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…]

The Whole Flippin’ Story

The Whole Flippin' Story as written in Fenwick's 1976 tri-fold pamphlet. Printed in the March/April 1978 issue of American Bass Fisherman. Page 1 of 5.

The Whole Flippin’ Story as written in Fenwick’s 1976 tri-fold pamphlet. Printed in the March/April 1978 issue of American Bass Fisherman. Page 1 of 5.

I will readily admit, I am a Dee Thomas groupie. I give all the credit to him for the flipping technique and concept, amidst the hate mails I get from others who say he didn’t invent it. I’ve taken a lot of time on this site to write pieces pertaining to the subject because I feel the whole story, although it’s been written and told over the years, hasn’t been told in a long time and needs to be consolidated in one place – preferably here at the Bass Fishing Archives.

On this site you’ve undoubtedly seen and hopefully read; Controlled Structure Fishing, Flippin’: A Concept 1, Flippin’: A Concept 2, Flippin’: A Concept 3, The Birth of the Flippin’ Stik 1 and The Birth of the Flippin’ Stik 2. As I said, we’ve devoted a lot of space here to the subject. [Read more…]

The 1975 Lindy/Little Joe Catalog

The 1975 Lindy/Little Joe product catalog.

The 1975 Lindy/Little Joe product catalog.

The Lindy Tackle Company was formed around 1968 by Ron and Al Lindner, with some help from some of the guys in the famed Nisswa Guides League. They were probably most famous for the Lindy Rig, a slip-sinker live bait rig that became a standard in walleye fishing circles. In 1973, they sold the company to Ray-O-Vac,  who also acquired Mille Lacs Mfg. (Joe Fladebo). Together they formed Ray-O-Vac’s Fishing Tackle Division.

In 1974, Lindy/Little Joe staffer Al Lindner won the Tennessee Invitational (B.A.S.S. event) held on Watts Bar Res. This catalog came out shortly after that, and just a little before the Lindner’s left the Fishing Tackle Division of Ray-O-Vac (1975) to form the now legendary In-Fisherman Communication Network. A look through the catalog reveals some interesting trends in the bass world that were popular, or at least common place, at the time. [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…]

The Shannon – Another Look

Shannon Twin Spinner ad from 1919 provided by Bill Sonnett.

Shannon Twin Spinner ad from 1919 provided by Bill Sonnett.

When we posted the story about the Shannon Twin Spinner last week it wasn’t long before we received an email from long-time bass fishing historian Bill Sonnett. Sonnett has been collecting bass fishing tackle and memorabilia probably since before I was born. He’s a self-described cult member of the Jason Lucas fan club and when it comes to the complete history of the sport, there are few who are in his league. He also contributes to a number of historical clubs and websites to include Old Reel Collectors Association (Reel News), Fishing for History and The National Fishing Lure Collectors Club. When Bill Sonnett says something about the bass fishing past, I listen. [Read more…]

Yoga Pants Great – Not on Kent Brown

Kent Brown in a way you never wanted to see Kent Brown. All dressed up in the Motion Capture Spandex. Photo Kent Brown.

Kent Brown in a way you never wanted to see Kent Brown. All dressed up in the Motion Capture Spandex. Photo Kent Brown.

If you’ve been part of the western bass fishing scene since the 80s, there’s no doubt you’ve heard of Kent Brown. He’s been a staple on the western tournament circuits nearly since they began and because of that, he’s a wealth of knowledge when it comes to western history. Although I consider myself pretty good at the history of the west, my knowledge lacks a bit when it comes to what happened in northern California – Brown lived not only the northern scene, he lived it all.

So, last week I was on travel for my day job and happened to be in his neighborhood. After work I went over to his house and hung out for a while – talking old times and bass fishing history as it pertains to the Left Coast.

When I got to Brown’s house, on the kitchen island he had a couple of stacks of goodies he wanted to show me. One of these goodies was none other than the first contemporary bass fishing video game – Championship Bass by EA Sports. [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…]

Lew’s – Back to 1975

Lew's is celebrating 40 years of manufacturing. Photo Brenda Serrano.

Lew’s is celebrating 40 years of manufacturing. Photo Brenda Serrano.

Yes we’ve done a number of Lew’s stories on the Bass Fishing Archives but when you can see the old stuff in the flesh, you have to write about it. What made this even better, though, was Lew’s had a bunch of their vintage gear spread throughout another vintage piece of equipment, a refurbished 1974 Ranger Boat.

Inside the boat were four pristine BB-1 reels coupled to some original glass Seep Stick rods. Inside the hip-roof box was a myriad of plugs – old Bombers, Big-Os, Heddon River Runts, etc – most of which were in pretty decent condition. The reel were even spooled with original Blue Stren. [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…]

1960 World Series of Sportfishing – Florida Version

Buck Perry with snook and two redfish caught during the World Series of Sport Fishing - Everglades, Florida. Photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/77015, Holland, Karl E.

Buck Perry with snook and two redfish caught during the World Series of Sport Fishing – Everglades, Florida. Photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/77015, Holland, Karl E.

Before there was the Bassmaster Classic, there was the World Series of Sport Fishing held from 1960-1968.  That first event held in 1960, won by Harold Ensley, was an eight-day event held at seven Michigan lakes, and it was multi-species, not just bass that were counted. In that first event, there were 58 competitors.

We also covered details of the 1967 event which was won by Dwight Keefer. For those stories you can reference;