Archives for October 2012

The Writers: Stan Fagerstrom – Part Three

Fagerstrom sits with some children interested in learning how to cast. Photo courtesy of Stan Fagerstrom.

In Parts One and Two Stan talked about his early life, his time in the U.S. Army during World War II, his early writing, the first Bassmaster Classic, and various folks he met in the industry who had an impact on his life as an outdoor figure. In Part Three, Stan will cover how he got into trick casting and how it changed his life.

From Writing to Casting

Although Fagerstrom is an award-winning outdoor writer whose bylines have appeared in most of the bass magazines known to the industry, he’s every bit as well known in another area of the sport – casting. He’s internationally recognized as a casting expert with a variety of rods and reels and during my interview with him, I asked him how this came about. Here’s what he had to say about his experiences casting. [Read more…]

The Gamefisher: Your First “Bass” Boat?

Sears 1970 Gamefisher boat ad

The year was 1970, and B.A.S.S. was just starting to get a foothold in the fishing world. Boats were hitting the market, many of them with features designed for the “pros”, or with bass anglers in mind. That same year, a new boat was introduced that also had many of these features, and it could be found at one of the most popular stores in the country. Witness the birth of “The Gamefisher”.

Sears, Roebuck and Co. was one of the largest and best known retail stores in the country. Long before most of us would ever look forward to getting the annual Bass Pro Shops master catalog, most families would wait similarly for Sears’ annual catalog. At the time, Sears was into everything, witness them even having their own fishing and hunting catalog for several decades previous. And they had a fishing spokeperson in former baseball All-Star Ted Williams. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Humble Beginnings

Photo Bassmaster Magazine July/August 1994.

The May 1994 North Carolina Bassmaster Top 100 on Lake Norman marked the lone win in Mike Bingham’s B.A.S.S. career. It didn’t come easily to the Jackson, Mississippi pro, either. He’d been financing his fishing career by working as a mussel diver on Kentucky Lake, and had sold his boat earlier in the year when he’d determined that professional angling was a dead end. With a sudden change of heart, he got a boat at the last minute for Norman. According to Bassmaster, he’d planned to camp for the tournament but ended up rooming with a charitable Shaw Grigsby. [Read more…]

The Writers: Stan Fagerstrom – Part Two

Stan Fagerstrom in an Outdoor Life ad circa 1960s. Photo courtesy of Stan Fagerstrom.

In Part One of The Writers – Stan Fagerstrom, Stan talked about his childhood, his enlistment in the Army in 1942 and his first job with the Longview Daily News. In Part Two Stan talks about the first Bassmaster Classic and his relationships with Jason Lucas, Homer Circle and Ray Scott. To read Part One click here.


Major Impacts in the 60s

“I still couldn’t get bass out of my head and I was doing a whole lot of actual fishing whenever I could get away from the newspaper,” he said. “I kept a pair of coveralls and a pair of boots in the trunk of the first used car I was able to buy and in the evening and now and then when I had extra time at noon I’d run down to fish one of the Columbia River sloughs that was about seven miles away. [Read more…]

The Writers: Stan Fagerstrom – Part One

Stan Fagerstrom on the cover of US Bass Magazine, circa 1988.

Editor’s Note: This series is dedicated to those people who penned the many articles we read in order to learn more about our sport and become better anglers. Sure it may have been the anglers who developed the techniques, lures and equipment we use today but it was the writers’ job to make sure these bits of information got to the masses. Without the writers to communicate this, the world of bass fishing would be very different today.

Over the course of time there have been many writers who have taught us through their words. Some of them have taught us the ways and methods of other anglers, while others have taught us from their own experiences. This installment of The Writers focuses on a person who taught us from his own experience – a lifelong love of bass fishing and casting. That person is Stan Fagerstrom.

Because Stan Fagerstrom has been associated with bass fishing for over 60 years, his experiences couldn’t be told in a single piece. Therefore, we’ve split up his story into a series that covers important parts of his life. We hope you enjoy reading about one of bass fishing’s most accomplished ambassadors. [Read more…]

This is Only a Test – Creature Domination Answers and Winner

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Congratulations to Chris Harvey for winning this week’s trivia contest!  For the answers check below.

While worms, lizards and craws have played a role in tournament bass angling for many years, the multi-appendaged “creature bait” is a more recent phenomenon. The Zoom Brush Hog and Baby Brush Hog are widely considered to have popularized the category, but they haven’t been the only members of the group to contribute to tournament-winning catches.

We’ll give you the names of four anglers and some details about their tournament-winning catches. You tell us the name/brand/color of bait they used: [Read more…]

Ban The Graph, Side Scan, Structure Scan ANYTHING THAT SCANS!

Photo Bassmaster Magazine February 1976.

Editor’s Note: A couple weeks ago in an article titled, “Can Someone Get Me a Roll of Paper,” I mentioned a movement started by a MN Rep to Ban the Graph. Well, because of that I felt it might be interesting to look deeper into that subject. Here’s the story from the ‘75/’76 time frame.

A few years ago Hummingbird rocked the fishing world with their Side Imaging® technology and people went nuts – in two completely different ways. In one camp, people were in awe of the fact you could ‘peer’ into the water from side-to-side – seeing fish, structure or even stolen cars you’d normally have missed with a contemporary unit. Although the cost of the units was on the high side of high, many anglers flocked to the new technology knowing it would bring more fish to their livewells. [Read more…]

Applied Science: When “Real” Is “Too Real”?

We’ve mentioned before that the big deal in the late 70s and early 80s was super realistic paint schemes on baits. Photoprinting an image onto a lure became one way to get a very realistic finish on a piece of hard plastic. Another was to simply carve your bait into the actual shape of a prey item, witness the Bagley “Small Fry” line of baits, or Crankbait Corp. “Bullcat” series.

Whether that realism trend really helped an angler catch more fish or not was debatable, though a lot of anglers certainly jumped on the bandwagon. The general consensus seemed to be that in clear water situations it might help, but in stained or muddy water it was questionable. There was also the argument that prey items have the coloration they do as a means of trying to blend in with the background so as not to get eaten, and mimicking a natural pattern would actually work against an angler. Still, how much realism can you get out of a piece of plastic and wood? [Read more…]

Monday Trivia Contest – Creature Domination

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[Up until now, all of our Monday trivia contests have been “Box Scores” – brief descriptions of tournament scenarios in which you were asked to describe what made them memorable. Today, for the first time, we offer you a more straightforward query. We’re not abandoning the Box Score concept permanently, just trying something different. Please let us know whether you think this is a worthy addition to the series]

While worms, lizards and craws have played a role in tournament bass angling for many years, the multi-appendaged “creature bait” is a more recent phenomenon. The Zoom Brush Hog and Baby Brush Hog are widely considered to have popularized the category, but they haven’t been the only members of the group to contribute to tournament-winning catches. [Read more…]

The Writers – Dave Precht

Dr. Mike Allen, biology professor at the University of Florida, took this photo of Precht and his almost-10 pounder. Fishing with a variety of great people has been a highlight of Precht’s career. Photo courtesy of Dave Precht.

Editor’s Note: This series is dedicated to those people who penned the many articles we read in order to learn more about our sport and become better anglers. Sure it was the anglers who developed the techniques, lures and equipment we use today but it was the writers’ job to make sure these bits of information got to the masses. Without the writers to communicate this, the world of bass fishing would be very different today.

For nearly 45 years novice and experienced anglers have turned to the pages of Bassmaster Magazine to learn about their craft. And, over the years many gifted writers have blessed the pages of that hallowed magazine, transcribing the words of the pros into something anyone can read and understand. Writers like Steve Price, Matt Vincent, Mark Hicks and the late Tim Tucker have all played a part in relaying information from the boat and on to the pages of Bassmaster Magazine – all in an effort to help us, the angler, get better. [Read more…]

Not so DAM Quick

Figure 1. DAM Quick 700B Casting Reel circa 1975.

Here’s one for you reel aficionados. DAM Quick Corporation of West Germany (Remember Germany was split?) came out with their Champion casting reel series in the early 70s in order to compete with ABU/Garcia’s Ambassadeur series of reels. The reels were made with the standard German craftsmanship – tough to the bone and very dependable.

The Champion reels, models 700, 700B, 800 and 800B, were so much like the Ambassadeur 4000- and 5000-series reels that it was rumored that certain parts could be interchanged between the two. I never tried so I can’t vouch for that. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Above and Beyond Answer and Winner

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Congrats to Jeff Derrick for winning this week’s Bass Fishing Trivia Contest! To find out the answer, read on!

Since he first started fishing B.A.S.S. events in the late 70s, Shaw Grigsby has amassed nine victories. The most recent came in 2011 on the Harris Chain, one of five first place trophies he’s earned in his home state of Florida. Three others came at big Sam Rayburn in Texas. The only one not in Florida or Texas was the 1997 Top 100 on Lake Sinclair.

The first of those nine victories was at Rayburn, in the March 1988 Texas Invitational where he outlasted 298 other competitors in a tough event. He beat runner-up Zell Rowland by nearly six pounds on his way to $33,000 in cash and merchandise. [Read more…]