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  • Warren Wolk of Yardley, PA writes:

    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.

  • Martin D. Lamb of Albia, IA writes:

    RE: FLW angler reactions – Oh my, the cry babies have come out. There are companies hiring if you are not happy with your position as a professional fisherman. I am sure with your profound communication skills you can say, "Welcome to Walmart! How may I help you?"

  • Rueben Breaux of Westwego, LA writes:

    RE: Western swing canceled – So much for the fans on the West Coast who wont get that experience. I find this extremely unprofessional and would be surprised if B.A.S.S. ever gets the opportunity again. Hopefully BPT will recognize the opportunity to cash in on B.A.S.S.' incompetency. Also, shout out to the FLW for being fully invested in the Western states.

  • Matthew Shutta of Chicopee, MA writes:

    RE: Bass Pro Tour – I feel for the Elite Series anglers who got invites, or who think they might be getting one. It's got to be a confusing time for them. Maybe both MLF and B.A.S.S. have all of their details ironed out and the public are the only ones confused, but every few days B.A.S.S. announces another change. First they say its an 80-man field, but now all Elites are invited back. Add in your qualifying new Elites and you've got a chance at more than 80.

    The Elites thought they would have to weigh the MLF format against what they've been doing for years, but now the landscape of what they've been doing is going to change as well. Throw in the fact that they've got deadlines to make these career-changing decisions, and some are still fishing tournaments! I foresee changes happening to both organizations throughout the course of the next 12 months before it all settles.

    Both organizations say the anglers will have votes on different scenarios, so I expect that before the new season, and at the end of the next, there will be angler-influenced changes as well. It's not going to be free of stress, or anger, or resentment in the coming weeks/months, but it's all going to be good in the end, especially for the fans.

  • Zeth Kinnett of Edmonds, WA writes:

    RE: Western swing canceled – Complete B.S. Whaa, whaa, whaa. If you don't want to come to the West to fish, then don't and lose your points. Simple as that. The cancellation is ridiculous. Oh well, the fishing is better out here than in the Southeast anyways. We have larger fish. Have fun catching 2-pounders when you could have been catching giant smallies and 10-plus largies.

  • Ed Thayer of New Castle, PA writes:

    RE: West Coast swing canceled – I sure hope B.A.S.S. fills one of the two spots with a Chesapeake Bay event.

  • Chad Keogh of Penticton, BC, Canada writes:

    RE: FLW letter – FLW is a class act. They feel they were offering a great tour/series for a reasonable cost.

    B.A.S.S. reacted like they got caught charging "idiot tax." "Oh well, you caught me, so obviously you are not an idiot, and are therefore exempt!" Sad.

  • Jaxon Wyatt of Lexington, KY writes:

    Is B.A.S.S. going to change the rules everyday? Yesterday it was only 80 anglers, today it's everyone is invited back. I guess they're being proactive, but I can't keep up. I'm still not convinced the new tour is going to launch. Getting 80 guys to go all in is going a challenge.

  • Ken Olver of Little Rock, AR writes:

    RE: Bass Pro Tour – What an ego. Pretty soon Johnny Morris will want to own everything and put people out of work, just like he did at Cabela's.

  • Jacob Cunnigan of Tampa, FL writes:

    RE: Bass Pro Tour – I think a whole tour of 1-pound fish is going to get old quick. While I do watch MLF, it gets boring watching a dink-fest episode. I watch almost every B.A.S.S. and FLW weigh-in on my computer, but what am I supposed to watch on MLF tour? I'll give it a try.

  • Riles Rick of Baton Rouge LA writes:

    Another nugget gleamed from the BPT announcement is the schedule. All tournaments done by June. In my opinion, this was created by the old guard to cater to the shallow-water power fisherman that they are. Just look at the leaderboards of the summer Elite events and see the youngsters dominate in the “video game” events. Now no West Coast swing. The fishermen are running both asylums. The way it should be.

  • Ron Russell of Corydon, IA writes:

    MLF doesn't want the average fisherman. It's all about who can give them the most television exposure. Call Kevin VanDam or Boyd Duckett and see what response you get when you ask to fish the MLF.

  • Martin Lamb of Albia, IA writes:

    B.A.S.S. isn't even attempting to hide that they are in panic mode.

  • Robert Munci of Albany, GA writes:

    I know the new owners at B.A.S.S. have plenty of capital, but how long are they going to pump money in? I think they're willing to take the loss while betting on the future. They'd better sell a lot of ads. All the talk of better marketing options for the anglers doesn't mean it will translate to revenue for B.A.S.S.

  • Skip Bennett of Texico. IL writes:

    RE: Bass Pro Tour – If it wasn’t for the 12-inch size limit waivers both organizations receive for certain tournaments there would be a lot fewer limits brought to the scales. Those one-pounders are in many cases, gold. I feel this BPT will hurt B.A.S.S. bad and FLW will be in good shape because of their catering to the “average Joe” up to the best in the sport.

  • Tim Farruggio of Long Branch, NJ writes:

    RE: Bass Pro Tour – Don’t look for KVD to leave. NOT HAPPENING.

  • Chad Keogh of Penticton, BC, Canada writes:

    RE: More BPT details – Why does MLF have to make things so complex? The whole format of the events is cluttered and confusing.

    I still don't truly understand the actual MLF format other than how the individual events work. I have no idea the flow of the events and how it leads to The Cup.

    I can't remember which representative for MLF was on one of the oodcast shows (I think it was BTL), and the hosts of the show didn't understand it, either.

    Just because you are trying something different doesn't mean you need to turn it into "The Homer" (Homer Simpson's over-optioned, self-designed car). KISS works.

  • Mark Runyon of Houston, TX writes:

    RE: 2019 tour comparison – These are some interesting business models. I don't see how these are sustainable long-term without a new revenue stream. MLF may have good ratings for the Outdoor Channel, but there still miniscule in the broader TV world. I hope I'm wrong, but I see financial problems ahead.

  • Justin Hallmark of Bertram, TX writes:

    RE: Bass Pro Tour – Now how about before the money? What about the grassroots fishermen? I’m a club fisherman who’s chased a childhood dream my whole life. B.A.S.S. has the B.A.S.S. Nation and FLW has the TBF, what does MLF/PBT offer the average fisherman?

  • Chad Keogh of Penticton, BC, Canada writes:

    RE: Dollars & Cents – Well, I guess I jumped the gun like probably many other BasFans out there and assumed the BPT would be no-entry-fee like the MLF. Thank you,, for clearing this up. Now I am wondering why ANY pro angler would leave B.A.S.S. or FLW just so they can take a gamble on a new tour that is not really a leap forward, but a step sideways and maybe an inch or two forward, but remains to be seen. If I was a pro angler who made my name on either FLW or B.A.S.S., I'd be sticking to the devils I know and let others gamble on the new kids on the block.

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