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  • Mike Gutierrez of Salinas, CA writes:

    RE: Balog on scanning – Articles like this demonstrate how competitive bass fishing is becoming more and more of an elitist sport every year. Six graphs and you still need a tablet? Give me a break. Pretty soon the number one prerequisite for getting into the game and making a living is going to be having a wealthy family to back you up. That's really sad.

  • Terry Bonsell of Fruitland Park, FL writes:

    RE: Balog on scanning – Tournament fishing has become a video game.

  • Bill Crumrine of Littleton, CO writes:

    RE: Wilks on magazines – Thank God I am not the only guy who still enjoys magazines and uses a flasher unit. That Lowrance unit still works and I am not a tech-gadget guy. We Vietnam veterans are still just as bad-ass now than any Gen XYZ, millennial, snowflake will ever be.

  • Bill Crumrine of Littleton, CO writes:

    One lure I rarely, if ever, hear mentioned is the PICO Perch and PICO Pop. Padre Island Company, for which the acronym PICO stands for, started in 1933 and stayed in my home state of Texas until 2017, when it moved to Arkansas. I still use the PICO Perch and it still catches plenty of bass for me.

  • Charlie Hartley of Grove City, OH writes:

    RE: Balog on scanning – Yes, we slept in our trucks and missed many holidays with family ... wouldn't change a thing! Joe knows!

  • Paul Hollabaugh of Fort Wayne, IN writes:

    RE: Wilks on magazines – I always read printed stuff rather than online. I can't wait for my next issue to arrive.

  • Mike Keller of Pea Ridge, AR writes:

    RE: Wilks on magazines – Completely agree! The online stuff is fine for going to company websites to view their products, like our beloved Tackle Warehouse. But nothing is more relaxing than sitting under a shade tree and reading a magazine or book. Lots easier on the eyes and needs no battery.

  • Randy Brandenburg of Frisco, TX writes:

    RE: Wilks on magazines – Glad I'm not the only one. I still have the first and I think only BassFan magazine with Greg Hackney on the cover.

    BassFan says: Yep, that was the only issue. That photo of Hackney was a doozy, wasn't it?

  • Charles Bowman of Kernersville, NC writes:

    RE: Wilks on magazines – I agree with Dustin. There is definitely a place for printed bass magazines. The experience of holding the magazine, flipping pages, looking back at previous pages, picking it up and looking at an article briefly if you're sitting in the recliner, just the the handheld simplicity of it versus glared screens, power-charging cords, swiping page to page ... the printed word is just a better experience.

  • Thom Abraham of Winchester, TN writes:

    RE: Balog on forward-facing sonar – I get where Joe is coming from here, but did we feel the same way when down sonar became so good? We used flashers in the '80s and caught fish then, but welcomed a better view of the bottom. I also believe fish become conditioned, and with more anglers offshore, will the bank once again become more productive? Personally, I hope so, cause that's still my favorite way to find 'em!

  • Andy Williamson of Lake Andes, SD writes:

    In the "Fritts on flat-sided crankbaits" article, the author states David Fritts uses a BB1 reel with no anti-reverse. This is false. The reel does not have an instant anti-reverse, but it DOES have an anti-reverse (called a multi-stop anti-reverse) like the many reels of a few years ago.

  • Terry Bonsell of Fruitland Park, FL writes:

    RE: Balog on forward-facing sonar – It's just getting ridiculous.

  • Johnny McLean of Little Rock, AR writes:

    RE: Balog on forward-facing sonar – I totally agree, Joe. As the top species, I am pretty sure we can eventually figure out how to catch every fish in the lake/river if that is our goal. However, can we not put competition and corporate money aside and protect the resource, and at the same time keep the sport fun and interesting? If we can't, I suppose we deserve what we get, which will likely be tough, depleted fisheries.

  • Tim Teale of Hot Springs, AR writes:

    RE: Balog on forward-facing sonar – Bright future for neurosurgeons, in my opinion. Plenty of patient candidates standing all day looking straight down at their screen. Boring as heck to watch also.

  • Scott Crawford of Jupiter, FL writes:

    RE: Balog on forward-facing sonar – I recently got out of tournament bass fishing. I sold my boat and I have very little of my tackle left. The thought of trying to get back into it with all of the things that seem "needed" now is too much. I assume I would need to spend somewhere on the level of $80-$100K just to get back in where I feel I could compete basically. I just don't see myself ever going back even though I still love to bass fish. This is just the icing on the cake, really.

  • Kenny Hemmen of St Louis, MO writes:

    RE: Balog on forward-facing sonar – Not a good situation for the bass fishing industry, especially interest in pro tournaments. Too much of a good thing is not good. Also, do not let the cure kill the patient. It really is all about sales, whether pro tournaments are needed or not. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

  • Doug Odom of Huntsville, AL writes:

    RE: Balog on forward-facing sonar – The article failed to mention those circuits with the co-angler format; where the forward-looking sonar puts the co-angler on the rear of the boat at a distinct disadvantage. It's just a matter of time before a co-angler refuses to sign the weigh slip of their "pro" because the pro used the forward-looking sonar and zeroed in on huge bass hanging in a brush pile. All the while the co-angler was kept from casting and the pro's 35-pound-plus stringer is disqualified.

  • Brad Holmes of Mt. Zion, IL writes:

    RE: Balog on forward-facing sonar – Good article. LiveScope has taken over on the crappie circuits as well. The fish don't stand a chance. I fear this will eventually deplete fish populations all across the country. Finding fish has always been part of the challenge and kept tournament anglers sharp. Now, a lot of guys who pre-fish for tournaments don't have to wet a line to find them. Are they the best fishermen? The answer is no and most would agree. Limit practices and tournaments to down-imaging only. Put the hardest part of the tournament equation (finding fish) back into the sport.

  • David Morin of Ottawa, ON writes:

    RE: Balog on forward-facing sonar – Hey Joe, I always enjoy and respect your opinions. I have to say I am really surprised by this backlash regarding forward-facing technology. You yourself have heavily promoted electronics in the past. I think it's a natural progression of the technology. It's hard to draw the line, in my opinion. Should every pro be mandated to go back to flashers as an example?

  • Thomas Tanner of Jonestown, PA writes:

    RE: Balog on forward-facing sonar – I completely agree that technology has reached a point where it detracts from the sport. Not only has it pushed the cost of a well-equipped boat out of range for most people, it is replacing the good old experience that used to factor into one's success. Fishing and hunting should serve as an escape from sitting there staring at a computer screen, not another form of it.

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