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  • John Gaulke of Ithaca, NY writes:

    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).

  • Skip Bennett of Texico, IL writes:

    RE: New York tournaments – Like B.A.S.S. didn’t see this coming. Were they relying on Cuomo being cooperative?

  • Terry Bonsell of Fruitland Park, FL writes:

    RE: BPT entry fees – The beginning of the end to the great experiment. No entry fee was one of the major
    differences from the other tours. Must have spent too much money buying FLW.

  • Kenneth Kraft of Columbus, OH writes:

    RE: New York tournaments – If I were B.A.S.S., I would start rescheduling the next two events now. New York politicians will keep the state closed until November.

  • Dennis Pentecost of Milford, IL writes:

    RE: BPT entry fees – Mass exit back to B.A.S.S. coming!

  • Matt Mattingly of Gravel Switch, KY writes:

    RE: New York tournaments – Any word on the Open for Oneida in a few weeks?

    BassFan says: Nothing yet.

  • Jim Finley of Coconut Creek, FL writes:

    RE: BPT entry fees – Well, well, well, it was only a matter of time, we all knew they couldn't sustain a no-entry-fee format. Now it's going to be interesting to see the guys who said they will never pay entry fees again, what do they do now? Also, what about the 3-year contract? Oh, that's right, MLF doesn't have to abide by their own rules, again they change them as they seem fit. I'll bet if an MLF guy wanted out of their contract they wouldn't allow it. Going to interesting!

  • Bobby Colson of Mt. Juliet, TN writes:

    RE: BPT entry fees – Right back where they started from.

  • Mark Poulson of Antioch, IL writes:

    RE: Balog on Super Tournament – Joe, I think you missed the point in regard to the more intimate relationship between the commentators and the participants. One of the most important parts of televised bass fishing is how the rest of us mortals can relate to the pros, even though they are a world above us in terms of fishing ability. On any cast, one of us could catch a giant, and we can realistically dream of that. We all know the fun of sharing a boat with a buddy, the frustration of a backlash and the thrill of setting the hook on a big fish and fighting it back into the boat. Not many of us will ever hit a 400-foot homer or slam down a thunder dunk over someone, but we can still fish.

    The elevation of the other pro sports' stars to superhuman status, while maybe well-deserved, separates us from them, and I think that is a mistake. Bass doesn't to that and I, for one, appreciate it.

    BassFan says: From Joe Balog: "This is a very good point and your feedback is appreciated."

  • Ryan Bowman of Seneca, SC writes:

    RE: Balog on Super Tournament – For all your talk of elevating pros, and they should be, you don’t see pros in other sports playing AAA ball. In fishing, you see top pros fishing at lower levels like the BFLs. Seems non-professional.

  • Matt Lee of North Richland Hills, TX writes:

    RE: 25-pound poll – Largest tournament bag was just shy of 26 pounds in a Media Bass event on Lake Ray Roberts. We busted 30 multiple times on practice days at the same lake, but never in a tournament. The Bassmaster Classic will showcase some giant bags out there next year.

  • Bobby Colson of Mt. Juliet, TN writes:

    RE: Wilks on fishing with kids – Great group of tips ... perfect.

  • Terry Bonsell of Fruitland Park, FL writes:

    Well, the Heavy Hitters that just recently finished on Toho was an example of catching bass in very hot water. The best bite was mid-day.

  • David Harrison of Huntsville, AL writes:

    I agree with the high price of new boats and electronics required to play the offshore game competitively. I saw some college teams practicing at Guntersville, made my '96 Ranger feel old. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to afford a new one. How do they do it? Two positives I see: I like the MLF shows where they fish out of 18.5-foot boats with 150s, and catch the heck out of them. New electronics and I'm there. Also, the kayak fishermen have it going on here in north Alabama and now with B.A.S.S. Definitely some nice, affordable options that can access anything from farm ponds to large lakes.

  • Dennis Pentecost of Milford, IL writes:

    OK, here goes. You pro fishermen and B.A.S.S., MLF, etc. claim to want more people into fishing, but yet you promote $80,000 boats, $3,000 depthfinders and all the other the expensive equipment that you say you need to catch fish. Most people cannot afford these things, but you do not need all that crap to get into fishing. I believe you scare more people away than you attract, but you will always have people who will be dumb enough to go neck-deep in debt to be like a pro. Let's get real!

  • Ken Kraft of Columbus, OH writes:

    RE: Balog reminisces – I remember fishing a BFL as a co-angler in the early '90s with Steve Clapper. He ran right to Ruggles Reef. I'll never forget we were fishing almost identical lures and he was catching 4-pounders and I was catching 2s. Never could figure that one out. Miss those times.

  • John L. Berg of Maple Lake, MN writes:

    Took the Eyeball Challenge. 1.4 pounds was my average being off. Bass God!

  • Dennis Pentecost of Milford, IL writes:

    Bass tournaments starting back up, but with restrictions to prevent the virus. I put up a chainlink fence to keep mosquitos out of my yard.

  • Joe Balog of Deland, FL writes:

    RE: Eyeball Challenge – As the article states, all fish were weighed on verified, calibrated scales. Perhaps this demonstrates the public input issues that were the idea for the inception of the program(?).

  • Jonah Fanucci of Limerick, PA writes:

    RE: Eyeball Challenge – The fish held up with the two guys in the photo is definitely in the mid teens ... not the weight they claimed.

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