Archives for November 2012

One of the Remaining Few

Norman Lures ad circa 1977.

Here’s a great old ad from 1977 featuring Norman Lures. Front and center is a young Jimmy Houston (wearing a hat!) after winning his first Angler of the Year Award in 1976. One of the funny things about the ad is Jimmy’s boat. Note the first generation Norman Lures “wrap.” Looks as if Jimmy took his boat to a kindergarten finger painting class and let the little buggers go at it.

The other anglers featured in the ad are Woo Daves (what a head of hair!), Gerry Kennedy and Roger Mhoon. Other than Daves, I’ve only heard of Mhoon as he used to fish the Bassmaster Trail. [Read more…]

We do Reels, Why not Frogs and Blades?

Zebco spinnerbait ad circa 1976.

Over the course of time, especially in the early 1900s, many companies not only made lures but rods, reels and assorted other fishing paraphernalia. Heddon is a good example of this, marketing not only their famous lures but also rods and reels. Pflueger and Shakespeare did the same. But as bass fishing came into its own, more companies began concentrating on their bread-and-butter.

This one here fits right in that niche of, “you should stick to your strengths.” Here we have two ads from two of the major rod and reel companies of all time. The problem is they’re not ads for rods or reels. Instead, they’re ads for bass lures they’re trying to get you to buy. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – One-Time Winners Answer and Winner

Jack Chancellor. Photo Bassmaster.com

Due to no complete answer and a heavy travel schedule, please give us a day or so to determine who won this trivia contest. To see the answers, read below.

Many top pros will go through their entire careers without winning a single tour-level tournament. They may make a lot of money, or become household names, but to many fans the lack of a major win is a glaring omission on their list of credentials.

There are also quite a few pros who have experienced a single week where they .anaged to beat the best of the best. Some were never heard from again, some became legends, and others are still earning their places in the history books. [Read more…]

Side-Scan 1976 Style

Aquascan side-scanning sonar circa 1976. Photo February 1976 issue Bassmaster Magazine.

As with many of the articles we post here on the Bass Fishing Archives, here’s another example of something new that really isn’t new. When side-scanning sonar was “reintroduced” around 2005 by Hummingbird the angling community again was split down the middle. As with other technological advances, some anglers said it was too much and made the art of fishing too easy. The other half embraced the technology and ran with it.

Now, as with any other gadget used in the industry, anglers far and wide realize the utility of side-scanning sonar but more so, they realize that these units aren’t going to make the task of catching fish any easier. [Read more…]

My Favorite Plastic Worm: The Tube

An oldie, but a goodie! Knight’s “The Tube”.

I have to admit, I’ve never been a big fan of plastic worm fishing. I guess I never had the patience to fish these baits slow enough to be very successful with them. That said, I did throw them a bit when I was first learning to bass fish, and at the time, had a favorite brand of worm. This happened to be “The Tube” from Knight Manufacturing of Tyler, Texas. Most anglers referrred to it as “The Tube worm”. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – One-Time Winners a Redo

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Editor’s Note: Unfortunately we only had one entry in last week’s trivia contest and it only received partial credit. So, in order to get all the correct answers, we’re rerunning last week’s contest again and then we’ll announce the winner on Thursday, Nov 29, 2012. Also of note, the Steve Goodwin part of this question has been a bit difficult. The full answer to that question may be eliminated depending on whether anyone gets it or not. It is out there folks – you just have to look in the right places.

Many top pros will go through their entire careers without winning a single tour-level tournament. They may make a lot of money, or become household names, but to many fans the lack of a major win is a glaring omission on their list of credentials. [Read more…]

Happy Thanksgiving!

A picture of what the Colby Family will be eating for dinner today. Picture stolen from Ron Colby’s Facebook page prior to the execution.

From the folks at the Bass Fishing Archives to you – A Happy Thanksgiving! We will be taking off the rest of the week and will be back as normal on Monday November 26th. We wish you all and your families the best Holiday.

Who Really Invented the A-Rig?

Harold Sharp’s cartoon from the Spring 1969 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Bass anglers and tackle manufacturers are great about taking credit for something, even if they had nothing to do with it initially. Good examples of this would be a person who was shown a good spot and then when they take someone else out, they claim they found it and have been fishing it for years. Another example would be a company that “introduces” a “new” concept in bass lures only it isn’t new but a knockoff of something that’s been made before. That never happens – right? [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – One-Time Winners a Redo

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Editor’s Note: Unfortunately we only had one entry into this week’s trivia contest and it only received partial credit. So, in order to get all the correct answers, we’re giving you until next week and then we’ll announce the winner on Thursday, Nov 29, 2012. The only answer we had had missed four specific parts. If we don’t get more than that we’ll award the prize to this week’s entry.

Many top pros will go through their entire careers without winning a single tour-level tournament. They may make a lot of money, or become household names, but to many fans the lack of a major win is a glaring omission on their list of credentials. [Read more…]

The Boats of Japan

Popeye’s Japan 2006. Photo Terry Battisti

Although this may not qualify as an “historic” piece, last week we posted a story about international bass boats and a question was posed by a reader whether I or anyone else had seen the small versions that Ranger produces. Well, in fact I have.

On one of my first trips to Japan (2006) I was lucky enough to spend some time touring the local tackle shops and boat dealerships around Tokyo. My guide and close friend, Dodge Katayama, took me to what is the biggest tackle and boat dealer in all of Japan – Popeye’s. The shop was on what I’d estimate at least 5 acres of land, which is huge when it comes to a shop in Japan. The tackle store alone was between the size of an Academy and a Bass Pro or Cabelas. The boat shop was about the same size as any you’d see in the U.S. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – One-Time Winners

Jack Chancellor. Photo Bassmaster.com

Editor’s Note: This week’s trivia contest winner will be announced on Wednesday instead of Thursday in honor of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Many top pros will go through their entire careers without winning a single tour-level tournament. They may make a lot of money, or become household names, but to many fans the lack of a major win is a glaring omission on their list of credentials.

There are also quite a few pros who have experienced a single week where they managed to beat the best of the best. Some were never heard from again, some became legends, and others are still earning their places in the history books. [Read more…]

Classic Memorabilia — Filet O Fish?

Photo Pete Robbins

Over the years, B.A.S.S. has presented the Classic media brigade with a wide variety of souvenirs and knick-knacks, primarily but not exclusively fishing-related. Usually these came from sponsors, so any time you see a portly writer in an ill-fitting Ranger/Triton/Berkley/Mercury t-shirt, toting a floating key chain or drinking from a mini bottle of Evan Williams, there’s a chance he picked it up at the most recent world championship. Those who go back a long ways might even sport a pair of B.A.S.S.-provided Wranger fishing jeans.

The swag isn’t entirely from B.A.S.S. sponsors, though. Sometimes the host city, which has no doubt paid a pretty penny to bring the event to their waterway, will try to get in on the act. In Shreveport we got aprons and briefcases from the Chamber of Commerce. In New Orleans we got Mardi Gras beads (believe me, you don’t want to see 99% of the outdoor media lifting their shirts). [Read more…]