Archives for March 2014

Monday Trivia – The Great Grigsby Goes to Georgia (March 31, 2014)

Shaw Grigsby Jr., Photo Bassmaster.com

Shaw Grigsby Jr., Photo Bassmaster.com

Despite leading on Day One of this year’s Elite Series tournament on Lake Seminole, Shaw Grigsby couldn’t close the deal, finishing 8th when the scales closed on Sunday. That didn’t leave his trophy case devoid of Seminole hardware, though – he won the Georgia Top 100 there in 1993 and the Georgia Top 150 in 2000. Those came after he earned the first three of his nine B.A.S.S. winner’s trophies on Sam Rayburn in 1988, 1990 and 1992.

While the two Seminole victories were labeled as “Georgia” tournaments, the big lake spans into Grigsby’s home state of Florida. He’d previously won a major event in the Sunshine State – the $100,000 top prize in the 1984 Red Man All American on Lake Toho – but his first B.A.S.S. win was something special. Seminole was the sight of his first bass tournament, at the age of 16. [Read more…]

Hubert Greene’s Coveralls – 1967 to 1972

Hubert Greene's Coveralls. Courtesy of the Greene family.

Hubert Greene’s Coveralls. Courtesy of the Greene family.

As mentioned by Brian earlier this week, I’ll be doing a piece on Greene Boat and Motor and their effect of the sport of bass fishing in the near future. A few weeks ago, though, I had the opportunity to spend the day talking with Rose (Hubert’s wife) and Andy (their son) about the company and the history behind it.

While there, though, I had the chance to view something else of historic value in the industry – Hubert’s coveralls. As with many coveralls of the day, this one is no different, it’s covered with patches from tournaments fished and companies represented. The earliest event patches are from 1967 and go through some events in the early ‘90s. We’ll concentrate on 1967 to 1972 or this piece as there are too many patches to cover at once. Some of these events, in fact seven out of the 11 shown, are not from B.A.S.S., which I found quite curious. For example, the 1967 World Series of Sport Fishing patch, an event put on by Hy Peskin, in which Dwight Keefer won as a teenager. Another is a patch from 1969, the World Invitational Bass Tournament held on Lake Texoma, which I presume was put on by Project Sports Inc. I say this because PSI also had another World Invitational they put on in 1971, lake unknown. [Read more…]

The Original Scrounger – 1976

Scrounger Lures ad from 1976.

Scrounger Lures ad from 1976.

There are a multitude of companies out there today that make a jig head which employs a plastic lip in order to provide movement to the head and trailer. Companies like Davis Bait Company, Kalin, Luck-E-Strike and Sworming Hornet are an example of manufacturers that produce this genre of heads today.

But it all got started in San Marcos, CA back in the early 70s by a company named North American Waters – makers of the Scrounger. Back then the Scrounger was offered in two sizes, 1/8 and 3/8 ounce, and with that you got the bill that they placed on it at the factory. No spares, no different sizes. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Another War of Northern Aggression Answer and Winner (March 24, 2014)

Nick Prvonozac from flwoutdoors

Nick Prvonozac from flwoutdoors

Congratulations to Rob M for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For the answer, please read below.

In last week’s Monday Trivia contest, we discussed New Jersey pro Pete Gluszek’s win at Alabama’s Lake Martin in February of 1999. The following week the northern anglers once again took out their aggression on their southern counterparts. This time they moved almost 600 miles to the southwest, to Sam Rayburn – and when the Central Invitational was over the top three spots were occupied by anglers from outside the deep south:

  • 1st – Kevin VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • 2nd – Nick Prvonozac, Warren, Oh.
  • 3rd – Lee Bailey Jr., Amston, Conn. [Read more…]

Western Bass Tournament of Champions 1976

Page One Notes: (1) The Supersport worm mentioned by Burnett was actually a Sportsman's Super Floater. Western anglers used to cut the 4-inch and 6-inch worms from the egg sack to the tail and then weld in a piece of worm to keep the legs apart. (2) The "Mattie" written about was more than likely a jighead poured by Gardner, the mold, which was made by Larry McCain who has been written about here. The jig was essentially a skirted jighead with a spinner tailing off the end of the skirt. It was used for fishing ledges and points as a fall bait.

Dee Thomas accepts the 1976 WBFA TOC Trophy for 1st place and the keys to his new Terry ABF 15. Western Bass Spring 1977 issue.

I was going through the Spring 1977 issue of Western Bass magazine a couple of weeks ago and this article penned by Ben Burnett caught my eye. What initially got me interested was the picture of Dee Thomas and Terry Boats rep J.C. Dillard. Reading further, it was actually Dillard handing Dee the trophy and turning over the keys to his newly-won Terry ABF 15 bass boat from the Western Bass Fishing Association’s (WBFA) Tournament of Champions. The title of the piece, “Ridin’ With The Champions,” gave me more reason to read on.

As I read, it became apparent that Burnett had been invited as a guest writer/observer to the event. Not only that, WBFA director Harvey Naslund had placed him with two of the best anglers of the time, Dee Thomas and Pete Gardner. Between the two anglers, they’d won the 1974 and ’75 TOCs – Thomas winning in ’74 and Gardner in ’75. The ’76 event Thomas would take his second win in the coveted western event. [Read more…]

Old Boat Ads – World’s Largest Ranger Dealer (and 1989 prices)

1989 Greene Boat & Motor ad

1989 Greene Boat & Motor ad

Consider this post a teaser for a much more in-depth piece Terry is writing concerning the history of Greene Boat & Motor. One thing many of you will likely remember from reading all the popular bass mags at the time was seeing the ads from Greene’s Boat and Motor of Spindale, NC, who, at the time, was the World’s Largest Ranger Dealer.  I came across this great description of their operation this weekend from a local angler; “Hubert & his wife Rose (Rose, Sandy, and Hubert) had the largest Ranger dealership period…..they had a fantastic selection of Rangers and would make you a fair deal…..their service was second to none….in its heyday there were about 10 service bays and 2 rigging bays…they had 5 or 6 certified OMC techs and master mechanics….make an appointment like with a dentist and you would have your service work done in a couple of hours….when Johnson 150s were blowing heads they would rebuild them all winter and when you came in with the blown head they could have you back on the water the same day.”

Terry will likely get into all the dealer history and specifics in his interview piece, including Hubert’s passing in early 2007. What is fascinating to me at the moment, though, were the publicly advertised prices. I’ve been involved in several big discussions this winter over the rising cost of bass fishing, and at the heart of that conversation is current boat pricing. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Another War of Northern Aggression (March 24, 2014)

Nick Prvonozac from flwoutdoors

Nick Prvonozac from flwoutdoors

In last week’s Monday Trivia contest, we discussed New Jersey pro Pete Gluszek’s win at Alabama’s Lake Martin in February of 1999. The following week the northern anglers once again took out their aggression on their southern counterparts. This time they moved almost 600 miles to the southwest, to Sam Rayburn – and when the Central Invitational was over the top three spots were occupied by anglers from outside the deep south:

  • 1st – Kevin VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • 2nd – Nick Prvonozac, Warren, Oh.
  • 3rd – Lee Bailey Jr., Amston, Conn. [Read more…]

How They Began – John Murray

John Murray holds one of his numerous western trophies after winning yet another western event. Photo courtesy of Bill Rice.

John Murray holds one of his numerous western trophies after winning yet another western event. Photo courtesy of Bill Rice.

To folks east of the Mississippi the name John Murray probably rings a bell as an angler who came out east in the late 90s with anglers such as Skeet Reese, Aaron Martens and Byron Velvick. They know he’s won a couple events, generally makes the Classic and probably also know him as a better deep-water angler who’s always in contention when the tour travels to the northern-tier lakes or southern highland impoundments such as Smith Lake. This is all correct but there’s actually a lot more to John Murray than those stats.

In all actuality, Murray’s been fishing professionally since 1985 when his early mentor Art Price told him to leave the tackle shop he was working at. Since then he’s won 31 boats, fished 7 Bassmaster Classics and won the U.S. Open on Lake Mead twice. He’s fished every major tournament trail and a number of regional trails over the course of his 29-year career and overall he’s won nearly $2-million dollars casting for cash. Yes, he’s been around a while. [Read more…]

Trolling Motors 1973

Silvertrol ad circa 1973.

Silvertrol ad circa 1973.

We’ve posted a few pieces here on the bass Fishing Archives related to trolling motors and I suspect we’ll continue to do so until we run out of material on the silent hero of bass fishing. Reason being? Well, all told no one worth his weight in Jelly Worms would dare fish without one these days and it’s nice to look back on where we’ve come from.

Enclosed in this latest edition, the trolling motors of 1973, are by no means all of the trolling motors of that year. We’re missing about 5 more companies. But the six represented are good enough to give you an idea of the technology back in the day.

For example, look at the thrust offerings for each motor. What? You can’t find thrust ratings? Yeah, that’s right. No one was listing how much their motors were rated for thrust wise back then except Silvertrol. At least not in this string of ads. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Gluszek’s Glory Answer and Winner (March 17, 2014)

Pete Gluszek Bassmaster.com

Pete Gluszek Bassmaster.com

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

New Jersey pro Pete Gluszek is known as a master of northeastern fisheries. His most recent win with B.A.S.S. was the 2012 Northern Invitational at Cayuga. His most recent wins with FLW were the 2006 Stren on Lake Champlain and the 2007 Stren on the Hudson River. Despite that Yankee pedigree, the first major win of his professional career took place in the heart of Dixie 15 years ago when he won the B.A.S.S. Invitational on Alabama’s Lake Martin.

Gluszek used a Carolina rigged finesse worm, a jig and a spinnerbait to catch three limits that totaled 41-11. He caught over 10 pounds of spots each day, then culled up with a largemouth or two, surprising most locals and pundits, who figured that it would take primarily largemouths to win.

He may have been far from home, and fishing for a species (spotted bass) that you can’t catch in New Jersey, but he applied his regional strategies to earn the victory. “The crystal clear water reminded me of our lakes back home,” he told Bassmaster’s Louie Stout. “The spotted bass act a lot like smallmouths, so everything fell into place for me.” [Read more…]

The Lonely One – Rabble Rouser

Rabble Rouser Lures ad circa 1976.

Rabble Rouser Lures ad circa 1976.

A couple weeks ago Brian wrote a piece on the Lil’ Tubby crankbait produced by Tubby Tackle Inc and there was a lot of comments about the bait and others. One of those other companies mentioned was Rabble Rouser Lures.

There isn’t much written about the history of Rabble Rouser Lures of Fort Smith, AR, but I bet you sure remember the baits themselves. The old cliché, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” sure fits in more than one way when it comes to Rabble Rouser lures. An uglier lure there never was and their construction appeared shotty also. [Read more…]

Old Books: The Facts of Electronic Fishing – I

The Facts of Electronic Fishing - 1961

The Facts of Electronic Fishing – 1961

As a continuing follow-up to some of the history behind Lowrance and their early electronic units, and since Terry has been on me to post about the old Lowrance books that were published in the 1960s, today we’ll take a quick book review through the first in what became a small series of published documents, “The Facts of Electronic Fishing.”

I have an original first edition copy of that book which was published in 1961 (opening pic). The company (in 1961) was operating under the name ‘Lowrance Electronics Manufacturing Company,’ or LEMCO for short. At the time, they were still located in Joplin, Missouri. The book is approximately 124 pages long, and broken down into 5 chapters. They are as follows: [Read more…]