Jay Yelas – The 1988 Operation Bass Tournament of Champions

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Jay Yelas talks about fishing the 1988 Operation Bass Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. Photo Brenda Serrano.

Not many anglers can say they’ve fished bass in Hawaii, let alone fished a bass tournament there. Jay Yelas, on the other hand, can say he’s done both and not only that, he won.

Yelas qualified to fish the 1988 Operation Bass Tournament of Champions – a year-end event that took the top anglers from each Operation Bass region and pitted them against each other to determine who the best of the best was. [Read more...]

The Bass Charger!

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1973s Bass Charger!

So the exclamation point might be a bit of overkill, but that was how the bass charger was introduced to readers in this 1973 ad. Billed as “a fisherman’s dream,” as well as “one of the greatest topwater bass lures ever made,” I don’t think it quite ever lived up to those accolades, but it was still something different and unique at the time.

It was comprised of a 3/8-oz plastic body, looking much like a modern day crankbait or topwater body. However, there were a few very unique features to this lure. First was the twin set of “free floating hooks” that were held onto the body of the lure via a set of metal pins. Each was independent, but they acted and looked nearly like the popular twin hook configuration on most every soft body frog on the market these days. The other unique feature about this lure was also similar to many of those baits in a way. [Read more...]

Monday Trivia – Mann Up Answer and Winner (August 25, 2014)

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Tom Mann Jr. Photo FLWOutdoors.com.

Unfortunately no one won this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Come back Monday for another shot. In the meantime you can read this week’s answers below.

By 1987, Tom Mann Jr. must’ve felt like he’d never get ahead of the pack. He’d been fishing a few B.A.S.S. events since 1983, including the 1984 Bassmaster Classic, but everywhere he went he’d been preceded by another angler of the same name – lure maker Tom Mann, to whom he was not related. The elder Tom had won two Bassmaster tournaments in Florida in 1971 and 1972, edging out Roland Martin both times.

He wasn’t even the second angler named “Mann” to fish the Classic, as the elder Tom’s brother Don had fished the 1975 and 1976 championships. [Read more...]

James Niggemeyer – Almost His Last Leg

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James Niggemeyer. ICAST 2014. Photo Brenda Serrano.

In 1997 professional bass fishing hopeful James Niggemeyer was on what seemed to be his last leg for a while. Tapped out with credit card debt, he knew the final regular season Anglers Choice Lake Shasta pro-am would be his last for a long time. Still he hoped to finish high enough to make the year-end championship. [Read more...]

Stak & Go – The Stackable Trailer

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Stak & Go Trailer ad circa 1975.

With OPEC flexing their muscles in the ‘70s and ‘80s with regards to oil, the bass industry was coming out with a lot of unique concepts on how to cut fuel costs. More efficient hull designs, more efficient motors and smaller tin boats became popular amongst those who wanted to continue fishing yet save enough money to buy a pack of worms or an extra crankbait.

One of the most unique inventions of the period, though, was the stackable trailer. Why use two tow vehicles for two boats when you could buy a trailer for two? [Read more...]

Monday Trivia – Mann Up (August 25, 2014)

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Tom Mann Jr. Photo FLWOutdoors.com.

By 1987, Tom Mann Jr. must’ve felt like he’d never get ahead of the pack. He’d been fishing a few B.A.S.S. events since 1983, including the 1984 Bassmaster Classic, but everywhere he went he’d been preceded by another angler of the same name – lure maker Tom Mann, to whom he was not related. The elder Tom had won two Bassmaster tournaments in Florida in 1971 and 1972, edging out Roland Martin both times.

He wasn’t even the second angler named “Mann” to fish the Classic, as the elder Tom’s brother Don had fished the 1975 and 1976 championships. [Read more...]