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  • Mark Poulson of Antioch, IL writes:

    RE: Balog on Super Tournament – Joe, I think you missed the point in regard to the more intimate relationship between the commentators and the participants. One of the most important parts of televised bass fishing is how the rest of us mortals can relate to the pros, even though they are a world above us in terms of fishing ability. On any cast, one of us could catch a giant, and we can realistically dream of that. We all know the fun of sharing a boat with a buddy, the frustration of a backlash and the thrill of setting the hook on a big fish and fighting it back into the boat. Not many of us will ever hit a 400-foot homer or slam down a thunder dunk over someone, but we can still fish.

    The elevation of the other pro sports' stars to superhuman status, while maybe well-deserved, separates us from them, and I think that is a mistake. Bass doesn't to that and I, for one, appreciate it.

  • Ryan Bowman of Seneca, SC writes:

    RE: Balog on Super Tournament – For all your talk of elevating pros, and they should be, you don’t see pros in other sports playing AAA ball. In fishing, you see top pros fishing at lower levels like the BFLs. Seems non-professional.

  • Matt Lee of North Richland Hills, TX writes:

    RE: 25-pound poll – Largest tournament bag was just shy of 26 pounds in a Media Bass event on Lake Ray Roberts. We busted 30 multiple times on practice days at the same lake, but never in a tournament. The Bassmaster Classic will showcase some giant bags out there next year.

  • Bobby Colson of Mt. Juliet, TN writes:

    RE: Wilks on fishing with kids – Great group of tips ... perfect.

  • Terry Bonsell of Fruitland Park, FL writes:

    Well, the Heavy Hitters that just recently finished on Toho was an example of catching bass in very hot water. The best bite was mid-day.

  • David Harrison of Huntsville, AL writes:

    I agree with the high price of new boats and electronics required to play the offshore game competitively. I saw some college teams practicing at Guntersville, made my '96 Ranger feel old. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to afford a new one. How do they do it? Two positives I see: I like the MLF shows where they fish out of 18.5-foot boats with 150s, and catch the heck out of them. New electronics and I'm there. Also, the kayak fishermen have it going on here in north Alabama and now with B.A.S.S. Definitely some nice, affordable options that can access anything from farm ponds to large lakes.

  • Dennis Pentecost of Milford, IL writes:

    OK, here goes. You pro fishermen and B.A.S.S., MLF, etc. claim to want more people into fishing, but yet you promote $80,000 boats, $3,000 depthfinders and all the other the expensive equipment that you say you need to catch fish. Most people cannot afford these things, but you do not need all that crap to get into fishing. I believe you scare more people away than you attract, but you will always have people who will be dumb enough to go neck-deep in debt to be like a pro. Let's get real!

  • Ken Kraft of Columbus, OH writes:

    RE: Balog reminisces – I remember fishing a BFL as a co-angler in the early '90s with Steve Clapper. He ran right to Ruggles Reef. I'll never forget we were fishing almost identical lures and he was catching 4-pounders and I was catching 2s. Never could figure that one out. Miss those times.

  • John L. Berg of Maple Lake, MN writes:

    Took the Eyeball Challenge. 1.4 pounds was my average being off. Bass God!

  • Dennis Pentecost of Milford, IL writes:

    Bass tournaments starting back up, but with restrictions to prevent the virus. I put up a chainlink fence to keep mosquitos out of my yard.

  • Joe Balog of Deland, FL writes:

    RE: Eyeball Challenge – As the article states, all fish were weighed on verified, calibrated scales. Perhaps this demonstrates the public input issues that were the idea for the inception of the program(?).

  • Jonah Fanucci of Limerick, PA writes:

    RE: Eyeball Challenge – The fish held up with the two guys in the photo is definitely in the mid teens ... not the weight they claimed.

  • Terry Bonsell of Fruitland Park, FL writes:

    RE: Eyeball Challenge – 1.63 error.

  • Jim Liechty of Ft. Wayne, IN writes:

    RE: Angler tests positive – At least to this point, I am glad to see no extreme negative reaction. From what we know now, that COVID affects are not much worse (if any) than the regular flu, I am confident that from a health standpoint, this and other events are much safer than ever before. We cannot just quit living!

  • Dewayne Voss of Malvern, AR writes:

    RE: Eyeball Challenge – Taking the test, I hit one of the fish dead on and at the end of test scored 1.9-pound error.

  • Kevin Miller of Augusta, KS writes:

    RE: 25-pound poll – I weighed in 25 pounds, 3 ounces at Grand Lake in Oklahoma on March 7, 2018. I originally was thinking I could fish muddy water and catch 13-14 pounds and be competitive. I was not thinking I could win the tournament with he practice I had. In practice I found three or four coves with baitfish in them and bass feeding up before the spawn. However, on tournament morning something had changed. The baitfish were gone and the bass were not hitting anymore.

    I made a decision at about 9:30 in the morning to make a 20-mile run to cleaner water. We fished a point downlake to no avail, so I made a move to another point with a dock on it and cast down the dock where there was crossmembers about 6 feet below water level and got my first bite, a 6-pound largemouth. I realized right then they were suspended on the crossmembers.

    We proceeded to hit many docks on points and had a limit of approximately 20 pounds. I made the decision with 1 hour to go to go back to muddy water and get closer to weigh-in. My partner for the day had not caught any keepers and I wanted him to catch at least one. I went to a small, shallow pocket and I had already put my rods up and told my partner I wanted him to catch at least one keeper. My partner said he was not going to fish if I didn't, so I reached into the rod locker and pulled out a ChatterBait and made one pass through the cove and did not get bit. On the way out of the cove, I made a cast by a boat dock and caught my big fish for the day, a 6-pound, 8 ounce largemouth and culled a 14-inch spotted bass.

  • Will Hampton of Lake City, FL writes:

    RE: FLW "super tournaments" – I thought livewells were evil and five-fish limits were a thing of the past. My, how times have changed.

  • John A. Argese of Taylors, SC writes:

    That’s another MLF Championship I missed because our cable operator put the Outdoor Channel in with a special sports package outside of top-of-the-line Gold Package. I currently pay $250 for three TV sets in my house. Do I pay an additional $10 a month for 4 hours of TV or do I invite the marketing genius who killed the goose that laid the golden eggs to go pound sand, I’ll get by with MLF?

  • Dennis Pentecost of Milford, IL writes:

    Could this Evinrude closing be the beginning of the end for the fishing industry? $80,000 dollar bass boats price yourself right out of business. It had to happen. If a company would come up with an affordable quality boat and motor it would make money!

  • Ken Snow of Durand, MI writes:

    RE: Evinrude ceases outboard production – Very sad day. Evinrude outboards have been a part of my whole life. They may be gone, but never forgotten. I wish all of the affected BRP employees, their dealer network and the fishermen well. I'm very sorry for your loss. I've got an E-TEC on my boat and I love that motor. I'm sure this is just the beginning of many more iconic companies in our fishing world to go down.

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