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  • Cliff Mundinger of Tallahassee, FL writes:

    RE: Elias ripped off – Need to make sure when these thieves are caught they are prosecuted to the fullest extent. No mercy!

  • Mike Dominick of Alberton, MT writes:

    RE: Balog and the "old man" – Joe, great writing as always!

  • David Findley of Rock Hill, SC writes:

    RE: Balog on Murray's win – Absolutely one of the best stories ever ... I would have loved to have read more about John. This was a story that deserved to be told.

  • Charlie Hartley of Grove City, OH writes:

    John Murray wins! So happy for John and his family! Good things happen to good people and John is a good dude! He was always one of the early birds at the launch, he would unselfishly let me whine about how I should have done better and how many I lost. He probably won because I wasn't there to drive him nuts every tournament morning!

    Really miss seeing him every morning. Go win a bunch more!

  • Rick Pierce of Mountain Home, AR writes:

    RE: Murray's Toledo Bend victory – I am really happy for John Murray and his family! Kudos on an excellent Elite win and climbing the mountain! Tennessee's newest pro angler just notched one.

  • Johnny McLean of Little Rock, AR writes:

    RE: KVD's square root – Sounds pretty much like an infomercial to me. Also, since his name is on the baits, why don't they just go ahead and put his hooks on there. Him saying that he changes all the hooks is basically admitting that Strike King puts inferior hooks on the baits. I guess at the end of the day, all decisions are based on money.

  • Alex Posey of Lake Lanier, GA writes:

    RE: Balog's Classic notes – First off, I'm a big Balog fan. He is spot-on and this is no exception. However I disagree on the YouTube celebrity thing. All an announcement like that is for is to introduce the idea to attendees. I think it's good and keeps expanding the ways fishing is marketed. Say they made that announcement and everyone left the real pros and flocked to some internet goofball. Shouldn't the real pros be analyzing what it is that makes the internet stars attractive to the people? What if more pros upped their video content and combined the good finishes with videos of how they did it. Then they would be YouTube stars too.

    My point is, with GoPros and other types of equipment, the touring pros who really want to expand their presence should be filming every minute of their fishing and making it available for free through YouTube and social media. I always hear how busy the pros are and how they don't have time to do that ... well, that's why no one knows some of these guys. In my opinion, the older guys need to hire people who can help them get fishing-related content out on a daily basis. Being upset with B.A.S.S. over them promoting YouTube "celebrities" is like being mad when someone that you know is dumber than you makes an "A" and you make a "C". You can't be mad at them for making the good grade, ask why you made an average grade.

    Also, I wholeheartedly agree with a top-12 cut, potentially a top-6 cut. I think the field was too big to actually give the guys leading after 2 days a chance. The leaders have so much more pressure and their time gets taken up by interviews and media and then the fishing side. The guys going into the final day outside the top 10 or 12 have nothing to worry about. They can go into the final day with no worries, no obligations and can focus of whacking 'em to move up. In such a big event, that creates a huge disadvantage for the leaders, which is why we see more and more come way from behind for wins and close finishes. I personally think there should be a cut to reward the guys who have fished consistently.

  • Frank Tennity of Lake Wales, FL writes:

    RE: Balog's Classic notes – I think the field should not be cut. If it was reduced to 12, Lee would not have won. An angler can be on the winning fish and if something turns them off during the first two days, they may miss an opportunity of a career, winning the Classic.

  • Jim Liner of Pintlala, AL writes:

    RE: Balog's Classic notes – Good job, Joe. I have been to 27 Classics and you hit it right on the head. That last day should be 12 anglers. It will be edited down for television anyway, so what's the point? I worked the Expo Friday and Saturday, but left early Sunday morning to go home. Keep up the good work.

  • Paul Wallace of Cambridge City, IN writes:

    RE: Balog's Classic notes – Joe brought up reducing final day at the Classic to 12 anglers, like regular Elite events. Lee came from 15th place! Maybe B.A.S.S. should think about increasing final-day Elite events?

  • Tony Anderson of Shelbyville, TN writes:

    RE: Lee in demand – What a great story ... congrats to the champ!

  • Rick Grover of Trabuco Canyon, CA writes:

    RE: Meyer's tough stretch – Cody is a major stick and one of the West's best ever. Also a class act and a sponsor's dream. He will be back.

  • George Fournett of Port Huron, MI writes:

    I don't know if it was the timing of the Classic or what, but I didnt get into it like I usually do. B.A.S.S. needs to go back to having it at the start or end of the season. Having your biggest event in the middle of the following season seems odd to me.

  • Charlie Hartley of Grove City, OH writes:

    RE: Balog on the Classic – Was blessed to be there and see history! Biggest bag of the tournament on the final days are unique to the Classic, where no AOY points are at risk. He will represent our industry well. Congratulations to the young Classic champion!

    I love tournament bass fishing – it is pure. We all fish because we love to catch a fish. Fame and fortune are just a silly byproduct of our passion!

  • Bill McDonaugh of Thorndale, PA writes:

    The lake was a good choice for the Classic. The fish were just not on during the tournament. This happens at every lake at different times. It is nice to see the anglers fish where the fish are not jumping into the boat.

  • Tim Farruggio of Long Branch, NJ writes:

    The Bassmaster Classic is always fun to watch, but I feel Lake Conroe fishing small was not a good venue for the biggest tournament in the world. B.A.S.S. needs to expand its Classic locations. How about California? The Delta, for example. I didn't think Conroe gave the best anglers in the world enough room to shine.

  • Johnny McLean of Little Rock, AR writes:

    RE – Bass University gains environmental director – Good move for BU. In my opinion, B.A.S.S. and Operation Bass sit on the sidelines and say nothing about a lot of important environmental issues.

  • Steve Kirby of Columbus, OH writes:

    RE: Angler killed in Texas – I'm trying not to be callous, a life is a precious thing, but with all due respect, we bass fishing folks tend to throw caution to the wind when it comes to seeking our favorite prey. True, these anglers did nothing wrong and I'm not blaming the victims, but when it comes to Mexico, even the fly-in bass camps have to employ a small army to protect the clients. Face it, Mexico's a Third World country with 80 percent of it controlled by one cartel or another. We anglers take our lives in our own hands when it comes to traveling there, or anywhere even close.

  • Dustin Daggett of Twin Lake, MI writes:

    RE: Angler killed in Texas – And to think we have people all over this country protesting our borders being closed. Wake up, America!

  • Walter Oppelt of Frankfort, IN writes:

    RE: Classic poll – I wanted "anybody else," but it was not listed. As far as homies, I'm getting to the point of not being interested. That is very sad to say. Undue advantages are now common for locals. With all of the new tech, a local has a major advantage. Also, freezing your butt off in very early tournaments is getting to be unsafe, but what the heck, it's only a fishing tourney, right?

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