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  • David Carter of Greenfield, IN writes:

    RE: Monroe/Poche incident Both should sit out 2015.

  • Dave Dieling of Elmhurst, IL writes:

    RE: Okeechobee Rayovac Haven't you heard of "income redistribution"? It's the latest trend and apparently has arrived in tournament bass fishing!

  • Tim Brown of Ridge Top, TN writes:

    RE: Okeechobee Rayovac For the ones who got a check I'm sure they were happy to get one. At least it helped to reduce the costs somewhat. FLW took in $100,000 for the extra 50 boats in this event. They paid back $75,000. As we know, this is a company and they are in business to make money and use it however they need too.

    FLW could have turned away the extra 50 boaters/co-anglers, ut they opted to increase their take for this tournament. I'm glad to see that they are in it to get folks out fishing and to make a profit and or monies to put towards other events.

  • Quinn Hoyer of Cadiz, KY writes:

    RE: Monroe/Poche incident This is a small slap on the hand for both anglers. Penalties should have been more severe.

  • Pete Arredondo of Uvalde, TX writes:

    RE: Daniels' determination Good article. And good luck this season, Mark.

  • John Gaulke of Ithaca, NY writes:

    I don't think the ros are ever going to give the general public all the "keys to the kingdom." Lure selection, how to work them, general locational strategies - sure, but when I read tournament summaries, the winners, more often than not, are keyed in on something that most of the other pros aren't. They anticipate bass behavior and have an understanding of bass that goes way beyond what most anglers know.

    I'm sure pros occasionally feel that they gave out too much info, but I think most anglers aren't keying in on what they need to. But when I look through a tournament summary, mostly what I notice is a lot of product being pushed and being given way too much credit for the win.

    Locations are now widely available. We all get to find out what the top sections of massive waterways are. This puts everyone ahead of the game before practice starts. But on the other side, maybe by giving up long-known community holes, the astute pros feel that the masses will descend on them, while the savvy pros go and fish elsewhere.

  • Travis Peterson of Bemidji, MN writes:

    RE: Balog on technology Good read, Joe. Anglers are surely making use of technology on and off the water. My 15-year-old son "fishes" for information on YouTube almost daily and has learned about techniques and tips he may not otherwise be exposed to. Online information is quick to access, available at any time, and the information can be sorted through quickly ... vs. waiting for and watching the next fishing TV show to air.

    Another huge factor in the shortened learning curve, in my observation, is the pro/am or pro/co tournament circuit format. Co-anglers not only get a chance to compete for prize money, they get a variety of on-the water tutorials or seminars across the tournament season. In addition to being shown how to catch 'em, they learn where to catch 'em, from productive areas to pinpoint honey-holes. Some are revealed by their "pro" partners, while they observe other "pros" at a distance. This, in my opinion, has increased the number of potential winners as much as anything especially within state and regional tournament trails where the same bodies of water are visited annually. I've seen observant anglers go from "co" to "pro" pretty quickly.

  • Ed Stiefel of Mahwah, NJ writes:

    RE: Okeechobee Rayovac I agree it is a joke the way they paid 140 places.

  • Mark Aaron of Gastonia, NC writes:

    RE: Okeechobee Rayovac First, 250 boats was ridiculous, but I can deal with that. Second (and this is just my opinion), the payouts should never go below 75th (even for a 200-plus-boat field). At $1,200, they didn't even get their entry fee back ... that's everyone from 41st on down! I'd like to hear FLW's explanation for that? Take the money and fatten up the Top 75 and be done with it!

    The number of entrants should dictate what the payout will be from the top down. I'm all for these guys (and gals) making money, but FLW misallocated $78,000 by paying 65 places too many, in my opinion. Someone finishing 140th making the same amount as 41st makes zero sense!

  • Cody Peals of Rome, GA writes:

    RE: Tharp's Zoom deal Randall Tharp is simply one of the best sticks in the world and Zoom lures, which I have won quite a bit of money with myself, are the best soft-plastics on the market!

  • James Conrad of Moneta, VA writes:

    Wow, just had to talk about the payout at the FLW Rayovac on the Big O. A 250-boat field, and 140 got checks. Are you kidding me? The guy in 41st place got the same as 140th. Not sure I understand that one at all. How can you have a tournament where more people get checks than don't get checks?

  • Mike Webb of Orange, TX writes:

    Concerning Aaron Martens' comments about the Sabine River, it doesn't have to be treacherous. Stay in the middle of all channels and slow down in the narrow, winding areas. Also, I wish more of the Elites would actually fish the Sabine instead of running so far away. There are good bass to be caught in key areas.

  • Beverly Yamamoto of Palestine, TX writes:

    RE: Biffle's return So happy to hear things are going better for both of you! No one can understand better than another "tournament wife" the pressures we all go through at times like this!

  • Bob Smith of Dayton, OH writes:

    RE: Monroe/Poche incident Ish should be fined and/or suspended from one tournament! We don't need this crap in pro fishing.

  • Detria Dunning of Richmond, KY writes:

    RE: Monroe/Poche incident Ish should be put out, period. You can never assault another angler. This is not the first time he has been DQd and he needs to be put back and made to start from the bottom. Kyle Fox was put out for a word and this is 100 percent worse than that.

  • Ron Risenhoover of Lufkin, TX writes:

    RE: Monroe/Poche incident I am seeing this incident as an opportunity for Anglers with sponsors to see how their actions can reflect on the sport and their reputations. Some people fish for their own glory, but many others fish with their sponsor's reputations as a consideration.

    At this level of competition, if you loose sponsorship because of bad decisions, oftentimes it can be very hard to recover. This might be another wake-up call for people to think twice about how their actions can affect their livelihood, both directly and indirectly.

  • Bobby Colson of Nashville, TN writes:

    Great news good to see Tommy Biffle back.

  • Timothy F. Farruggio of Long Branch, NJ writes:

    RE: Monroe/Poche incident Expect more of the same in future. This incident is indirectly what is ultimately going to ruin this sport, and that is money! From the top down, nobody is excluded. Old school bass fishermen would never behave like this.

  • Terry Bonsell of Fruitland Park, FL writes:

    RE: Monroe/Poche incident Just too many boats fishing in a tour. 200? Get real.

  • Steven Bates of El Dorado, AR writes:

    RE: Monroe-Poche incident Am I the only one to notice that there was no real formal apology from Ish? Just "I reacted poorly." That right there is why he needs to be taught a lesson. Dude, you got arrested! At least apologize!

    At least Poche was man enough to issue a public apology to all involved. Sometimes a little bit of remorse goes a long way.

    Hey Ish, get the chip off your shoulder and show some humility! You don't have to like the guy or the outcome but at least show some remorse.

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