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All Topics   November 2018
  • Jeremy Starks of Florence, AL writes:

    RE: Confidence bait – When I'm flipping the river (Pickwick) or the lake (Wilson), my go-to bait is a Yum Wooly Hawgtail (4.5 inches, green-pumpkin). It flat out catches fish. Pre-spawn and spawn is when it shines. It outcatches my friends hands down. If there is a flipping bite, I will have this rigged on a 7'6 Duckett Ghost Heavy with 50-pound braid, 1/4-ounce tungsten with a Lew's Speed Spool 7:3 or faster.

  • Johnny McLean of Little Rock, AR writes:

    RE: Yelas back with B.A.S.S. – Thanks for linking that 2006 Yelas opinion on B.A.S.S. Yelas is a good guy and that opinion piece was spot-on. It still amazes me that ESPN wanted other anglers to act like Iaconelli. I like Jerry McKinnis also, but I think you have to draw the line when you are trying produce a fishing show and your higher-ups are trying to produce something else.

  • Hallister Jameston of Houston, TX writes:

    RE: Bass Pro Tour schedule – So part of the lake will be off limits because of connectivity? This doesn't sound like a fishing tournament anymore. This sounds like a TV show featuring fishermen. I want to see how a pro breaks down a lake to catch the biggest fish. Now, these guys aren't allowed to fish the whole lake and they really don't care about big fish. I'm already tuned out.

  • Bill Crumrine of Littleton, CO writes:

    RE: Yelas back with B.A.S.S. – I agree with Jay Yelas regarding ESPN. Not to become political, but a few years ago Rush Limbaugh stated that ESPN had damaged football tremendously with the so-called kneeling by some players and the game is insufferably damaged to a degree. It will take years before football recovers, if it ever does.

  • Glenn A. Dalton of O'Fallon, MO writes:

    I am interested in how the marshals will be selected and trained. This element of the competition must be totally above board for the tournament to be considered relevant. Watching the current MLF competitions, occasionally infractions are missed and I feel this will be exacerbated with more competitors. It is not a perfect world and humans will make mistakes; however, this can be minimized thru training and selection of the people who are charged with enforcement.

    BassFan says: Officials were selected from a pool of applicants living in the Tulsa, Okla. area. Those selected will have undergone training prior to the beginning of the 2019 season.

  • Steven McGahan of Gales Ferry, CT writes:

    RE: Bass Pro Tour – Duckett and Klein shouldn't even be fishing in the new trail it's a total conflict of interest. What if Ray Scott were fishing the B.A.S.S tournaments and won one back in the day? Don't think anglers would be happy.

  • Steven Rockweiler of Luling, LA writes:

    RE: Bass Pro Tour schedule – The piecemeal announcing of the MLF tourneys sounds like a cluster. Wow.

  • Tom Cox of Canton, GA writes:

    RE: Bass Pro Tour schedule – MLF got pros to jump ship to the new league without having any locations wrapped up. Now will fish smaller bodies of water – the BPT tournaments are not going to be at the same high level as B.A.S.S. and FLW.

  • Terry L Bonsell of Fruitland Park, FL writes:

    RE: Bass Pro Tour schedule – With this short notice, it will be hard for any fans to be there.

  • Kevin Crabtree of Sellersburg, IN writes:

    RE: Consecutive events – Thank you, BassFan, for that tremendous article. I especially enjoyed reading this today. Thanks for taking the time to research this issue and interview anglers on this occurrence. I had never thought about the back-to-back topic before.

  • Bobby Forster of Spokane, WA writes:

    RE: Yelas back to B.A.S.S. – Great decision, Jay ... so happy for my favorite pro angler and one of the nicest humans I've ever met. Blessings to you and the family with this change, my friend. Really great move by B.A.S.S. as well.

  • Vickie Moore of Marietta, OH writes:

    Bentz's new company – Love this article. I have met Mr Bentz at boat and RV shows in the past and I look forward to more news about this new line!

  • Jon Holloway of Terre Haute, IN writes:

    RE: Balog on membership – I believe teen anglers don't join B.A.S.S., FLW or others unless they need to. They may view these tournament organizations as users of public water that no longer work to positively affect fish populations, water quality, invasive species issues, etc. Totally different mission statement than DU or Delta Waterfowl.

  • Tom Tanner of Jonestown, PA writes:

    RE: Bentz's new company – It would be refreshing to see someone offer a line of quality fiberglass boat packages that are priced for the average person. You see a ton of Nitros out there because they are affordable. There are people who just want a nice bass boat and don't need a 225-hp motor, big-screen electronics, Power-Poles, etc. There has to be way to offer packages for $25K to $35K that would attract a lot of people.

  • Ernie Pate of Butler, PA writes:

    Just wondering if your Rankings will be revised to include the new Bass Pro Tour?

    BassFan says: No revisions to the system should be necessary to include those events in the Rankings.

  • Dennis Pentecost of Milford, IL writes:

    Glad FLW is expanding their live coverage, but come on, get someone to revamp your website!

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

    A lot of people seem to be concerned with MLF/BPT using quantity over quality. They can easily change that if it becomes advantageous. They could do it at the start of the tournament. MLF's don't really know where they're fishing, so it shouldn't be that big of a game-plan change for the pros.

  • Skip Bennett of Texico, IL writes:

    I believe that the MLF format is going to ill affect the way the pros approach a tournament. If they ever decide to go back to B.A.S.S. or FLW, they will be handicapped because they will be accustomed to the quantity and not the quality. But that being said, the other tours may be adopting the MLF format if the success is in that direction.

  • Rick Birge of Chipley, FL writes:

    RE: Rook calls it a career – Enjoy your retirement, Scott. You are one of the good guys!

  • Tim Farruggio of Long Branch, NJ writes:

    My biggest five against your Biggest five is where the excitement will be. B.A.S.S. and FLW will have that over the new BPT/MLF, which after awhile bores me to tears.

  • Tim Farruggio of Long Branch, NJ writes:

    RE: Lowen's spinnerbait success – That single-spin Colorado spinnerbait is an absolute killer, which I don’t see a lot of guys throw – hope nobody else reads this. Bill Lowen is an absolute master at this – a shallow-water expert. Nobody better.

  • Tom Baldwin of Cedar Hill, TN writes:

    Love the schedule for the BPT ... and you left B.A.S.S. for this?

  • Ken Welsh of Oshawa, ON, Canada writes:

    In continuing the spirit of the original format of the MLF, I'm wondering if they are going to keep the locations secret and pick sections of the lakes to facilitate the 6-day format.

    BassFan says: Secret locations are not the current plan for the Bass Pro Tour events.

  • Kyle Dennis of Kalispell, MT writes:

    You'll never convince me that catching a bunch of smaller bass is and will a better format for bass fishing tournaments. The largest bass are always the hardest to hook, play and get into the boat. Simply look at BassFan's own poll and see what the percentage is of which trail people will follow most closely. I find it quite interesting that even though most of the "big names" have moved over to the BPT that the majority of the fan base will still follow B.A.S.S. the closest. Why do think that is? I think the guys at the BPT will figure that out, hopefully before it falls apart.

  • Michael Beter of Reidsville, NC writes:

    RE: Balog's day with the dinks – Hey, catching fish IS fun, regardless of the size. But for tournament competition I prefer to see who can figure out how to catch both quantity and quality. I think the biggest five measures that best. Tournament fishing shows like MLF have become exceedingly focused on the fish catches and minimally focused on where, why and how the fisherman are catching them. Seems like all you see is fish catch after fish catch. It might keep the attention of casual watchers, but as for me and a lot of other guys who spend thousands on fishing, it's, well ... boring.

  • Tom Cox of Canton, GA writes:

    It's November 8th and MLF has dates but no locations for the BPT.

  • Bryan Heaberlin of Lake Helen, FL writes:

    RE: Balog's day with the dinks – Joe, if the powers that be would lessen the herbicide and poison spraying by about 65 percent or more, you would see what the river really could be. We used to have an amazing fishery – size, numbers and all of it, and it wasn't in like two or three spots so everyone ended up all on top of one another. Maybe one day they will find another way to line their pockets, but until that day I guess we will have to settle for what is left.

  • Scot Laney of Wilsonville, OR writes:

    RE: Elias' perspective – Paul was one of the few major forces in the original PAA. He never wavered when the sponsors began cracking down on the core of that group, although others did. I respected his commitment and wish that he had more support back then.

    BassFan says: Scot Laney was the first executive director of the Professional Anglers Association. He was named to the post in November 2001.

  • Dan Phillips of Lawrenceville, GA writes:

    RE: MLF/BPT competition dates – Seems stupid to release the dates and no locations. Are you ashamed of something?

  • Michael Lavallee of Sandy, UT writes:

    The FLW Tour guys getting an Elite Series invite before the Opens guys who are high enough in the points to get an invite is B.S.! They haven't even been fishing B.A.S.S. I have been loyal to B.A.S.S., being the only Inter-Mountain West angler who has been consistently in the top 20 in the points for 3 years straight. B.A.S.S. contacted me and asked if I could afford to fish the Elite Series. I said yes! And still no invite? I'm seriously considering pulling out of the 2019 Eastern Opens. My consistency and loyalty has gotten me nowhere. Just disappointed, and feeling left out.

  • Riles Rick of Baton Rouge, LA writes:

    RE: Tour poll – It appears the FLW employees will be the only ones watching the minor leagues. That’s a sad state of affairs. The divide is now bigger than ever.

  • Maurice Smith of Ward, AR writes:

    RE: Thliveros won't fish Tour – I hate to see you go, Peter T. I totally understand, though. You were the main reason I won my first BFL years ago as a co-angler on Lake Dardanelle. I remember talking to you at the Bassmaster tournament on the Arkansas River several years ago. You explained to me the virtues of the C-rig and gave me some great tips on how to fish it. Up until that point, I had surprisingly never fished it. I spent the rest of the year learning how to fish it. I only caught two fish the entire day, but they were the right ones I needed to win.

    I was a fan of yours for years but your generosity made me a follower. I have never spoken with you since then but I always dreamed of eating at your restaurant and thanking you. I’m an old-school worm and jig fisherman also and our ranks are slowly thinning out. First Guido and now you. I’m really sad about this. Hopefully, I can slide down to Florida and book a guide trip with you. I would gladly pay any amount to spend a day in the boat with you. You will be sorely missed. Thanks again for the info and the great memories you helped to create for me. Salute!

  • Maurice Smith of Ward, AR writes:

    RE: Christie's off year – Keep your head up, Jason! I have watched your career from the inception. I love your attitude and style of fishing. I don’t fish anywhere on your level. I’m a back of the boat weekend guy at best, but I love the sport. Sometimes we all need a wake-up call. It just sucks when you have so much on the line. I can’t even relate.

    Man, get in the deer stand and get your mind right. I have the utmost faith you will turn it around and get your swag back. I look forward to watching you next year with a new fire. I’m really glad I won’t have to fish against you. Good luck, my brother.

  • Blake Caswell of Lake Charles, LA writes:

    RE: Patterson's new gig – I met Ryan and the Vexus crew at Lake Fork when you guys were there doing the writers' conference. Super good dude and class act. What a great company! Excited about the products you guys have.

  • Tim Farruggio of Long Branch, NJ writes:

    RE: No entry fees for BPT – A great decision by all. The other leagues will follow, just a matter of time. Let the boat and tackle manufacturers pick up the tab – they're the ones making all the money.

  • Thomas Youngblood of St. Petersburg, FL writes:

    RE: Tour poll – Wow, did the whole FLW staff vote?

  • Brian Hopwood of Rigdeley, WV writes:

    RE: Tour poll – I'm pretty sure the most relevant tour will be the BPT, considering all the big names and best of the best are fishing this circuit. I wonder if FLW will even survive this change. The poll reminds me of a skewed political poll – does not seem reliable.

    BassFan says: The poll certainly isn't "reliable" for anything – there's nothing scientific about it. It's just a way for BassFans to sound off on a topic that's relevant to them.

  • Carol Callihan of Benton, KY writes:

    RE: Tour poll – FLW Tour.

  • Carol Robertson of Benton, KY writes:

    RE: Tour poll – I will be watching the FLW Tour.

  • D. Talbot of Austin, TX writes:

    RE: Tour poll – I will be watching the FLW Tour.

  • Teresa Timmons of Benton, KY writes:

    RE: Tour poll – I will be watching the FLW Tour.

  • Tammy Brinkley of Calvert City, KY writes:

    RE: Tour poll – FLW.

  • Cheryl Rehkop of Benton, KY writes:

    RE: Tour poll – FLW.

  • Paula Martin of Murray, KY writes:

    RE: Tour poll – I will be watching the FLW Tour.

  • Leeman Rehkop of Gilbertsville, KY writes:

    RE: Tour poll – FLW.

  • Lesa Lovett of Benton, KY writes:

    RE: Tour poll – FLW Tour.

  • Bradley Callihan of Benton, KY writes:

    RE: Tour poll – FLW.

  • Wendy Timmons of Benton, KY writes:

    RE: Tour poll – I will be watching the FLW Tour.

  • Kerry Lovett of Benton, KY writes:

    RE: Tour poll – I'll be watching FLW!

  • Jerry Callihan of Benton, KY writes:

    RE: Tour poll – FLW.

  • John R. Brinkley of Calvert City, KY writes:

    RE: Tour poll – FLW.

  • Wendy Timmons of Benton, KY writes:

    RE: Tour poll – I will be watching the FLW Tour.

  • Carol Callihan of Benton, KY writes:

    RE: Tour poll – FLW.

  • Scott Wall of Pensacola, FL writes:

    When ESPN purchased B.A.S.S. In 2001, so died the member portion of the organization that Ray Scott started and that was the mission statement of the organization. They (ESPN) didn’t understand the allegiance and the “cult- like” bass following in America and abroad. Through several ownership changes they’ve stuck with the ESPN model, which is focused on the professional athlete side of the sport and less on the brotherhood of what being a member of this organization was. From the federation, to youth, to environmental issues. They (BASS) has not reinvested back into their core membership for nearly 20 years now.

  • Dennis Pentecost of Milford, IL writes:

    RE: Tour poll – The poll is overwhelmingly for B.A.S.S., but you have to understand who reads these websites – us true blue bassheads! MLF is after the next generation of bass fishermen, not us old-school guys who like the best-5 limit.

  • George Fiorille of Moravia, NY writes:

    RE: No fees on BPT – It's about time! Way overdue!

  • Tom Cox of Canton, GA writes:

    RE: High school survey – Good job, B.A.S.S. and FLW. Grassroots efforts is how you grow the sport!

  • Steven Rockweiler of Luling, LA writes:

    RE: Balog on membership – I do not know about Florida, but in Louisiana, B.A.S.S. sanctions the high school teams. All 64 parishes have teams and it is getting huge. One must join B.A.S.S. in order to participate. Not sure, but I believe FLW has domething like this also. Now there are middle schools starting teams. A group like B.A.S.S. is not going to miss the boat on these new members.

  • Chris Mitchell of Birmingham, AL writes:

    RE: Balog on membership – B.A.S.S. had over 10,000 members in its high school ranks last year. I don't know FLW's numbers, but I bet they were equally as successful. This is a pretty broad brush to paint based on one room. This year at our High School Championship we had 337 boats, which is probably our biggest event ever. Come to one of these events and tell me that you don't think the kids are involved in our organization.

    BassFan says: Chris Mitchell is the managing editor for

  • Joe Rosso of Morgantown, WV writes:

    RE: Balog on membership – $25 for a B.A.S.S. membership ... $24 for the magazine and $1 for everything else. I'm no longer a member. I joined to compete in a local B.A.S.S. Nation club, which I no longer do. Agree that you no longer need the magazine for info. Most articles are reprinted online.

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