Lets’ Look Back: A friend Named Bill – Part 2

I hope some of my favorite Bill Norman lures don't eventually get dropped now that the company has been sold.  I'm still using some of Norman's early baits to put bass in the boat.

I hope some of my favorite Bill Norman lures don’t eventually get dropped now that the company has been sold. I’m still using some of Norman’s early baits to put bass in the boat.

The more things change the more they become the same.

Odds are you’d heard that comment before. I agree that it’s sometimes true but by golly don’t expect it to happen the day after tomorrow. Sometimes it takes awhile.

If you read my last column you know I told about my long time friendship with Bill Norman, the founder of Norman Lures.

If you did read that column, you’re aware I told about Norman having started his own lure company back in the 1960s. Not long afterwards he quit doing things on his own and went to work for another Arkansas bait making company named the Plastics Research and Develop Company. [Read more…]

Bass Fishing 1961

Before Charlie Campbell was making waves with the Zara Spook on the Bassmaster Tour, he was making his name in Missouri as a guide. Photo 1961 Don Fuelsch Southern Anglers Guide.

Before Charlie Campbell was making waves with the Zara Spook on the Bassmaster Tour, he was making his name in Missouri as a guide. Photo 1961 Don Fuelsch Southern Anglers Guide.

Bass-specific magazines didn’t come around until the Spring 1968 issue of Bassmaster hit B.A.S.S. members’ mailboxes. Prior to that, bass anglers had to wade through the outdoors magazines of the time in order to get their fix of bass fishing information. Having a good number of vintage outdoors magazines, it was mostly famine rather than feast when it came to learning out to catch bass from periodicals.

One publication that was first published in 1961 did provide a lot of information on the five Ws of bass fishing – the Who, What, Where, Why and When. That publication, and we’ve mentioned it here a number of times, was Don Fuelsch’s Southern Angler and Hunters Guide. I’m still trying to figure out exactly who Fuelsch was, that’ll be another story in time, but I can say this with confidence, he put together one of the most complete compilations of fishing information I’ve seen. [Read more…]

Let’s Look Back – Part 36

Abe Schiller, just about as well known as "Mister Las Vegas," is shown in this 1952 picture of some of the fish he'd taken from Lake Mead.  At the time Lake Mead was producing some of the best bass and crappie angling in the entire country. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

Abe Schiller, just about as well known as “Mister Las Vegas,” is shown in this 1952 picture of some of the fish he’d taken from Lake Mead. At the time Lake Mead was producing some of the best bass and crappie angling in the entire country. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

I gave the first casting demonstration that amounted to anything at the old Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles way back in 1952.

Now let’s fast forward to a demonstration I did about 10 years ago at an International Sportsmen’s Exposition in Denver. I didn’t have any of the white whiskers at that early Los Angeles show that I do now. And when I’d been on my feet all day and had given three or four formal presentations, as I had that day in Denver, I was ready to order a cold beer and then head for the barn. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Name the Year Answer and Winner (February 16, 2015)

Old school smallmouth bass "grip and grin" photo

1884 Minnesota Historical Society photo

There were 3 correct guesses this week (of 17), and the first of those to post was from Thomas Zaleski. Congrats to Thomas for winning this week’s Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. For the story behind this awesome picture, keep reading.

Once again we’ll do something different with Monday Trivia. This week, you don’t have to know your bass pros. You don’t have to know any fishing history. You don’t have to dig out any patch-laden jumpsuits from your closet and post a picture of you wearing it – though that would be entertaining. Nope – this week, EVERYONE has a chance at winning our prize package, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits.

Here’s all you have to do.

Take a look at the picture in this post, click to enlarge if that will help you out, and then simply take your best guess as to what year this picture is from. Post it as a comment in this thread. The first person to guess it correctly, or the person who gets closest to the actual year (again, earliest poster wins if multiple same close guesses) will be our winner. Only one guess per reader allowed. We’ll announce that winner, as well as the story/history behind this picture on Thursday. Everyone – give us your best guess!

The story behind this picture follows: [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Name the Year (Feb 16, 2015)

Old school smallmouth bass "grip and grin" photo

Old school smallmouth bass “grip and grin” photo

Once again we’ll do something different with Monday Trivia. This week, you don’t have to know your bass pros. You don’t have to know any fishing history. You don’t have to dig out any patch-laden jumpsuits from your closet and post a picture of you wearing it – though that would be entertaining. Nope – this week, EVERYONE has a chance at winning our prize package, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits.

Here’s all you have to do. [Read more…]

What All the Cool Kids Are Wearing

1970s ad for the fishing jumpsuit.

1970s ad for the fishing jumpsuit.

Professional bass anglers will never be considered trendsetting fashion plates, walking the runways of Milan or Paris – thank goodness. That said, there have been definite fashion trends in the world of pro bass angling through the ages. Today, we’ll take a quick look at those styles through the decades. Let’s begin in the 70s. [Read more…]

Big Old Fish – Photos by Bob McNally

Al Lindner hoists his big fish from the 1977 Virginia Invitational on Lake Gaston.

Al Lindner hoists his big fish from the 1977 Virginia Invitational on Lake Gaston. The fish weighed 10-04. Photo by Bob McNally.

Recently, longtime fishing author and photographer, Bob McNally contacted us here at the Bass Fishing Archives and offered up some of his photographs from days gone by. Back in the day, Bob used to cover all the Classics and other events let alone have a byline in nearly every fishing magazine that’s ever been printed. That includes non-bass fishing print too.

We’ve posted a few of these pictures already here on the site (click here if you want to see the 1975 Currituck Sound Classic) and now it’s time for some more. [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…]

1975 Bassmaster Classic by Bob McNally

Harold Sharp (center) weighs Roger Moore's (behind Sharp) fish as Fishing Facts editor Spence Petros (left) looks on. Photo by Bob McNally.

Harold Sharp (center) weighs Roger Moore’s (behind Sharp) fish as Fishing Facts editor Spence Petros (left) looks on. Bassmaster Magazine editor Bob Cobb is in the right bottom corner. Photo by Bob McNally.

I recently received some photos from long-time outdoor writer, videographer and angler Bob McNally. Within the 20 or so photos he sent were five photographs taken at the 1975 Bassmaster Classic held at Currituck Sound, NC. We previously wrote about the 1975 Classic, in which rookie Bassmaster Tour angler Jack Hains won by six pounds over Marvin Baker. [Read more…]

History in Photos: Jerry McKinnis

The below picture is a teaser from the 1974 book named, simply enough, “Jerry McKinnis’ Bass Fishing.” This picture featured Jerry, now head of B.A.S.S., and Cecil Pedigo, probably most famous for the Pedigo Spinrite, but really made his money with pork rind. Look for the coming review of this book on the site in two weeks.

Jerry McKinnis (l) and Cecil Pedigo (r) from the book, "Bass Fishing."

Jerry McKinnis (l) and Cecil Pedigo (r) from the book, “Jerry McKinnis’ Bass Fishing.”

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…]