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  • John Gaulke of Ithaca, NY writes:

    Just got back from watching the Elite Series weigh-in live in Union Springs, N.Y. The big bass are really the star attraction of bass fishing. Hate to admit this, but it didn't bother me one bit that a lot of my favorite pros weren't there. What got the crowd excited was seeing numerous catches of gorgeous big bass. It ain't about the pros - it's all about the bass!

    I'm gradually getting familiar with the new pros and I'm sure I'll have some new favorites, but seeing big bass caught on my home lake was what it was all about.

  • Dennis Pentecost of Milford, IL writes:

    After almost a year, I find the MFL/BPT boring and too long and drawn out.

  • Quinn Hoyer of Cadiz, KY writes:

    RE: Balog on Thrift – Spot on. The man's a machine.

  • Rick Riles of Baton Rouge, LA writes:

    I like Joe Balog and agree with many of his stances. I also think Thrift is a good fisherman, but to say he’s hands-down the best in the business currently is a bit of a reach. The FLW tour is 95% weekend anglers with a jersey and checkbook. Thrift has no more than five peers in that field. I can’t wait for wait Thrift, Martin and Dudley to join up with BPT and solidify them as the premier tour everyone knows they are. I think FLW would be a perfect feeder tour for the BPT – I hope the rumors are true.

  • Tom Tanner of Jonestown, PA writes:

    I've been following professional bass fishing since the early '70's and Bryan Thrift is one of the guys who impresses me the most. He brings a real honest, downhome personality and demeanor along with tremendous fishing skills. He also offers a dose of true credibility to the sport, not jumping from tour to tour or switching sponsors all the time. He stands out from many of the other anglers who have turned themselves into reality TV stars more than fishermen.

  • Patrick Ross of Bella Vista, AR writes:

    RE: Redcrest format – What happens if the first-place angler in Group B has less weight than the 11th-place angler in Group A? Shouldn't the final for the Redcrest be made up of the 20 anglers who landed the most weight, not the top 10 from each group if one group truly outdistanced the other?

    BassFan says: The most likely reason for one group truly outdistancing the other would be the fishing conditions being much better on the day that the dominant group fished. In our view, pitting anlgers only against others who fished on the same day is the fairest possible format.

  • James Barron of Pilot Point, TX writes:

    I was looking for Kyle Walters info on your site and never found him. He placed 2nd in the FLW Cup and when he stood next to 5'7" Brian Thrift on the stage it looked like David vs. Goliath. Thrift looked like a kid. I was going to see how tall he is but he's not listed.

    BassFan says: Walters isn't listed among the angler profiles because he's never been a full-time tour pro. At 6'7", he's exactly a foot taller than Thrift.

  • Jim Behnken of New Braunfels, TX writes:

    Four-plus hours post FLW Cup weigh-in and not a peep from BassFan? Coverage gets worse by the week. Time for me to remove BassFan From my favorites and daily read.

    BassFan says: Circumstances occasionally arise in this business, like in any other, that cause brief delays in the delivery of the product. Nonetheless, BassFan has never failed to deliver same-day coverage of a tour-level competition day since its inception in 2001.

  • Kevin Clingan of Springfield, MO writes:

    Anyone can catch 12-inch fish. Give me five that weigh something.

  • Michael W. Belter of Reidsville, NC writes:

    I'm kind of surprised how quickly my interest as a fan of my favorite pros who went BPT/MLF has waned. I used to follow certain pros, but now I've even stopped subscribing to some of their YouTube channels. I still watch for 10 minutes here and there, but I really don't care who wins or who makes the cut. Maybe because it seems more like watching a fishing show than a tournament anymore.

  • Jason Yelverton of Rogersville, AL writes:

    RE: Balog reminisces – Absolutely awesome article! Reminds me of some of the adventures of my younger years growing up in southern Mississippi fishing oxbows, gravel pits and such with family and friends.

  • Skip Bennett of Texico, IL writes:

    I agree, watching 6 days of coverage in a row is tough. It’s enjoyable and partially addictive. Days 1 and 2 Shotgun Rounds are most boring because they will all be back the next day. The following three days, 3rd periods, is were the excitement is. The three musketeer commentators start the 3rd periods with what’s happened, so there is no need to watch earlier. And the final day is okay but someone usually runs away with it by the 3rd period.

  • John P. Scott of Chesapeake, VA writes:

    I enjoy reading BassFan. Thanks for all you do keeping us informed.

  • Randy Brandenburg of Frisco, TX writes:

    I like this: "I find the actual BPT tour event format a bit too long and spaced out. Multiple days of the partial field fishing against each other ..." This, I think, is a pretty big part of it for me, why I find myself watching B.A.S.S. Live over the BPT stream when they are competing at the same time. I'm only 49, but maybe I have to admit I just didn't like the change a much as I thought I would. Still though, I think it's been good for the sport overall. Can't stay stagnated. More to come I am sure and BPT did cause B.A.S.S. to improve some things for their anglers. I don't want to say one is better over the other, but I do have to say I still prefer B.A.S.S. Again, I was surprised by that.

  • Martin D. Lamb of Albia, IA writes:

    What I find confusing is that folks are confused about how the BPT events work. It is laid out fairly simple from my perspective.

  • Bruce Vallelungo of Mandeville, LA writes:

    I thought MLF pros could not fish B.A.S.S. How is Ike pulling this off?

    BassFan says: MLF pros are not prohibited from competing on other circuits. Bobby Lane and Ish Monroe both fished the Southern Open at the Harris Chain in January and Adrian Avena and John Murray competed in the Lake Champlain Northern FLW Series just last week.

  • Randy Brandenburg of Frisco, TX writes:

    RE: Balog on following MLF – Amen, agree 100 percent. BPT is hard to follow. By the time the shows air on TV, I won't care. I was as excited as anyone else when BPT was announced. I was happy for the pros, the opportunities it created for the ones who opted for the BPT and for the opportunities it created for the pros on all the other pro-level tours. All I can say is I have found myself giving almost all of my time to the Bassmaster Elite Series and B.A.S.S. Live over anything else. I didn't expect that going into this season.

  • Terry Metzger of Naples, FL writes:

    RE: Balog on folliwing MLF – Wow, I thought it was just me who was confused. They need a flow chart to show how it works. Thanks for the great articles.

  • Steve Kline of Linden, CA writes:

    RE: Balog on following MLF – I don’t find the distinction between this year’s televised shows and this year’s BPT confusing. However, I find the actual BPT tour event format a bit too long and spaced out. Multiple days of the partial field fishing against each other is generally uninteresting to me. Also, as mentioned by many others, the events are “dink-fests."

    I much prefer the best-5 format. I watch the show weekly because it is fishing, but it is getting old because every show is essentially the same. Each Bassmaster show has a different vibe to it and is filled with big fish catches. Less is more, in my opinion.

  • R. Bates of Yorktown, VA writes:

    RE: Balog on following MLF – A few observations after reading your opinion piece on the BPT/MLF being confusing and hard to follow:

    1. Agree, and I've stop trying to figure it out.

    2. I've also lost complete interest in following BPT/MLF or their anglers.

    3. I still follow B.A.S.S. Elite Series and their anglers. I also follow a few FLW anglers.

    It is an exciting time in bass fishing but mostly because we have a new crop of anglers competing at the highest level of the sport. I've enjoyed learning about the new anglers and following their progression on tour. Plus the B.A.S.S. Live shows are still the best live angling show available.

    BPT/MLF lost me and any support I may have initially had for them. Their continued bad-mouthing of traditional tournament formats and their exclusion of "fans" are the two main reasons. I don't see BPT/MLF as a top-tier professional tour, but rather as a made for TV bass club. I'll watch their TV program, but I don't follow their events or anglers and have zero interest in who wins.

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