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  • John Matlosz of Fruit Cove, FL writes:

    RE: Balog on shiners – You all missed a great opportunity to tout the use of circle hooks. Shiner fishermen gut-hook most fish and latently kill more big bass than anything else.

    Florida FWC requires circle hooks when bait-fishing in many cases in saltwater. They are not intelligent enough to advocate for freshwater bass.

    Please issue a follow up promoting circle hooks. Thank you.

  • Charlie Hartley of Grove City, OH writes:

    RE: Balog on Shiners – So well-written, I'm hooked. Let's go! I'll buy the bait!

  • Terry Bonsell of Fruitland Park, FL writes:

    RE: Balog on vegetation – The Harris Chain has been literally under attack from the spray boats.

  • Terry Metzger of Naples, FL writes:

    RE: Balog on vegetation – If universities had some grant money to come up with an outside use for hydrilla, it would be to everyone's advantage to harvest it to control overgrowth. It's a renewable resource that cleans water and promotes more growth due to sunlight penetration and clean water flowing downstream. Win-win.

  • Mike long of Fredericksburg, VA writes:

    RE: Balog on vegetation – I lived on the tidal Potomac River 15 for years. I couldn’t afford waterfront. so I was one lot off the water. Well, the rich waterfront homeowners are not fishermen. They are just boaters. I call them drunk boaters because that’s all they really do on the water is drink. Anyway, they are all very wealthy. And they all hated the grass in front of their homes, so they killed it. They buy herbicide and they get in a row boat and paddle around and disperse it with a rotary spreader. I saw them do it. They bragged of doing it. I was the only person in the neighborhood who fished, so I kept quiet and like I said, they are wealthy. Very wealthy. They do what they want.

    They were very effective at killing everything in the water. I remember in the '90s when the Greenway Flats grass died in the summer. A huge, vast area full of bass. No rainstorms, no floods, nothing ... but there are a bunch of houses on that flat. I know what happened ... they killed it. Not looking at landowners is sticking your head in the sand.

  • Dean Lanternier of Hixson, TN writes:

    RE: Repeat AOY poll – Wheeler. He has been more consistently ranked at or near the top in both formats. More experience at the top, for now. Neal and Fieder need more time winning, and they can be perpetual contenders.

  • Kenny Kraft of Ponchatoula, LA writes:

    I really enjoy reading BassFan.

  • Guy Foscone of Kutztown, PA writes:

    RE: Cox's plan for '22 – Love this guy ... so good and so humble! I watch every tourney he's in. Go get 'em, John!

  • Tim Teale of Hot Springs, AR writes:

    RE: Balog on Bally's sponsorship – This has a “Shoeless Joe” scenario written all over it.

  • Theron Aubrey Thackery of Lilburn, GA writes:

    RE: Balog on Bally's sponsorship – I think this is just another money grab for MLF that won't really translate to the pros making any more money. What big sponsors don't realize is that this industry is a lifestyle industry at the highest level. If you don't have a product that can be incorporated into this lifestyle, it's not a great investment. If you want to grow a product into a lifestyle brand, this is where the opportunity is. I'm available for hire, LOL.

  • John Orchard of Wilmington, NC writes:

    RE: Balog on Bally's sponsorship – Fantasy fishing is still available and I believe has a very large following. In fact, there are two options available through the same organization. The prizes are worth the free entry.

  • Bobby Colson of Mt Juliet, TN writes:

    RE: Balog on Bally's sponsorship – A fantasy game where the fans can make as much as the "professionals " I always thought was out of balance. A wise man once told me the definition of pro was Profit Right Often ... that is small number of professional anglers.

  • John M. Orchard of Wilmington, NC writes:

    Either show bass fishing/catching or show interviews. Both cannot be done in an hour. You cannot teach the everyday person about your product in one hour.

  • Steven Constant of New Richmond, WI writes:

    RE: Balog on delayed broadcasts – Couldn't agree more with Joe on this.

  • Buddy Beck of Palatka, FL writes:

    RE: Balog on delayed broadcasts – I totally agree with the writer's views.

  • Shawn Welden of Andersonville, TN writes:

    RE: Balog on best customers – I totally agree with the article. Ive always bass-fished since i was a teenager. I was in my early 20s when i started tournament fishing, and I was hooked. It's been like a drug that I've tried to quit multiple times. When I first started you could fish any local tournament and almost everyone had a chance to win. We were weekend warriors, to say the least. Things have changed greatly.

    Anyone with math skills can figure out that any large tournaments are a gimmick. Boats have gotten out of control, they have tripled in price since the mid 90s. And tackle has expanded to the point that you can't be good at anything because you're trying to follow the trends. The best anglers are the ones who keep it simple – crankers, flippers and power-fishermen. A local tournament that I fish in the winter last was mainly dominated by a guy with a G3 aluminum and electronics smaller than 9-inch. We have lost the perspective of weekend warriors, instinct fishing and camaraderie. Makes me want to join an old man's club and escape the rat race of my second job (fishing). Thanks for the article.

  • Brian Chance of Visalia, CA writes:

    RE: Balog on best cusotmers – Agreed. You should not have to spend $3K to have spot-lock anchor or $3,500 to add graphs to catch fish. Tournament guys with those products finish last, too.

  • Gary Pryor of Gallatin, TN writes:

    Joe, your missing-the-boat commentary is one of the best you've ever written. The commercialization of outdoor recreation, the outlandish prices of boats, is destroying the future of fishing. While I agree we don't need any more bass fishermen clogging our limited resources, the industry is increasingly pushing consumers that you just can't go fishing without a bunch of expensive stuff. I learned long ago that I love fishing to get away from it all, and it is the experience, of being out in nature, that is the true reason for going.

    The late baseball great and avid outdoorsman Ted Williams wrote that wild fish and their environment no longer account for anything, and that it is the gadgets that are pushed by industry that breed discontent in anglers who used to be happy sitting on the bank soaking in sun and soaking doughballs in the creek. Now young people are taught you can't fish without a bunch of expensive boats and tackle. Having fun in a wild environment is ignored by the boat and tackle industries. No wonder kayaks are selling so well.

  • George Kramer of Lake Elsinore, CA writes:

    RE: Balog on advancements – A word about technology and front-looking sonar. What I would like to see is that visual technology built into a clear helmet visor like the fighter pilots. I'm 50 years past Top Gun, but the industry just can't make a screen big enough for aging eyes with typical near-sightedness. But put those sidescan/forward marks a couple inches from my nose and I'll be techno basser too. Well, maybe.

  • Randy Brandenburg of Frisco, TX writes:

    RE: Balog on best customers – I feel this way. I don't see it changing, though, as long as the money keeps flowing in. I have wondered why a boat manufacturer doesn't build an entry-level base model 18-foot glass boat with an outboard motor, trolling motor and a simple graph and sell it for $20K. Because a dang 17-foot aluminum boat costs more than that. So, here I go in my little aluminum jon boat, except the wind is blowing 20 mph. Better stay on shore today.

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