Stephen Browning – 1996 Red Man All-American Win

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Stephen Browning 1996 Red Man All-American winner.

In this video post, Elite Series angler Stephen Browning talks about his 1996 Red Man All-American win on the Arkansas River. He looks back on the event, one that was held essentially in his backyard.

Local knowledge has a history of killing locals in big events like the Bassmaster Classic or FLW Cup. But Browning used his history with the river and knowledge of a pattern that still works at that time of year today as well as it did back then and before. [Read more...]

Monday Trivia – Now You’re Cooking Answer and Winner (Oct 27, 2014)

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Ken Cook won the 1983 Super Bass event held at Florida’s St. John’s River.

Well, we only had one person try to answer this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Unfortunately, he didn’t provide the right answers for all the questions. This happens quite a bit and I assume it’s because people come to the site and see someone has answered the questions and they assume those answers are correct. If you see an answer, don’t assume it’s right. Go out and dig a little, maybe you’ll be rewarded with a $25 e-coupon for the GYCB site. For the answers to this week’s contest, please read below.

In 1982, a 35 year-old Ken Cook earned his first B.A.S.S. Invitational win, and the second of the six Bassmaster victories in his storied career. The career was marked by 14 Bassmaster Classic appearances and a win in the 1991 iteration of the event held on Maryland’s Upper Chesapeake Bay, as well as three Forrest Wood Cup qualifications. [Read more...]

1973 Bill Norman Baits

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Fishing Facts, June 1973 Northwoods tackle advertisement

Bill Norman Lures is one of the most recognized names in the fishing industry. We’ve touched upon the company and some of their baits in previous posts about their Redman Spinnerbait , as well as a 1977 ad featuring some of their classic diving crankbaits from the Little N series. In today’s post, we’re going to go back a few more years to 1973, and look at a few of their other baits, as well as a sister company that produced some popular baits at the time.

This Northwoods ad, featured in a 1973 issue of Fishing Facts magazine, covered several popular Norman lures. [Read more...]

Smallmouth Magazine – Volume 1 Issue 2

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Billy Westmorland holds up two giant smallies weighing in at 10-1/2 and 10 pounds from Dale Hollaw Reservoir. Photo by Tom Rodgers February 1985 issue of Smallmouth.

As promised last week, we were lucky enough that a reader, Mark Blahut, offered up his complete collection of Smallmouth newsletters for us to borrow, scan and put out for all to see. Well, today we’re sharing volume 1 issue 2 from February, 1985.

In this issue famed smallmouth angler Billy Westmorland talks about how he goes about targeting giant smallies with one of his favorite baits, the Silver Buddy. Also, new contributor, Tom Zenanko, talks about smallmouth fishing in the northern tier and Peter Kaminsky continues his two part article on The Gamest Fish. [Read more...]

Monday Trivia – Now You’re Cooking (Oct 27, 2014)

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Ken Cook won the 1983 Super Bass event held at Florida’s St. John’s River.

In 1982, a 35 year-old Ken Cook earned his first B.A.S.S. Invitational win, and the second of the six Bassmaster victories in his storied career. The career was marked by 14 Bassmaster Classic appearances and a win in the 1991 iteration of the event held on Maryland’s Upper Chesapeake Bay, as well as three Forrest Wood Cup qualifications.

Despite the fact that the December 1982 Florida Invitational on the Kissimmee Chain was his first “national” win, Cook’s career really gained steam the following March, when he won the 1983 Super B.A.S.S. tournament, also in Florida, but just a little bit north on the St. Johns River. [Read more...]

Mark Menendez – How He Started

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Mark Menendez topped a field of 137 anglers in the LBL division on Lake Barkley in 1988. Photo September/October 1988 issue of Bass Fishing magazine.

In today’s video feature Mark Menendez talks about how he got his start in competitive bass fishing on the Operation Bass circuit. He remembers the two gentlemen that got him started, how his entry fees the first year were partially paid, practicing out of a 16-foot aluminum boat then jumping into another angler’s glass boat – an angler usually a lot older than him – and having to convince them he was on fish. [Read more...]

Smallmouth Magazine – Volume 1 Issue 1

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The welcome letter that went out to each Smallmouth newsletter subscriber. Courtesy of Mark Blahut.

Back a month or so ago Pete authored a piece on Smallmouth magazine, a publication dedicated to the smallmouth angler that started glossy-print publication in 1987. In that piece, Pete gave a pretty good background of the magazine, organization and the founder Tom Rodgers. He also asked that if any of our readers had more information on the magazine to please write in.

Well, Pete’s call was answered by one of our readers by the name of Mark Blahut.

Mark contacted us and since then has sent in his entire set of Smallmouth newsletters from the inaugural issue printed in January, 1985 through the last issue printed in December, 1986. After this, the magazine went full glossy. [Read more...]

Monday Trivia – Bassmaster Ladies Trivia Answer and Winner (October 20,2014)

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photo: Bassmaster, Darren Jacobson

Congrats to Steve M for winning  this week’s Monday Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Come back again next Monday for the next round of Monday Trivia. For the answers, please read below.

We’re starting to see more women fishing the B.A.S.S. Opens, trying to qualify for a shot at the Elites Series. Just a couple years back, Janet Parker made a very strong run, falling out of the cut in the final event. Others, like Trait Crist, are both fishing and writing over at B.A.S.S. The history and story behind women in B.A.S.S. is an interesting one, which we’ll touch on in this week’s trivia questions. There have been several “firsts” and high marks in this regard, and so we’ll focus on those. To win this week’s contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Baits, you’ll need to answer the following 4 questions.

  1. Who was the first lady to fish a B.AS.S. Invitational, and give me the event/lake and year?
  2. Who was the first woman to cash a check in a B.A.S.S. event, and again, event/lake and year?
  3. Who was the first woman to ever fish the Bassmaster Classic?
  4. To date, what is the highest finish registered by a woman in a B.A.S.S. event (Invitational/Open, etc.), and who holds that distinction?

Here are the answers, along with more details. [Read more...]

For Mann’s, Plenty of Hits But a Few (More) Misses, Too

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Mann’s Bait Company ad circa 1983.

A major league baseball player who gets a hit in three out of every ten at bats has a reasonable chance of going to the Hall of Fame. In that regard, maybe we’re too hard on lure designers. Here on Bass Fishing Archives, we might be a little too tough on those who’ve produced short-lived products. In just a few years of existence we’ve cataloged a litany of products that didn’t catch on, generally because they were ill-conceived or didn’t meet a specific need. Frankly, it’s a sport that never grows old, and for which we’ll likely never run out of material. [Read more...]

The Bearded Viking – Al Lindner

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Al Lindner hoists a mixed bag of largemouth bass and walleye. Photo September/October 1971issue of The Lunker Hole magazine.

We’ve written a number of pieces here that have either been about or have something to do with Al Lindner and the Lindner angling legacy. So excuse me for writing another. Personally, I don’t think you can ever write too much about someone who’s contributed so much to the sport.

What brought this piece about was an article I found recently in a 1971 issue of The Lunker Hole magazine – the magazine put out by the Bass Caster’s Association (BCA). As I turned the pages, I came across some pictures of a familiar face – that of Al Lindner’s. The title of the article, Bass Beard – The Viking, kind of made me chuckle a bit.

The accompanying photographs of Lindner show him in typical form – holding big bass and wearing polarized sunglasses. [Read more...]

Monday Trivia – Bassmaster Ladies Trivia

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photo: Bassmaster, Darren Jacobson

We’re starting to see more women fishing the B.A.S.S. Opens, trying to qualify for a shot at the Elites Series. Just a couple years back, Janet Parker made a very strong run, falling out of the cut in the final event. Others, like Trait Crist, are both fishing and writing over at B.A.S.S. The history and story behind women in B.A.S.S. is an interesting one, which we’ll touch on in this week’s trivia questions. There have been several “firsts” and high marks in this regard, and so we’ll focus on those. To win this week’s contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Baits, you’ll need to answer the following 4 questions. [Read more...]

Stephen Browning – Wild Rules

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Stephen Browning may be an exceptional angler but he’s also a survivor.

I know this is a fishing site but this is a story I’ve wanted to do for a long time – one that actually involves fishing in a couple ways. I’m not sure if you remember back to the year 2003 when ESPN ran the “Survivor-type” wilderness show Wild Rules. The show only lasted one season – when for former owner of BASS was testing the waters with outdoors-style shows. [Read more...]