Archives for May 2013

Let’s Look Back – Part Six

I found the key to catching fish on this red and white NEBCO wobbler was proper presentation.  Once I got that figured out I found it could be really effective in some areas.

I found the key to catching fish on this red and white NEBCO wobbler was proper presentation. Once I got that figured out I found it could be really effective in some areas.

It took awhile, but I finally worked out where and what I had to do with my NEBCO Flash Bait metal wobbler to get those Columbia River backwater bass to grab it.

In the beginning I just waded out into the shallows and cast out into deeper water.  My hits using this procedure were few and far between.  I decided to try a different approach.  I went over to where the water was deeper along a fairly steep bank.

I was only able to wade out about three feet without going over the top of my boots.  Once I was where I wanted to be I quit casting straight out into deeper water.  Instead I started casting parallel to the bank. [Read more…]

Ode to the Special Introductory Offer

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Who cut out a piece of my magazine!?

As part of my “research” if you will, I’ve been buying up a lot of old magazines and books to look through. One of the neat oddities with many of these purchases is the random page you come across that has a nice square cut right out of it. There you are reading a good article, you turn the page, and then realize part of the article is gone. Several of my old personal magazines suffered the same fate though. So today’s post is in memory of those little cut out pieces of magazine, the “special introductory offer”. [Read more…]

Blakemore Lures – A Look Back

Bert Hall, inventor of the Road Runner and Blakemore lures, hoist a string of walleye. Photo courtesy of TJ Stallings, TTI-Blakemore.

Bert Hall, inventor of the Road Runner and Blakemore lures, hoist a string of walleye. Photo courtesy of TJ Stallings, TTI-Blakemore.

When one thinks of some of the first lures designed for light-line finesse fishing two companies should come to mind. Of course there was the Bass Buster Lures Beetle Spin manufactured by early bass pioneer Virgil Ward. The second that should rattle your memory – especially with the latest number of underspins that have entered the market – is the Blakemore Road Runner.

Blakemore came to life in 1959 when Bert Hall and a fishing buddy started manufacturing the Road Runner in Branson, MO. Back then it was manufactured solely of marabou and was mainly designed for use on local lakes such as Taneycomo, Bull Shoals, Table Rock and the Arkansas River. The bait was designed to catch anything – and that it did. [Read more…]

The 1970 Bassmaster Angler of the Year

Harold Sharp[Editor’s Note: This is Harold Sharp’s recollections of how the first Bassmaster Angler of the Year was awarded in 1970. There are a lot of questions surrounding it due to the fact that there was no actual race and if based on points (or pounds) Roland Martin would have won.]

There are some question as to when and where the B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year started. Here’s how I remember it.

The year was 1970 and B.A.S.S. tournaments were scored on a point system based on X number of points per ounce of bass weighed in. This point system was used by Ray Scott in his first tournament at Beaver Lake and I believe the points were used because the score looked better on the scoreboard. [Read more…]

In Remembrance

2 Tomb of the Unknown SoldierIn light of the Memorial Day Holiday, the Bass Fishing Archives will not have a post on Monday May 27, 2013. We would like to take this time to thank all of the people who have served and are currently serving in the armed forces for their sacrifices and for protecting our freedom.   We will resume the Monday Trivia Contest next week, June 3, 2013. Thank you all for visiting our page and we wish you a great Holiday and please remember those who have and are serving our country.

Season at a Glance: 1970 Bassmaster Trail – Part Two

Bill Dance and Roland Martin awaiting the 1970 Angler of the Year determination. Photo January/February issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Bill Dance and Roland Martin awaiting the 1970 Angler of the Year determination. Photo January/February issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

[Editor’s Note: This is part two of the 1970 Bassmaster Season at a Glance. To read part one, click here.]

In the first part of the 1970 Season at a Glance we covered the first three events of the season and also talked a bit about the new rookie on the tour, Roland Martin. Bill Dance had been the tour’s reigning champion since the inception of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society with four Bassmaster wins to his credit between 1968 and ’69 and it was obvious that Martin had placed a target on his head when he came to play in 1970. [Read more…]

How Old Is Your Line?

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With all the fancy new lines at our disposal as anglers, we sometimes forget a little about the beginnings of the most basic, yet arguably most important component of many a bassin’ outfit – monofilament line. Can you guess when one of the most popular brands of monofilament, Trilene, hit the market? This black and white ad should get you close to the answer. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Lone Star Learning Answer and Winner (May 20, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.com

Photo Bassmaster.com

Congratulations to Art Miller for giving the correct answer to this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For the answer read below.

Denny Brauer’s victory in the 1984 Bassmaster Texas Invitational was the first of his 17 wins with B.A.S.S. Over the next three decades, he achieved just about every milestone possible, including a Megabucks win, a Superstars win and a Classic win. He even won at Rayburn again, just two years later, but that was his last B.A.S.S. victory in the Lone Star State. He liked the Nation of Texas enough to retire there upon leaving the Elites and managed an EverStart Texas Division victory on Toledo Bend earlier this year. [Read more…]

Heddon 1940

Heddon Rod ad 1940.

Heddon Rod ad 1940.

Yesterday we showed a couple of ads taken from a June 1940 issue of Hunting and Fishing magazine and today we’re going to continue on that track. This time, though, we’re going to talk about another company, possibly the biggest company with respect to bass fishing – Heddon.

First off we have a state-of-the-art rod ad featuring the Heddon Pal rod. Made entirely of steel this rod was compared with bamboo in lightness, balance and feel. Now although I’ve never cast one of these exact rods before, I have used a couple of bamboo rods and steel rods before and neither of them are a joy to fish with. It’s times like these where I am grateful I wasn’t born in the 20s, 30s or 40s. These rods are an absolute beast to cast with and are about as sensitive as Archie Bunker. [Read more…]

Wiggle and Jitter 1940s Style

Arbogast Jitterbug ad circa 1940.

Arbogast Jitterbug ad circa 1940.

Here are a couple of cool ads from the June 1940 Hunting and Fishing magazine. Both are from the Fred Arbogast Company out of Akron, Ohio and one features a bait that is still manufactured by PRADCO, the Jitterbug, and another that hasn’t been made for going on 30 years, the Hawaiian Wiggler.

The Jitterbug ad is neat for a couple of reasons. First off, it lets you know that this bait has been around a long time. Also, back then the baits were all made out of wood. The bait also features the option of double or treble hooks – all for the cost of a Washington. The pictures of the anglers are also interesting. That’s a nice string of fish Mr. Webster is hanging on to but I really wonder if that fish Mr. Sutton is holding really weighs in at 10 pounds. I guess we’ll never know. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Lone Star Learning (May 20, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.com

Photo Bassmaster.com

Denny Brauer’s victory in the 1984 Bassmaster Texas Invitational was the first of his 17 wins with B.A.S.S. Over the next three decades, he achieved just about every milestone possible, including a Megabucks win, a Superstars win and a Classic win. He even won at Rayburn again, just two years later, but that was his last B.A.S.S. victory in the Lone Star State. He liked the Nation of Texas enough to retire there upon leaving the Elites and managed an EverStart Texas Division victory on Toledo Bend earlier this year. [Read more…]

Season at a Glance: 1970 Bassmaster Trial – Part One

Headline in the Spring 1970 Bassmaster issue describing rookie angler Roland Martin.

Headline in the Spring 1970 Bassmaster issue describing rookie angler Roland Martin.

Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series on the 1970 Bassmaster Tournament Trail. Part one will cover the first three events of the season while part two will cover the last four events. Because there was no Bassmaster Classic this year, there will be no part three.

The 1970 Bassmaster Trail was the third full year of Bassmaster tournament competition and would be the year of a number of firsts. To start off it was the year where the Bassmaster Angler of the Year would begin, an award that would be presented to the most consistent angler on the trail for the entire season. Although this award, at the time, didn’t offer much more than bragging rights and a nice piece of hardware, it’s become arguably the most-cherished award on any tour.

The second thing to happen was it would be the first year where a single angler would win three events in the season. For those of you that know your history, I’m sure you can figure that one out pretty easily but for those of you who either don’t remember or just don’t know, I’ll save it for later. [Read more…]