Archives for January 2013

A Sure-Slayer

The Original Sure-Slayer buzzbait (top) and Rufus Eubanks' "Drop" spinnerbait (bottom). Notice the hand-crimped vinyl skirts placed over the head.  Photo courtesy of Jack Markham.

The Original Sure-Slayer buzzbait (top) and Rufus Eubanks’ “Drop” spinnerbait (bottom). Notice the hand-crimped vinyl skirts placed over the head. Photo courtesy of Jack Markham.

When we started the Bass Fishing Archives last March, we all hoped that the site would not only be a place for people to come and relive or learn about the past, but also a place to share history. A lot of that has gone on over the last 11 months with many of you making comments on posts pertaining to your experiences with a bait, boat or some other piece of old bass fishing paraphernalia.

We’ve also received emails and photos of old jump suits, patches and boats – along with a story behind them. Those are always fun and make us realize you’re all into this as much as we are. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Name That Angler Answer and Winner

Youth Pic

A five-year-old Mark Davis seems a little shy holding this big trout. Photo courtesy of Tilly Davis.

Congratulations to JWM for winning this week’s trivia contest! This makes it his third win! To see the answers to this week’s contest, read below.

The picture is a little bit grainy, so it may be a little tough to decipher, but if you look closely the five year old pictured here with his prized catch resembles the professional angler he’s become decades later.

In order to win this week’s trivia contest, you’ll need to answer the following three questions: [Read more…]

The End of an Era? Paper Graphs and Flashers

Buy them as a pair before they're obsolete!

Buy them as a pair before they’re obsolete!

We always have fun looking at some of the old ads for various fishing goodies. Here’s another that caught my eye recently. Considering that most of us in the early years of bassin’ grew up on paper graphs and flashers, this Bass Pro Shops ad sure hit home. A pretty catchy slogan, too, “How you can kill two birds with one stone.” [Read more…]

Know Your Pro Staff

Can you see the error in this Trilene ad?

Can you see the error in this Trilene ad?

I was browsing through some old fishing magazines this weekend, something we seem to do pretty frequently around here, when this ad caught my eye. Click on the picture and see if you can figure out what’s not right with the ad before I divulge the answer. [Read more…]

We’ve Been Wired

Wired2fishHorizontalWe here at the Bass Fishing Archives have been blessed over the last year to have such great readers and supporters. You all seem to be enjoying the site and what we have to offer and that’s what makes it all worth it to us.

It’s also nice when other industry folks show their appreciation, like when Kent Brown of Ultimate Bass Radio voted us the top bass fishing website of 2012. But last week I got an email from industry mogul Terry Brown of WIRED2fish, one of – if not the – leading websites in all of bass fishing, wanting to put us on their Weighing In Radio Show to talk about what we do here. That was dang cool! [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Name That Angler

Youth PicThe picture is a little bit grainy, so it may be a little tough to decipher, but if you look closely the five year old pictured here with his prized catch resembles the professional angler he’s become decades later.

In order to win this week’s trivia contest, you’ll need to answer the following three questions: [Read more…]

Welcome to the Big Leagues – Randy Blaukat

Photo Courtesy of Randy Blaukat.

Photo Courtesy of Randy Blaukat.

[Editor’s Note: Welcome to the Big Leagues” will be an occasional series on BFA in which long-time bass pros recall their first national tournament]

Nearly 30 years later, veteran Missouri pro Randy Blaukat can still remember the first day of his first B.A.S.S. event. That’s a period that spans 199 additional B.A.S.S. tournaments (including eight Bassmaster Classics) and nearly as many FLW events (including nine FLW championship tournaments and two Ranger M1 events). [Read more…]

The Crazy Head Lure Company

Charlie Brewer. Photo courtesy of Charlie Brewer Jr., Charlie Brewer on Slider Fishin' 1978.

Charlie Brewer. Photo courtesy of Charlie Brewer Jr., Charlie Brewer on Slider Fishin’ 1978.

In the world of bass fishing there’s huge controversy over who and where finesse fishing got its start. There are good arguments for many parts of the nation and who played their part, but personally it doesn’t matter to me anymore. Necessity is the mother of invention and when it comes to fishing, there is no group more ingenious than bass anglers who want to catch more fish.

That’s what this story is about. A man who loved to catch fish and would go to extreme lengths to do so and in the process, develop a whole new philosophy pertaining to bass fishing.

That man was Charlie Brewer – his invention, Slider Fishing. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Name That Angler Answer and Winner

A young, smiling Dave Wolak. Photo courtesy of Dave Wolak.

A young, smiling Dave Wolak. Photo courtesy of Dave Wolak.

Congratulations to Jay Davis for winning this week’s Monday Trivia Contest! For the answers, read below.

The angler pictured here did not go on to a career on the professional trout fishing tour, nor have you seen him Sunday mornings on The Troutmasters. He’s a bass pro through and through, although he’s dabbled with other sports along the way.

In order to win this week’s prize, you’ll need to answer the following five questions: [Read more…]

Season at a Glance: 1975 B.A.S.S. Federation Championship

1975 B.A.S.S. Federation Champions Louisiana State Team. Photo Nov/Dec issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

1975 B.A.S.S. Federation Champions Louisiana State Team. Photo Nov/Dec issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Editors Note: This is part of a series on the 1975 Bassmaster Trail Season. To read part one, click here and to read part two, click here.

A couple of changes happened at the 1975 Bassmaster National Team Championship – first off it was the first time since the inception of the event that the “home team” didn’t win and second, the rules changed for the angler going to the Bassmaster Classic.

An interesting fact about the Classic qualification is this year B.A.S.S. changed up the rules and instead of inviting the top overall angler to the Classic, the top angler on the winning team would get to go. One might argue that the top angler would more than likely come from the top team as did the year before when Charlie Campbell led Missouri to the Championship but in 1973 when Tennessee won the inaugural “Chapter Championship,” Wendell Mann on North Carolina won the top individual honors. [Read more…]

A Quietly Heralded Buzzbait

An original Floyd's Buzzer

An original Floyd’s Buzzer

Chances are, if I posted his picture, you wouldn’t recognize the gentleman. I know I wouldn’t, nor can I find a picture of him to post anyway. But if you’ll take a peek at this picture, chances are pretty good you will recognize the buzzbait that happened to be named after the inventor in question. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Name That Angler

Pic 1The angler pictured here did not go on to a career on the professional trout fishing tour, nor have you seen him Sunday mornings on The Troutmasters. He’s a bass pro through and through, although he’s dabbled with other sports along the way.

In order to win this week’s prize, you’ll need to answer the following five questions: [Read more…]