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  • John Gibbons of Houston, TX writes:

    RE: Henry leaves Tour – I wish this gentleman well in his recovery. However, requesting donations for medical expenses while spending 100K on tournament fishing and hunting seems selfish.

  • Paul Wallace of Cambridge City, IN writes:

    RE: MLF Summit cup – Didn't open/read this. You're not giving away the outcome early, are you? SPOILER ALERT... LOL.

    BassFan says: Nope, none of the names are aligned with the numbers.

  • Robert Jaxon of Tampa, FL writes:

    RE: White River Marine adds Legend – At what point do anglers say no to one giant boat group? I know the Feds have more important issues to attend, but this is becoming a monopoly. One man now controls the bass boat industry. I, for one, will be looking at a Phoenix or a Falcon now and I've owned five Rangers.

  • Brian Waldman of Coatesville, IN writes:

    RE: Balog on pioneers – Back in 1996, Ned Kehde sounded the alarm in a local opinion piece declaring that the "art of angling" was dying, replaced by the "aura" of tournament fishing. A decade later, that headline became reality. Fishing history and its pioneers are mere afterthoughts now days, and it's not only restricted to bass fishing. Sadly, the more recent generations of anglers seem to have no interest in our past and its personalities, and an industry more worried about its next big buying demographic seems willing to race right to the front of the line along the same path. The few of us still trying to document our past and its history do so willingly, but with little support. I don't see that changing anytime soon.

  • Randy Blaukat of Joplin, MO writes:

    RE: Grigsby leaves Elites – Chad's departure is a prime example of the reason professional bass fishing has not reached the levels of golf, bowling, tennis and other individual-based sports. I'm not sure of Chad's specific situation, but others who have had to drop out due to finances expose the dark flaw in competitive fishing. It's unheard of in other sports.

    Imagine a pro football player with incredible talent who couldn't afford to stay in the sport because he couldn't afford entry fees to a game and expenses traveling to each game were beyond his reach. I hear anglers say all the time "I'll never quit." Well, most anglers wouldn't ... if they could to afford it. Until the sport rises to a level where the anglers run and control the tournaments in a non-profit manner and set the definition of who is a "pro", we will continue to see participation being controlled by who can afford it, and not who performs the best. We must level the playing field in ALL aspects of competition to earn the respect of the public and elevate the sport where it deserves to be.

  • John Walls of Miami, OK writes:

    RE: Major League Fishing – Great show to watch. Hope all works out well. Great idea for the sport. NASCAR works – they are a good model to follow.

  • Gary Weaver of Davenport, IA writes:

    RE: Major League Fishing – Best show on TV. I'm 78 and I love it.

  • Skip Bennett of Texico, IL writes:

    RE: Day 1 canceled – I've been a co-angler on Champlain when it was terrifying and we had to abandon ship and ride back in another boat, and that was horrifying as well. But that being said, my boater was an idiot, bragging how he was a sea captain. I feel that when 98 percent of the field makes it back safely, it is because you have professional boat operators. Canceling a tournament because of known high winds on the lake is because of unqualified boat-operating anglers putting the marshals in danger. Good call, Trip, for the marshals' safety.

  • John A. Argese of Taylors, SC writes:

    RE: Balog on ICAST – You want to get rid of the "board-room feel"? You want to get rid of ridiculous Best In Shows? Do what the Japanese tackle industry, far and away more vibrant, responsive to consumer demand and cutting edge does, and make it a manufacturer and consumer show.

    With field-testing and promotional staffs being cut to the bone, how do manufacturers expect to get the best new and productive tackle in the hands of the anglers, ESP? It's the typical spaghetti-against-the-wall strategy. Throw a bunch and hope some sticks. Let's toss in a few mergers and buyouts for good measure.

  • Dustin Daggett of Twin Lake, MI writes:

    RE: Balog on ICAST – Couldn't agree with you more on Zona. Fished a few events against him in SW Michigan over the years. I remember a particularly cold, snowy, miserable Thanksgiving weekend morning. He gets out in the middle of a snowstorm and the guy is just "on" – nothing was going to ruin a day of fishing for him (or the rest of us). That guy's cup is not just half-full, its overflowing, regardless of the circumstances.

  • Ken Bragg of Fayetteville, WV writes:

    RE: TV show poll – Love the Major League Fishing format – actually watching them fish instead of wall-to-wall commentaries with just bits and pieces of footage

  • David Crouch of West Columbia, SC writes:

    RE: Fishing TV shows – I like the tournament format of MLF: all fish over 12 inches count, immediate release of all fish. For conservation purposes, all tournaments need to move to this format.

  • Skip Bennett of Texico, IL writes:

    RE: Rage Tail infringement – Way to go, Parks, on doing ICASTs job of culling knock-offs. I guess ICAST just wanted the money for a booth and didn't care about infringements.

  • Leon Jefferson of Woodville, TX writes:

    RE: Mossy Oak and KVD – Great Angler, even better person. Deserving of everything he's accomplished.

  • Thomas Aaron of Kokomo, IN writes:

    RE: Fishing TV shows – I love Bassmaster Live, would like to see more of pros fishing and less of commentators talking.

  • Joe Reising of Morton, IL writes:

    RE: Rage Tail infringement – I can understand Mr. Parks being upset upon discovering his Rage Tail design was copied by another company. He now knows how Yamamoto, Zoom and Reaction Innovations feel every day when companies like Strike King blatantly copy their lure designs. It's really hard to feel much sympathy.

  • Mike Maloney of Millstone, NJ writes:

    RE: Rage Tail infringement – I wonder if Steve Parks is waiting for the day that Keitech calls him to the carpet for knocking off the Fat Impact.

  • Jim Brown of Jay, FL writes:

    RE: Mossy Oak and KVD - I have known and respected Toxy Haas for many years. One of the finest people I have ever known. Toxy was, is, and will always be Mossy Oak. The fact that KVD has joined the team excites me as a retailer when I see two like-minded people working together in our industry. This will definitely be a win-win for both consumer and retailer alike. Congrats to all involved in making this happen.

  • Rick Pierce of Mountain Home, AR writes:

    RE: Mille Lacs politics – While bass anglers see the new frontier on Mille Lacs, it is a suffering economy from the lack of walleye. We have a really good servicing dealership on the southern rim in Isle, MN. And of course Seth Feider lives there now as well.

    It was once a premium destination for walleye anglers, many from the Minneapolis area. They have longterm-owned family cabins and a destination for a lot of those outdoors enthusiasts in camping, resorts and those summer homes.

    The apparent lessened walleye population has restricted fishing and reduced income for those on the lake. Our dealer is from a fifth-generation Mille Lacs family and runs approximately 50 winter ice houses also. What we see as a soft-water sport, they see as almost an annual income. Both ends of the ice and boating have suffered.

    Over-regulating the situation is not a fix, the complexity of Mille lacs runs well beyond the ability of the government and conservation departments.

    The lake was easier to find fish on and now, with fewer fish, the fishing is harder. While it's a new frontier for many bass anglers after the AOY event, it's still a very difficult climate for those locals trying to save an annual income.

    Also, kudos to Bassmaster on opening their thought train up and bringing a 2018 Elite schedule that is out of the box. Good job Michael, Eric, Trip and crews! Those new frontiers need to keep coming.

  • Peter Conn of Alexandria, VA writes:

    RE: ICAST – A $119 bucket? LOL, they see us coming.

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