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)

BM Pink 300x199 Monday Trivia – Bassmaster Ladies Trivia Answer and Winner (October 20,2014)

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

BM Pink 300x199 Monday Trivia   Bassmaster Ladies Trivia

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...]