Monday Trivia – Some Bassmaster History (June 24, 2013)

Harold SharpHere at the Bass Fishing Archives we are always looking for cool trivia questions. Much as in other sports, there’s a ton of statistics and data on our sport that allow us to look back at significant times and events that shaped our sport. This week’s trivia questions are no different.

You all have read Harold Sharp’s stories here on the Bass Fishing Archives and you also know he’s a treasure trove of information when it comes to the early years of B.A.S.S. and bass fishing history. We’ve all enjoyed the stories he reflects on from time to time here and we also appreciate the time he takes to make sure we “get it right” here at the BFAs. [Read more…]

The 1970 Bassmaster Angler of the Year

Harold Sharp[Editor’s Note: This is Harold Sharp’s recollections of how the first Bassmaster Angler of the Year was awarded in 1970. There are a lot of questions surrounding it due to the fact that there was no actual race and if based on points (or pounds) Roland Martin would have won.]

There are some question as to when and where the B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year started. Here’s how I remember it.

The year was 1970 and B.A.S.S. tournaments were scored on a point system based on X number of points per ounce of bass weighed in. This point system was used by Ray Scott in his first tournament at Beaver Lake and I believe the points were used because the score looked better on the scoreboard. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – How Many Classics (March 25, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.com.

Photo Bassmaster.com.

Today’s Monday Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits is one Harold Sharp came up with. It’s a deviation from the past Trivia Contests and we hope you have some fun with it.

The 2013 Bassmaster Classic, held at Grand Lake, OK, is in the books. Cliff Pace, an 8-year veteran of Tour-level competition, made his 5th Classic count by winning the event in a pretty dramatic fashion, beating Tour sophomore Brandon Palaniuk by a little over 3 pounds on the final day of competition. Palaniuk, who’s in his third year of Tour level fishing has made the Classic 3 years – his first appearance from the Federation ranks in 2011. [Read more…]

The Chattanooga Bass Club and Bass Anglers Sportsmans Society

The first officers of the Chattanooga Bass Club. Photo courtesy of Harold Sharp.

The first officers of the Chattanooga Bass Club. Pinned to Harold Sharp’s shirt is the first B.A.S.S. patch ever handed out. It now resides in Ray Scott’s office in Alabama. Photo courtesy of Harold Sharp.

[Editor’s Note: Harold Sharp sent me an email regarding a post we made that had a picture of Stan Sloan holding a limit of fish. I initially said the picture was from the first Ray Scott event at Beaver but Harold told me that caption was wrong. He attached a picture of the first B.A.S.S. patch to the email and gave us this story. Reading stories like this makes me think of a few things. First, it’s nice to know the history of the sport. Next it helps me understand how much work Ray Scott, Harold Sharp, Bob Cobb and all the others had to do to get B.A.S.S. started, and third it makes me mad when greenies say that sportsman only hurt the environment. I hope you enjoy reading about our past.]

In June of 1967, I read a small announcement in the Chattanooga Times morning paper about a bass fishing tournament to be held on Beaver Lake, AR. It listed the name of Bob Treadway from Chattanooga that was fishing the tournament, so I looked Bob up in the phone book and gave him a call. He was operating a small grocery nearby so I drove over to ask him some questions about the bass tournament. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Beaver Lake 1967

Bobby Murray holds his last day's catch from the first Bassmaster Classic held on Nevada's Lake Mead. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Bobby Murray holds his last day’s catch from the first Bassmaster Classic held on Nevada’s Lake Mead. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Today we take a break from the standard “Box Score” and “Name that Angler” questions normally posed by Pete and welcome one offered up by Harold Sharp. As you all know, Harold was the first Tournament Director for B.A.S.S. – a position he helped define during the early years of competitive bass fishing. Harold has also been a big help here on the Bass Fishing Archives acting as an editor (of sorts) to help us maintain accuracy of the historical events we bring to you along with providing you, the readers, with some pretty interesting stories that happened during his tenure as the B.A.S.S. Tournament Director.

On to Harold’s question for you. [Read more…]

A Look Back at Classic V – Booze, Nets and a Hit and Run

Harold SharpOver the years when I was the Tournament Director for Bassmaster, a number of funny things happened. Here are three stories that are associated with Classic V at the Currituck Sound in North Carolina.

The fifth BASS Classic was another secret location and we selected Currituck Sound in North Carolina. I contacted an old friend, Charlie Shaw, and swore him to secrecy about us holding the event there. Charlie knew who to contact to get things done plus he fished the sound. [Read more…]

A Picture and a Joke on Bo

Some of the Classic I contestants. Photo courtesy of Harold Sharp.

This may qualify as an interesting photo. Ray Scott invited all the first Classic contestants and three outdoor writers who were there to the 1995 Classic for a reunion. It was a great time to see all those faces again.

Looking at this picture, though, reminded me of a good story. As you know, each of the anglers at the early Classics were restricted by the weight of tackle they could bring. We made a huge deal of it by having a weigh-in for their tackle and if an angler was over in weight, Ray and I got to pick out anything we wanted until their tackle box made the weight limit. [Read more…]

Bass Master Classic 1984 – Future Presidents and a Secret Service Dude

[Editor’s Note: Yesterday Brian talked about the ’84 Classic and how ironic and coincidental it was to have two presidents on the weigh-in stage when Rick Clunn won his third Classic. Well today Harold Sharp reflects back on that Classic and how they ended up on the Arkansas River and some interesting things that happened during the weigh-in.]

Setting up a BASS Master Classic isn’t an easy task by any means. It takes time as venues must be found and then agreed upon by BASS and the host city. While I was at BASS, I would start setting up the following year’s Classic at least a year in advance. The 1984 Classic was no different. [Read more…]

The Best Times

I thought you all might like to hear a little bit about how we used to schedule events back when I was the Tournament Director for B.A.S.S. We didn’t just schedule events on weeks that were available, there was a method to my madness.

When I first started fishing I would always see a piece published in the sport magazines and local papers titled, “Best Fishing Times.” I always wondered if it was valid and how someone could determine the best times from the worst or if there was such a thing.

Years after this, after we organized the Chattanooga Bass Club, and started fishing tournaments, I again wondered about the “Best Fishing Times” and set out to prove or disprove them altogether. [Read more…]

Bass Master Classic III – This Ain’t Mutual of Omaha

Just like the prior two Bass Master Classics, the third Classic was also a secret. This time, though, we were heading to Clarks Hill Lake on the Georgia/South Carolina border.

We were going to stay on the South Carolina side of the lake and had set up to use a new resort, Hickory Knob Resort, that was just being completed. Prior to the event, we made a trip to the resort to check it out.

The resort was located a long way from any town and a new road had been cut through the pine forest in order to reach it. Once we got there we noticed that the place had a very large barn and some smaller buildings located behind it that would be perfect for hiding the boats during their assembly. [Read more…]

The St John’s River ’73 – A Pool Full of 10s

The first part of the 1973 B.A.S.S. tournament season was posted last week and it brought back some good memories for me. One I had was all the big fish that were weighed in that event, something we hadn’t experienced yet in a B.A.S.S. tournament. Here’s the story.

We had the weigh-in set up at an old resort on the banks of the St John’s in Palatka, FL. The resort was closing down and they were staying open just long enough for us to finish thee tournament. We were actually set up alongside an old swimming pool.

Like I said, we weren’t used to seeing all these huge bass so when an angler came up with one, we’d weigh it and then release the big fish into the pool and put the smaller ones back in the river. [Read more…]

Bass Master Classic II – Railcars and String Busters

Last time I told you a couple of stories about the first Bass Master Classic held at Lake Mead in Nevada. Now, I’ll let you know about a couple of things that happened during and shortly after the second Classic. I hope you enjoy the story.

The second Bass Master Classic was to be held on Percy Priest Reservoir near Nashville, TN. Before we could commit, though, we had to see if Nashville was interested in holding the event. We called the Chamber of Commerce and they were definitely interested. At this point we had an event location now they had to commit to total secrecy as the second Classic, too, would be a secret until the last minute.

Once Nashville committed to both the location and to secrecy, we arranged a trip for me to head over and meet with our contact to look at the launch, pick out a host hotel and try to find a warehouse in order to rig the boats and store them out of sight.

Ranger Boats was back in business and would be the official Classic boat. But there was a problem – we had two Classic contenders that were from Nashville and we had to make sure they didn’t get wind we were going there. [Read more…]