Season at a Glance: 1977 Bassmaster Trail – Part Four

For the third time in his career, Bill Dance was the Bassmaster Angler of the Year in 1977.

For the third time in his career, Bill Dance was the Bassmaster Angler of the Year in 1977.

In the previous three parts of this series we covered the first half of the 1977 Bassmaster Trail, the second half of the trail and the Federation Championship. In Part Four we’re going to look at the Bassmaster Classic contenders, the 25 top anglers from the AOY race plus the Federation qualifier – Bill Stephens of Alabama.

Also of note, a misunderstanding was discovered in the 1977 February issue of Bassmaster Magazine – the Angler of the Year data we used for the last installment of this series. The Classic entry rules for 1977 stated they would be taking the top-24 anglers in the AOY race. Bassmaster printed the top-25 AOY standings and we took those to be the Classic contenders to include #25 Woo Daves. When looking at the Classic standings, though, we noticed that Dave Gliebe fished the event and not Woo Daves. [Read more…]

Dewey Yopp – National Bass Association

Charter Issue for The National Bassman published by National Bass Association.

Charter Issue for The National Bassman published by National Bass Association.

Last week we posted an article on the Last Hoorah for the American Bass Fisherman (ABF) organization. In that piece we talked a little about that organization and its purchase by National Bass Association (NBA) in 1978. There were a lot of unanswered questions about this time in the history of competitive fishing. American Bass Fisherman’s owner, George Oates was being investigated for fraud yet still running events, NBA was organized and purchased the Professional Bass Association and a number of other tournament organizations were coming and going at a rapid pace. It was definitely a time of flux in the industry and many of the anglers who supported these organizations didn’t know if they would still be around for the next month’s tournament that was scheduled. [Read more…]

Season at a Glance: 1977 Bassmaster Trail – Part Three

Alabama wins the 1977 Federation Team Championship on Kentucky Lake. Phot 1977 November/December issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Alabama wins the 1977 Federation Team Championship on Kentucky Lake. Phot 1977 November/December issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Somewhere between 1976 and 1977, the name of the B.A.S.S. Chapter had become the B.A.S.S. Federation. What didn’t change between those two years was the fact that the leader of the winning Federation team would again be invited to the Bassmaster Classic to compete against seasoned professionals and a chance at winning what was then called the “Super Bowl of Bass Fishing.”

1977 would also mark the fifth year for the Federation State Team Championship and the record-setting turnout of 35 states proved the championship had legs. As with the past, each state held qualifying events in order to put together a 6-man team to send to the Championship. In the past, the southerners had won every event – Tennessee (1973), Missouri (1974), Louisiana (1975) and Tennessee (1976) – and in the 1977 November/December issue of Bassmaster Magazine, B.A.S.S. poked a little fun at the teams outside of the South by saying: [Read more…]

Season at a Glance: 1977 Bassmaster Trail – Part Two

Bill Dance wins his second Bassmaster AOY title in 1977. Photo 1978 February issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Bill Dance wins his second Bassmaster AOY title in 1977. Photo 1978 February issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

[Editor’s Note: This is Part Two of a five-part series on the 1977 Bassmaster Tournament Trail. Part One covered the first half of the regular season, Part Three will cover the BASS Chapter Federation Nationals, Part Four the Classic Qualifiers and Part Five the Bassmaster Classic. This part will cover the second half of the regular season.]

With the first half of the 1977 season in the books, Bill Dance had a commanding lead in the Angler of the Year points race, 59 points ahead of second-place angler Steve Goodwin. Also among the top 10 were Bassmaster stalwarts Roger Moore (3rd), Jimmy Houston (4th), Al Lindner (5th), Paul Chamblee (7th), Jack Hains (8th), Bill Ward (9th) and Larry Nixon (10th).

Relative newcomer and all-around top money winner for 1977 Dave Gliebe sat in the 11th position while veteram Ricky Green took up the 17th spot. On the bubble were two anglers you would expect more out of, Rick Clunn (22nd) and Roland Martin (23rd). Would they be able to make a charge in the second half of the season and qualify for the Bassmaster Classic? We’d have to wait and see. [Read more…]

Season at a Glance: 1977 Bassmaster Trail – Part One

Bill Dance was the leader in the 1977 Bassmaster Angler of the Year Race and the midway point of the season. Photo May/June 1977 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Bill Dance was the leader in the 1977 Bassmaster Angler of the Year Race and the midway point of the season. Photo May/June 1977 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

[Editor’s Note: This is Part One of a Five-Part series on the 1977 Bassmaster Tournament Trail. Part one cover the first half of the regular season, Part Two will cover the second half, Part Three will cover the BASS Chapter Federation Nationals, Part Four the Classic Qualifiers and part Five the Bassmaster Classic.]

It’s been a few months since we looked back on the early Bassmaster Tournament Trail so it’s about time we picked back up where we left off – 1977. The 1976 season ended with Jimmy Houston winning the coveted Angler of the Year award and Rick Clunn won the first of his four Bassmaster Classics. What would 1977 bring? [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…]

History – Some of it is New

Boats lined up on the main deck. Photo Brenda Serrano

Boats lined up on the main deck. Photo Brenda Serrano

With Media Day over I thought I’d post some pictures of the event, which was held at Regions Field – home of Birmingham’s double-A baseball team the Barons. It was a nice venue as the luncheon was held in a large meeting room on the second deck and the boats were scattered along the main deck under the upper-level seats. [Read more…]

B.A.S.S. – Bubbas Taking on Industry and Angling

Vintage B.A.S.S. Peg  A Polluter patch circa early 70s.

Vintage B.A.S.S. Peg A Polluter patch circa early 70s.

When you became a part of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society back in the day it was a big thing. It felt more like you were part of a club than just another magazine subscriber. The reason for this, in my opinion, was because of all the things B.A.S.S. was doing on the side. Not only were they a tournament organization who printed the only bass-centric magazine, they were fighting pollution and they also took the Catch-and-Release doctrine that the fly fishermen had for so long tried to push and actually got it to stick – with bubba bass anglers to boot. [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…]

Moynagh & the Football Jig

Professional bass angler Jim Moynagh, then, and now.

Professional bass angler Jim Moynagh, then, and now.

While the football head was invented by our bassin’ friends out west (see Terry’s story, “The Football Head – Just a Jig Head“), I think I can safely say that for most bass anglers east of the Rocky Mountains, we likely got our first introduction to the bait back in 1995 by a guy named Jim Moynagh. That was the point in bass fishing history when the former angler/researcher for the Hunting and Fishing Library series of books won the Don Shelby Invitational Tournament on Lake Minnetonka, beating out David Fritts by more than 10 pounds and pocketing $50,000. I say former because it was right around the same time that Jim had been laid off from that research position after 9 years of work, but it would turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Two years later (1997), Jim would go on to win the $1 million Forrest Wood Open tournament, also on Lake Minnetonka, pocketing another $200,000 in first place prize money using the same bait and technique, and his professional angling career was cemented. [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…]

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…]