Archives for November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bass Fishing Archives supporter Ron Colby's Thanksgiving dinner from last year. Unfortunately the coyotes got his dinner this year.

Bass Fishing Archives supporter Ron Colby’s Thanksgiving dinner from last year. Unfortunately the coyotes got his dinner this year.

To all the readers of the Bass Fishing Archives the staff at the Bass Fishing Archives would ike to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Without your support we wouldn’t have the site we’ve built over the course of nearly two years. We’re taking today and tomorrow off to spend with our families and hope that your Holiday is spent eating good food and maybe even getting on the water or in the field. We’ll see you Monday with more bass fishing memories!

The Staff at the Bass Fishing Archives

Monday Trivia – Dove in Flight Answer and Winner (November 25, 2013)

Mark Dove. Photo Bassmaster.com

Mark Dove. Photo Bassmaster.com

Congratulations to Al Hustosky for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits!  For the answers, read below.

Indiana angler Mark Dove recently finished fifth overall at the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on Lake Dardanelle in Arkansas with a three day total of 37-04. It was enough to beat his closest competitor in the Northern Division, Monty Fralick of South Dakota, by over 3 pounds and thereby earn his third trip to the Bassmaster Classic. [Read more…]

History in Photos – An Homage to Bill Murphy

Lunker Bill Murphy, 1972

Lunker Bill Murphy, 1972

A few weeks ago Brian started a piece here called “History in Photos.” Well, today I thought I’d give my part in that with a person who deserves all the words in the world – then some.  Here are some photos supplied by Bill Rice of Lunker Bill that I’m sure few have seen. Bill Rice, thanks for the photos and Lunker Bill, thank you for all you did for us. In these photos with Lunker Bill is his longtime partner Jim Patten. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Dove in Flight (November 25, 2013)

Mark Dove. Photo Bassmaster.com

Mark Dove. Photo Bassmaster.com

[The Bass Fishing Archives would like to thank all the readers who participate in the weekly trivia contest and to Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits for sponsoring the contest. We wish you all good luck!]

Indiana angler Mark Dove recently finished fifth overall at the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on Lake Dardanelle in Arkansas with a three day total of 37-04. It was enough to beat his closest competitor in the Northern Division, Monty Fralick of South Dakota, by over 3 pounds and thereby earn his third trip to the Bassmaster Classic. [Read more…]

Red Man – 1985 Championship

Shaw Grigsby holds the 1984 Red Man All-American trophy.

Shaw Grigsby Jr. holds the 1984 Red Man All-American trophy.

I was scanning through  a 1985 Today’s Fisherman magazine, a western publication that reported on tournament results and saltwater angling, among other things, and came across this short tournament report. It was the results of the 1985 Red Man All-American Championship held on Lake Havasu, AZ.

Interestingly enough this was the event that Pete  wrote about in this week’s trivia contest that Rick Clunn won and Orlando Wilson complained about. Clunn beat out fellow competitor Danny Walden of Mississippi by 9 ounces to take the championship and its $100,000 top prize. Also in the mix was B.A.S.S. pro Carl Maxfield, although Maxfield didn’t make his splash on the Bassmaster Tour until the early ’90s. [Read more…]

The California Fishing Association – 1985

Today's Fisherman 1985 1After running through some old magazines this past weekend I had to post this piece regarding the history of team tournaments in southern California. It’s not as old as a lot of the stuff we’ve posted here but it brought back a lot of memories for me and I’m sure it’ll do the same for a number of those who fished the SoCal region back in the ’80s.

The organization was the California Fishing Association owned and run by long-time California bass angler Tom Meredith. The organization started the year prior in 1984 after the decline of Western Bass team events. The organization would only last another year and would be bought by Bucky Fallon and Bob Young and would eventually become the American Bass Association, which is still running today – not to be confused with the other ABA that ran Bassmaster’s Weekend Series). [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Bass Wars Edition Answer and Winner (November 18, 2013)

Bass Wars; A Story of Fishing, Fame and Fortune

Bass Wars; A Story of Fishing, Fame and Fortune

Congratulations to Jeff Hahn for winning this week’s Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For the answers, please read below.

Two weeks ago Brian penned a great piece about Nick Taylor’s book “Bass Wars” on the 25th anniversary of its publication – including input from the author and from longtime pro angler Randy Blaukat. It’s a book I reread nearly every year and each time through I’m amazed by some little snippet or factoid that I’d forgotten.

This week’s trivia contest is a test of your reading comprehension skills. In order to win, all you need to do is answer the following four questions about minutiae from Taylor’s book: [Read more…]

History in Photos – The Gladiators

Popular Mechanics, May 1978

Popular Mechanics, May 1978

Anybody that has followed the careers of either of the two anglers pictured knows the rivalry that has ensued over the years. Whether talking about “The $1,000 Bet” of 1979, or the more recent 2005 ESPN Greatest Angler debate, there’s been no shortage of comparisons and competitions. That’s what makes this picture so special in my eyes. Unquestionably two of the greatest BASS anglers to step foot in a boat, standing together for this photo, likely taken after Clunn’s second consecutive Classic victory on Lake Toho in 1977, and before the rivalry began. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen these two pictured together since, though a little known trivia bit is that the two were once paired together back in a 1972 tournament.

Before GPS

the 1990 II Morrow Tigershark LORAN-C unit.

the 1990 II Morrow Inc. Tigershark LORAN-C unit.

In the days before GPS most anglers relied on their depth finders and visible point on land to line up on offshore structure. Yes there was the LORAN-C technology used by the saltwater sportfishing industry but those units were too costly and didn’t offer pin-point accuracy for the bass angler. They were good enough to put you in an area but if you wanted to set up on a pinnacle or a specific spot on a drop, you had to use your depth finders, line-up points and a lot of experience. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Bass Wars Edition (November 18, 2013)

Bass Wars; A Story of Fishing, Fame and Fortune

Bass Wars; A Story of Fishing, Fame and Fortune

[Editor’s Note: The weekly Bass Fishing Archives Monday Trivia Contest, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, has proven to be a bit harder to win than we initially thought. So, in order to help contestants a little bit, every one of the answers to the contest can be found in the books, magazine and/or web articles listed in each contest. If you’ve got the magazines and books, they should only require a bit of research. If not, they may prove a little harder to figure out, unless you have a photographic memory.]

Two weeks ago Brian penned a great piece about Nick Taylor’s book “Bass Wars” on the 25th anniversary of its publication – including input from the author and from longtime pro angler Randy Blaukat. It’s a book I reread nearly every year and each time through I’m amazed by some little snippet or factoid that I’d forgotten. [Read more…]

Let’s Look Back – Part 17

I treasure the opportunity I had to have Jason Lucas as a personal friend.  Evidence of that can be found in the many letters he sent me.  I'm holding some of them here.

I treasure the opportunity I had to have Jason Lucas as a personal friend. Evidence of that can be found in the many letters he sent me. I’m holding some of them here.

It didn’t surprise me all that much when I got a question about my comments regarding Jason Lucas that appeared in my last Let’s Look Back column.

I wasn’t surprised, I suppose, because it’s something I’ve heard several times before.  This time a reader’s comment went like this: “If Jason Lucas was a personal friend of yours you surely must have fished with him a few times.  Was he as good as his Sports Afield columns and articles made him out to be?”

Jason Lucas was indeed a personal friend.  What’s more and as I’ve already shared, I’ve got his letters to prove it.  Be that as it may, I never got to fish with him.

How come?  Because, you see, as far as I know Jason never fished with anybody.  He made that clear in his Sports Afield writing.  He had also made it clear to me before he and his wife ever joined my wife and me when he came to visit us when we were still living in Washington State. [Read more…]

More Western Winners – 1989 West Coast Bass

1989 West Coast Bass Tournament Winners.

1989 West Coast Bass Tournament Winners.

Okay folks, sue me because I’m on a Western rant this week. Problem is I have a ton of Western material and I need to give the West some love. A couple days ago we posted a short that looked back at the winners of the 1979 Western Bass Team trail and today we’re going 10 years forward to 1989 and the West’s premier tournament series, West Coast Bass.

The interesting thing about these pages from the January/February 1990 issue of West Coast Bass are the names of the winners – in many cases nationally known anglers. It doesn’t take one long to go down the first page and see flipping legend Dee Thomas. Dee needs no introduction and has been written about a number of times here on the Bass Fishing Archives. He’s also been inducted into both the Professional Bass Fishing and Freshwater Fishing Halls of Fame. [Read more…]