Let’s Look Back Part 33

The Zara Spook has been one of my favorite surface baits for a long, long time. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

The Zara Spook has been one of my favorite surface baits for a long, long time. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

One of my best friends in the high country of Arizona is as big a bass fishing nut as I am.

There are differences, of course, and one of them is that like most of the other bass men I meet these days he’s a heck of a lot younger. I was reminded of that a couple of years ago when this good friend came to me with a request.

“Stan,” he said, “I’ve read some of the stuff you’ve written about fishing a Zara Spook. I’ve just never gotten around to throwing those things. Any chance I could get you to show me how you use one?”

I could, as the name of my column here at the Bass Fishing Archives indicates, look back over a whole lot years of personally getting these wondrous old baits to do their thing. Along with a handful of other old lures that came along decades ago, they’ve provided me with more than their share of spine tingling memories. [Read more…]

What All the Cool Kids Are Wearing

1970s ad for the fishing jumpsuit.

1970s ad for the fishing jumpsuit.

Professional bass anglers will never be considered trendsetting fashion plates, walking the runways of Milan or Paris – thank goodness. That said, there have been definite fashion trends in the world of pro bass angling through the ages. Today, we’ll take a quick look at those styles through the decades. Let’s begin in the 70s. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Coby Carden Answer and Winner (January 19, 2015)

Coby Carden. Photo Bassmaster.com

Coby Carden. Photo Bassmaster.com

[Editor’s note: Remember, the rules have changed for the Monday trivia contest. You are now allowed to win three times per calendar year rather than three times only.]

We had two people give the correct answers to this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits but the win goes to the first person, Andy Williams. Congratulations Andy! Come back Monday for more trivia and a chance to win a $25 coupon good for anything on the Yamamoto website. For the answers, read below.

Alabama angler Coby Carden is headed to his second straight Bassmaster Classic this year, both times via the arduous Federation Nation route. He finished 24th last year, not as good as fellow returning Nation angler Paul Mueller, but 11 spots better than Jeff Lugar, the third member of the anglers who qualified for both the 2014 and 2015 Classics through the Nation. [Read more…]

Smallmouth Magazine – Volume 1 Issue 12

Marketed by Uncle Josh for a few years, the Spinrite was originally manufactured by the Pedigo Lure Company. Just two weeks ago, the Pedigo Lure Company was resurrected and now offers the original Spinrite. I bet Billy would be proud.

Marketed by Uncle Josh for a few years, the Spinrite was originally manufactured by the Pedigo Lure Company. Just two weeks ago, the Pedigo Lure Company was resurrected and now offers the original Spinrite. I bet Billy would be proud.

We’re back at Smallmouth Magazine, this time with the final issue of the inaugural year 1985. After this segment, we’re going to take a break from Smallmouth Magazine for a couple weeks in order to get some other things published and then we’ll pick right back up with Volume 2.

In this issue, from December, 1985, we have the usual cast of Smallmouth contributors, Tom Rodger, Billy Westmorland and Tom Zenanko. But there’s also another well-known writer/angling guru by the name of Rich Zaleski who made his Smallmouth debut in this issue. We’ll talk a little about that later.

The magazine starts off with Tom Rodgers, publisher and president of Smallmouth, talking about their first year and what a success it was. What kind of got me about the piece was on two different fronts. First off I was amazed the membership fee was $29.95 per year for 1985. That’s a lot of Hoss Flies for a predominantly four-page newsletter. It was nice that Rodgers got enough sponsor support that he could lower the membership fees for 1986 down to $19.95. [Read more…]

Fish Tales: Florence, Alabama – Part Five

1974 Bumble Bee Spinnerbait ad. This is how Bill Huntley initially got into the fishing industry.

1974 Bumble Bee Spinnerbait ad. This is how Bill Huntley initially got into the fishing industry.

In this segment of Fish Tales, videoed at the Florence, Alabama Chamber of Commerce in November, 2014, Bill Huntley talks about how he got into the fishing industry. If you’re an old spinnerbait fan, you might remember that it was Huntley who made the Bumble Bee Spinnerbait, the first spinnerbait that incorporated a ball bearing swivel. Huntley talks about how he came to put that little piece of integral equipment on the spinnerbait, the first to sway away from barrel swivels.

Huntley is better known, though, for his ownership of T&H Marine. Even if you don’t own a Hot Foot there’s no doubt that Huntley and T&H Marine have something on your boat. From lights to cleats to livewell plumbing, T&H marine makes nearly all the accessories that go on all of today’s bass boats.

So, click on the video below and listen to Bill spin a pretty entertaining yarn about how he got into the industry. Click on the links to see Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four.

 

 

Monday Trivia – Coby Carden (January 19, 2015)

Coby Carden. Photo Bassmaster.com

Coby Carden. Photo Bassmaster.com

[Editor’s note: Remember, the rules have changed for the Monday trivia contest. You are now allowed to win three times per calendar year rather than three times only.]

Alabama angler Coby Carden is headed to his second straight Bassmaster Classic this year, both times via the arduous Federation Nation route. He finished 24th last year, not as good as fellow returning Nation angler Paul Mueller, but 11 spots better than Jeff Lugar, the third member of the anglers who qualified for both the 2014 and 2015 Classics through the Nation. [Read more…]

Smallmouth Magazine – Volume 1 Issue 11

J. C. Reel and partner pose with seven smallies from Watts Bar that weighed over 36 pounds. November issue of Smallmouth Newsletter.

J. C. Reel and partner pose with seven smallies from Watts Bar that weighed over 36 pounds. November issue of Smallmouth Newsletter.

Continuing on with the first year of the Smallmouth Newsletters, today we’re talking about Volume I Issue 11, published for November, 1985. This issue starts out with a great piece by the late Billy Westmorland on how to catch smallies in November. As usual, Westmorland gives some great advice on the techniques he uses for late fall/early winter smallmouths – but it seems a little dated for today’s standards. Yes, smallmouths will always be caught on small baits but that myth has been over-shadowed in the last 10 years as anglers move to bigger and bigger baits for smallies – including swimbaits. Still this opening piece offers a lot of great suggestions with respect to fish movement and areas to look for. [Read more…]

Fish Tales – Florence, Alabama Part Four

Left to right: Bill Huntley (T&H Marine). Ray Gresham and Tom Smith pose around 12 mounted bass from the Tennessee River from the 1960s. The mounts, which belong to Smith, were done by Vernon Bush of Huntsville, AL. The smallmouths are all between 6 and 7-pounds while the biggest largemouth weighs in at 9-02. Photo Brenda Serrano.

Left to right: Bill Huntley (T&H Marine). Ray Gresham and Tom Smith pose around 12 mounted bass from the Tennessee River from the 1960s. The mounts, which belong to Smith, were done by Vernon Bush of Huntsville, AL. The smallmouths are all between 6 and 7-pounds while the biggest largemouth weighs in at 9-02. Photo Brenda Serrano.

In this segment of Fish Takes, videoed at the Florence, Alabama Chamber of Commerce in November, 2014, veteran Tennessee River angler and famous bucktail jig maker Tom Smith talks about the 12-fish stringer he’s had since the early 70s. On this stringer, mounted by Vernon Bush of Huntsville, AL, there isn’t a smallmouth that weighs less than 6-pounds, topped by a 7-pounder, and the biggest largemouth weighs in at 9-02.

Smith caught all the smallmouths while five of the other six were caught by Roy Wilson. The last fish on the stringer was caught by Rick Kim. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Name That Writer (Answer & Winner – January 19, 2015)

Can you name this famous writer?

Can you name this famous writer?

There were a lot of great guesses this week in our contest, but congratulations goes to Jay Davis for correctly answering the trivia contest this week!  For the answers please read below.

Once again I’ll take a slightly different path with our weekly contest just to keep everyone on their toes. Here at the Bass Fishing Archives, we’ve covered a lot of books and articles from some pretty famous writers. In this week’s contest, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, we’re going to turn the tables a bit. The picture above is of another famous outdoor writer/journalist. As a bit of a hint, this picture dates back to 1971. And, this person’s work has been featured in some of the most popular bass and outdoor magazines of the past 30 years. To win this week’s contest, simply answer the following three questions: [Read more…]

Field and Stream Goes Bass-Specific

Field and Stream's Bass Fishing specific publication from 1982.

Field and Stream’s Bass Fishing specific publication from 1982.

Field & Stream magazine, founded in 1895, has always aimed to be something of an outdoor generalist publication, with stories about bass fishing sprinkled intermittently throughout a buffet of features and tips dealing with other topics including hunting, conservation, survivalism and other gun-related issues.

The magazine has undergone several ownership and formatting changes over its 120 years of history, with the most recent sale occurring in 2007, when it was one of 18 magazines sold to the Bonnier Group, a Swedish entity. [Read more…]

Black Bass Fishing: Robert Page Lincoln – Part Two

Black Bass Fishing - Theory and Practice by Robert Page Lincoln. First printing April 1952 Stackpole Company.

Black Bass Fishing – Theory and Practice by Robert Page Lincoln. First printing April 1952 Stackpole Company.

[Editor’s Note – this is Part Two of a three-part series on the book, Black Bass Fishing by Robert Page Lincoln. To read Part One, click here.]

In the first part of this review of the book Black Bass Fishing by Robert Page Lincoln, we delved into a little bit of Lincoln’s life and covered the first eight chapters of the book. In this second part, we’ll continue on with chapters nine through seventeen in order to give you an idea of what he saw the state of bass fishing in the late 40s and early 50s, along with his methods for catching bass and the tackle he used. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Name That Writer

Can you name this famous writer?

Can you name this famous writer?

Once again I’ll take a slightly different path with our weekly contest just to keep everyone on their toes. Here at the Bass Fishing Archives, we’ve covered a lot of books and articles from some pretty famous writers. In this week’s contest, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, we’re going to turn the tables a bit. The picture above is of another famous outdoor writer/journalist. As a bit of a hint, this picture dates back to 1971. And, this person’s work has been featured in some of the most popular bass and outdoor magazines of the past 30 years. To win this week’s contest, simply answer the following three questions: [Read more…]