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All Topics   August 2017
  • John Gibbons of Houston, TX writes:

    RE: Henry leaves Tour – I wish this gentleman well in his recovery. However, requesting donations for medical expenses while spending 100K on tournament fishing and hunting seems selfish.

  • Paul Wallace of Cambridge City, IN writes:

    RE: MLF Summit cup – Didn't open/read this. You're not giving away the outcome early, are you? SPOILER ALERT... LOL.

    BassFan says: Nope, none of the names are aligned with the numbers.

  • Robert Jaxon of Tampa, FL writes:

    RE: White River Marine adds Legend – At what point do anglers say no to one giant boat group? I know the Feds have more important issues to attend, but this is becoming a monopoly. One man now controls the bass boat industry. I, for one, will be looking at a Phoenix or a Falcon now and I've owned five Rangers.

  • Brian Waldman of Coatesville, IN writes:

    RE: Balog on pioneers – Back in 1996, Ned Kehde sounded the alarm in a local opinion piece declaring that the "art of angling" was dying, replaced by the "aura" of tournament fishing. A decade later, that headline became reality. Fishing history and its pioneers are mere afterthoughts now days, and it's not only restricted to bass fishing. Sadly, the more recent generations of anglers seem to have no interest in our past and its personalities, and an industry more worried about its next big buying demographic seems willing to race right to the front of the line along the same path. The few of us still trying to document our past and its history do so willingly, but with little support. I don't see that changing anytime soon.

  • Randy Blaukat of Joplin, MO writes:

    RE: Grigsby leaves Elites – Chad's departure is a prime example of the reason professional bass fishing has not reached the levels of golf, bowling, tennis and other individual-based sports. I'm not sure of Chad's specific situation, but others who have had to drop out due to finances expose the dark flaw in competitive fishing. It's unheard of in other sports.

    Imagine a pro football player with incredible talent who couldn't afford to stay in the sport because he couldn't afford entry fees to a game and expenses traveling to each game were beyond his reach. I hear anglers say all the time "I'll never quit." Well, most anglers wouldn't ... if they could to afford it. Until the sport rises to a level where the anglers run and control the tournaments in a non-profit manner and set the definition of who is a "pro", we will continue to see participation being controlled by who can afford it, and not who performs the best. We must level the playing field in ALL aspects of competition to earn the respect of the public and elevate the sport where it deserves to be.

All Topics   August 2017

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