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  • Duane Snyder of Hanson, KY writes:

    RE: Telly award for B.A.S.S. – The best tournament coverage going. Sanders, Zona, Mercer, Hite and the crew are the very best at what they do. Awesome job, B.A.S.S.

  • Darren Orr of Thurston, OH writes:

    RE: Wheeler's numbers – If Wheeler led in all these and was not Angler of the Year, then the point system being used is very bad.

    BassFan says: It's the same system used by other circuits – one point per place in the standings and the competitor who compiles the most points at the end of the season is the Angler of the Year. It really couldn't be more simple – placement in relation to the field across the entire season is the only thing that matters.

    All tours would have statistical anomalies if every catch weighing one pound or more were recorded and tabulated.

  • Martin D. Lamb of Albia, IA writes:

    These comments about being disinterested with the BPT coverage leave something to be desired, IMO. I mean, what coverage is one actually comparing it to? Both B.A.S.S. and FLW only post 2-3 short clips each tournament day, one has to wait weeks or months to actually watch the coverage of the event. And the live feed ... both venues have limited cameras so there is a fish catch like once in forever throughout the day, otherwise it is just some guy casting with no interaction. The coverage of the BPT events is continuous action, continuous interaction. Camera in every boat, and up to the minute coverage.

  • Skip Bennett of Texico, IL writes:

    I believe BPT and MLF are more entertaining than the the other circuits because of the names and the constant action. I don’t really watch the two opening rounds because nobody gets eliminated, so no stress on the anglers. Most shows today are all about elimination because apparently that’s what the majority of viewers want. MLF has tweaked their format consistently since it started and who knows what will be next. Maybe a 2-pound minimum or each period, each round, someone goes home.

  • Jim Kaisler of Eau Claire, WI writes:

    I am in my late 50s and I went into MLF very skeptical. After this first year I think it is great. Nowhere else do you get the access to the anglers in a true tournament environment.
    Tweaks? Sure. Remember, this is the first year. Look at some of the running changes they made.

    To come back to Table Rock and having the foresight to change the tournament hours. I thought it was brilliant.

    A post below suggested a 2-pound "legal" bass. I thought maybe 1-08 would make things interesting.

    If anything, this has brought fish care into the light. When watching the other trails and the anglers mashing the thumbar and letting the bass slam to the deck, they show no respect for the fish. Not appealing at all.

    FLW Champlain tournament, all those fish caught off the beds and moved. Don't like it.

    A change was needed and to the anglers credit, they had the guts to make it. LaCrosse will be a great Redcrest.

    Can't wait to see what 2020 brings!

  • James Melvin of New Wilmington, PA writes:

    When MLF first emerged it was a unique format and it was exciting to watch established pros fishing something different. But they were still fishing the regular tours so it was more of side gig. After a few years, though, it got tedious to watch. The format doesn't reward different techniques or doing something different from the field. Grab a bladed jig or square-bill crankbait and hit the bank. I still watch it because it is fishing but find myself fast-forwarding more and more. I've tried following some of the new league online and to be honest, it is difficult to keep track of throughout the day with all the changes in the standings. MLF seems like a really exciting format to fish, but not so exciting to watch.

    I still regularly follow B.A.S.S. and those new faces can all flat out catch 'em. Plus I am older and still value catching your best five.

    I do wish B.A.S.S. would move toward more on-boat weighing of fish and immediate release like MLF, but not knowing what your competitors have in the boat is just as anxiety-producing as knowing exactly what they have. Just different.

    The MLF pros are now true pros. No entry fees. Yet they continue to fish on public waterways. Making comments to local boats doesn't sit as well with me when you haven't even ponied up an entry fee to fish on that water.

    I have a ton of respect for most of those pros who jumped to MLF and I wish them the best, but I can't say I am a fan. I just hope B.A.S.S. or FLW makes them requalify if they want to return in the future.

  • Bobby Colson of Mt. Juliet, TN writes:

    How about a best-five tournament with BPT rules?

  • Bobby Munlin of Toledo Bend, TX writes:

    I agree with Steve Krakowski about losing interest but still enjoy the final minutes when it gets down to the wire. Kind of like a horse race that you don't get excited till they come around the last turn. I really would like to see how interesting it would be if MLF raised the weight to 2 pounds. That would change things up on the way they fished.

  • Maynard Logan of Ft.Wayne, IN writes:

    I agree with Mr. Krakowski of MD. To me there has to be more coverage of the BPT than just live feeds and television! They need to have some sort of print media to cover the stars of their league: A magazine or just a monthly newspaper like B.A.S.S. Times or as another from the past Redfish Circuit, a print/news magazine. Also, come up with a way to tell when and where the Cup action is, give us the state and date. Too much secrecy if they want followers! Don't tell us the lakes!

  • Jackson Holt of Tampa, FL writes:

    I just read the comment by the gentleman about the BPT and couldn’t agree more. I too was exited at first but that faded after the second event. Like the other gentleman, I don’t know why. Most of the guys I fish with are between 30 and 50 and to a man aren’t interested. The only thing I can come up with is it’s constant pound and a half catches. I still follow FLW and some B.A.S.S., but if not for BassFan I would never know who won their events.

  • Steve Krakowski of Chesapeake City, MD writes:

    I write after a recent conversation with a fellow bass fishing enthusiast who expressed what I've been feeling. Despite my original interest in MLF, and all the positives that go along with it (immediate release/fish care, star-studded field, improved financials for pros), I find myself totally disinterested. I have no idea when or where the next tournament is and am only vaguely aware of standings (Evers and Wheeler are crushing it, KVD is struggling). I still follow B.A.S.S. and FLW with my same interest (although lamenting the time when articles featured highly accomplished bass pros). What I don't understand is my own disinterest with the BPT.

    Maybe its the terrible presentation of the online coverage (I did initially try to follow). Or maybe it's that it really does feel more like made-for-TV entertainment. Or maybe I don't really like the "catch all you can" format that much ... I really don't know. But what strikes me is it's not just me – I'm hard-pressed to find anyone in my circles who's following the BPT. I'm 58 years old, so maybe its my age, but I don't think so. Why is it that something as seemingly positive as the BPT just doesn't seem to resonate with the bass fishermen? Or maybe it is just me.

  • Andy Williamson of Lake Andes, SD writes:

    I loved the book "Bass Wars" and even emailed Nick Taylor to do a sequel. He said, probably not ... with the sport so much bigger today, it would be an entirely different story. Also, the book did not sell well.

  • Gyasi Pulisic of Harrisburg, PA writes:

    RE: Balog on Scanlon – In this article I don’t really understand how you can not include the fact that the field of competitors has changed for Casey also. I have read articles and watched programs this year that seem to avoid this fact when analyzing newfound success on various circuits. There is no mention of the fact that a large group of seasoned pros who consistently were in the money and winning tournaments have been replaced by fishermen with less experience at that level.

  • Rick Grover of Anaheim, CA writes:

    RE: Woods' progression – Great story of hard work to get to the top of your game. Proud you're on our team!

  • Rob Wilkinson of Fredericksburg, VA writes:

    RE: Balog on fishing literature – There definitely is a vacuum when it comes to covering the various bass tours in a book format – most of the books out there are dedicated to the pursuit of bass. These books are nothing more than expanded magazines on tips and tactics, definitely not something that really keeps your interest. The only book on competitive bass fishing that I thought was worth the read was: "Bass Wars: A Story of Fishing, Fame and Fortune" by Nick Taylor. Even though this book is dated, it was absolutely enlightening to see a glimpse behind the curtain of the competitive bass scene. I would love to see another book like this document the tours of today, all of the stories behind the showmanship we see on TV today.

  • Kevin Crabtree of Sellersburg, IN writes:

    RE: Balog on fishing literature – I'm one of those "content devourees" you speak of. I've witnesed the depth of content decrease in fishing magazines over the past 10 years. More pictures with shorter, more basic articles year after year. Unfortunately, the publishers are only adjusting their content to what society prefers. Sadly, the newer generation wants to click a link and get a quick fix. I hope you find a market for your desire to publish deeper content.

  • Randy Rigg of Bean Station, TN writes:

    RE: Cancer claims Henry – Jonathan was a first-class man, he will be missed by many. I was blessed to have known him. He had the talent to be on top of the leaderboard, I hoped see him fulfill fishing dreams. I am so proud of his commitment not only to the fishing community but to his Lord and Savior. A life well-lived!

  • Pat Leach of The Colony writes:

    RE: Best tiebreaker format – I voted "other" because however it is written into the rules at the start of the season is how they all understand ties will be resolved. There isn't any need for discussion later in the season or any hard feelings if it doesn't go your way.

  • Johnny McLean of Little Rock, AR writes:

    RE: Tacorante DQ'd – I am guessing that about 100 percent of the "pros" would tell you that they find their own fish, but the facts show otherwise. Pretty sad that tournament fishing has sunk to this low over the years and it's the primary reason I have lost a lot of interest. Anybody can catch fish with someone else's waypoints. I suppose big money corrupts everything.

  • Rob Dixon of Lewistown, PA writes:

    RE: Tacorante DQ'd – I'm not sure why it's allowed for a "pro" to get waypoints from someone else to use for a tournament. That seems so ridiculous. Just one more example proving any above-average bass angler could be a "pro" if they had enough money to try. Kind of sad.

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