RE: Bass Pro Tour – Well, it's no doubt an exciting time in the top ranks of pro bass fishing with the formation of the Bass Pro Tour. With the excitement comes great changes in the topography of the sport, and these changes bring about a level of disappointment to this BassFan. It's an angle that seems profound, and one that I haven't seen covered in the usual bass fishing sites and pages.
It seems an exodus is forthcoming and inevitable. Almost profound to me are the many stars of the B.A.S.S. Elite Series and the FLW Tour who are about to jump ship.
What does this mean? It means that a lot of significant historical bass fishing records and feats are about to be finalized. This, to me, is actually kind of sad.
I looked forward to seeing where KVD's career numbers would wind up. Is it possible that Kevin's next Classic will be his last Classic? It's quite possible. Is it possible that his amazing 25th career B.A.S.S. win last year was his last? It's quite possible.
Argh. I didn't see this coming.
Is it possible that my buddy Mike Iaconelli's amazing streak of 19 straight Classic qualifications is over? That his amazing win on the Delaware River was his last with B.A.S.S.? Yup, quite possible.
Is it possible that great young stars like the Lee brothers, Jacob Wheeler, Josh Bertrand and Justin Lucas are never going to chase the records of guys like KVD, Clunn, Martin, etc.? Sadly, yes, it is possible.
Is it possible that great fishermen like Aaron Martens, Greg Hackney, Jason Christie, Brandon Palaniuk and (lots of) others will never hoist the Classic Trophy? That their amazing careers are going to morph into the greatest catchers of 12-inch bass in the history of the sport? Possible.
And finally, what will winning a Classic or FLW Cup mean when the fields are considered "watered down" by many fans?
From this BassFan's view, the future isn't entirely bright.