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  • Johnny McLean of Little Rock, AR writes:

    RE: Swindle's boat switch – It's funny to hear these professional fishermen (salesmen) explain why they switch sponsors when we all know it is about money. I am pretty sure there's not a dime's worth of difference between a 21-foot Triton and a 21-foot Phoenix.

  • Bill Wedelich of Dolores, CO writes:

    RE: Balog on youth – This article is what most of the youth and new fishermen need to read. Fishing has gotten way too complicated.

  • Steve Brown of Oakland, TN writes:

    RE: Balog on youth – As a former youth and high school aass club director, I could not agree more ... but I see things have gone from zero to 90 very fast! The driving force behind the huge surge in high school and college are retail sellers of boats and tackle, and understandably so, but at what longterm cost to some of these kids? So many see it as a career path and it’s akin to becoming a pro poker player. But it’s sold a lot of boats to grandparents who spent more on that than the tuition it took to get them on the fishing team.

    I just think a course in “bass professional economics” ought to be taught, too. There’s only so much room and cash flow at the top of pro bass fishing. Again, I get it! I love seeing these kids involved and coming in, I’ve lived it and still promote it. Let’s just tone down selling “the dream” unless we’re willing to teach hard knocks, too.

  • John Orchard of Winston Salem, NC writes:

    RE: NPFL – This could be a game-changer. I have read several articles. Do we know if this will be a pro-am format?

  • Bill Crumrine of Littleton, CO writes:

    My deepest regards to the McKinnis family and all my fellow B.A.S.S. members and all anglers.

  • Lee Cox of Frederick, MD writes:

    RE: NPFL – Sounds interesting, cant wait to see who signs up.

  • Martin D. Lamb of Albia, IA writes:

    RE: 2020 Bassmaster Opens – Central in Louisiana – B.A.S.S. still doesn’t employ anyone who understands geography.

  • Wayne Hunter of Kemblesville, PA writes:

    I was devastated to read of the passing of Jerry McKinnis. I learned so much about fishing from him on the "Fishin' Hole" show. I still have the segment where he showed a picture of my son and answered a question for me on the show. I never met him personally, but he shaped my life to always look on the positive side, to include children in my activities, and to help others less fortunate than myself. I wish to let everyone know how much of a gentleman and leader he was as well as a genuine, good-hearted person.

  • Bryant Copley of Altavista, VA writes:

    RE: McKinnis' passing – I bet ol' Norm is one happy puppy right now! Thanks, Jerry, for everything you did for the sport of bass fishing.

  • Paul Liuzza, Sr. of Independence, La. writes:

    RE: Picachos experience – Wow!! Just reading your article has me all fired up about our trip in February. My wife and I have been to Picachos and Lake El Salto twice. Everything you wrote about is 100 percent true! No one could ask for any better service than you will get at Anglers Inn. And the bass fishing is off the chain also!

  • John Shultz of Cape Vincent, N.Y. writes:

    RE: Mckinnis' passing – Sorry to hear about Jerry. Prayers to the family.

  • Tom Tanner of Jonestown, PA writes:

    Wow, so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. There are many people like myself who grew up watching the early TV fishing stars like Jerry and Virgil Ward. Many of the earlier shows were shot on film without sound tracks and then narrated by the host. My Dad and I looked forward to watching Jerry on a Sunday afternoon as he fished all over the country, and we learned a lot from his show. He went on to play a major role in promoting the sport and helping it grow to the level we see today. He was truly one of the pioneers of the fishing industry and will be missed.

  • Doug Clifford of Crooksville, OH writes:

    RE: Roy's youth event – Kudos to Bradley Roy. Best example of giving back and growing the sport of bass fishing. What a great scholarship package!

  • John Jackson of Flowery Branch, GA writes:

    RE: Early spybaits – I have some old Pawpaws that were spybaits made over half a century ago – I believe 1940s and 1950s. Very similar to the ones in this article, but slightly larger. Slow-sinkers with props on both ends.

  • Ken Snow of Spring Valley, WI writes:

    One has to wonder if the new NPFL chose this moment to announce their league. After all, it's going to be at least two years before any of the FLW Tour pros can advance to the BPT.

  • Johnny McLean of Little Rock, AR writes:

    RE: Angler rituals – I hope Bryan Thrift is recycling all of this line that he peels off or giving it to some amateur angler. Otherwise, that is not a very good example of environmental stewardship. Also, I am assuming that he is using some of the best lines available and it seems like stripping off a few feet would be sufficient.

  • Coleman Roberts of Fort Myers, FL writes:

    So do college anglers get to qualify for anything by winning the National Championship? Is MLF closing the door this year to anyone trying to qualify for the Pro Circuit?

    BassFan says: Qualification for the 2020 FLW Pro Circuit will follow the 2019 FLW Tour rules. There are 25 spots open for FLW Series competitors and one for the TBF National Champion.

  • Paul J. Wallace of Cambridge City, IN writes:

    RE: FLW Pro Circuit – Very keen on the Friday Night prime time fishing. As far as sports on TV, Fridays are lackluster at best. This is a step in the right direction and should be a good time slot for viewing – or DVR'ing and watching whenever.

  • Steve Craighead of Mt Holly, NC writes:

    RE: Elites by the numbers – I would have thought you would have included Shane Lehew. He’s new to the Elites and finished 8th – that deserves some kind of mention!

  • Tim Hennemann of Florence, KY writes:

    RE: Elites by the numbers – I would also like to see the stat of money won over the course of the year as well as per tournament.

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