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  • Mark Allard of Sioux City, SD writes:

    RE: Lake Oahe Elite Series – Great read, most of these fish have never seen a lure. Great places, great faces and great smallmouth fishing.

  • Jon Storm of Fredonia, NY writes:

    RE: Balog on yoga – I'm with you, Joe. After a heart attack at a young age, yoga centered me enough to make the changes I needed and my body and spirit feel 20 years younger. It's amazing what 20 minutes with your head below your heart can do for blood flow.

  • Kensyl Reading of Davenport, IA writes:

    RE: Favorite Zoom bait – The Zoom Brush Hog was one the first Texas-rigged bottom baits, better known today as a “creature” bait.

  • Joe Balog of DeLand, FL writes:

    John Gaulke, thanks for your great contribution. I, too, read much of Sarno's works, which allowed me to open my mind to the idea of self-help for back pain. That path then led me to yoga, which changed my life. Your insight is great.

  • Mike Brown of McCormick, SC writes:

    RE: MLF World Championship – Such a disappointment that this is on CBS Sports. It is not available in my area.

    BassFan says: Re-runs are on CBS Sports, but the premiere of each episode is on CBS Network.

  • John Gaulke of Ithaca, NY writes:

    RE: Balog on yoga – The biggest mistake the medical community has made over the past century has been to dismiss the power of the mind over the body. Freud was onto something. Yoga is helpful, but not the cure-all. Dr. John Sarno was a very astute man who noticed some interesting connections/coincidences regarding pain issues. For example, the average person plagued with chronic back pain can often suffer from neck pain, shoulder pain, gastro-intestinal issues, allergies, skin disorders, migraines and a host of other ailments. Psychologically, all these ailments serve the same purpose - they distract the person from thoughts and emotions seen by the subconscious as threatening. Check out Sarno's Wiki page and check out the Congressional hearings on the back epidemic in this country. Buy any of Sarno's books – you can get them cheap, and read his findings and theories with an open mind. Mild oxygen deprivation caused by constricting capillaries can produce incredible pain. Thus, exercise like yoga and other forms of physical activity can alleviate the pain. Yoga helps, but doesn't explain the whys and hows. Sarno's books do.

    Break your femur, the largest bone in your body, and reset it properly and you can be completely healed in 6 weeks. Yet there are people suffering from lifelong back pain due to an accident or event 20 years prior. It makes no sense. Back surgeries often don't work. If they do, the sufferer often develops a new ailment – like carpal tunnel syndrome – 6 months later. Regarding that, people typed away on manual typewriters for 100 years. They've done repetitive motion on musical instruments for hundreds of years – no incidence of carpal tunnel until the 1980s that I'd ever heard of. Flash forward 20 years and it's an epidemic.

    If you're a skeptic you may not buy into any of this, but you have nothing to lose by reading the book(s) and keeping an open mind. Sarno has treated thousands of people successfully. His work has made my life immeasurably better.

  • Harry Ervin of Baldwin, FL writes:

    RE: Balog on yoga – Always enjoy Joe's articles. Might check out yoga myself.

  • Allan Bridgford Jr. of Chicago, IL writes:

    Greatest athlete of the 21st century? Tiger? Federer? How about KVD.? With all the variables a pro angler faces. The world needs to hear this story.

  • Richard Downey of Tucson, AZ writes:

    RE: Favorite Zoom bait – First time ever using a Speed Worm, I won two tournaments in 2 weeks. I threw nothing but the Speed Worm in both tournaments.

  • Randall Verran of Jackson, NH writes:

    RE: Balog on the sport's future – I like this article because I am a small-boat fisherman, as in kayaks, canoes and other boats powered by trolling motors. I relate to not having technology on my side, other than a depthfinder that I use to essentially just show the bottom contour and depth. I go to many small and medium-sized lakes. I have my fair share of mediocre days but I firmly believe what you learn without technology enhances your instincts. What I have found for me that works is to explore with your bait in the water, whatever you think doesn't hold a bass, fish it to be sure. There are golden nuggets (spots) everywhere to be found, some are virtually unknown to others and some consistently pay off on revisits.

  • Randy Brandenburg of Frisco, TX writes:

    RE: Balog on the sport's future – I agree, but I am afraid others will just say (about those of us who agree with this opinion) that we just don't have the skill or whatever to compete in the first place. I don't, but I would like to just catch a few fish on the weekend.

  • Ryan Said of Farmington Hills, MI writes:

    RE: Balog on sport's future – I would like to see some limitations at the pro level. Conceptually, I like what MLF does by forcing them to use smaller boats. Just like they used to limit guys in the Classic with the tackle they could have, or like they limit golfers on the PGA Tour to only so many clubs, I would like to see something like no more than two depthfinder units at no more than 12 inches to 16 inches each (one front, one console), no more than 15 rods in the boat at a time, etc. They already do it with engine horsepower – why not take it further?

    For the sport to continue, the pro ranks have to be accessible to the average guy, just like every other sport. By "accessible" I mean the average guy has to see the pro using equipment that he can realistically aspire to. The separation between Pro and Joe has to be the talent, not the financial status in the extreme way it is already. No, not all of us can play major league baseball, but we can all go out and buy a ball and glove and play softball in a league and feel like we are not missing out because of our financial situation.

  • Joe Turner of Cleveland, OH writes:

    RE: Favorite Zoom bait – 6-inch UV worm andMagnum UV. The 6-inch is versatile _ it's a great shaky-head bait and can also be Texas or Carolina-rigged. The Magnum UV works better for me as an alternative to the Ol' Monster in most cases.

  • Russell Winneberger of Raleigh, NC writes:

    RE: Stone's MLF niche – Marty Stone, class act.

  • Phillip Sexton of Clarksville, VA writes:

    B.A.S.S. in Waddington – Heck, Canada will be next. If you've got cash, B.A.S.S. will follow.

  • Terry Metzger of Naples, FL writes:

    RE: Balog on eating carp – Great thinking, I feel the same about exotic weeds, notably hydrilla instead of expansive kill-spraying, which south Florida water managetment does constantly. Grants to university’s to come up with a reason to selectively harvest it as a crop should be in order. There has to be something it is good for other rotting on the bottom of the lake and creating more problems.

  • Ron Medovic of Columbia, SC writes:

    RE: Dew Nation contest – I drink about four 20-ounce bottles of Dew every day. Would love to win this trip.

  • Bobby Forster of Spokane, WA writes:

    RE: Balog on eating carp – Until 1977, the name "Chilean sea bass" didn't exist and few people ate the fish before the 1990s. Prior to that it was known as Patagonia or Antarctic toothfish.

    In short, the Chilean sea bass is a pure marketing invention and a widely successful one. Choose a previously ignored fish for table fare, give it a more appealing name while changing the stigma of the current name and pretty soon you'll see it on the menu. I'm not interested in eating Asian grass carp but "golden Asian whitefish" with some salsa over couscous? Yum!

  • Johnny McLean of Little Rock, AR writes:

    RE: Balog on eating carp – I don't think this is a viable solution, Joe. Americans won't even eat catfish steaks because they have to pull the meat off the bone. You should write a column on why millions of dollars are being spent on keeping them out of the Great Lakes but very little is being spent on solving the problem for fisheries in the Southeast. Also, where is the accountability for the fish farmers who introduced them? It's the same old story, someone introduces an invasive species and ruins the ecosystem for everyone else but faces no repercussions.

  • Dave Hastings of Ontario, CA writes:

    RE: Balog on eating carp – Great article! Such a shame that Asian carp are so underrated.

  • Steve Jones of Moss Point, MS writes:

    RE: Stone's MLF niche – Great article on Marty and the workings of MLF. A lot of non-anglers ask me how these guys (fishermen) get paid on MLF vs. other normal bass tournaments. That would be a good read too at some point. I also asked MLF via e-mail if Rick Clunn would ever be on MLF and I got the answer that they don't divulge how they select the anglers. Anyway, good read. Appreciate y'all.

  • Cal McCracken of Savage, MN writes:

    RE: Stone's MLF niche – Kudos to Todd Ceisner - great article on Marty Stone. More please!

  • Greg Sutton of Broken Arrow, OK writes:

    RE: Stone's MLF niche – Marty Stone, your contribution to the fastest-growing and most-watched tournament fishing format is beyond expectations. The vision and experiences you provide are key elements that accentuate the energy, emotion, highs and lows as well as the angler's methodological processing to succeed, and being on the forefront to bring the most exciting TV fishing format to the fishing enthusiast is commendable.

    Being a former competitor in bass fishing myself, this format and presentation feeds my inner desire for competition. I thank you and MLF for such an opportunity!

  • Martin D. Lamb of Albia, IA writes:

    RE: Balog on 'the code' – Great article, Joe! I feel you are spot-on. It is to the point there are no ethics anymore – selfish, greedy ... and dare I say, lazy fishermen are ruining the experience. Just last week on a morning outing with my grandsons, we were positioned on a school of fish and I was enjoying watching them catch them almost every cast. After a few minutes of catching fish, we had four boats approach, crowding us to the point that the grandsons could barely cast. One boat even positioned between us and the area we were fishing, basically cutting us off.

    It was disappointing to see grown men 30-50 years old so greedy and selfish as to ruin the experience of two 8 year-old boys. No tourney, no money on the line, just selfish, self-centered greed and lack of ethics. True "professionals" should set the example. In my opinion, few are doing so any more.

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