Archives for December 2012

Thanks to All – BFA Awarded Best Bass Fishing Website of 2012

Kent Brown of Ultimate Bass Radio.

Kent Brown of Ultimate Bass Radio.

Well, I’m not one to beat my own drum but this time I feel I must – in order to thank all of you readers of the Bass Fishing Archives site. A few days ago I received a text from long-time friend, radio host and fellow bass enthusiast, Kent Brown, of Ultimate Bass Radio. The text simply said, “After much consideration, the panel at Ultimate Bass Radio will announce the winner of the best bass fishing webpage…..our sources say you may want to wear a nice shirt to the awards banquet……Oh wait, no money and no banquet…..but you win any way in our 2012 best and worst awards.” [Read more…]

A Look Back at 2012 Part Two

1975 Bass Cat ad - the first to go in Bassmaster Magazine.

1975 Bass Cat ad – the first to go in Bassmaster Magazine.

Today’s look back will give you something to do for a while. Without a doubt, you readers like to check out the boats of the old days. Over the course of the last year we’ve been chronicling the history of the bass boat through old ads in magazines. Here are the links to those pieces. Enjoy!

Old Boat Ads – 1970

Old Boat Ads – 1971

Old Boat Ads – 1972

Build Your Own Bass Boat 70s Style

Old Boat Ads – Bass Cat

 

 

 

A Look Back at 2012 Part One

Dee Thomas, father of flipping, wins another event with the long rod - this time Lake Havasu in 1977.

Dee Thomas, father of flipping, wins another event with the long rod – this time Lake Havasu in 1977.

On March 5, 2012 the Bass Fishing Archives became a real entity. None of us here knew if it would become a success or not – frankly we didn’t care. All we cared about was documenting the history of the sport so it wouldn’t be forgotten. In these last 9 months, it’s become obvious to us that there are a lot of you out there too that hold the history of bass fishing in high regard. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t visit the site.

So this week through January 2, 2013 we’re gonna post some of the top stories on the Bass Fishing Archives. These are the stories that received the most reader views over the last 12 months. We hope you enjoy them and we’ll see you on January 2 with a bunch of new stuff! [Read more…]

Happy Holidays!

Happy HolidaysBecause of the Holidays, the Bass Fishing Archives staff will be taking the next seven weekdays off to spend with family and friends. We will be publishing some of our most-read posts the next seven weekdays in order to give you something to read – in case you missed them before or want to read them again.

We really want to thank our readers for giving us such a successful first year. Even though we do this as a labor of love, without you all it wouldn’t seem important. The comments, emails and other communications we’ve received from you all lets us know we’re doing something important.

Have a safe Holiday season and we wish you and your families all the best. We look forward to hearing from you in 2013 and we’ll see you again with new material January 2, 2013!

Sincerely,

Terry, Pete, Brian and Harold

More Worms – This Time 1969 Worms

1969 Creme worm ad.

1969 Creme worm ad.

Yesterday we posted a piece about Bill Dance and his book, There He Is – a book solely dedicated to fishing the plastic worm. In light of that, we thought it might be interesting to look back on some early plastic worm ads – in this case ads placed in Bassmaster Magazine in 1969.

In the 1969 issues of Bassmaster, five companies felt it important to place ads in what would eventually become the cornerstone magazine of the industry. These companies – Bagley’s, Burke, Creme, Fliptail and Mann’s – all are still in business except for Burke, which was bought out by Creme. Although Bagley’s is still in business they no longer produce soft plastics and Fliptail was recently brought back to life by the Partee family of Arkansas. [Read more…]

There He Is

Bill Dance's There He Is. Published by the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, 1973.

Bill Dance’s There He Is. Published by the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, 1973.

Those words in the title have been heard by anyone who is a bass fisherman. The phrase signifies to the angler who says it that he (or she) has been bit and is about to set the hook. To the other angler in the boat, it can mean various things:

  1. Get the net
  2. Finally he’s gonna get one
  3. Damn, I’m not net boy today

If you were in the boat with the author of the book in question, you probably muttered the third option.

Yesterday Brian posted a piece on Bill Dance’s book, Techniques of Bass Fishing, and it reminded me of another early book Bill wrote via Bassmaster Magazine Editor Bob Cobb. This one, There He Is, written in 1973 and published by the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society of America was probably the most comprehensive treatise on worm fishing that had ever been written at the time. I need to find this out for sure but it may also be the first book published by B.A.S.S. for its members. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Name That Angler Answer and Winner

Youth Image

This little kid holding the stringer of crappie is none other than the Pink Dude – or KPink as hes known on the Elite Series. Photo courtesy of Kevin Short.

Okay folks, we’ve been making these a bit too hard we think. Questions 2 and 3 were a bit ambiguous so we’re gonna give it to the only person who made a correct “guess” as to who the angler is and where he worked before he became a full-time pro. The winner this week is Jojo Norwood! For the answer we were looking for, read below.

Despite the appearances of this 1966 photograph, the young angler pictured here did not go on to fame and fortune chasing crappie, or any other panfish for that matter. He’s a top bass pro today, with multiple major circuit wins to his credit.

In order to win this week’s prize you’ll need to answer the following three questions about the subject of the picture: [Read more…]

A Bass Champs Techniques – 1971

The cover of the 1971 Cordell Tackle published book by Bill Dance.

The cover of the 1971 Cordell Tackle published book by Bill Dance.

So you join the professional bassin’ ranks and make a splash at some point in your career. What do you do? Write a book about it. Seems to be the popular way to promote yourself and share your bassin’ wisdom all at the same time. But what if it’s 1971 and professional bass fishing has only been around for a few years?

If you’re Bill Dance, the hottest stick on the professional Bassmaster’s tourney trail at the time, then your sponsoring lure company works with you and publishes the book. That’s exactly what happened when Cordell Tackle, Inc., and Bill Dance put out the 65 page booklet entitled “Bill Dance, The Bass Champ. Techniques of Bass Fishing,” for just $2.95. [Read more…]

OT Plus Santee Equals a Record

OT Fears and paert of his record weight. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

OT Fears and paert of his record weight. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

By 1994, Oklahoma pro OT Fears had won the 1987 Red Man All-American on the Arkansas River and established himself as a full-time pro, but despite three Bassmaster Classic appearances, he’d yet to win a B.A.S.S. event. He’d finished 4th at Truman Reservoir in 1983, but since that time he’d notched just four top tens, finishing no better than 7th in any event.

In the mid-90s, though, he went on a bit of a tear, winning three events in the span of 20 tournaments, during a time period of just over a year and a half. The first of those was the 1994 South Carolina Invitational on Santee Cooper, which proved to be not only his B.A.S.S. breakthrough, but also a record-breaker. He won with 77-04 over three days, including a then-record one day, five fish limit of 34 pounds 4 ounces. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Name That Angler

Youth ImageDespite the appearances of this 1966 photograph, the young angler pictured here did not go on to fame and fortune chasing crappie, or any other panfish for that matter. He’s a top bass pro today, with multiple major circuit wins to his credit.

In order to win this week’s prize you’ll need to answer the following three questions about the subject of the picture: [Read more…]

Bass Boats 1956

The boat used by Sports Afield Fishing Editor and bass fishing legend Jason Lucas. Photo May issue of Sports Afield.

The boat used by Sports Afield Fishing Editor and bass fishing legend Jason Lucas. Photo May 1956 issue of Sports Afield.

Is it bass boat or just boat?  Looking at the picture on the left I’d venture to guess that any angler today would call this boat a boat. But to anglers of the 40s, 50s and even through the mid- to late-60s, this would have been a bass boat. Maybe more correctly, a boat owned and operated by a bass fisherman.

The boat you see here was owned by none other than Jason Lucas, fishing editor for Sports Afield. We mentioned Jason earlier in the week in an article called BBM – Before Bassmaster Magazine. At the time there was no one who could hold a candle to Lucas on the water and he was and still is, among the few who know of him, considered the person who championed bass fishing over all other forms of fishing from the 40s through the late 60s. [Read more…]

Don’t Pass The Buck

Buck Taylor's The Complete Guide to Using Depthfinders, Revised Edition 1985.

Buck Taylor’s, The Complete Guide to Using Depthfinders, Revised Edition 1985.

In 1981 I received a nice present from my mother for Christmas. It was probably one of the most useful presents I ever received and one that would shape my fishing for my entire life – in fact it still does so today. That present was the book you see in the opening picture of this article. It’s a book you may know, but only if you’ve been seriously using depthfinders for about 30 years or so.

A few months ago I saw the book for sale on Amazon and went to look for my copy. My luck wasn’t good as it’s located somewhere in my storage unit with who knows how many other books I want to write about. Anyway, a few weeks ago I ran across another copy on eBay and bought the thing. Last week it arrived and for the past few days I’ve been reacquainting myself with Buck Taylor and the wisdom he wrote between the covers of this unbelievable book. [Read more…]