RE: MLF anglers and Classic Expo – I think MLF's approach to having anglers work the Classic Expo is a negative for them. The anglers have sponsors and they should work wherever to support those sponsors, MLF doesn't own them. If MLF thinks their anglers are better than other anglers, and that sponsors "need" to have MLF anglers, then the sponsors should move on to other anglers and say forget MLF.
MLF anglers are more widely known because they have been promoted heavily over the years. These new anglers on the B.A.S.S. or FLW tours can be promoted just as well and people will see and appreciate them. Give the new faces a chance – I'd rather do that than go along with an organization that wants to control anglers by saying we're all pulling the rope in one direction!
Isn't it possible for anglers to fish MLF and support their sponsors at other events? It seems Boyd Duckett and others who take his position want to see B.A.S.S. or FLW go by the wayside or be considered second class to MLF.
Fishermen (women) and the industry need to take a stand and show MLF that they need the support of fans and the industry, rather than the fans and industry needing MLF!