Western Bass Patches

The original mid-'70s Western Bass Fishing Association patch.

The original mid-’70s Western Bass Fishing Association patch.

A little over a year ago we did a short piece on the patches of western bass organizations. In that story we looked at two patches from the original western organizations, Western Bass Fishing Association and the Southwest Association of Bass Champions, that started in the early ‘70s along with the organization that bought and consolidated the two previous organizations, U.S. Bass. In this piece, thanks for Bass Fishing Hall of Fame inductee, Bill Rice, we have a more complete set of patches to share.

A little history before we start, though. Western Bass Fishing Association started in April, 1973 in order to bring competitive bass fishing to western anglers. The organization was based out of southern California and operated by Western Outdoor News. Not too long after that, the Southwest Association of Bass Champions (SWAB) was started in Arizona. [Read more…]

Tackle Companies Through Patches

A Bagley's Better Baits patch circa 1970s.

A Bagley’s Better Baits patch circa 1970s.

There are times in your life you do stupid things for one reason or another. Maybe it’s no fear of death, maybe it’s disregard. On the other hand, it could be due to ignorance, or, in this case, pride. I say pride because that’s what kept me from collecting patches as a youth unless I earned the patch. For example, the only patches I had in my possession, until about three years ago, were the ones I’d received for fishing tournaments. It’s not like I didn’t have the chance, heck, I worked at a tackle shop through all of my youth and young adulthood, and had ample opportunity to collect – I just never did.

The reason for that was twofold. One, even back in the ‘70s I thought the patch vest and jumpsuit was kind of goofy. Secondly, one of the anglers I looked up to the most said you don’t wear patches unless someone is paying you. [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…]

The First Family of Bass Boat Legends – Greene Boat and Motor – Part Two

In 1986 the Greene's moved from their second  Main Street location to the location they've been at since 1986.

In 1986 the Greene’s moved from their second Main Street location to the location they’ve been at since 1986.

[Editor’s note: This is Part-Two of the Greene Boat and Motor story. To read Part-One, click here]

In Part One of this series we talked about the beginning of Greene Boat and Motor in the ’20s, the two moves to Main Street, Spindale and the building of a business that has since spanned three generations. In Part two we’ll look at the final move to the current facility, a famous pointing duck, a family tragedy and the resurrection of the business.

Another Move

As the years went on the business got so big they had to move from the humble Main Street address to another property. This time they moved to a 22-acre piece of land and built the current shop – all to Hubert’s specific design requirements.

“When Hubert came home from work he’d pull out his paper and pencil and draw his dream boat shop,” Rose said. “He designed everything about the shop we’ve been in since 1986. He wanted the office area to be the center with wings that extended out from the office area for boat display, service and rigging. He didn’t want to have to walk very far to get to his customers. [Read more…]

The First Family of Bass Boat Legends – Greene Boat and Motor – Part One

Greene's was originally started as a small engine repair business that started in Otto Greene's garage in the 1920s. By 1957 it morphed in Greene's Outboard Motor and Boat Company. The rest of the story is history.

Greene’s was originally started as a small engine repair business that started in Otto Greene’s garage in the 1920s. By 1957 it morphed in Greene’s Outboard Motor and Boat Company. The rest of the story is history.

The headline above may seem a bit out of place in that many people may consider Forrest and Nina Wood the First Family of Bass Boat Legends. Honestly it’s a good argument being that Ranger was one of the first to manufacture contemporary bass boats and the company is still going strong today, although the Woods no longer own the company.

But when it comes down to it, a boat company isn’t worth the fiberglass on the production-line floor without a venue in which to promote, market and sell their product. This is where boat dealerships come into play and you would be hard pressed to find a dealership, then or now, that’s as legendary as Greene Boat and Motor of Spindale, NC. [Read more…]

Hubert Greene’s Coveralls – 1973 to 1980

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

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

A couple weeks ago we posted part one of this story on Hubert Greene’s coveralls and the many patches it sported. Too many, in fact, to be displayed in one post here. What I failed to mention was not only did Hubert have the patches from his pair of coveralls but also as many or more in a tray that is now located in his son Andy’s office. Therefore as I prepared to write today’s post, I realized that there was no way I would be able to incorporate all of them in what I thought might be the final in a two-part series.

What we have today is part two of what will be a three-parter – this time concentrating on Hubert’s patches from 1973 through 1980. In Part One of this series, most of the patches were from organizations other than B.A.S.S. This time, most of them are from B.A.S.S. with only four out of 26 being from another organization. [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…]

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…]

Poor Boy Bass Association

Poor Boy Bass Association patch circa 1970s.

Poor Boy Bass Association patch circa 1970s.

Lately we’ve been talking a lot about old bass fishing organizations and where they fit into the overall bass fishing picture. Organizations such as American Angler, Western Bass, U.S. Bass, Bass Caster’s Association and others. Today we’re going to continue down that path and look at yet another organization, this time  the Poor Boy Bass Association out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The Poor Boy Bass Association was founded by Tom Wilson in 1973 and from what I can tell was based on inexpensive tournaments that anyone could afford. The magazines I have, (Thanks Clyde Drury) start with Volume 3, Number 6 “Classic Issue , 1977” (consecutive issue number 20) and run through consecutive issue number 27. [Read more…]

The 1977 American Angler Oklahoma National

Old school Okiebug patch from Don Butler's Okiebug spinnerbait lure company, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Old school Okiebug patch from Don Butler’s Okiebug spinnerbait lure company, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Recently I was able to get a hold of a couple old Okiebug patches – a standard Okiebug patch that many anglers displayed prominently on their jumpsuits of the day and another that really intrigued me.

The patch that really caught my attention was from an American Angler Pro-Bass Tour tournament held in 1977 at Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma. The event, dubbed as the Oklahoma National, was sponsored by Okiebug. What got my attention first was Don Butler, owner of Okiebug, was close friends with Ray Scott – having been the first life member of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society and also the guy who sent Scott $10,000 in order for him to pay for a direct mailing campaign he was trying to get rolling. [Read more…]

Patch Pirate Part II – Western Bass Organizations

Early western fishing organizations. On the left Southwest Association of Bass and on the right the Western Bass Fishing Association. Both organizations would eventually be bought and turned into the U.S. Bass organization.

Early western fishing organizations. On the left Southwest Association of Bass and on the right the Western Bass Fishing Association. Both organizations would eventually be bought and turned into the U.S. Bass organization.

In the first segment of Patch Pirate we presented four patches from three different organizations that were prevalent in the Midwest and Southern parts of the United States in the 70s and 80s. Today we’ll look at three organizations that made up the bulk of organizations in the West – namely Western Bass Fishing Association (WBFA), the Southwest Association of Bass (SWAB) and U.S. Bass. [Read more…]

American Bass Fisherman 1974

Cover of the February/March 1974 issue of American Bass Fisherman.

Cover of the February/March 1974 issue of American Bass Fisherman.

We’ve talked a little about American Bass Fisherman on here before, most recently last week when we talked about a picture of an ABF patch. In that piece we mentioned that the original owner of ABF, George Oates, started the circuit to compete against B.A.S.S., that he got in trouble with the law and in the end John Fox ended up with it before it went bust.

Today we have a little to show you what American Bass Fisherman was like through their February/March 1974 issue. [Read more…]