes:

    Thanks to Pete Robbins and BassFan for the nice article about my Ultimate Bass Radio Show. Sign up for a free podcast on iTunes.

  • Stu Hinkle of La Mesa, CA writes:

    RE: Hackney's BASSFest win – This guy is a monster with a punching/flipping rod in his hand. Great job, Greg!

  • Clint Hicks of Clyde, TX writes:

    24-pound Gliss – casts great and you can feel everything, but the line breaks at every hookset. I have tried several knots and no luck. I have lost too many fish in tournaments. It's pure junk in my book. Sad, because I really thought it was going to be great.

  • Randall Verran of Colorado Springs, CO writes:

    RE: Balog on Evers' honesty – Did not Casey Ashley do and say the exact same thing as Evers when he won last year's Classic with the horse-head spinner his dad made? It sounded like Balog gave all credit to Evers when essentially the topic of his discussion actually happened last year.

  • Dennis Pentecost of Milford, IL writes:

    RE: Old Timer sweepstakes – Who would want to win a fishing trip with Tommy Biffle? "Sit down and shut up" or "I am going to kick that guy's butt for fishing my water!"

    Just joking – I would love to fish with the Biff!

  • Rob Dixon of Lewistown, PA writes:

    RE: Balog on Evers' honesty – Love the "truth" article by Joe Balog. It makes me laugh when I hear a pro say he used a Livingston jerkbait when 95 percent of us know darn well no pro is tossing a Livingston jerkbait so long as Megabass, and for that matter even Luck E Strike, are still making jerkbaits.

  • Pat Leach of The Colony, TX writes:

    RE: Balog on Evers' honesty – Joe, great piece on professionals telling it like it is instead of hawking sponsor baits. I learned the spin some pros will put on the newest and greatest baits a number of years back and was disappointed when asked at a seminar about a bait the pro had just recently said was the best all-around bait made told me that the company had screwed up the bill, but they got it right on this one. Since that time I have been leery of baits used.

    Both Edwin and Casey were honest when reporting they used homemade baits to win their Classics. I, like you, wish more would be totally honest and help out the masses, not just try and line their wallets.

    Thanks for another spot-on piece.

  • Randy Brandenburg of Frisco, TX writes:

    RE: Balog on Evers' honesty – Same as Casey Ashley's Classic victory, also. Don't forget to give him props, too.

  • Walton Little, Jr. of Magnolia, TX writes:

    RE: Balog on Evers' honesty – I applaud your willingness to grab this bull by the horns and speak about it. I and many others realize that no lure brand or select group of brands will always be "the one". However, a sponsor who has chosen an angler with the integrity to tell the truth has chosen wisely, in my opinion. They have shown they want to be affiliated with an angler who values integrity and honesty. That they do not push him to compromise himself for their benefit is positive, enhancing my perceived value of the brand.

  • Johnny McLean of LIttle Rock, AR writes:

    RE: Balog on Evers' honesty – Excellent article Joe, spot-on. You know, I kind of thought that Evers was a whiner after seeing how he acted a couple of times on camera over the years, but the way he won the Classic and how he handled himself changed my mind.

  • Neal Gilmore of Magnolia, TX writes:

    RE: Balog on Evers' honesty – Finally! Thank you, Joe and BassFan. We have been waiting for this a long time. A few more details and this article would have been perfect. Anglers appreciate what you did, Edwin.

  • Dave Mauldin of Round Rock, TX writes:

    RE: Day 1 at Texoma – I would guess 95 are all chasing the same dwindling number of fish in the flooded stuff ... the one who is doing something different like cranking rock might do better. KVD and Rick Clunn?

  • Remi DeMatteo of Poydras, LA writes:

    RE: Balog on Ike's column – I have zero interest in watching the "Elites" fish somewhere no one else can. Without multiple venues, I would think the sweet spots would be dialed in to all. I feel B.A.S.S. is getting further and further away from its fan base with unattainable (money-wise) boat and equipment for most of us, and second, no more co anglers (FLW manages it somehow) and now, the suggestion of special waters only for them. My question is: Who is this fan base going to be? The Elites are getting a little too elite.

  • Skip Bennett of Texico, IL writes:

    Because of B.A.S.S.' no-net rule, there seems to be a lot of talk of getting hooks in the hand or elsewhere. Not as much talk about it in FLW. I think as soon as someone gets a hook in the eye from a fish throwing the lure, they will change the no-net rule.

  • Charles Petit of Mountain Home, AR writes:

    RE: Balog on Ike's column – Stop beating up on Ike Iaconnelli. His points are OK to raise without negative bias from those making a living in fishing products, etc. The fans in boats staying way back is one thing. That has been OK. But I have noticed of late, many of them are now getting quite close to the pro as they fish and following closely going down the shore as the pro fishes, using boat motors to idle close and continuing to have their fish locators operating. Now they follow them down the shoreline so the pro can't turn around and fish that shore a second time from the opposite direction.

    What happened to "Do unto others as they would nicely do unto you"? Americans are getting more narcissistic every day!

  • Rick Pierce of Mountain Home, AR writes:

    RE: Lucarelli's invention – The Ninja Blade is a great part and I have used it this season. At Lake Kissimmee I could literally go anywhere with my 70-pound MotorGuide Tour. It cut through a lily-pad field with ease and chopped roots up easily.

    Anyone fishing grass on Guntersville or similar reservoirs needs one of these on their motor. We now sell them through our parts store and they are not taken seriously as a part that will reduce time for grass anglers.

  • Tom Beck of Las Vegas, NV writes:

    RE: Balog on Ike's column – At lakes Mead and Mohave, I see a fair number of tournaments each year from local to regional organizations and a couple times a year national (U.S. Open). These are big bodies of water with fluctuating water levels. To me, a big numbers tournament is purely an aggravation. I try to avoid fishing on those days.

    Personally, I don't think it's courteous to follow the tournament guys around ... even when they are practicing. Seems to make them upset even if you fish behind them, like might happen in crowded California water. Doing that leads to a weak mindset, especially if you do catch a nice sack off someone's spot because you have no "skin in the game." With money on the line, you will fish differently.

    I don't think it's a good habit to be waypointing people's spots, either, because you should be honing your own skill at finding fish. Even if you had someone's consistent waypoint your approach angle and presentation are just as critical. I don't care if they waypoint me because I know they will be gone in a couple days. The spot might replenish and conditions will change.

    On the other hand, I've had tournament competitors run past me on plane, jump the bank and set down 50 yards away. That kind of behavior pisses me off. Those people I might follow around for half an hour; with the home lake advantage I can often catch bass behind them, which pisses them off and erodes their confidence ... price of hubris.

    If I find myself on a milk run meeting another boat, I'll ask if it's a derby situation. If so I'll abandon the spot or share with the guy who paid money to play.

  • Steve Boyd of Orlando, FL writes:

    RE: Arkansas River Open day 1 – Scott McGehee has good reason to stay away from locks!

    I fished with Scott in a 2004 Southern Open on the Tombigbee Waterway. Before I stepped in his boat, he was trying to sell it to me. And before we made it out of the lock, he speared a wave.

    Yeah, that was a good day!

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