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  • Maynard Logan of Fort Wayne, IN writes:

    Solution to forward-facing sonar problem: B.A.S.S. needs to divide into two tournament series, with a 150-participant limit for each division (eight tournaments in each division). Division 1 - Forward-facing sonar only, no normal fishing allowed. Division 2 - Regular normal fishing that we all know and no FFS allowed, period.

    I do not feel there would be a problem filling either division. This could, with some tweaking, solve most of the constant discussion.

  • Carl Rohrbaugh of Keyser, WV writes:

    FFS should be banned altogether. I think it takes away fishermen's skill and makes it more electronic. Also, most fishermen at my level of income can't afford the technology and it's keeping us out if competition. Also makes these small lakes more pressured for the people fishing just for sport and enjoyment.

  • Dean Lanternier of Hixson, TN writes:

    RE: Who's most worthy of Hall? – Fred Arbogast. Those were some of the first baits I used growing up. Classics that catch fish today just as they did 70 or so years ago.

  • David Harrison of Huntsville, AL writes:

    I totally agree on the Toledo Bend tournament. Thank goodness for the one buzzbait bite. Just not enough shallow. It's not MLF's coverage at fault, you had to fish that way to contend. But it is very boring for old-school guys like me.

  • Mike Orzell of Fort Collins, CO writes:

    RE: Who's most worthy of Hall? – Fred Arbogast was a true pioneer in the tackle industry. Just as deserving is Dick Kotis, longtime president of Fred Arbogast Bait Company. It is also a major oversight that Fred Young, originator of the Big O, is not in the Hall.

  • Mike Hawkes of Sabinal, TX writes:

    Perfect, he (Mark Richards) said everything that the rest of us were thinking.

  • Mark Richards of Houston, TX writes:

    I really didn't think that there was anything more boring than the Pro Bowl coverage until I watched the MLF at Toledo Bend. It's incredible to me that a great lake like Toledo, which offers all kinds of cover and patterns, gets reduced to a bunch of guys tossing jighead minnows in the middle of nowhere watching their FFS. BO-RING.

    Hey, I get that there are some people who probably like this, just like there are people who like cauliflower, and if that pays the bills for MLF and the anglers, more power to them. But for me, I will pass. In one clip I saw Ott DeFoe catch one on a buzzbait and it was like I had this big sense of relief, like WOW, real fishing!

    Wake me up when the FFS era is over. Until then, every show is like Groundhog Day.

  • Richard Spark of Sour Lake, TX writes:

    Not understanding Dakota Ebare’s motive in not participating in the big show.

  • Dennis Pentecost of Hoopeston, IL writes:

    For every YouTube video that is worth watching there are 10 or more that are a joke put out by want-to-be pro fishermen that can’t make the grade!

  • Paul Wallace of Cambridge City, IN writes:

    Loved the "Evolution of the Square Bill". I've collected the old Bagley lures and others for years. I was amazed how Mike Estep had eluded me. It has me going back through my old crankbaits to see if I have any. Making balsa baits that work effectively is an art. I know, I've tried and failed. Thanks for a great mini-documentary, Terry Battisti!

  • Rick Birge of Chipley, FL writes:

    RE: Stone moves on – Wishing you well. Thanks for all you've done from my son Zack the last few years and for being a BCB family member. I'm originally from Newport News, Virginia and called the Chickahominy home.

  • John Murray of Spring City, TN writes:

    RE: Stone moves on – I want to thank Marty Stone for the years of professional broadcasting on all the MLF shows! His analysis, coming from years on the professional trails, was always spot-on. Following God's lead will always get you where you need to go!

  • Mike Guerra of Las Vegas, NV writes:

    RE: Balog on 2024 priorities – Excellent article Joe. Hope to see you at ICAST this coming July and go fishing with you again. I’ll cut down on the old stories. You’re right about finding time. Priorities and obligations are ever-changing. Making time for whatever one enjoys is paramount.

  • Paul Wallace of Cambridge City, IN writes:

    RE: Balog – Things not to do on fishing podcast. Add: playing loud, annoying music at every chance before, after and during the podcast to your list.

  • Chad Hill of Du Quoin, IL writes:

    RE: Balog on FFS – One of the best, most succinct discussions on the FFS controversy/situation that I've read or listened to.

  • John M. Orchard of Wilmington, NC writes:

    RE: Balog on FFS – What an advancement in technology; I believe that it will be around for a long time. However, I also believe that there will come a time where you will be able to choose which tourneys you want to fish, as some organizations will allow this and others will not. I, for one, will fish the ones without FFS. I am a competitive bass angler, but FFS is out of my pay range and will always be. Do not punish me and take away my competitive options.

  • Charlie Hartley of Grove City, OH writes:

    RE: Balog on FFS – It's so good to read an unbiased article on this new technology. I'm not against it, but I fear it removes much of the wonder of fishing. Fishing is wonderful – full of wonder!

  • Steve Henderson of Lady Lake, FL writes:

    RE: Charity event bans FFS – I don’t own any nor have it on my Christmas list. I’m tech savvy enough and fish 2-3 local tournaments a month for fun. Would it help? Maybe in most areas, but Florida isn’t like a Corps of Engineers or TVA impoundment.

    I think FFS should be allowed. The fish may be there, but you still have to make them eat. To ban those who have FFS may take a chunk out of the charitable donations. Then again, if they just fish it because it’s for charity, just make a donation regardless.

  • Bobby Colson of Mt. Juliet, TN writes:

    Young blood is good for the sport.

  • John S. Gaulke of Ithaca, NY writes:

    There are a lot of reasons that experience fishing and with a fishery have less relevance than ever before. A lot of guys will jump on FFS, and that's certainly a major factor, but with YouTube and other social media platforms, you can become more knowledgeable than at any time in human history. Want to learn how to make a world-class Neopolitan pizza? Check out YouTube. Whether it's a detailed look at the differences in operation of a 4-stroke vs. a 2-stroke engine, or studying the world's greatest minds, you can do it all now at the click of a button. The drawback is that everyone else can, too. But you have to put in the work and have the motivation.

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