Archives for July 2013

Will the Original Bait Ball Please Rise

ICAST 2013 Best Hardbait Winner the Bait Ball from LiveTarget.

ICAST 2013 Best Hardbait Winner the Bait Ball from LiveTarget.

ICAST 2013 was all abuzz this year when LiveTarget for the fourth year in a row won something in a best lure category. This year it was best hard lure for their “new concept” bait ball lure. We always give kudos to companies for thinking outside the box, especially if they design a bait that actually catches fish – and by the looks of this bait, it should catch fish AND not be banned from tournament events where “multiple lure rigs” are shunned.

But there’s always that proverbial “but” – ain’t there? [Read more…]

Daiwa’s Computerized Fishing Reel

Computer screens and bassin' - a good combo?

Computer screens and bassin’ – a good combo?

Last week, Terry looked at one of the more popular baitcast models from years ago, the Shimano Bantam. Like in all things fishing it seems, for every good product out there, somebody probably produced something that wasn’t so good. That appears to be the case in this week’s post. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – KVD’s First (July 29, 2013)

KVD poses with his trophy and check from his first Bassmaster win at Lake Lanier in 1991. Photo December 1991 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

KVD poses with his trophy and check from his first Bassmaster win at Lake Lanier in 1991. Photo December 1991 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Steve Price may have penned the understatement of the century when he wrote the following about Kevin VanDam’s victory in the December 1991 Bassmaster about the Top 100 on Lake Lanier:

“The victory was VanDam’s first in B.A.S.S. competition, but it probably won’t be his last.”

Indeed, KVD has gone on to win 19 more B.A.S.S events, including four Bassmaster Classic titles, and he’s probably not through yet. [Read more…]

1978: Graphite – That’s so 1974

Phenix Rod ad from circa 1979 featuring 42 different rods models and the infamous trucker hat.

Phenix Rod ad from circa 1979 featuring 42 different rods models and the infamous trucker hat.

In 1974 Fenwick introduced the fishing industry to graphite as a material to replace fiberglass in rod construction. The difference was remarkable in more ways than one. First it was significantly lighter than glass but even more important, it was much higher in modulus thus creating a much faster rod. The other attribute that made graphite superior was its sensitivity. The old saying was “you could feel a fish breathe on your worm from a foot away.”

But before graphite finally took hold of the rod market around 1977 there was another material being touted as the new wonder material. That was boron. [Read more…]

Bill Plummer’s SuperFrog

Al Lindner was featured in this Harrison-Hoge SuperFrog advertisement

Al Lindner was featured in this Harrison-Hoge SuperFrog advertisement

We’ve only touched on it once before in the comments section of another post, but I was reminded of this bait when I came across an old ad featuring Al Lindner endorsing the Bill Plummer SuperFrog. While you might make an argument for the Snagproof Frog as being one of the earliest and most popular weedless style frog baits on the market, I wouldn’t be surprised at all to learn that the SuperFrog, in its heyday, wasn’t the more popular of the two. I know I kept a couple in the tackle box. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Nolan’s Big Week at Big Sam Answer and Winner (July 22, 2013)

Photo Jim Nolan.

Photo Jim Nolan.

Three weeks in a row and no one has had the correct answers for the Bass Fishing Archives Monday Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Try again next week for your chance at a $25 coupon good for anything on the Yamamoto website. For the answers read below.

In nearly 200 B.A.S.S. tournaments spanning the period from 1974 to 2001, Jim Nolan of Arkansas finished in the Top 10 nine times and qualified for two Bassmaster Classics.

Through the 1980s, his best finish was a 4th in 1988 at the Texas Invitational on Sam Rayburn, a tournament won by Shaw Grigsby. In 1991, though, he got his revenge on Big Sam in the Texas Bassmaster Top 100, winning by a margin of nearly 14 pounds.

His victory at Rayburn was certainly memorable for Nolan, but it was also memorable for fans of the sport. [Read more…]

Frank E. Hauck – The Living Rubber Connection

Dee Thomas (L) and Frank Hauck (R) sipping a cold one after their win on Lake Nacimiento in 1974. Photo California Lunker Club Newsletter June 1974. Notice the "Lew's Hats on their heads.

Dee Thomas (L) and Frank Hauck (R) sipping a cold one after their win on Lake Nacimiento in 1974. Photo California Lunker Club Newsletter June 1974. Notice the “Lew’s Hats on their heads.

I’ve been waiting for some more information prior to posting this piece but with the passing of Charlie Reed last week, I felt I couldn’t wait any longer. This piece is a tribute to Frank Hauck – inventor and bass fisherman.

Readers of the Bass Fishing Archives may well remember the name Frank Hauck. He’s been written about here a few times before – namely with his early tournament partner Dee Thomas (here and here). Hauck was not only the guy who convinced Thomas to start competitive fishing, he was Thomas’ first sponsor. But what he is little known for outside his native northern California is his contribution to the tackle industry – namely jigs. [Read more…]

The Bantam 100

In 1978 Shimano Corp introduced the Bantam 100 casting reel - much to the chagrin of Lew Childre.

In 1978 Shimano Corp introduced the Bantam 100 casting reel – much to the chagrin of Lew Childre.

For the last 30-plus years you can’t talk about reels without the mention of Shimano. Shimano reels are known as some of the best designed and manufactured reels in the world. But back in the mid-70s, all they were really known for was bicycle gear and the fact their name was pressed into the side of the ever-famous Lew’s BB1 Speed Spool. Their entry into the fishing industry would change not only the face of angling but also the face of another reel company, Lew Childre and Sons.

In the early 70s tackle designer Lew Childre had already made his mark on the industry by developing a number of concepts and tools for the angler. He played a part in the development and marketing of ceramic guides and also changed the design of the heavy, not-so-sensitive pistol grip casting handle. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Nolan’s Big Week at Big Sam (July 22. 1013)

Photo Jim Nolan.

Photo Jim Nolan.

In nearly 200 B.A.S.S. tournaments spanning the period from 1974 to 2001, Jim Nolan of Arkansas finished in the Top 10 nine times and qualified for two Bassmaster Classics.

Through the 1980s, his best finish was a 4th in 1988 at the Texas Invitational on Sam Rayburn, a tournament won by Shaw Grigsby. In 1991, though, he got his revenge on Big Sam in the Texas Bassmaster Top 100, winning by a margin of nearly 14 pounds.

His victory at Rayburn was certainly memorable for Nolan, but it was also memorable for fans of the sport. [Read more…]

In Memory – Charlie Reed

Charlie Reed hoists his 1986 Bassmaster Classic trophy. Photo November 1986 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Charlie Reed hoists his 1986 Bassmaster Classic trophy. Photo November 1986 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

One of the driving points for doing this site is to remember those who have been a part of forging this sport into what it is today. The problem with that is there are so many founding fathers to talk with, it makes it nearly impossible to talk to them all – and carry a normal day job. The other problem is, who do you call first and who do you wait to call. Unfortunately, they’re all getting older and it seems that every month we lose someone else who played a role in the industry.

Unfortunately last Friday we lost another person who made a mark on professional bass fishing – Charlie Reed. Reed is known as the angler who caught the only 21-fish limit in the 1986 Bassmaster Classic and also the lowest winning weight for a classic win at the time. To add to that list, he was the oldest angler to have ever won a Classic at age 51. [Read more…]

F+L+P=S: Bass Fishing’s Most Recognizable ‘Formula’

In-Fisherman's well recognized founding 'Formula'

In-Fisherman’s well recognized founding ‘Formula’

While it might be possible that Albert Einstein’s formula for his theory of general relativity, E=mc2, might be the most recognized formula in the world, that probably isn’t the case in the bassin’ world. I’m guessing the IN-Fisherman formula, F (fish) +L (location) +P (presentation) = S (success), arguably the one concept that the entire organization was premised upon, might give the former a run for its money. But what readers might find interesting is that wasn’t the original formula. Call it Version 2.0. if you will. So what was before F+L+P=S? [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Another Female First Answer and Winner (July 15, 2013)

Female Symbol2

Unfortunately no one won this week’s Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. So come on back next week and try again for the chance at winning a $25 e-couple good for anything on the GYCB website! For the answer, read below.

As we’ve discussed previously here on the Bass Fishing Archives, Vojai Reed, wife of 1986 Bassmaster Classic champion Charlie Reed, was the first woman to compete in a Bassmaster Tournament Trail event. She finished 37th in the 1991 Missouri Invitational and went on to compete in a total of seven B.A.S.S. events.

The Invitationals consisted of a pro-on-pro format, and existed concurrently with tour-level pro-ams. That leads to this week’s question: [Read more…]