RE: Balog on fishing "truths" Good article, Joe. Anglers need to take everything they hear with a grain of salt. Back in the 1970s I would read that smallmouth bass typically move shallower in the fall and largemouths deeper. In northern lakes, the opposite is true. Smallmouths may move up to feed on occasion, but by late fall many smallmouths are in over 30 feet of water where I live and ice fishermen in the winter catch so many shallow largemouths that seasons were closed to protect them. Poet William Blake said, "I will create a system or be enslaved by another man's." I think that is great advice.
Regarding the Bass Pro Tour and the announcement of entry fees, I think Al Lindner said it best one time "Nobody is going to pay anyone else to fish." Apart from somebody paying an angler to procure food for them, I can't ever think of a situation where anyone would pay someone else to fish (although some guides feel that being hired to guide others is an excuse to fish).