Archives for August 2013

Let’s Look Back – Part 12

See that skinny young guy on the left?  He (it's me) put every dang one of these bass in the boat using an Al Foss Shimmy Wiggler.  I had to have another guy who was also working at the newspaper where I was employed at the time help hold 'em up so they could take this picture.  This picture was to appear later in an early day advertisement in Outdoor Life magazine. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

See that skinny young guy on the left? He (it’s me) put every dang one of these bass in the boat using an Al Foss Shimmy Wiggler. I had to have another guy who was also working at the newspaper where I was employed at the time help hold ’em up so they could take this picture. This picture was to appear later in an early day advertisement in Outdoor Life magazine. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

I flat fell in love with her!

That most certainly applies to the lady who has shared my life for the past 70 years.  And yes, that 70 years is the correct number.  In just a few weeks my wife and I will observe the date of our wedding that took place way back on Oct. 10, 1943.

But it’s not the deep affection I hold for my wife I’m talking about.  The old beauty I’ll be talking about in this column also wore a skirt, but her skirt was made from the bucktail of a deer and right beneath it was a sizeable hook that put a whole bunch of bass in my boat. [Read more…]

Meet the Skyline Prostaff – 1976

Skyline Industries 100% graphite rods, In-Fisherman, May 1976.

Skyline Industries 100% graphite rods, In-Fisherman, May 1976.

We’ve talked about the advent of graphite (carbon fiber) into fishing rods before on the site, which happened in the early 70s. One of those early graphite rod pioneers was a company out of Texas called Skyline Industries. Back in December 1975, Skyline applied for a patent on the use of carbon fiber (Graphite fiber fishing rod – United States Patent 4043074), which they were later granted on 08/23/1977. But this piece isn’t focused so much on that technology as it is on the marketing at the time. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Introducing Jay Answer and Winner (August 26, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.com

Photo Bassmaster.com

Unfortunately, we’ve gone another week without a winner in the Bass Fishing Archives Monday Trivia Contest. Glenn was very close, only missing out on the bait that Yelas used. Come back Monday and try again. To see the answers, read below.

Twenty years ago this month a young Jay Yelas earned the first of his five B.A.S.S. victories, outlasting 2nd-place finisher Gary Klein by a half pound to win the Top 100 on the Potomac River.

He’d been the runner-up the year before, finishing a distant 2nd to Jim Bitter by over 7 pounds.

Since then, Yelas has returned to the Potomac seven times with B.A.S.S. and a couple of times with FLW. While his results have been mixed, the good has outweighed the bad – he notched additional top ten finishes in 1994, 1995, 1998 and 1999. For a westerner who relocated to Texas, he seemed to have a pretty good grasp on this distinctly eastern river. [Read more…]

Before Wraps There was Wimp

1977 Limited Edition NBA Medalist Hurst ad by Wimp Cantrell.

1977 Limited Edition NBA Medalist Hurst ad by Wimp Cantrell.

Bassmaster had their Classic Ranger-made boats, BCA had their Championship Bass Cat Boats – why not National Bass have their own boat too? That’s exactly what we’re looking at here folks, except this boat differed from their standard Medalist Championship Hurst bass boat in that it was custom painted by Wimp Cantrell and in limited edition.

It’s a pretty cool concept as seen here by Orlando Wilson’s ride. I mean it’s not radically different from today’s wrapped boats. Looks clean and no one in your local Wednesday-nighter is bound to have one. [Read more…]

More Mail Order – Dixie Tackle and Supply

1977 Dixie Tackle and Supply ad.

1977 Dixie Tackle and Supply ad.

Over the last couple weeks we’ve been posting some stories on the National Bass Association’s magazine “The National Bassman.” Today we continue that trend with another NBA ad, this time placed by Dixie Tackle and Supply.

I did a quick internet search to see if DTS was still in business and came up zero. That’s kind of expected in this day of big-box tackle stores and internet shops but it was worth a try. Still I was hopeful that their magazine advertising had brought them enough business to make a name that would keep them afloat all these years. I guess it was a fruitless hope. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Introducing Jay (August 26, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.com

Photo Bassmaster.com

Twenty years ago this month a young Jay Yelas earned the first of his five B.A.S.S. victories, outlasting 2nd place finisher Gary Klein by a half pound to win the Top 100 on the Potomac River.

He’d been the runner-up the year before, finishing a distant 2nd to Jim Bitter by over 7 pounds.

Since then, Yelas has returned to the Potomac seven times with B.A.S.S. and a couple of times with FLW. While his results have been mixed, the good has outweighed the bad – he notched additional top ten finishes in 1994, 1995, 1998 and 1999. For a westerner who relocated to Texas, he seemed to have a pretty good grasp on this distinctly eastern river. [Read more…]

This Month In Bass Fishing History

The Dog Days of Summer. It’s that time again. Time to take a quick look back at what was happening in the sport of bass fishing this month, 15, 20, even 50 years ago. One mention of note will be that after 12 years of being a fall event, the Bassmaster Classic moved to the summer in 1983, so a lot of the history this month will be focusing on those particular events.

Denny Brauer flipping the heavy stuff.

Denny Brauer flipping the heavy stuff.

15 Yrs Ago – Aug. 6-8,1998: He just recently retired from the sport, but after 16 years of trying, Denny Brauer got his only Bassmaster Classic victory on High Rock L. Denny weighed in a final day 16-04 stringer doing exactly what Denny did best, flipping heavy cover. Denny would amass winnings of nearly $2.6 million on the B.A.S.S. trail from over 300 events entered in addition to another 200k from FLW Outdoors events, including this years EverStart Series win while in “retirement”. [Read more…]

Bass Lure or Junk Food

In 1977 Mr Twister introduced the Mc-Sintipede. It comes on a hoagy or bun - your choice.

In 1977 Mr Twister introduced the Mc-Sintipede. It comes on a hoagy or bun – your choice.

There are two things about these ads that intrigue me. One is the spelling of the Mister Twister Sintipede – something I never noticed as a consumer – and the other is they have used the Sintipede in both as a what appears the “meat” of a sandwich.

I know by now Bass Fishing Archives writer Pete Robbins is salivating, wondering where he can get his next Mc-PVC sandwich but that’s beside the point. What bothers me most is Mister Twister’s use of this bait in these ads is probably the best option they had for the bait to actually get bit.

Looking at the bait one would think it’d be a phenomenal flippin’ bait, flipping had only been out for a couple of year when these 1977 ads came out, or as a plain old Carolina- or Texas-rigged worm. I don’t know how many of these things I bought as a youth but I tell you, I think I can count on one finger the number of fish I caught with them – and that fish I think I snagged. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Singing the Eufaula Blues Answer and Winner (August 19, 2013)

 

 

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Photo Bassmasster.com

Unfortunately no one won this week’s Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! Donna Menendez came close but missed question #2. To see the correct answers, read below.

The 1993 Alabama Invitational at Lake Eufaula was one of the low points in that storied reservoir’s tournament history. In a field of over 320 anglers, well over 100 blanked all three days that February as a result of the cold, muddy water. Of course the major tours have held other events there, both before and since, with mixed results. Indeed, in the first B.A.S.S. tournament held on Eufaula just under 25 years earlier, John Powell won with 44 bass for 132 pounds, including a lunker of 9-06. [Read more…]

More Electronics – Garcia Corp

Garcia electronics ad from 1977

Garcia electronics ad from 1977

The year was 1977 and anyone in the fishing industry was looking to take advantage of the fast-growing population of bass anglers wanting to improve their ability to catch fish. As we’ve covered a number of times here at the Bass Fishing Archives, lure companies got in the business of making boats, boat companies got in the business of making rods and reel companies got in the business of making depthfinders. Seems logical when you think about it quickly but when you really ponder the thought, it seems ridiculous.

So far there’s really only been one company that capitalized and was successful on a crossover venture and that was Tom Mann and his crazy invention of the Humminbird depthfinder. Lord knows Lowrance had the market share at the time and why Mann would think he could build a better less-expensive mouse trap is beyond me. But the proof is in the pudding –Humminbird is one of two successful freshwater electronics manufacturers today and pretty much all other have gone by the wayside – except for those who still fish with Vexilar through the ice. [Read more…]

Another Bass Circuit – National Bass Association

National Bass Association membership ad circa 1978.

National Bass Association membership ad circa 1978.

I mentioned last week or so that Clyde Drury sent me some magazines last week and this week I’m going to continue to put little bits and pieces of those magazines out here for all to see. Two weeks ago I mentioned how he sent me BCA’s “the Lunker Hole” magazines and posted a couple of stories from them here and here. Well, today I’m going to delve into another set of magazines, this time The National Bassman published by National Bass Association (NBA) of Lake City Florida.

Clyde sent me about a year’s worth of magazines from 1977 to 1978. Again, much like “the Lunker Hole,” they’re filled with some really cool ads of the time and better yet, tournament reports that show some interesting names and figures.

To start off the look down the National Bass Association’s existence, I thought it was kind of interesting to look at their 1978 tournament schedule and NBA membership offer that was in one of the magazines. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Singing the Eufaula Blues (August 19, 2013)

Photo Bassmasster.com

Photo Bassmasster.com

The 1993 Alabama Invitational at Lake Eufaula was one of the low points in that storied reservoir’s tournament history. In a field of over 320 anglers, well over 100 blanked all three days that February as a result of the cold, muddy water. Of course the major tours have held other events there, both before and since, with mixed results. Indeed, in the first B.A.S.S. tournament held on Eufaula just under 25 years earlier, John Powell won with 44 bass for 132 pounds, including a lunker of 9-06. [Read more…]