Archives for February 2013

Season at a Glance: 1975 Bassmaster Trail – Part Three

Ray Scott presents Jack Hains with the $15,000 winners check after winning the 1975 Bassmaster Classic on Currituck Sound. Photo February 1976 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Ray Scott presents Jack Hains with the $15,000 winners check after winning the 1975 Bassmaster Classic on Currituck Sound. Photo February 1976 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

[Editor’s Note: This is part 3 of a three-part series on the 1975 Bassmaster Trail season. To read part 1 click here, to read part 2 click here. To read about the 1975 federation Chapter Championship, click here and to read about the Classic contenders, click here.]

The conclusion of the 1975 Bassmaster Trail season ended as it had three other times in the recent past. Roland Martin won the AOY award. In the top 10 were also the now-household names of Ricky Green (4) and Tom Mann (9). [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Beaver Lake 1967

Stan Sloan hoists a stringer of fish caught at the first Ray Scott event held on Beaver Lake in Arkansas. Photo Ray Scott Outdoors.

Stan Sloan hoists a stringer of fish caught at one of Ray Scott’s first events. Photo Ray Scott Outdoors.

Congratulations to Jason Sullivan for winning this week’s Bass Fishing Archives Monday Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Read below for the answer.

Today we take a break from the standard “Box Score” and “Name that Angler” questions normally posed by Pete and welcome one offered up by Harold Sharp. As you all know, Harold was the first Tournament Director for B.A.S.S. – a position he helped define during the early years of competitive bass fishing. Harold has also been a big help here on the Bass Fishing Archives acting as an editor (of sorts) to help us maintain accuracy of the historical events we bring to you along with providing you, the readers, with some pretty interesting stories that happened during his tenure as the B.A.S.S. Tournament Director.

On to Harold’s question for you. [Read more…]

Pre-HydroWave Sound Emitting Electronics

An early Hydrowave predecessor?

An early Hydrowave predecessor?

If you’re a bassin professional, you can’t take too many chances by not using something that might be giving your competitor an advantage. Every ounce can be critical, and just one extra fish a day may make the difference between a check and a long drive on to the next event. For example, there’s probably not a single FLW or Bass Elite Touring Pro that doesn’t have at least one side imaging unit of some sort on their boat, even if they’re a dedicated shallow water kind of basser.   Similarly, I’m starting to see more and more boats with HydroWave units mounted on them. I haven’t spoken to any of the pros myself, but I’m guessing some of them aren’t overly convinced it makes a difference. Still, if you finish behind too many guys too many times who claim that their unit was key, you at least have to go into defensive mode. [Read more…]

Riding the Storm – The Wiggle Wart

Storm Wiggle Wart Ad from early 1976.

Storm Wiggle Wart Ad from early 1976.

When you consider the tens-of-thousands of lures that have been developed over the course of time, very few have become cult legends. Of course the original Rapala Floating Minnow, the Heddon Zara Spook and Fred Young’s Big-O fit this bill to a tee.

Unfortunately, some cult favorites, for one reason or another, are still around but not made in the same manner or fashion as the originals. The baits don’t work as well (if at all) as the originals and this creates a frenzy among anglers to buy all the remaining originals. Good examples are the original Bagley’s Diving Balsa Bs that had the lead implanted in the lips, the original Smithwick RB1200 Rattlin’ Rogue and, if you talk with Charlie Campbell, the original Spook itself, which had the line tie coming straight off the nose of the bait. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Beaver Lake 1967

Bobby Murray holds his last day's catch from the first Bassmaster Classic held on Nevada's Lake Mead. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Bobby Murray holds his last day’s catch from the first Bassmaster Classic held on Nevada’s Lake Mead. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Today we take a break from the standard “Box Score” and “Name that Angler” questions normally posed by Pete and welcome one offered up by Harold Sharp. As you all know, Harold was the first Tournament Director for B.A.S.S. – a position he helped define during the early years of competitive bass fishing. Harold has also been a big help here on the Bass Fishing Archives acting as an editor (of sorts) to help us maintain accuracy of the historical events we bring to you along with providing you, the readers, with some pretty interesting stories that happened during his tenure as the B.A.S.S. Tournament Director.

On to Harold’s question for you. [Read more…]

Happy 30th Anniversary to the Shad Rap

Rapala Marilyn CoverThere appears to be a throwaway line in the middle of the “Tackle Trends for ’83 article” in the November/December 1982 issue of Bassmaster:

“The Normark Shad Rap in four colors is the result of new design that works best with light line for maximum action when cast or trolled, while maintaining depth on slow erratic retrieves.”

While author C. Boyd Pfeifer wasn’t necessarily passing judgment on the Shad Rap’s validity, readers might note that this understated introduction of Rapala’s new crankbait came amidst longer descriptions of all-time classics like the Brawley jigging spoon, the Worth Rat Tail Wriggler worm, the Whopper Stopper Herty Gerty Skirt, the Shamrock Tickle Tail skirt and the Producto Missing Link. [Read more…]

Bass Fishing Darwin Awards – Part One

Helicopter LureA week or so ago Brian posted a couple of stories about crazy handle designs that had good intention but totally failed in functionality. That got me thinking about other screwy products that people have come up with over the years to help anglers catch fish – or more so, make them money.

One of the craziest ideas ever to come out was the Roland Martin-backed Helicopter Lure. Another would be the Ron Popeil Pocket Fisherman. Both are obvious entries for a Darwin-esque fishing award but we wanted to hear from you about your thoughts of the craziest fishing accoutrements ever brought to market. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Name That Angler Answer and Winner

A young, smiling Mike McClelland hefts a trout while sporting his May West life jacket.

A young, smiling Mike McClelland hefts a trout while sporting his May West life jacket.

Congratulations to Patrick Staley for winning this week’s Monday Trivia Contest and a $20 e-coupon from Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For the answers, please read below.

Another week, another youthful picture of a current tour pro holding something other than a bass. It’s not Goldilocks, it’s not Leif Garrett, it’s not Farrah Fawcett, despite when the flowing golden locks might lead you to believe.

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

Applied Science: The Color-C-Lector

Perhaps the most influential tool in fishing since the graphite rod.

Perhaps the most influential tool in fishing since the graphite rod.

There’s no doubt that color is one of the most important features of any bait no matter how you look at it. That importance lies in the fact that whether you think it’s critical to match the right color to the right water conditions, or whether you could care less if your jigheads are painted, your color beliefs (or lack thereof) still drive your decision-making process when you pick out what to buy in a tackle shop. It’s all fine and good as a matter of personal preference and opinion, that is until a researcher goes out and studies what colors a bass sees and reacts too most easily under all kinds of conditions. At that point, the subject crosses the line into the realm of appplied science. Such begins today’s topic. [Read more…]

Ads from the Past — Prehistoric Braid

1977 Gudebrod ad suggests that braid is the solution for those not wanting to buy a $100 graphite rod.

1977 Gudebrod ad suggests that braid is the solution for those not wanting to buy a $100 graphite rod.

As we’ve detailed here before on BFA, the rise of braided line in the modern era tournament bass fishing was jump-started by the 1993 Bassmaster Texas Invitational on Sam Rayburn, when veteran pro Randy Dearman utilized Spectra Lynch Line to claim his first B.A.S.S. victory.

Of course, Dacron braided lines had been quite popular throughout the first half of the 20th century, but that started to shift in the late 1930s when DuPont invented nylon, which they shortly thereafter used to make monofilament fishing lines. When they introduced Stren a couple of decades later, it seemed to forecast the end of braids. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Name That Angler

July72Editor’s Note: Each Monday here on the Bass Fishing Archives we hold a trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. We’d like to Thank GYCB for supporting this fun little event where the winner receives a $20 e-coupon for giving the correct answers.

Another week, another youthful picture of a current tour pro holding something other than a bass. It’s not Goldilocks, it’s not Leif Garrett, it’s not Farrah Fawcett, despite when the flowing golden locks might lead you to believe.

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

The End of Fiberglass Bass Boats?

One of the coolest bass boat shots ever?

One of the coolest bass boat shots ever?

There’s been a lot of “next big thing” statements made over the years pertaining to all sorts of bass fishing products. Perhaps one of the more notable statements that comes to mind for me was the question posed in a 1977 Popular Science article hinting at the possible coming death of fiberglass as a hull material in bass boats.

The actual opening statement in the article was as follows; “Fiberglass, the core of modern hull construction, is now obsolescent.” That’s a pretty bold statement, surely made mostly to grab the readers attention. But what was going to end the reign of fiberglass? [Read more…]