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All Topics   September 2019
  • Tom Tanner of Jonestown, PA writes:

    RE: KVD to Lew's – This is no surprise as the pros all have to answer to their sponsors. KVD has certainly been more loyal to his sponsors over the years than many guys, but in the end they all serve the companies that pay the bills. It's almost amusing to listen to many of these guys telling you why "this is the greatest boat, rod, reel, lure, etc. that I've ever used" after using something else last year.

    Some manufacturers don't show any loyalty, so the pros have to look for companies that will support them. This is why people should buy what they believe in, not what some pro tells you to buy – he's getting paid to love that brand.

  • Chad Keogh of Penticton, BC writes:

    RE: KVD to Lew's – Wow ... KVD left Quantum. I never thought that would happen. I wish him well with Lew's.

  • Joe McElroy of Cullman, AL writes:

    RE: KVD to Lew's – I have watched KVD compete and promote the sport of bass fishing for almost 30 years. He is purely the “Ambassador of Bass Fishing”. He is the most successful competitor and the humblest man in the fishing world. KVD makes good decisions on the water and in handling the business side of fishing.

  • Chance Huiet of Liberty, TX writes:

    RE: KVD to Lew's – Another big conglomerate I'm sure telling their pros they use their gear completely under the umbrella or get dropped completely. KVD had too much of a history with Quantum for it to be anything else, in my opinion. If not, then man, there really isn't any loyality nowadays. But my opinion and thought is it's just like Minn Kota did.

  • Steven Rockweiler of Luling, LA writes:

    RE: Jacobs' estate – I followed Irwin Jacobs' business career for several decades, before he became involved in the fishing industry. One thing I despised was corporate raiders – those who bought businesses and broke them apart merely to sell for profit. Don't build nor craft anything, just look for more money. Raid employees' retirement accounts, just get the money.

    I was involved with corporate buyouts twice in my life, so I had little love in my heart for such great businessmen. However, I believe Jacobs had a fit of conscience somewhere in his life and wanted to have a better legacy for himself and his family. So he started in the boating and fishing industry, doing what he became adept at, buying up companies, and starting FLW. The big recession of 2008 put many down and out, and hit Jacobs hard also. Sad to see what happened there with Jacobs and his wife. The guy lived big.

  • Steve Linden of Hickory, NC writes:

    The B.A.S.S. AOY derby will be real interesting this year with three to four genuine contenders for the title. It should go down to the wire!

  • Martin D. Lamb of Albia, IA writes:

    RE: Jacobs' estate – Leave this kind of stuff to the newspapers and stick to fishing-related content. No sense in sinking to the level of normal media outlets.

  • Rick Pierce of Mountain Home, AR writes:

    RE: Jacobs' estate – This is all a shame for his family. Through my career I have personally followed Irwin’s escapades for decades. Way back to Hatteras, Glaston and others, including a run at OMC in the 1990’s. Cajun, Deutche Financial, WellCraft, Ranger, VEC, wind blades, EPA and USCG efforts to change regs, court cases, real estate, package motors, T. Boone, Stratos, Champion, FLW, the guise of Genmar Retail Financing in 2008, efforts in the latest Genmar situation, and the list is very long.

    I tried to know his motives before they were public as he manipulated aspects of our industry. Those in turn often created significant impacts on our business. A non-industry friend once told me of his experiences opposing Irwin’s investment buys and the way he managed to shine when others saw his realty purchases as excessive.

    He was innovative, renegade and mostly a sharp promoter. Obviously his offspring are extremely sharp as well and appear to not share the same bravado.

    In the end almost everything comes out when a situation develops as this has. In the end the truth is exposed publicly and while his cultural philanthropy was substantial, his affinity to risk was obviously extreme. It is unfortunate that his affinity to risk will eat the holdings and apparently most likely devour most of the estate. Unfortunate, though a course set long before his passing. The book will soon close on the final chapter of his escapades.

    The last stamping will most likely have another impact on our sport and our industry – something he most likely is going to smile at with that grimace of a wrinkle.

    BassFan says: Rick Pierce is president of Bass Cat Boats.

  • Brad Story of Roswell, GA writes:

    With all the talk of the BPT modifying the format to five-fish limits, 2-pound minimums, etc., I find it interesting no one has mentioned having different tournaments with different formats. In other words, Tour stop No. 1 might be their most weight caught format and Tour stop No. 2 be largest five-fish limit format. Seems pretty simple and would make it even more interesting watching anglers adjust strategies. Also seems it would level the field more between anglers with varying styles of fishing.

  • Robert Karbas of Wake Forest, NC writes:

    RE: Martin's trip with ailing boy – Awesome way to give back, Scott!

  • Dennis Pentecost of Milford, IL writes:

    RE: Kriet's tough year – Jeff Kriet seems like a very likable guy and a great bass angler, but after watching him for several years I think he is his own worst enemy.

  • Steve Craighead of Mt. Holly, NC writes:

    RE: Pradco acquires Gene Larew – So Pradco has bought out another competitor’s brand. I wonder if they leave out the best products that the competitor offered. Prime example, when they bought out XCalibur they left out one of the best if not the best rattlebaits ever to come out. The 1/4-ounce gold One Knocker was, with out a doubt, head and shoulders above anything else I fished. Now you can find them on eBay for $30 or more. What will they leave out of the lineup this time?

  • Michael Belter of Reidsville, NC writes:

    RE: Tournament formats – I agree with the comments Davy Hite made about having to trust your gut and instincts when you don't know how others are doing in a tournament situation. This is one of the biggest complaints I have about the MLF format – it corrupts the decision-making of the angler.

    Fishing does not need to be like other sports. What is wrong with being unique? The irony is that in attempting to turn fishing into a sport like other big league sports, MLF/BPT has turned it into a fishing show for entertainment rather than becoming the "purest form of fishing" or sport that they intended it to be.

  • Bob Selsor of Linden, CA writes:

    RE: Confidence baits – Senko, black and red flake, weightless. Sometimes with smelly jelly.

  • Warren Wolk of Langhorne, PA writes:

    RE: World Rankings – No Chris Zaldain in the top 10? You need to revamp the rankings system – too much credit to the BPT anglers with the current system.

  • John A. Argese of Taylors, SC writes:

    RE: Ike on small buzzbaits – 1/8-ounce Bill Norman's Triple Wing buzzbait. The original model with the riveted blades. Yup, they worked!

  • Kurt Dove of Del Rio, TX writes:

    Rick Riles' comments about FLW are ridiculous. At present, 9/2/2019, five of the top 10 B.A.S.S. Elite anglers and four of the top 10 in the MLF/BPT Redcrest Championship are former FLW "weekenders."

    FLW anglers are absolutely many of the best anglers in the business. Many of them choose to fish FLW and would be very successful in any format and against any other field in the industry.

  • Terry L. Bonsell of Fruitland Park, FL writes:

    It is great to have both formats available.

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