Archives for December 2013

Spreading a Little Christmas Cheer – V

76 BPS Xmass 8We’re going to end the year with one last look at the 1976 Bass Pro Shops Christmas catalog. This time we’re looking at a Bass Pro deal on a box of worms I’d gladly pay quadruple for right now. Not for historical reasons but because they worked.

In the gift package they offer 60 6-inch worms, 24 3-inch grubs, a yellow Bass Pro worm box and a gift card – not sure what the gift card was but it didn’t cost anything. All this for the cost of $12.99.

Like I said, if offered today I’d pay $50 for the gift pack, throw away that gaudy, heat warping yellow box, sell the 3-inch grubs on eBay and place the worms in a newer 3700-style box for my use. [Read more…]

Spreading a Little Christmas Cheer – IV

76 BPS Xmass 10Just thought you all would like to see a couple of the electronics options from 1976/7. Again, we have a couple of ads from the 1976 Bass Pro Christmas catalog, the first showing two different Humminbird models and the second showing some accessories.

The Humminbird Super Sixty in the day was one of the top-selling flashers made – the only other flasher that gave it competition being Lowrance’s famous LFG series.  Back in this time a normal bass boat would have a minimum of a flasher on the console and one on the front of the boat. Being that it was 1976, the more serious gadget freaks would also have had a paper graph on the console too. So when you see anglers today with two 10-inch GPS/Plotters on both their bow and console it’s nothing new. The only difference being the cost of the units – which is not insignificant today. Oh how nice it would be to have my electronics cost between $70 and $130. [Read more…]

Spreading a Little Christmas Cheer – III

Stren line sale. Bass Pro Shops 1976 Christmas catalog.

Stren line sale. Bass Pro Shops 1976 Christmas catalog.

This part of Spreading a Christmas Cheer is about a couple of things. One, the cost of a bulk spool of line and two, a bit of a historical – maybe even hysterical – look back on DuPont Stren in 1976.

So, to touch on the first part, check out the cost of the 2400-yard spool of Clear Blue or Golden Stren 12-pound test. Yes people, you’re reading it right – $12.99. Back then it cost less to buy a year’s worth of premium line than it does to buy 70 meters of a premium fluorocarbon today. Makes sense doesn’t it? [Read more…]

The Beginnings of the Tournament Service Trailer

MG[Editor’s Note: Due to the Christmas and New Year Holidays, the Monday Trivia Contest won’t be posted until after the beginning of the year. The Bass Fishing Archives staff will also be taking some much-needed time off between Christmas day and January 1st to spend with our families and friends. We wish you all a Happy Holiday Season  and hope you get to spend that time with your family, friends and loved ones – and we hope you can hit the water a time or two also. Although we won’t be posting any new features during this time, please come back daily to see some of the most popular posts from 2013 and also maybe some interesting pictures from bass fishing history.]

Chances are, every pro who has fished for any length of time on one of the major tours has made a visit at some point to one of the many service trailers maintained by various sponsoring companies of the major boat and motor brands. There are even some from the various electronics companies. Everybody is nice to the service guys because it’s these guys that keep our fishing heroes out on the water day after day. But when did this practice begin? [Read more…]

Spreading a Little Christmas Cheer – II

1976 Bass Pro Shops Christmas catalog.

1976 Bass Pro Shops Christmas catalog.

With only two days left to get your shopping done, here’s an add that’ll either depress the heck out of you or make you wish you lived back in this era of the sport. Yep, the year again is 1976 and Johhny Morris at Bass Pro Shops is rockin’ some deals – even for the time.

Between the two-page ad, if you bought all the reels, your cash layout would be $241.61 –  which is about what it cost me to buy my wife’s Shimano Christmas present today. Yes, for roughy a c-note you could have two Speed Spools, or a Speed Spool and two Zebco Cardinal 4s, or a Champion 700-B and three Cardinal 4s – oh there’s so many options how do you choose? [Read more…]

Spreading a Little Christmas Cheer – 1

76 BPS Xmass 5We’re going to spread a little Christmas Cheer here the next week or so, courtesy of some old Bass Pro Shops Christmas catalogs.  We hope you enjoy the pictures and get a kick or two out of them.

So, to start off here’s a look at what a Fenwick Super LunkerStik would cost you at Christmas 1976. The original price of $23.99 is amazing let alone the Christmas deal of $18.88. At that price I wish I would have bought all 6000. I’m sure I could have made double the cost selling them to Rich Zaleski a few years later.

Forgotten Angler – Dave Hawk

"Eighty Years" on Bass by Dave Hawk. Printed 1958.

“Eighty Years” on Bass by Dave Hawk. Printed 1958.

It may seem like this week is Book Review week and you’re probably right. Over the past few months I’ve spent too much time on airplanes and in hotels and when I travel this much, I like to take a few easy-to-accomplish books with me. Today’s piece is one of the results of all this travel.

For those of you who have heard of Dave Hawk, this piece may not come as a surprise to you. For those of you who haven’t heard of him, which I would wager is a vast majority of you, what will be talked about here may open your eyes to a couple of major inventions of the sport. [Read more…]

Uncle Homer via Garcia

Worming and Plugging for Bass by Homer Circle. Published 1972.

Worming and Plugging for Bass by Homer Circle. Published 1972.

On Tuesday of this week we posted a piece on Garcia’s Sports Library and the little booklets they used to publish. In that piece I said we’d be posting another later this week and this is it – Worming and Plugging for Bass by Homer Circle. On Tuesday we talked about the contents of Rosko’s booklet and also touched on how Garcia used the book to teach anglers how to fish in the hope that they’d buy their product. Today I’d like to discuss the contents of this booklet but spend more time looking at pictures of one of the most recognized names on bass fishing. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – That Old College Try Answer and Winner (Dec 16, 2013)

College Roland from bassmasterdotcomCongratulations to John Karbowski for winning this week’s trivia contest! For the answers, please read below.

Most serious bass-heads know that Gary Klein is generally regarded as the first “straight out of high school” bass pro, but many well-known pros attended college before embarking on their angling career. That number figures to grow with the increasing popularity and availability of college bass teams.

In recent weeks, we’ve highlighted Chad Brauer’s college choice as well as the fact that Randy Moseley attended three different schools. [Read more…]

It’s the Little Things That Matter

Can you guess what is special about this bait?

Can you guess what is special about this bait?

There are some things in the fishing industry that we probably take for granted simply because that’s the way it’s been for as long as many can remember. Kind of like the articles I read every so often about things in my generation that today’s kids have never heard of because they became nearly obsolete with the advances in technology (8-track, typewriters, etc.). While this one might not fall exactly into that category, take a look at the picture on the left and see if you can figure out the significance of it.

Give up? [Read more…]

Early Advertising: Garcia – More Than Selling Tackle

How to Catch Largemouth Bass by Milt Rosko. Printed 1968

How to Catch Largemouth Bass by Milt Rosko. Printed 1968

Today’s anglers are hit with numerous infomercials and hard-selling tactics – to the point it’s no wonder that so many novices have a hard time trying to figure out what to buy. I hate to say that the tackle industry has become synonymous with the proverbial used car shark but from the outside looking in I wonder if it has. I don’t know if I credit that to the industry itself or should the internet and its speed-of-light access to the masses be blamed. Maybe it’s the angler (who’s only been fishing for three years) who’s willing to flood Facebook with, “John’s -Garage-Worms-are-the-Best posts,” we should blame. Maybe I’m just old and I don’t “get” all this new-fangled “advertising.” [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – That Old College Try (Dec 16, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.com

Photo Bassmaster.com

Most serious bass-heads know that Gary Klein is generally regarded as the first “straight out of high school” bass pro, but many well-known pros attended college before embarking on their angling career. That number figures to grow with the increasing popularity and availability of college bass teams.

In recent weeks, we’ve highlighted Chad Brauer’s college choice as well as the fact that Randy Moseley attended three different schools. [Read more…]