History in Pics: Early Computerized Lure Design

Perrin History in Pics: Early Computerized Lure Design

“Surrounded by some of the electronic gear that Rebel finds invaluable in the making of fish catching baits. George Perrin (Rebel founder) checks out a graph recorder for the wave form pattern of a particular lure.”

The above picture is from a late 1960s Fishing News paper. For more information on Rebel’s founding, see the following links:

How They Started – Mark Davis

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Mark Davis won the 1995 Bassmaster Classic at High Rock Lake, NC. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

For those of you new to the sport of competitive bass fishing, the name Mark Davis probably rings a bell as being the angler who’s leading the 2014 Bassmaster Elite Angler of the Year race. For those of you who have been around a tad longer in this cast-for-cash sport, you may remember Davis came to B.A.S.S. from FLW around 2008 after qualifying for the Elite Series via the 2007 Southern Opens. If you’re old enough to have been in the sport pre-2005, though, you recognize Davis as a three-time Bassmaster Angler of the Year winner and 1995 Bassmaster Classic champion.

Davis first dipped his toes into the B.A.S.S. pond in 1986, when he was 21 years old, and also qualified for his first Classic that same tournament year, 86/87. Seventeen Classics and 50 top-10 finishes later, Davis is having a season reminiscent of his tear through the 1990s.

Yes, Davis has been here before a number of times and is no newcomer to the winner’s circle. This should worry those younger guns out there as it no doubt is on the minds of those who fished against him in eras past. [Read more...]

Monday Trivia – Bailey’s Bubble (April 21, 2014)

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Lee Bailey FLW Outdoors.

Missouri’s Table Rock Lake has been a stopping point for the major tours for decades, with the most recent stop producing Mike McClelland’s seventh B.A.S.S. victory, fourth Elite Series win, and his first since 2008. He compiled 61 pounds 15 ounces of Table Rock bass over four days (nearly a 15 pound 8 ounce average) to claim the crown.

Just under 17 years ago, New Englander Lee Bailey won the Bassmaster Missouri Central Invitational on the Rock, putting together three limits of bass that totaled 47-15, an average just a hair under 16 pounds a day. It marked the sole win of Bailey’s 122 event B.A.S.S. career. He came in 3rd on three occasions, coming closest to winning again in 1999 on the Hudson River when he finished behind winner Woo Daves by a little bit less than 3 pounds. [Read more...]

Tom Mann – More than Jelly Worms

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Tom Mann’s Research Angler, Spring 1988 issue.

I’ve always been a fan of Tom Mann and his contributions to the sport. He started what is considered one of the most revered tackle companies in the world and also played a role in the development of Humminbird Electronics (along with Blake Honeycutt). He was also one of the best anglers at the dawn of the competitive bass scene, winning a number of events and always challenging for the Angler of the Year award. He was, like few have been, an icon in the industry.

Mann had written, or had someone else write for him, a number of books on the subject – many of which I have in my collection. But recently I was at Greene’s Boat and Motor in Spindale, NC and got a big surprise as Andy Greene was showing me some of his literature collection. [Read more...]

Another Great Idea on Paper

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A 1987 ad from Bassmaster magazine for the MONITOR ROD from Shakespeare.

This one falls into that category of something that seems great when you first hear of it, but the more you think about it, the less practical it becomes. What if I told you that I was producing a fishing rod that had a built-in temperature gauge. Sounds cool, but apparently it must not have caught on.

The company was Shakespeare, the year was 1987, and the line of rods was called MONITOR RODS. From the ad; [Read more...]

Monday Trivia – Alton Emerges Answer and Winner (April 14, 2014)

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Photo Bassmaster.com

For the second week straight no one won the weekly trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Come back next week as we’ll have another set of questions and will award a $25 coupon to the winner. For the answers to this week’s contest, please read below.

Today most fishing fans think of Alton Jones first and foremost as the 2008 Bassmaster Classic Champ, but in May of 1997 the Texas pro was a 34 year-old guide and former computer salesman with seven years as a full-time touring pro under his belt. He’d only notched four Top Ten finishes in B.A.S.S. competition to that point, half of them in Alabama. The best of the bunch came when he finished tied for 4th in the 1996 Alabama Top 100 at Lake Neely Henry. That tournament was won by Davy Hite, marking Hite’s second B.A.S.S. victory, both of them in Alabama.

The following year Jones moved up three spots to claim his first B.A.S.S. win in the 1997 Alabama Top 100, edging out Gary Klein by an ounce to earn the 1st-place trophy. [Read more...]

It’s Called Crispin’

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Jimmy Crisp with two of the fish that helped him beat Larry Nixon in the 1983 Western Bass $100,000 Invitational on Table Rock Lake. Photo November 1983 issue of Pro Bass.

Rapala has long been associated with bass fishing ever since Lauri Rapala’s creations made it from Finland to the United States in the ‘50s. The Original Floating Rapala would continue to be one of the most popular baits until it started losing favor with anglers as different lure manufacturers popped up and newer baits, including Rapala’s Fat Rap, took over shelf space.

By the early 1980s the Floating Rapala still sold but sales were down a fraction what they’d been in the decades prior. Then one angler changed all that with one win – a big win – in the summer of 1983 on famed Table Rock Lake, MO.

That angler not only breathed life back into the Floating Rapala, he arguably brought to light a new technique and what is still considered today one of the most important methods in fishing – jerkbaiting. [Read more...]

Hubert Greene’s Coveralls – 1973 to 1980

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Hubert Greene’s Coveralls. Courtesy of the Greene family.

A couple weeks ago we posted part one of this story on Hubert Greene’s coveralls and the many patches it sported. Too many, in fact, to be displayed in one post here. What I failed to mention was not only did Hubert have the patches from his pair of coveralls but also as many or more in a tray that is now located in his son Andy’s office. Therefore as I prepared to write today’s post, I realized that there was no way I would be able to incorporate all of them in what I thought might be the final in a two-part series.

What we have today is part two of what will be a three-parter – this time concentrating on Hubert’s patches from 1973 through 1980. In Part One of this series, most of the patches were from organizations other than B.A.S.S. This time, most of them are from B.A.S.S. with only four out of 26 being from another organization. [Read more...]

Monday Trivia – Alton Emerges (April 14, 2014)

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Photo Bassmaster.com

Today most fishing fans think of Alton Jones first and foremost as the 2008 Bassmaster Classic Champ, but in May of 1997 the Texas pro was a 34 year-old guide and former computer salesman with seven years as a full-time touring pro under his belt. He’d only notched four Top Ten finishes in B.A.S.S. competition to that point, half of them in Alabama. The best of the bunch came when he finished tied for 4th in the 1996 Alabama Top 100 at Lake Neely Henry. That tournament was won by Davy Hite, marking Hite’s second B.A.S.S. victory, both of them in Alabama.

The following year Jones moved up three spots to claim his first B.A.S.S. win in the 1997 Alabama Top 100, edging out Gary Klein by an ounce to earn the 1st-place trophy. [Read more...]

Can’t Get Under the Cover, Skip It Then

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One of the first Skipping articles published in 1982 in Pro Bass Magazine.

The technique of skipping a bait under docks, limbs and any other overhanging cover isn’t something that only the pros do today, it’s a technique that’s mastered by every single bass angler serious about their trade. Just search the internet for “skipping a jig” and volumes of articles and YouTube videos will flood your screen.

This wasn’t the case some 30 years ago as few anglers, even amongst the pro ranks, utilized the casting method – or even knew about it.

You don’t get many things past your non-boaters or the press, especially when you win a major event like the Bassmaster Florida Invitational. [Read more...]