Monday Trivia – Santee in ’97 (Nov 24, 2014)

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Photo Brent Chapman.

[Editor’s note: Although Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, Monday Trivia is still going to be played – with the winner being announced Thursday as usual. In observance to the Holiday, though, no other features will be posted on Thursday and Friday. We’ll be back next Monday with a full week of posts.]

Brent Chapman, the 2012 Bassmaster Angler of the Year, began his B.A.S.S. career at the 1994 Missouri Invitational on Lake of the Ozarks, where he finished 32nd en route to three straight money finishes. Things must’ve seemed easy to the young Kansan, but subsequently things got tougher as he won the grand total of $3,400 over the next 11 events he fished. He earned checks with some frequency throughout 1996 – five in 10 events – but never made it into the top 12 during that period. [Read more…]

Old Bass Boats – 1977 Part 2

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1977 Arrow Glass Bass Boat.

Yesterday we talked about the 1977 model-year boats from Alumacraft to Glastron. Today we’re going to start with Holiday and end with Rhyan Craft.

As stated yesterday, 1977 had 38 bass boat companies advertising in the magazines we looked through. A huge increase from the years prior. Many of the companies producing boats back then were new, even in 1977. But there are still a few we’re going to show, that are still around today.

Here’s the boats of Part 2. Remember, click on the pictures to see enlarged versions of the ads. [Read more…]

Old Bass Boats – 1977 Part 1

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1977 Terry Bass Boat Ad.

In this installment of Old Bass Boats, we again have to split the piece into multiple parts due to the volume of bass boat manufacturers now placing ads in bass magazines. As stated in the last installment, Old Bass Boats – 1976 Part 1, the 1975 ad campaign saw 16 manufacturers advertising their goods. In 1976 that number jumped up to 26 and this year that number jumped to a staggering 38 companies placing ads in bass magazines. What is truly amazing about that number is that was not all the companies out there who were making bass boats. [Read more…]

Who Is Hurley Board (Answer & Winner – Nov. 17, 2014)

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What do you know about Hurley Board?

Congratulations to Jason Sullivan for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. For the answers, please read below.

Hurley Board – perhaps the name rings a bell – NOT! Which is kind of interesting considering he fished 70 B.A.S.S. events and weighed in over 1,000 pounds of bass during his career. His lone win came in the 1978 Virginia Invitational on Lake Gaston, where he pocketed $14,000. He attributed that win to, “10,000 casts, three packs of cigarettes and a Pepsi,” but you’ll have to know a bit more than that to win this week’s contest, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. [Read more…]

Ray Scott – The Start of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society

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The Bass Boss and the man behind the advent of competitive bass fishing, Ray Scott, Nov 15, 2014. Photo Brenda Serrano.

This past weekend I was invited to an event in Florence, AL by former Elite Series angler Jimmy Mason. The event was to be held Friday night and would feature Alabama fishing greats, Bill Huntley, Ray Gresham and Tom Smith. The trio, sitting at the head of a conference room in the Florence, AL Visitor’s Center, told stories of the old days of fishing in Alabama and on the Tennessee River impoundments. It was an awesome meeting and soon we’ll be posting some of those stories here in the Bass Fishing Archives – after we get done with the editing. [Read more…]

Looking for Operation Bass Golden Blend Info

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Golden Blend was a title sponsor for Operation Bass’ attempt to give B.A.S.S. some competition. Unfortunately the circuit didn’t last long and there’s little information out there regarding it.

Many modern fans of professional fishing assume that the FLW Tour was the first major competitor to B.A.S.S. Of course, that is not quite correct – over time, there were several national trails that tried to make a run at being the dominant circuit, or at least supplementing it. The truth is that the FLW Tour, founded under the Operation Bass umbrella, wasn’t even the first attempt by that organization to create some competition for Ray Scott’s baby.

Starting in the late 1980s, and running into the early ‘90s, Operation Bass operated the Golden Blend series of tournaments. They built upon the success of the original Red Man events, which catered to the “working man” – one-day weekend tournaments with low entry fees and a chance to qualify for the high payout All-American. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Who Is Hurley Board?

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What do you know about Hurley Board?

Hurley Board – perhaps the name rings a bell – NOT! Which is kind of interesting considering he fished 70 B.A.S.S. events and weighed in over 1,000 pounds of bass during his career. His lone win came in the 1978 Virginia Invitational on Lake Gaston, where he pocketed $14,000. He attributed that win to, “10,000 casts, three packs of cigarettes and a Pepsi,” but you’ll have to know a bit more than that to win this week’s contest, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. [Read more…]

Big Old Fish – Photos by Bob McNally

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Al Lindner hoists his big fish from the 1977 Virginia Invitational on Lake Gaston. The fish weighed 10-04. Photo by Bob McNally.

Recently, longtime fishing author and photographer, Bob McNally contacted us here at the Bass Fishing Archives and offered up some of his photographs from days gone by. Back in the day, Bob used to cover all the Classics and other events let alone have a byline in nearly every fishing magazine that’s ever been printed. That includes non-bass fishing print too.

We’ve posted a few of these pictures already here on the site (click here if you want to see the 1975 Currituck Sound Classic) and now it’s time for some more. [Read more…]

Smallmouth Magazine – Volume 1 Number 4

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Smallmouth Magazine Vol I Number IV April 1985.

In continuing with our look back into the publication Smallmouth we bring you the next issue, Number 4, from April, 1985. Although only four pages in length, you can get a feel that the publication was gaining some steam. The content was solid and with Billy Westmorland and Tom Zenanko on the masthead, you expected something worth reading.

As was becoming the norm for the newborn publication, Tom Rodgers dedicated two columns out of 12 for the awareness of conservation. To start off, on page 2, he has a small piece about the Arizona Game and Fish Department and their efforts to renew the smallmouth fishery at Bartlett Reservoir. No one thinks of Arizona as being a smallmouth haven but back in the early 70s two lakes, Apache and Bartlett, had trophy smallmouth fisheries. Apache continued to be the gem through the 90s when it came to the trophy bronzeback but Bartlett was drained in 1977 and never recovered to what it once was. It was nice to see Rodgers mention a lake thousands of miles from his home in South Carolina – all because of the brown fish. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Lazoen Lights it Up Against a Cast of Characters Answer and Winner (Nov 10, 2014)

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Larry Lazoen. Photo Bassmaster.com.

Congratulations to Adam Hinkle for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. This make three for Adam in the short period of about 5 weeks. For the answers, please read below.

As we’ve previously noted on the Bass Fishing Archives, Florida pro Larry Lazoen was one of the many one-time winners in Bassmaster tournament history, a fate that is of course far better than never winning at all, but still leaves most competitive anglers feeling that they “coulda been a contender” more frequently.

Perhaps not surprisingly, his one victory came in the 1994 Maryland Bassmaster Invitational on the Potomac River, where grass fishing ruled the day. As Lazoen told Bassmaster’s Louie Stout: “It had all the qualities I like – clear, shallow water and grass. I don’t think people fish shallow enough on this river. To me, 4 feet is deep.” [Read more…]

Hey, Hey, Hey! The Fat Alberts of Bass Fishing

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Bill Cosby’s 1972 character, Fat Albert

Most everyone growing up in the 70s and early 80s knew who Fat Albert was. Chances are, like me, you probably even watched the Saturday morning cartoon show featuring Fat Albert and his friends, which debuted in 1972. The character was created by Bill Cosby and was originally part of his standup routine going back to 1967. But there have also been a few lures that carried the name. [Read more…]

Book Review – Deconstructing Old Ads

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Deconstructing Old Ads by William T. Sonnett.

Historical book reviews have become a staple here at the Bass Fishing Archives. For the most part, we look at out-of-print books that have had significant impact on the sport. Books like Billy Westmorland’s Them Ole Brown Fish, Lunkers Love Nightcrawlers, Lucas on Bass, etc.

Another thing we post a lot here are old ads. Reason being: old ads give one a snapshot back to the day. While we’ve concentrated primarily on the history of competitive bass fishing and the ads that supported that portion of the industry, Bill Sonnett has been writing a column for the Fishing For History website for years covering ads from the dawn of bass fishing. [Read more…]