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  • Gregory Farr of Bristol, VT writes:

    I would be interested to see a "mid-season" report to see how all three major fishing platforms (MLF, BASS, FLW) are comparing. I casually watch FLW, I watch all B.A.S.S. Live events I can, and I haven't tuned into anything MLF-related this year. Honestly, I haven't heard anything about MLF at all. Is it succeeding? I know how reliant they are on sponsors and if the sponsors aren't seeing the numbers they like, I don't think the BPT will last.

    Judging by social media followings, B.A.S.S. is still the most popular format. Also, recently MLF posted something about how their anglers winnings compared to the winnings of the anglers in the other organizations. They quickly redacted the post because it was so poorly received. I think MLF alienates fans while B.A.S.S. and FLW embrace fans and more importantly, they embrace aspiring anglers. Love to hear some thoughts on this.

  • John A. Argese of Taylors, SC writes:

    I've been a fan of pro bass tournaments since I was a kid, the year Rayo Breckenridge won the Classic. Bought the B.A.S.S. recap magazine. I've fished from club and local tournaments to a couple of the old Red Mans. I love the sport.

    In my opinion, MLF turned the sport on its head. Changed it forever and for the better, with one caveat: recruitment of new anglers.

    We may see pros being recruited from both college team ranks as well as B.A.S.S. and FLW Open circuits. Time will tell.

    Gentlemen (and ladies), hold on to your hats!

  • Buddy Beck of Palatka, FL writes:

    RE: Tiebreaker poll – Fast way to determine a winner – who fished the best the last 2 days?

  • Tim Wyckoff of Elyria, OH writes:

    RE: Morgan's Chickamauga win – Congratulations to Andy , just still don’t get this BPT tour deal. It’s not the same and I find FLW and B.A.S.S. more exciting with the influx of new anglers and the original five-fish tournament format. I think BPT anglers made a huge mistake.

  • Martin D. Lamb of Albia. IA writes:

    So B.A.S.S. doesn't have funds to grow beyond pay-for-play but somehow can sponsor a NASCAR team?

  • Dave Krantz of Albany, GA writes:

    RE: Tiebreaker poll – Combine 1st- and 2nd-place money, then split it between them.

  • Skip Bennett of Texico, IL writes:

    Kentucky Lake Costa, eight limits in 2 days full field and 13.5 pounds, 2 days, for a check. Carp are destroying tournaments. Which lake in the chain is next?

  • Cliff Peterson of Canton, KS writes:

    RE: Tiebreaker poll – I voted for heaviest bag because the winner can be decided right then with no delay. There is no need for everyone involved in running the tournament to have to stay another day in order for two fishermen to fish. If they went with a fish-off, it should be for an entire day, as one fisherman may have fish located 30 miles or more away and the other fishermen may have fish 5 or 10 miles away. A one-hour fish off would be the dumbest way to decide the winner, as it would force both fishermen to stay close to the launch and basically reduce the outcome to a matter of who chose the best spot close to the launch, and it would be more a matter of luck than skill.

  • Dean Lanternier of Hixson, TN writes:

    RE: Tiebreaker poll – Fish a full day. An hour may result in 0-0 tie. Nothing resolved. Total caught may be same number. Heaviest bag would be a second choice. Fish-offs have been used previously by different folks, and at $100K, the two remaining can afford an extra day.

  • Stephen A. Coulter of Heath, OH writes:

    RE: Tiebreaker poll – Should be a fish-off.

  • Mike Bingham of Florence, AL writes:

    RE: Tiebreaker poll – Go back on the water for one hour. Use weight caught in that hour to determine the winner. If nothing is caught, then use an administrative tiebreaker.

  • Scott Groff of Omaha, NE writes:

    RE: Tiebreaker poll – Rock, Paper, Scissors.

  • Kenny Holland of Jay, OK writes:

    RE: Tiebreaker poll – Total first and second money, and points, split equal amounts.

  • George Fiorille of Moravia, NY writes:

    RE: Tiebreaker poll – Go with largest one-day limit.

  • Chad Grace of Kaufman, TX writes:

    RE: Tiebreaker poll – Fish-off is the only fair way!

  • Skip Bennett of Texico, IL writes:

    Great job, Jacob P. And MLF, the best format and fishing show. I had to choose between FLW Live and BPT and BPT got 100% of my data usage.

  • Michael Belter of Reidsville, N.C. writes:

    Loved watching the MLF Live coverage of our lakes here in North Carolina. However, I hate the format. I feel sorry for anglers like Tommy Biffle and Ish Monroe who would have had had decent days with their best five, yet were knocked out while an angler with 14 fish for only 22-plus pounds makes it in. It does reinforce the common view that MLF is a "fishing show" or a dink-fest since someone who hasn't figured out how to catch quality fish can still beat out someone who has figured them out. Also, the whole no-info rule is severely compromised by the fact that anglers are informed of the ScoreTracker.

    One of the most difficult aspects of tournament fishing is the decisions that are made. Knowing what the ScoreTracker is gives them way too much information about when to change, when to grind, etc. I just wish we could do away with the gimmicks on the BPT/MLF so that hardcore bass fans and tournament fishermen wouldn't see it as a "fishing show" and respect it as a real tournament like it should be.

  • Dennis Pentecost of Milford, IL writes:

    To get a better understanding of why the pros went to MLF, go to Paul Elias Fishing and check out his post of why it happened. He tells it like it is!

  • John Gaulke of Ithaca, NY writes:

    A few months ago I might have agreed with Rick Riles' comments. After all, who's going to be interested in B.A.S.S. after KVD, Ike, Aaron Martens and other big names leave? But don't forget, B.A.S.S. made KVD, Roland Martin, Rick Clunn and the rest of the marquee names we are all so familiar with now. KVD did not make B.A.S.S.

    B.A.S.S. will continue to launch careers. The casual fan going to an Elites weigh-in may not even know about how many pros moved to BPT, and they may not care. They want to see some big fish being weighed in.

    Look at modern rock music – a band like Foreigner has virtually zero original members. Other bands like Journey are missing their top star. Guess what? These bands are doing more ticket sales than ever in some cases. It's the same with B.A.S.S. – it's the name recognition of B.A.S.S. that will grab the viewers and we'll all get to know the newbies better with each event.

  • John Neer of Alexandria, VA writes:

    RE: Practice with Martens – Given the eye-catching set-up at the beginning of the piece, it was a heck of a long read that didn’t seem to really have a point and didn’t deliver at the end in explaining why the writer felt he’d jinxed him. All that product name-dropping is kind of a turn-off, too. And including the Fox News reference seemed pointless at best, pandering at worst. Like Bassmaster’s “A Day on the Lake”, why not just call it “Practice Day for the Classic with Aaron Martens”?

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