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  • Maynard Logan of Fort Wayne, IN writes:

    Mr. Bridgford, You might note that Larry Nixon is now available for sponsorship, as Chevy pulled the plug on several of the pros. What an addtion to your pro team it would be to add "The General."

  • Randy Blaukat of Joplin, MO writes:

    Al Bridgford exemplifies exactly what the sport of professional angling has sorely needed for years – a leader in the corporate world who has a passion for fishing and totally "gets it" when it comes to realizing the value of professional fishing as a marketing tool. In the past, many large endemic companies failed to see how many impressions professional anglers can generate for a company because they don't have a passion or understanding of the target market. Al does, and continues to work on activating and maximizing Bridgford's investment in the sport.

    All endemic and non-endemic companies would do well to follow Al's lead on the most effective and best value in advertising and marketing – partnering with professional anglers and others businesses associated with the sport.

  • Robert Behrle of Hoover, AL writes:

    The inaugural Bass Pros Against Childhood Cancer event is in the books. Bill "Booza Bug" Taylor and partner Stephen Dabbs took home the trophy for 1st place. Special thanks goes out to Elite Series pro Kevin Hawk, FLW Tour pros Rick Cotton and Charlie Evans and FLW tournament director Bill Taylor for helping raise over $2,700 for a young man named Payton Francis. Payton is currently at St. Jude Hospital undergoing treatment for cancer for the second time.

    Also a very special thank you to all the corporate sponsors: Motivated Movers from Birmingham, All-South Excavating, Fargason Building Corporation, Airport Marine, Ranger Boats, Evinrude Motors, Cornerstone Homes and individuals Blake Harlow and Geof Walker. God bless and thank you all for helping with this special event.

  • Mark Allard of Sioux City, IA writes:

    RE: Classic exemptions – It's the right thing to do. You know, like the Masters. Respect.

  • Jeff Mitchell of Cincinnati, OH writes:

    RE: Chevy team disbanded – I find it funny - Chevy has been sponsoring anglers for decades, as your article states, yet the minute they make a decision to step down the sponsorships people are like, "I'll never buy another Chevy again!" At least they have sponsored fishing. How many companies and products do we buy on a daily basis that have never even tried to put some money into the sport we all love?

  • Ruth Ferguson of Dallas, NC writes:

    RE: Cherry's awareness push – All families of Sanfilippo children are grateful to Hank Cherry and BassFan. Spreading awareness is so important to us.

  • Gene Nornhold of Mt. Sterling, KY writes:

    RE: Chevy team disbanded – I have respectfully run Chevy trucks and Tahoes for 20 years. I always felt they sponsored the sport I love and I wanted to give back. But no more. The fisherman buys high-dollar toys and Chevy Tahoes are among them. Thank you for the years. You leave us, we leave you.

  • Rodney Baldwin of Dallas, TX writes:

    RE: Chevy team disbanded – Companies change promotion campaigns all the time depending on their budgets, or maybe target new markets. Rarely do most Fortune 500 companies sponsor one organization as long as Chevy did FLW. Compare it to NASCAR – it's seen major recent sponsorship changes from Busch, Nextel, Nationwide, Sprint and now Xfinity. So Chevy makes a decision to cut its marketing budget with FLW and suddenly it's the worst product ever made? Or a team fisherman got cut so I'll never buy another?

    I guess those same people will also never eat another Snickers, Pop Tart or Corn Flake? Or buy Mt. Dew, Castrol, Pedigree, Lipton Tea, Timex, Pringles, Dr. Pepper, Dial, Coppertone, 7-Up, Hawian Punch, Tylenol, Stren, Berkley, Abu Garcia, STP and the list goes on and on.

  • Nathan Ranallo of La Crosse, WI writes:

    RE: Balog on FLW changes – This is a pretty optimistic view of the FLW situation. No business makes drastic changes like this with such significant financial repercussions that's not in some sort of financial problem. And sponsors don't leave organizations that are giving them value for their dollar.

    FLW's business model clearly wasn't working for the anglers and it doesn't appear it was working for the sponsors either. Whether or not FLW remains a top-tier professional fishing organization remains to be seen. My guess is that it will be something of a minor league of bass fishing. If you see a mass exodus of FLW anglers headed for the B.A.S.S. Opens, that should give us a good view of the future of FLW.

  • John Kovaka of Worth, IL writes:

    If anyone has the insight of B.A.S.S. it's Harold Sharp. I had the pleasure of meeting him several times on the old B.A.S.S. circuit. The man knows the hows and whys of tournament fishing.

  • Bob Drake of Noblesville, IN writes:

    Balog on FLW changes – Great article. It answered a lot of questions that I had. Don't forget that FLW was the first to offer $100,000 payouts to the pros and their Cup payout forced B.A.S.S. to increase its payout. BFL is still the best program for the majority of fishermen.

  • Shane Deel of Norton, VA writes:

    RE: Chevy team disbanded – It's sad that they have to talk good about Chevy even after Chevy just pulled the plug. I'm sure they are a lot more mad than they are letting on in interviews. I'll never buy any Chevy product!

  • Charlie Hartley of Grove City, OH writes:

    RE: Balog on FLW changes – Another great post from Joe! Facts and not just knee-jerk opinions. No tour or sponsor is obligated to provide you an income for fishing, that is the individual pro's responsibility.

  • Scott Kamien of Orlando, FL writes:

    RE: Chevy team disbanded _ Chevy has become anti-American since the government buyout. They couldn't manage their finances or run a company and stuck it to the taxpayers. I've owned Chevy trucks for over 25 years. I had already decided not to ever purchase another because of the quality issues on my Silverado, but this move against some of the classiest icons in our sport supports my decision.

  • Paul Zuest of Klamath Falls, OR writes:

    RE: Chevy team disbanded – I worked for Chevy dealers' parts departments for over 15 years. I've been a Chevy owner for 50 years, but when Chevy pulled their dealer from our town my wife and I both bought new Toyotas (made in the USA) and are impressed. Chevy products are not what they used to be and way overpriced.

  • Greg Hawk of Vandalia, OH writes:

    RE: Kerchal's legacy – As a fellow 1994 Federation Wrangler Angler on the five-man Classic team, I still think of Bryan quite often. My most fond memories are from our official practice period at High Rock Lake. Nearly every afternoon of the 9 days we were allowed, we were chased from the lake by nasty storms. After the storms passed, Bryan and I would sit in his boat or mine and study the lures that each of us liked. Bryan was incredibly hungry for anything that would make him a better fisherman. He would study lures that I had made or modified, asking about any tiny piece that was not standard.

    This article does bring back the memory of the last time I saw Bryan at a B.A.S.S. tournament at Lake Lanier. He came to me looking for advice on getting over stage fright because he was asked to speak at the Wrangler employee event. He wanted to make a good impression, and I'm quite sure he did. The accident was just a few days later.

    Rest In peace my friend. Your legacy lives on!

  • Jann Swaim of Auburn, AL writes:

    It's nice to see anglers representing their schools on their jerseys instead of some brand-name sponsors.

  • Don Watts of Naples, FL writes:

    RE: Parker to Lew's – Great decision to add Hank to a great brand that continues to improve under Lynn Reeves' partnership. I still have one of the first black pistol-grip rods given to us at a tournament by Lew in 1973 on Lake Lanier. Keep up the great work.

  • Tony Battalio of Tarrytown, LA writes:

    RE: Kerchal's legacy – I'm 72 years old and I remember him like it was yesterday. When I'm fishing I sometimes think about him. I have a tape that B.A.S.S. sold about him fishing. When my 18-month-old grandson gets older I will show and give it to him. I had one of his whistles but misplaced it.

  • David W. Barnes Sr. of South China, ME writes:

    RE: Kerchal's legacy – I roomed and traveled with Bryan for 2 years. After his Classic win Bryan never changed. I remember fishing with him at the next tournament, which was on Lake Lanier in Georgia. Bryan finished in the Top 50 and received a check. He said to me afterwards how great it made him feel to place in the tournament and show people after his Classic win that he had not won the Classic by just luck – that he could compete all the time.

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