Archives for March 2013

Bass Boats 1964

Don Fuelsch SAHG 1964Recently a good friend of mine, avid angler and exemplary jig maker from Oklahoma, Jack Hall, contacted me about a book he had called, “Don Fuelsch’s Southern Angler’s and Hunter’s Guide.” Being originally from the West, I’d never heard of it but the fact it was printed in 1964 had my curiosity up. Jack said it had a lot of old bass fishing info in it and if I wanted it, I could have it. Of course, being the book and magazine junky I am, I couldn’t refuse.

A week or so went by then I received the book in the mail. I didn’t really know what to expect from this book, originally thinking it’d be a small book on fishing and hunting in the South. How wrong could I have been. The book is nearly 1000 pages long and has more information packed within its bindings than can be imagined. Fuelsch had every southern state covered from freshwater fishing to saltwater and the hunting too. Impressive. [Read more…]

Texas Trophies, Then and Now

Photo Bassmaster Magazine January 1982.

Photo Bassmaster Magazine January 1982.

Just over 30 years ago, in the January 1982 issue of Bassmaster, writer Mark McDonald explored the rise of a group of Texas trophy bass hunters – a clique of ultra-patient anglers who focused on a small group of lakes during the pre-spawn period.

The group included John Alexander of Dallas, who caught the two biggest largemouths weighed in the Lone Star state. They included the then state record 15-08, as well another over 14. He had a third that weighed nearly 13 pounds, good enough for 9th best. All three came from private Echo Lake, about 100 miles southeast of Dallas. McDonald also mentioned others like Jeff Parker, Gaylan Wooldridge and Jim Kimbell, all in the top ten, as well as Bob Garcia, who was not. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – How Many Classics Answer and Winner (March 25, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.com

Photo Bassmaster.com

Congratulations to Chris Harvey for winning this week’s Monday Trivia Contest! For the answers please read below.

Today’s Monday Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits is one Harold Sharp came up with. It’s a deviation from the past Trivia Contests and we hope you have some fun with it.

The 2013 Bassmaster Classic, held at Grand Lake, OK, is in the books. Cliff Pace, an 8-year veteran of Tour-level competition, made his 5th Classic count by winning the event in a pretty dramatic fashion, beating Tour sophomore Brandon Palaniuk by a little over 3 pounds on the final day of competition. Palaniuk, who’s in his third year of Tour level fishing has made the Classic 3 years – his first appearance from the Federation ranks in 2011. [Read more…]

A Swarm of Bs

Balsa BsOkay, maybe I’m becoming a little centered on certain things here but you’ve got to understand my excitement with this recent find. What you see in the picture here are some of the Balsa Bs I found yesterday in a moving box I hadn’t opened in about 20 years. When I moved from California to Idaho back in 1993, I didn’t think Idaho had bass. Fortunately, I found that not to be the case.

There are a couple reasons I think this find is significant. One, at the top left is an original Bagley’s B lure. 4 inches in length and the original chartreuse black back. I remember buying this lure at the Lake Castaic Mobile Mini Mart owned by Claude and Shirley Jones around the 1980 time frame. This lure, two others just like it and the DB3s below it I got for $3 each. The original Bagley’s Bs came in original plastic boxes (I wish they’d survived) while the DB3s were newer and came on card stock. [Read more…]

More Structure Fishing – The Alexandria Drafting Company

Bass Structure Fishing Kerr Lake. Published in 1974 authored by Larry Compton.

Bass Structure Fishing Kerr Lake. Published in 1974 authored by Larry Compton.

It may seem like we’re on a structure fishing kick here at the Bass Fishing Archives – and you may be right. The deal is that structure fishing is such an important part of successful bass fishing that we really feel it’s essential to look back on its beginnings to understand where we’ve come from.

Back in the late 60s and early 70s, a vast majority of anglers would only fish bass in the spring of the year – mainly because the fish were shallow and easily targeted. Come the post spawn, when the fish would move from their shallow haunts, anglers far and wide would either quit fishing or quit catching. The few anglers in the know, though, would move off the banks and continue catching fish throughout the summer, fall and winter. [Read more…]

The Ryobi V Spool

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An ad for the popular Ryobi V-Mag 4 reel featuring their innovative V spool design.

We’ve discussed the many innovations that Lew’s is credited with in bringing to market its Speed Spool line of reels. Terry has covered many of them HERE for those that want to reflect back. One thing that didn’t really get touched upon though was the creation of the V-spool design. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – How Many Classics (March 25, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.com.

Photo Bassmaster.com.

Today’s Monday Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits is one Harold Sharp came up with. It’s a deviation from the past Trivia Contests and we hope you have some fun with it.

The 2013 Bassmaster Classic, held at Grand Lake, OK, is in the books. Cliff Pace, an 8-year veteran of Tour-level competition, made his 5th Classic count by winning the event in a pretty dramatic fashion, beating Tour sophomore Brandon Palaniuk by a little over 3 pounds on the final day of competition. Palaniuk, who’s in his third year of Tour level fishing has made the Classic 3 years – his first appearance from the Federation ranks in 2011. [Read more…]

Lucas On Bass Fishing – The Advertisement

You'll be hearing more from us about "Lucas on Bass Fishing."

You’ll be hearing more from us about “Lucas on Bass Fishing.”

One thing is certain if you do much writing for this site, and that is the fact that you pretty much have to have one big pile of material to search through. I prefer to think of it as having one heck of a nice library of fishing material, both books and magazines. As you saw on Wednesday with Terry’s post on the book “Lunkers Love Nightcrawlers,” we’ll be delving into quite a few book reviews on the site since combined, we probably own most all of the good ones that have been written. [Read more…]

Let’s Look Back – Part One

Pic 1...Looking BackEditor’s Note: Having spent a lot of the recent past talking with Stan Fagerstrom about his life and career in the fishing industry – a career that spans over 60 years, I asked Stan if he would be interested in sharing some of his experiences over that time with our readers. I am happy to say that he welcomed the invite with open arms and will now be sharing some of his experiences here in his new column, Let’s Look Back.  We hope you enjoy what Stan has to share.

I’ve been fishing for bass and writing about it since shortly after President Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg address.

Well, that’s exaggerating things a bit but by golly there aren’t many out there who have been fishing and writing about it as long as yours truly.  I expect that’s why my friend Terry Battisti, the guy responsible for creating this wondrous website, had a suggestion the last time we talked. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Name That Angler Answer and Winner March 18, 2013

Young PhotoCongratulations to Jay Davis for winning this week’s Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For the answers, please read below.

It’s time for another round of Monday trivia. Once again, we give you a picture of a youthful fisherman and you have to identify him and answer a few questions about his identity.

This one’s a little different than our past contests because while our subject is indeed an excellent tournament angler, he’s better known for his other accomplishments.

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

Book Review – Lunkers Love Nightcrawlers

Lunkers Love Nightcrawlers, Fishing Facts magazine, 3rd printing, 1973.

Lunkers Love Nightcrawlers, Fishing Facts magazine, 3rd printing, 1973.

Okay, before you start throwing things at me for even mentioning the word “bait,” give me a second to explain something. In 1972 Fishing Facts magazine came out with the first printing of Lunkers Love Nightcrawlers – a book, by the look of the title, that was all about fishing the lowly nightcrawler. It was adapted from Bill Binkelman’s books, “Nightcrawler Secrets” and “Walleyes Love Nightcrawlers,” along with additional material supplied by a number of other experts – notably George Pazik, Jim Wrolstad, Don Woodruff, Ron Lindner, Spence Petros and Carl Malz.

If there was ever a book that the old adage, “never judge a book by its cover,” was made for, it was Lunkers Love Nightcrawlers. Yes, there was a lot contained within its binder that talked about how to grow your own nightcrawlers, how to choose a bait shop, how to fish them, how to store them, yada yada yada. What the cover hid from prospective readers was that this book was one of the first comprehensive dissertations on structure fishing. In fact, at the time there may not have been a better source of information on the subject that was contained in one volume. [Read more…]

More Failed Gizmos – The Oxygen Meter

Sentry oxygen meter ad circa 1973.

Sentry oxygen meter ad circa 1973.

As we have presented here on the Bass Fishing Archives time and time again, there have been a number of electronic gadgets designed, manufactured and sold to the bass fishing public – probably shortly after Benjamin Franklin shocked himself flying a key-laden kite in a thunderstorm (kids, don’t try this at home). There’s been the Color-C-Lector, the Depth Talker, the BassTronics Pro-Guide and numerous other Popeil-esque catastrophes over the years.

Well folks, here’s another one.

Although oxygen is a necessity of life and low oxygen levels will definitely make fish die, the advent of the portable oxygen meter for bass fishing use never really got off the ground. It wasn’t that the science wasn’t there – it was – it was due to a couple of problems the scientists peddling the thing didn’t consider. [Read more…]