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  • Buddy Beck of Palatka, FL writes:

    RE: Bolton's first Tour win – Never met the guy, but I have great admiration for the gentleman.

  • Skip Bennett of Texico, IL writes:

    RE: Bolton's first Tour win – Great job, Terry Bolton. Great job, FLW live, and great job letting Daniel Fennel MC the final day. He should do all 4 days.

  • George Mrozinski of Sarver, PA writes:

    I'd like know how much non-productivity and loss time employers will suffer while guys live-stream fishing from their desktops and phones while at work.

  • Tim Farruggio of Long Branch, NJ writes:

    Maybe expand the Classic field. B.A.S.S. and BPT could get together on this. Invite the top 15 BPT finishers to the Classic. The KVDs and Hackneys of the sport will truly be missed. Something for all to think about.

  • William Koehler of Belleville, IL writes:

    RE: Balog on live-streaming – First, I love your articles. Second, I am a bass junky in my fourth year of bass fishing at age 58. I like watching live shows but I really love when anglers like Scott Martin or Jacob Wheeler provide fishing tips on why they chose that bait or why are they are fishing this cover or structure. I want to learn, not hear continual sponsor plugs. I understand they need to, but I can read their jersey or boat wrap. Keep up the good work!

  • Steve Linden of Hickory, NC writes:

    RE: Balog on live-streaming – I've enjoyed the live feed coverage when I've had a chance to watch it. However, I'm too busy during daylight hours to see much of it. I do like to catch the live weigh-in feeds at the end of the day. I still depend on the tournament TV shows for most of my viewing enjoyment.

  • Jeremy Limerick of Punxsutawney, PA writes:

    RE: Balog on live-streaming – It will absolutely not dilute it and this is definitely the future of bass fishing coverage. Bass fishermen aren’t stupid. They were sick of hearing guys at the weigh-in state which bait they caught them on, only to hear rumors they caught them another way. We want to see how it’s really happening in real time. We also want to see the character of anglers on the water in the heat of the moment, not on a staged television show.

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

    RE: Balog on live-streaming – Televised bass tournaments are at their best after condensing and editing. That's hard to do with streaming live coverage. I think the real challenge ... and MLF has seemingly met that challenge ... is presenting a condensed 1- to 2-hour show that feels live and is entertaining, but the viewers are not aware of the outcome. That's gonna be hard to pull off for most tournaments. Likewise, watching hours of live fishing, well, is not very entertaining most of the time.

    Many people lose interest in watching sports when they already know the outcome. Fishing has always had this issue, but it's magnified since the days when I didn't know who won the Bassmaster Classic until my magazine came in the mail.

  • Stephen Smith of Commerce Township, MI writes:

    RE: Balog on live-streaming – Live coverage is the future for the true bass fishing fan. The produced 1-hour shows that are 33 percent advertisements will still appeal to the general fishing public. Now there is something for everyone.

  • Earl Bennett of Mt Vernon, IL writes:

    RE: Balog on live-streaming – I’ve overstocked my man cave with beer, increased my data plan, applied for early retirement and I have my bookie looking into betting on BPT anglers. Let the games begin!

  • Jack Hembree of Blue Ridge, GA writes:

    Comparing fishing to golf is like comparing apples to oranges; but that's the best you could come up with. Fishing is dealing with living creatures that change moods and patterns every hour. Just wait till one of these guys goes out on day 1 and busts 80 pounds and the next day you can't buy a fish. Then you will see some major griping and complaining.

    I have fished with these guys since 1998 in 16 tournaments as a co-angler and one as a marshal. These are the most competitive, selfish and egotistical people in the world. To put 80 of the biggest egos in the world together on an uneven playing field, BPT will self-implode.

  • Hunter Massie of Huntington, WV writes:

    RE: Balog on measuring sticks – In response to the idea that the fishing industry needs to look at things from a new point of view, I agree. However, I must disagree about that kick-in-the-butt being the idea of MLF-style tournaments.

    Your idea about people only caring about numbers, I must disagree with you. When the people I fish with or talk to about fishing, talk about their day they talk about keepers. And more importantly, they either talk about their biggest one or two, or they talk about their best five. Many of these people do not fish tournaments. And not all of them talk about weight, some talk about length.

    I think limiting boat sizes and technological limits would be a much better way of helping the industry grow. You can see that in the explosion of kayak anglers in recent years. More people fish out of kayaks, jonboats, and 10-plus-year-old fiberglass boats than will ever fish out of the state-of-the-art boats on the market.

  • Roy Bilby of Richmondville, NY writes:

    RE: Arey's transition – Followed Matt on FLW and I'm looking forward to following him on the B.A.S.S. Elite Series. I think the industry shake-up will end up being a good thing for all circuits. As a fan and a competitor, I will follow all three circuits!

  • Jack Hembree of Blue Ridge, GA writes:

    From what I understand about BPT, the field will be split into two groups and fish a lake on alternate days. Anyone who fishes knows that a lake does not fish the same every day. How can you compare weights from different days under possibly totally different conditions? In order to have a competition, you must have fishermen fish the same lake the same day; otherwise you just have the luck of the draw.

    BPT is just going to be a television show about a group of guys catching a lot of small fish, with a lot of hollering and screaming, and a little dramatic music thrown in. Think about it like this, would they split the field at the Kentucky Derby into two groups, run one group in the sun one day, the other group in the rain the next and compare times?

    BassFan says: It's a different format, to be sure, but "luck of the draw" plays a role in a lot of major sports. Perhaps the most notable is golf, in which course conditions for players who tee off in the afternoon are often dramatically different than they were for those who played in the morning. Still, at the end of the day, all competitors are ranked on the basis of "how many?"

  • Stephen Smith of Commerce Township, MI writes:

    RE: Balog on measuring sticks – Great article. The good thing about BPT is it is catch and immediate release. I remember reading your articles on bass mortality in tournaments. This will take that out of the picture.

  • Bob Scheurer of Linden, PA writes:

    Confidence builder, go-to bait, do-or-die bait, if you only had one bait to use. All of these terms equal confidence bait in my mind. Early on I tried to soak up every bit of fishing knowledge whether it be reading, VHS, or dock talk. That being said, I felt confident throwing just about every bait or tactic that was happening in the late '80s early '90s. But yes, there is always that one bait I fell back on when the going got tough.

    After practically living on the water in those years, in 2005 I stopped fishing altogether. Did not even pick up a rod again until October 2018. Starting back up, I have to purchase all new equipment once again. Pretty long story just to mention my confidence bait. Oh, If you can find it, Paul Elias VHS tape on worm fishing from 1980-something, some good worming knowledge there. Okay, confidence bait, the first bait I again had to purchase getting back into bass fishing was the Gary Yamamoto Hula Grub You an fish any color to match water clarity, can fish any depth due to jig weight, can fish fast or slow depending on water temperature. Just an all-around fish-catching confidence bait for me.

  • Skip Bennett of Texico, IL writes:

    RE: BPT format – Maybe they will have to change the format to catch, tag, weigh and release. But all in all, spawners or fry-guarders won’t be transported miles away.

  • James Lee Ogstad of Caldwell, ID writes:

    RE: Haynes pulls out – I strongly agree after leading for two days, he should have had the right to fish it alone. These young guys don't really give a damn, no sportsmanship any more. Until FLW stands up for these guys, it will be a mess.

  • Dennis Pentecost of Milford, IL writes:

    Have to laugh at B.A.S.S. for their Christmas posts. Is that why all the top anglers left, because B.A.S.S. was so giving?

  • Joe Opager of Hopkins, MN writes:

    A publicly traded, Fortune 500 company acquires a minority interest in FLW and it doesn't make the Year in Review? Polaris likes what they see with FLW and big things are in the works ... stay tuned for 2019!

    BassFan says: Joe Opager is FLW's director of public relations.

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