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  • Rev. Alan Mackey of Jackson, MI writes:

    RE: Balog on Swindle – I met Dwindle several years ago at KVD's spring seminar. We must have talked for 20 minutes. He was down to earth and just a great source of encouragement. His honesty was something not seen or heard in many of those anglers. Then I was able to be a marshal on his boat. That's when I learned much about fishing, but more about the person they call G-Man. He's on my list of favorite Elite anglers.

    Go, G-Man! Congratulations on your AOY award!

  • Elisabeth Bird of El Mocanal, Canary Islands writes:

    RE: Champlain Open day-1 leader – Because I live here, Google News gives me a section on the Canary Islands. It may amuse you to know that this article was included. Mr Tacoronte looks a nice man and I wish him well. Presumably the allegedly infallible computer has confused him with the town of Tacoronte in Tenerife. It's a nice place. He should visit and he'd be sure to be made welcome.

  • Johnny McLean of Little Rock, AR writes:

    RE: Balog on Swindle – Good article, Joe, but I never have been and never will be a Swindle fan. He reminds me too much of the types like Tim McGraw – it looks like someone dresses him up every time he goes fishing. I know, it's all about advertising, but like you, I can remember when B.A.S.S. was pushing him and I believe once he was portrayed as a white rapper from Alabama. He does have a good sense of humor and he is a good fisherman, but I still think alot of what you see is a front. You are correct, not a legend, yet anyway.

  • William McDonaugh of Thorndale, PA writes:

    RE Swindle assists DeFoe – It seemed Feider did not have a problem with G-Man calming Ott down, but did have a problem with him telling him where to go to catch fish. Ott did say he went to the spot and caught fish. What G-Man did was legal, but I still see Feider's point.

  • George Foster of Pineville, NC writes:

    RE: Swindle assists DeFoe – I think G-Man just wanted to help Ott calm down and relax. I think by that happening Ott would have gone on to win anyway. I think Feider's comment about Ott would have lost if not for the help was a little immature. I will remember him for that forever. Just like all the stupid things Ish has done makes me not even read what he has to say.

  • John Thao of Madison, WI writes:

    RE: Swindle assists DeFoe – It's great when you hear stories of good guys being good guys. As was the case with G-Man and Ott's situation. What happened was perfectly legal and within the rules of the competition. What it does, though, for the causal and generally uneducated audience of bass fishing competition is make them think that fishing is just "luck". No skills involved, randomness, who can get the luckiest, no strategy, no game planning, doesn't involve hard work and dedication.

    Ask most people who watch NFL football and a lot would say they have never played football at any level. But for some reason they understand all the rules and most would say there is no "luck" involved. Some would even say playing at that level takes a lot of hard work, dedication and a whole lot of skills.

    If "Elites" means we keep being "the good ol' boys," then keep the rules the same. But if it means top-tier competition with no gray areas with clear-cut rules then maybe we should ask ourselves if we really need to pay an entry fee to go fish a public lake to be "good ol' boys" on the weekends.

  • Johnny McLean of Little Rock, AR writes:

    RE: Balog on Feider – I believe that off the water they should be able to share, but once you are on the water, it's you against the fish. If not, they should just rename the circuit to the B.A.S.S. Elite Team Circuit. As far as I am concerned, Feider was likely the best fisherman last week. If you were going to fish the river next week, who could give you the best info? Feider, of course.

  • Paul Mistop of Orlando , FL writes:

    RE: Balog on TTBC – So now the TTBC is just an Elite Series event, and this is special how? It was a cool tournament to look forward to. Now it's just another tournament. I hope Chevy or Dodge start a two-tour challenge.

  • Dennis Pentecost of Milford, IL writes:

    RE: Balog on Legends – If anglers are allowed in because of their past, then KVD would be allowed to fish every one for the rest of his career whether he qualifies or not! Have a legends tournament and allowing the winner into the Classic would be much better!

  • Jeff Mitchell of Fish Lake, IN writes:

    RE: Mississippi River winning pattern – Ott Defoe said that the main factor in his success was "Committing to those two areas. There was a lot of other stuff I drove by that I could’ve spent time on and caught fish on, but I knew those two areas had quality fish on them.”

    I would have been more impressed with Ott had he said, "Gerald giving me those fish on Sunday when I was spinning out." Lost some respect for Ott this weekend.

  • David Harrison of Huntsville, AL writes:

    I agree with Joe Balog on the TTBC – really hated this move. I eagerly anticipated the results each day more than any other event, B.A.S.S. Elite or FLW Tour. It was, by far, the stoutest field and a fun event for everyone.

  • Skip Bennett of Texico, IL writes:

    RE: Mississippi River Elite Series – Congratulations to Ott, but I feel bad for Seth. I think sharing spots is bull. Seth probably would have won if it wasn't for Ott getting info from Swindle. Maybe the new rule will be everyone in the top 12 should share spots and luers before they leave the dock so it's an even playing field.

  • Jeff Lira of Roanoke, VA writes:

    Chevy and Ford need to learn from Toyota; Chevy lost quite a bit by letting tournament sponsorships go. Now, B.A.S.S. and the TTBC not allowing FLW guys in is just another way to weaken the sport while further diminishing payouts.

    There are too many young, short-sighted men running B.A.S.S. as well as Chevy. I've been a bass fan since the '70s and it's sad to see the sport in the hands of boobs.

  • Drew Scarpa of Millville, NJ writes:

    Other professional sports don't include past champions in thier championships merely for being past champions. B.A.S.S. shouldn't include anyone who doesn't currently compete to qualify. It not only lowers the standard, but excludes other possible future "legends."

  • Ty Broaddus of Okeechobee, FL writes:

    RE: Mercury ends FLW deal – It appears that the minds of the powers to be at Mercury have been made up. I still fail to understand. Makes no sense.

  • Chance Huiet of Hardin, TX writes:

    RE: Balog on TTBC – I've been a judge multiple years for the TTBC and I have to say I absolutely HATE this move. In my opinion it's another way B.A.S.S. is trying to "rule the roost" and show they are the big dog on the block.I will greatly miss seeing some of the FLW guys that I have come to know over the years.

  • Ed Straw of Chenoa, IL writes:

    RE: Balog on Legends – I feel they they should be included. After all, they opened the door for bass fishing and still promote the sport and draw big crowds to events.

  • Dave Shellhaas of Dayton, OH writes:

    RE: Balog on TTBC – Agree with Joe – it will not be the same tourney and that is too bad. I feel bad for the FLW anglers who thought they were qualified for next year's tournament.

  • Darrell Littlefield of Woodruff, SC writes:

    They will no longer be able to advertise "World Championship" of "Best Anglers In The World" if they leave out the FLW boys. What a shame!

  • Kurt Dove of Del Rio, TX writes:

    RE: Balog on TTBC – The TTBC was most popular and best attended when it was a special event (team tournament) for the fans!

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