Old Bass Boats – 1978 Part 1

1978 Sebring Bass Boat ad.

1978 Sebring Bass Boat ad.

This column seems to be the one most frequented by readers so we’re going to give you more of what you like – Old Bass Boats 1978 style. In Part 1, we’re going to start out with the various tournament organizations’ specialty boats. This phenomena all started with Ray Scott and the 1971 Bassmasterr Classic when he purchased from Rebel 25 identical boats for use by the 24 Classic contenders on Lake Mead. After the event the boats were put up for sale and became another form of income for the fledgling tournament organization. [Read more…]

More Cuba – The 1978 ABF Bass Tournament

Anglers flew to Mexico in order to get to Cuba. Read the original caption from the Mar/Apr 1978 issue of American Bass Fisherman to see who was signing up. Photo American Bass Fisherman magazine.

Anglers flew to Mexico in order to get to Cuba. Read the original caption from the Mar/Apr 1978 issue of American Bass Fisherman to see who was signing up. Photo American Bass Fisherman magazine.

Last week when Pete posted the piece on the relaxing of political ties between the U.S. and Cuba – and the renewed possibilities of U.S. anglers being able to fish the mythical lakes on the island – it jogged my memory of the first (maybe the only) bass tournament ever held on the island. That event was sponsored by the now-defunct American Bass Fishing organization who used Dan Snow as the conduit for getting a number of American anglers from the U.S. to Cuba via a tortuous path through Mexico. [Read more…]

Graphite Rods: An Industry Perspective – 1978

Testing a graphite rod circa 1978.

Testing a graphite rod circa 1978.

Over the last few years, we’ve done a few articles on the history of graphite rods – mostly based on Fenwick, the first company to utilize the material in production fishing rods. Fenwick first introduced their rods at the AFTMA show in 1973 and by early 1974 they were being marketed to anglers. In that first year rod costs were high, about $150 per rod, but worse yet, breakage was higher.

It was obvious the new space-age material was a winner, the problem was figuring out how to lay the material on a mandrel so its properties could be best exploited without breakage. [Read more…]

The Bearded Viking – Al Lindner

Al Lindner hoists a mixed bag of largemouth bass and walleye. Photo September/October 1971issue of The Lunker Hole magazine.

Al Lindner hoists a mixed bag of largemouth bass and walleye. Photo September/October 1971issue of The Lunker Hole magazine.

We’ve written a number of pieces here that have either been about or have something to do with Al Lindner and the Lindner angling legacy. So excuse me for writing another. Personally, I don’t think you can ever write too much about someone who’s contributed so much to the sport.

What brought this piece about was an article I found recently in a 1971 issue of The Lunker Hole magazine – the magazine put out by the Bass Caster’s Association (BCA). As I turned the pages, I came across some pictures of a familiar face – that of Al Lindner’s. The title of the article, Bass Beard – The Viking, kind of made me chuckle a bit.

The accompanying photographs of Lindner show him in typical form – holding big bass and wearing polarized sunglasses. [Read more…]

More Hubert Greene Patches – Part Three

One of the many patches that Hubert Green Collected over time. A 1982 Hungry Fisherman patch.

One of the many patches that Hubert Green Collected over time. A 1982 Hungry Fisherman patch.

Back in April we posted two stories on the patches that Hubert Greene had collected over the course of time. In those first two pieces, we covered his patches from 1967 to 1972 and the second piece was on patches from 1973 to 1980. In this piece we take a look at his patches from 1981 through 1997.

In the previous parts of this series, many of the patches presented were from organizations other than B.A.S.S. – such as American Bass Fisherman, National Bass Association, Project Sports Inc. and others. This was a sign of the times when B.A.S.S. wasn’t the only game in town. [Read more…]

Old Bass Boats – 1976 Part 2

Glastron Boats ad from 1976.

Glastron Boats ad from 1976.

Last Friday we posted Old Bass Boats – 1976 Part 1 starting with Arrow Glass and ending with Glastron. As promised then, today we’re finishing up the ‘76 year with H (Holiday) through X (X-Calibur) – two boats I’ve never heard of by the way. As you probably noticed from Part 1, the boats of this year class were shifting drastically to high-performance machines constructed with lifting pads and even space-age materials like Kevlar. On top of that, more and more creature comforts and much-needed instrumentation was becoming standard on all brands. These years, 1975 through 1977, were the genesis of the boats we fish out of today.

So, without wasting any more time, here they are. [Read more…]

Patches – Dan Basore

Dan Basore poses with a number of his 1970s tournament patches.

Dan Basore poses with a number of his 1970s tournament patches. Photo Brenda Serrano.

My first encounter with Dan Basore was at the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame induction dinner. He came up to Bassmaster record holder Blake Honeycutt and thanked him for helping him with his Humminbird Transducer. You see, Honeycutt was part of the three-man team that started Humminbird and knew a little about the equipment. Basore and I then talked briefly but I didn’t really get a good idea who he was or what he did.

It wouldn’t be until the first day of the Bassmaster Classic Expo that I’d get to talk with him more – and essentially get an education of his life. He’s been there – done that and has the patches to prove it – along with the jumpsuits, hats and tournament vests. [Read more…]

Bass Caster’s Angling Society – 1970

Membership page from the November/December 1970 issue of The Lunker Hole.

Membership page from the November/December 1970 issue of The Lunker Hole.

Recently we posted a piece about The Lunker Hole magazine, Volume 1, Number 4, in which Charlie Bumpas had won a BCAS event on Barkley Lake, Kentucky. We printed the piece in its entirety in order to give readers a look back at the sport at that time but also let the guys who were there reminisce a little. This piece, regarding that same issue, is more about the magazine itself and what its other contents were.

The masthead on the contents page lists all those involved with the magazine/organization. It lists Art Reid as the editor, Bob Mason and Jan Swetz as associate editors, Dick Carter as art director, Barbara Killough as production and Doris Gilbert as circulation manager. [Read more…]

The Lunker Hole Number 4

November/December 1970 issue of The Lunker Hole  magazine. The official magazine of the Bass Caster's Angling Society or what would be changed in 1971 to the Bass Caster's Association.

November/December 1970 issue of The Lunker Hole magazine. The official magazine of the Bass Caster’s Angling Society or what would be changed in 1971 to the Bass Caster’s Association. Notice the B.A.S.S. patch has been covered up with his name. Is this where FLW got their ideas to censor anglers?

Over the past week I was introduced to a new Facebook page called Mid-America Tournament Fishing History. Rick Pierce directed me to the page and what I saw really made my mouth water. There was a number of old magazine and news clips posted on the site from the defunct Mid-America Bass Fisherman’s Association, which operated in the 70s, along with a bunch of other pictures from various other organizations, such as the Bass Caster’s Association (BCA).

Just prior to being introduced to this new page, I happened to get in the mail two BCA magazines, one dated November/December 1970 (Number 4) and another from May/June 1971 (number 7). On the cover of Number 4 is Charlie Bumpas – who in his time fished five Bassmaster events between 1968 and 1970 and finished in the top 20 in each of them. [Read more…]