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

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Photo Brent Chapman.

[Editor’s note: In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, no other features will be posted on today or Friday. Have a great Holiday and we look forward to seeing you next week with a full week of posts!]

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

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…]

Happy Thanksgiving!

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United States troops eating Thanksgiving dinner in Afghanistan. Please keep them in your hearts and prayers. Photo Stars and Stripes magazine.

Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday we won’t be posting a feature story today or Friday so we can spend time with our families and friends. Please remember those who are out protecting our Country and freedoms and not able to spend this time at home with their loved ones. Without them, our lives would be completely different.

We would like to wish you all, the best Thanksgiving possible and hope you get to spend some quality time with your family and friends. Hopefully the weather will cooperate enough on the weekend that you’ll be able to get on the water, as we hope to do the same at least one day during the next four. Good luck, stay safe and if you’re in need to fill that bass fishing history jones, please utilize the search engine in the upper right corner of the right sidebar. If you’ve only been frequenting the site for a year or two, there’s plenty that you haven’t seen!

From all the Bass Fishing Archives staff we again wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and we’ll see you back here Monday morning!

The Earliest B.A.S.S. Ads

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BASS early membership print ad. Fishing Facts, Sept. & Oct., 1969.

This post falls in line with the recent early B.A.S.S. stories and interviews that have been posted to the site. As you know, the idea for B.A.S.S. was hatched in 1967, and the organization was officially formed and incorporated in 1968. But like every other group starting out, B.A.S.S. had to initially advertise to try and generate interest and membership, frequently in the more popular sporting magazines already out on the market. The ad pictured in this post is likely one of the earliest in print, dating back to September and October of 1969. It appeared in the pages of Fishing Facts magazine, which at the time had been around for nearly 5 years and was seeing rapid growth in the Midwest markets.

There are several things of note with this early ad for the organization. [Read more…]

Old Bass Boats – 1977 Part 3

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1977 Bass Cat ad.

In Part 1 and Part 2 of Old Bass Boats – 1977, we covered the boat manufacturers who placed ads in the 1977 vintage magazines. Those manufacturers ranged from Alumacraft to Glastron and Holiday to Rhyan Craft. Today we feature from Sea Nymph to Venture and then four organizational Championship boats from American Angler, American Bass Fisherman, National Bass and Bassmaster.

Here are the remaining boats of 1977. [Read more…]

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…]