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  • Skip Bennett of Texico, IL writes:

    I really enjoy this new BPT and have always enjoyed MLF. I may not be the brightest bulb in the box, but now with the BPT top 30 in points advancing to 1 of 4 MLF Cups has got me lost. Were do the MLF Cup anglers advance to? Does this replace the Selects? I think we need a visual bracket to understand the process.

    BassFan says: The top 3 anglers from each of the four Cup events advance to the MLF Cup Championship, along with the top 2 anglers in Cups points, the Bass Pro Tour Championship winner and the reigning MLF Cup Championship winner.

  • Mark Perkins of Flint, TX writes:

    RE: New Hall of Fame class – Well deserved, but I continue to wonder, when is Mr. Alfred Williams going to be considered?

  • Ryan Said of Wixom, MI writes:

    RE: Balog on Clunn – After offering some counterpoints to Joe’s last piece, I just wanted to say that this is one of the best ones I have read of his. Although Bassmaster Magazine was my first exposure to tournament fishing, it was “Bass Wars” and the tale of Rick Clunn that made me fall in love with this sport. I read it annually for many years. What other sport has a figure like Clunn? Loved this homage .. well said, Joe!

  • Paul Wallace of Cambridge City, IN writes:

    I have to make a comparison between two people who I have admired for decades ... doesn't always mean agree with, but definitely admired. Rick Clunn and Neil Young. Both in their early 70s, both still vibrant, alive and making a difference. We should all be so focused and inspired to keep moving!

  • Jon Augustine of Des Moines, IA writes:

    RE: Balog on Clunn – Very well-written and very truthful to the impact Rick Clunn has made to the sport of bass fishing!

  • George Mrozinski of Sarver, PA writes:

    I think Ryan Said is spot-on. The commentary just isn't good. It added nothing to the event. They will have to step up their game somehow. Zona and Sanders are a cut above.

  • Robert Vincent of Charlotte, NC writes:

    RE: Tournament formats – I'm a bass fishing junkie, so I watch it all, but the five best fish is still much more interesting for me. I don't want to see some of these big sticks change their style to fill the boat with one-pounders. I like the grind it out for five of the right bites over 30 bass for 35 pounds.

  • Renaud Pelletier of Vancouver, WA writes:

    Just wondering when the Bass Fan world rankings will be updated, and if the BPT will be included?

    BassFan says: The Rankings will be updated after this week's tournaments and the BPT will be included.

  • Ryan Said of Farmington Hills, MI writes:

    RE: Balog on BPT opener – With all due respect to my fellow Social Distortion fan, after watching both MLF and Bassmaster, some counterpoint thoughts. Yes, MLF "felt" different on the broadcast, but I can't say it was better. Theirs was generic (felt like golf to me), whereas with Bassmaster, we had Tommy and Zona, both the universal voice in Tommy and the color commentary of Zona. Tommy and Zona are just better. Not saying MLF can't get there, but they are not there now. I was just not interested in anything the MLF commentators had to say. Nothing made me think harder, nothing made me laugh, they said nothing I did not already know.

    Regarding overall "excitement," I too was presently surprised by the excitement I felt over MLF ... until I watched Bassmaster this weekend. It was not even close. MLF lacks the tension, in my mind. Every bite in Bassmaster "might" help ... no guarantee. The weights are not guaranteed (Menendez was on top of BASSTrakk most of the day). In my mind, MLF has removed a lot of the tension elements that make the whole day exciting to follow, not just the last hour for the guys in 15th to 25th place.

    Lastly, I have to disagree that catch-weigh-release is the future. I could be totally wrong, but there is something special about putting a bass in your livewell, pulling it out and showing the crowd ... more of a sense of accomplishment. The climax builds throughout the day. I DO agree that fish care has to continually improve – I would even like to see a rule in Bassmaster about fish touching the carpet. But as far as I can tell, even after five Bassmaster events in the last eight years and thousands of other tournaments and guides going after these fish, the St. Johns at least seems to be one example of a fishery that is not at all fazed by tournaments big and small. I watched MLF and will continue to do so ... it is interesting. In my mind, it is just not Bassmaster level yet.

  • Rick Riles of Baton Rouge, LA writes:

    Wow, quite a week for B.A.S.S. The stars lined up for a slugfest. Great to see Rick Clunn do it again. As far as viewing, it was a step back from the BPT for me. BPT just has a better concept. I found myself calling penalties on the guys for stepping on and kicking fish in the bottom of the boat. Not to mention transporting those hawgs 30 miles from their beds and hoping for the best. I think it’s a new day as far as protecting the resource. As Joe Balog wrote, this will be the future of management – get on board. Bring on the head-to-head this week. I’m ready.

  • Steven Rockweiler of Luling, LA writes:

    RE: St. Johns River Elite Series – Looks like all the talk about B..A.S.S. being washed up is a little premature. Great tournament with tons of excitement ... from the older pros to the new gunslingers. Gotta love it!

  • Ken Snow of Spring Valley, WI writes:

    RE: BPT format – Six days of watching guys catch scorable bass is too much. It won't take long for folks to get bored of this. People loved MLF the way it was. It won't take B.A.S.S. and FLW long to field another group of fishing stars. And by the way, all of the BPT guys will have to compete for dwindling sponsorship money.

  • Steve Kirby of Columbus, OH writes:

    RE: BTP format – Some like it, some don't. If I were a sponsor, I wouldn't unless you're a major with your name in lights, as all the supporting sponsors, the little guys with little logos, are closed out. If someone figures out a way to combine the formats they may have a winner, or at least a better product. Personally, counting every fish caught takes something away from it as it lessens the need to think ahead, conserve for another day and just plain become more competitive. I think it's great that so many pros jumped ship from B.A.S.S. and FLW as it opened up a whole new venue for younger folks and new faces.

  • Tim Farruggio of Long Branch, NJ writes:

    RE: St. Johns River Elite Series – This tournament was an absolute joy to watch. It reminds me of the slugfest years ago at Falcon Lake. Nothing better than when things line up just right – lots of big fish. B.A.S.S. did a fantastic job! Congratulations to all the pros.

  • George Fiorille of Moravia, NY writes:

    RE: Clunn's St. Johns victory – Way to go, Rick! Way to kick those young bucks' butts!

  • Chris Lawson of Athens, ON writes:

    What about watching BASS Live yesterday was "triple-A"? The players are never bigger than the game. I'm not sure anyone who migrated to BPT would have put on any better performance than what we've witnessed so far.

  • Bill Wedelich of Dolores, CO writes:

    RE: Gluszek Chalk Talk – Pete says, “The more complicated the docks, usually the better it is,” Gluszek added. “The more isolated the dock, usually the better it is,”

    A complicated dock takes longer to fish but doesn’t make it better. Isolated boat docks with the least amount of foot traffic and a maximum amount of shade always hold the best fish.

  • Jackie Neal Parker of Crossett, AR writes:

    I just watched a popular fishing show on the topic of depthfinder advancements. At what point does it get to where it is not fair chase? They are already too expensive for fishermen like me. I hate to hear how good ol' so-and-so is when he has three or four television-size screens on his boat. Where does it end?

  • Skip Bennett of Texico, IL writes:

    Watching BASS Live and the weigh-ins was definitely odd and to me was like watching a triple-A league tournament. Seeing only a couple superstars was boring. Maybe in time the hype will return, but as for now catch, weigh and release is the future of our sport.

  • Steve Brown of Riverton, AL writes:

    Let’s face it, BPT is giving a multimedia platform to this sport not seen before. It’s evident that the product is tailored to be entertaining across a spectrum of new fans, not just us bass heads. The hardcore BassFan population is a relatively small group of the potential fan/consumer base that MLF is going after. For those who complain that it’s just a "little fish league," I get it. But I also saw some of the most exciting fishing coverage on display.

    Keep in mind, things will change to improve it even more as time goes by. But remember, this isn’t your granddad's fishing league and it never was designed to be.

    I believe it will surpass anything we’ve seen in terms of viewership. I’m looking forward to seeing the media numbers.

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