Archives for September 2014

Interphase – Another Loran Solution

Interphase DC-1000 and DC-2000 Loran/Depthfinder units from 1988.

Interphase DC-1000 and DC-2000 Loran/Depthfinder units from 1988.

We’ve written about the use of Loran in bass fishing here before. It was the obvious solution to finding offshore structure in the saltwater so why not use it in the sweet water? Well, there were a couple of problems. One Loran pretty much only worked in ocean environments due to the fact the Loran stations were all positioned on the coasts and two, the saltwater units were prohibitively expensive.

The other problem was accuracy. Loran was only accurate to within a tenth to a quarter of a mile – maybe okay for the ocean but definitely not okay for the freshwater. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Quit While You’re Ahead? (Sept 29, 2014)

Robert Byrd weighs a stout fish in his only Bassmaster win in 1989. Photo July/August 1989 issue of Bassmaster Magazine. Gerald Crawford.

Robert Byrd weighs a stout fish in his only Bassmaster win in 1989. Photo July/August 1989 issue of Bassmaster Magazine. Gerald Crawford.

Twenty five years ago, professional bass fishing was well-enough established that there were full-time pros and those who aspired to be like them. But for one week in May of 1989 Robert Byrd made it look easy to come from nowhere and beat the best of the best. Well, it wasn’t quite out of nowhere. The 52 year-old Texas guide had a substantial knowledge base, but it was nevertheless impressive that he won the first B.A.S.S. event he entered, the Alabama Invitational on Lake Guntersville. Byrd caught 60 pounds 7 ounces of Guntersville bass over three days to beat runner-up Charlie Reed by over 6 pounds. The money line (50th place out of 325 contestants) was 37-07.

Byrd almost didn’t enter the event. He’d planned to participate in the entire season that spanned the latter half of 1989 and the first half of 1990, but when he found out that there was still space in the last tournament of the prior season (the Guntersville tournament), he decided to fish that one, too. [Read more…]

Yelas and Nixon Talk Sponsorships

Jay Yelas and Larry Nixon talk about attaining sponsors. Photo Brenda Serrano.

Jay Yelas and Larry Nixon talk about attaining sponsors. Photo Brenda Serrano.

Every angler wishing to become a pro dreams of the day they can fish off of someone else’s dime. But what’s it take to get there? In the old days, anglers fished hard and let their scores do the talking for them. Today, though, it seems the new crop of anglers are doing it backwards. Is there a correct way to go about it?

Over the years the fishing industry has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry. Surely there’s room for Joe Weekend angler to be a part of it. But, when it comes down to it, the industry is quite small. Making a name for yourself is the name of the game and the bigger your name, the bigger your paycheck. [Read more…]

Fenwick – The LUNKERSTIK

The first Fenwick LUNKERSTIK ad from 1972.

The first Fenwick LUNKERSTIK ad from 1972.

We’ve talked about Fenwick here a number of times but most of those discussions have either been about their development of the graphite rod or Flippin’ Stik – both concepts worthy of talking about. What we’ve failed to mention, though, is arguably the most popular rod of the timeframe from 1972 through easily 1976 – the Fenwick LUNKERSTIK.

Debuted in 1972, I would hate to try and guess the number of LUNKERSTIKS that were produced and sold. At a cost of $40, they were an expensive choice but the best money could buy. Today, though, if you frequent the online auctions, you’ll find they range anywhere from $200 to over $600 depending on year made and model. I wish I would have kept mine. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – World’s Most Famous Bass Answer and Winner (Sept. 25, 2014)

"Leroy Brown" by Mann's Lures

“Leroy Brown” by Mann’s Lures

Congrats to Chad Keogh, who won this week’s trivia contest by what might be the closest margin of victory ever – just 1:00 minute ahead of his challenger, who also had the correct answers. Read below for the rest of the story, and get ready to play again next Monday.

We’re going with a little change of pace this week for our trivia challenge. The lure in the picture at left was created by Tom Mann and called “Leroy Brown.” It was a sinking vibrating bait, similar to a Rat-L-Trap style bait, and at one point was part of their “Hackleback” line of lures. However, this bait has one of the most interesting histories behind it.

If you’ve never heard the story, then it will be worth researching the answers to this week’s contest to find out some of the details. We’ll give the full scoop on Thursday when we announce a winner to the trivia contest. In the mean time though, to win all the Yamamotos this week, you’ll need to log on to your favorite search engine and answer the following 4 questions correctly.

  1. Name the year AND the bait that the real largemouth bass called Leroy Brown was caught on.
  2. Where did the name “Leroy Brown” come from?
  3. When the bass died 8 years later, Tom Mann bought a $4,000 tombstone/statue to sit at the fishes gravesite. Which country did the statue come from?
  4. To make an already interesting story even more so, what strange occurrence happened shortly after the fishes funeral?

[Read more…]

My First Bass – Dave Lefebre

Dave Lefebre at the FLW Cup talks about the first bass he caught. Photo Heidi Roth.

Dave Lefebre at the FLW Cup talks about the first bass he caught. Photo Heidi Roth.

We all remember our first bass – or at least the first bass we set out to catch. The memory always holds a deep place in our hearts. But just because bass pros make their living at catching bass doesn’t mean the thought of their first largemouth or smallmouth doesn’t bring back a flood good memories. In fact, it was usually that first fish that paved the way for them choosing their profession. Dave Lefebre is no different. [Read more…]

This Month in Bass Fishing History – September 2014

In 2009 Gary Dobyns won the 2009 US Open on Lake Mead.

In 2009 Gary Dobyns won the 2009 US Open on Lake Mead.

Let’s return to this great concept that Brian started up. Another month, another quick look at the anniversaries of major events:

5 YEARS AGO: Western legend Gary Dobyns won the US Open for the first time at age 50, beating 2014 winner (and now three-time champion) Clifford Pirch by over 3 pounds to take the title after numerous near misses. According to the BassFan report of the event, Dobyns battled nausea and dehydration to take the brass ring with a total catch of 32.91 pounds over three days. His primary tools were a Gary Yamamoto Hula Grub, a Lucky Craft DBS4 and a Lucky Craft Gunfish 95. The boat included as part of the prize package was the 40th that he’d won in competition. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – The World’s Most Famous Bass (Sept 22, 2014)

"Leroy Brown" by Mann's Lures

“Leroy Brown” by Mann’s Bait Co.

We’re going with a little change of pace this week for our trivia challenge. The lure in the picture at left was created by Tom Mann and called “Leroy Brown.” It was a sinking vibrating bait, similar to a Rat-L-Trap style bait, and at one point was part of their “Hackleback” line of lures. However, this bait has one of the most interesting histories behind it.

If you’ve never heard the story, then it will be worth researching the answers to this week’s contest to find out some of the details. We’ll give the full scoop on Thursday when we announce a winner to the trivia contest. In the mean time though, to win all the Yamamotos this week, you’ll need to log on to your favorite search engine and answer the following 4 questions correctly.

  1. Name the year AND the bait that the real largemouth bass called Leroy Brown was caught on.
  2. Where did the name “Leroy Brown” come from?
  3. When the bass died 8 years later, Tom Mann bought a $4,000 tombstone/statue to sit at the fishes gravesite. Which country did the statue come from?
  4. To make an already interesting story even more so, what strange occurrence happened shortly after the fishes funeral?

Answers and winner to this week’s trivia contest will be announced on Thursday.

Larry Nixon Talks About His First Year on the Bassmaster Tour

Larry Nixon talks about his first year on the Bassmaster Tour - 1977. Photo Brenda Serrano.

Larry Nixon talks about his first year on the Bassmaster Tour – 1977. Photo Brenda Serrano.

In a recent edition of Season at a Glance here on the Bass Fishing Archives, we talked about Larry Nixon’s rookie year on the Bassmaster Trail – 1977. That year Nixon finished in 7th place for the AOY standings and placed in the top 10 in three regular-season events. He would have won Rookie of the Year hands down if B.A.S.S. had had the award at the time. [Read more…]

The Arbogast Bug Eye

photo: Old Fishing Tackle Shop, Japan

photo: Old Fishing Tackle Shop, Japan

The Fred Arbogast Company has created some of the most popular, as well as collectable, fishing lures ever made. Think of baits such as the Jitterbug or the Mudbug. Going back even further, you have the Hawaiian Wiggler and such. However, this piece isn’t about any of those more “famous” lures, but instead is about a less familiar bait called the Bug Eye. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Name that Angler Answer and Winner (Sept 15, 2014)

Who is this young, future tour angler?

Who is this young, future tour angler?

Unfortunately no one won this week’s Monday Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Come back again Monday and try again. For the answers, please read below.

Another week, another old picture a young angler who would eventually find success casting for cash. We don’t think this one is particularly easy, so we’ll give you a few hints: (1) He’s still an active pro; and (2) He’s won one of the sport’s major championships.

With that boost, all you need to do is be the first to answer the following four questions to win this week’s contest: [Read more…]

Don “The Doodle King” Iovino – An Era Ends

Don Iovino weighs one of the last fish of his 40-year tournament career at this year's WON Bass U.S. Open. Photo Don Iovino.

Don Iovino weighs one of the last fish of his 40-year tournament career at this year’s WON Bass U.S. Open. Photo Dan O’Sullivan.

The first time I met Don Iovino was in 1978 at a seminar at a tackle shop called Anglers West in Diamond Bar California – I was all of 14 years old and wanted to learn everything I could about bass fishing.

In those days you couldn’t open a Western Outdoor News, Western Bass magazine or SWAB periodical without seeing Iovino’s name within its confines. He was winning or placing high in nearly every event he entered and doing it in a most unorthodox manner – some new thing he’d developed called doodling. [Read more…]