This Month in Bass Fishing History – September 2014

In 2009 Gary Dobyns won the 2009 US Open on Lake Mead.

In 2009 Gary Dobyns won the 2009 US Open on Lake Mead.

Let’s return to this great concept that Brian started up. Another month, another quick look at the anniversaries of major events:

5 YEARS AGO: Western legend Gary Dobyns won the US Open for the first time at age 50, beating 2014 winner (and now three-time champion) Clifford Pirch by over 3 pounds to take the title after numerous near misses. According to the BassFan report of the event, Dobyns battled nausea and dehydration to take the brass ring with a total catch of 32.91 pounds over three days. His primary tools were a Gary Yamamoto Hula Grub, a Lucky Craft DBS4 and a Lucky Craft Gunfish 95. The boat included as part of the prize package was the 40th that he’d won in competition. [Read more…]

This Month In Bass Fishing History – October

Another month, another quick look at what went down in bass fishing history. Let’s begin…

Guntersville20 YRS AGO: Built between 1936 and 1939, Guntersville Lake is Alabama’s largest reservoir with waters covering 67,900 acres and 890 shoreline miles. It is also a big bass factory, as well as the site of the upcoming Bassmaster Classic to be held next February. Part of what makes the lake such a great fishery is arguably its fertility as well as its hydrilla and milfoil beds. However, another reason might be the fact that on October 1, 1993, a 15-inch size limit was placed on bass in the lake. That early size limit allowed for smaller, faster growing bass to reach quality size. [Read more…]

This Month In Bass Fishing History

Time again to take a look back at what was happening in the bass fishing world, this time focusing on what occurred during the month of September. Let’s start by going back…

davyhite15 YRS AGO: Sep. 19, 1998, and S. Carolina’s Davy Hite Wins what is touted as the largest cash award in angling history when he edges Tommy Biffle in the finals of the $250,000 WAL-MART FLW Tour Championship. The Top-10 in this event was incredibly stout and also included Gary Klein, George Cochran, Rick Clunn, Denny Brauer, Clark Wendlandt and Mike McClelland, all back in the days when most pros fished both the B.A.S.S. and FLW Tours. Those were the days.

Moving on…. [Read more…]

This Month In Bass Fishing History

The Dog Days of Summer. It’s that time again. Time to take a quick look back at what was happening in the sport of bass fishing this month, 15, 20, even 50 years ago. One mention of note will be that after 12 years of being a fall event, the Bassmaster Classic moved to the summer in 1983, so a lot of the history this month will be focusing on those particular events.

Denny Brauer flipping the heavy stuff.

Denny Brauer flipping the heavy stuff.

15 Yrs Ago – Aug. 6-8,1998: He just recently retired from the sport, but after 16 years of trying, Denny Brauer got his only Bassmaster Classic victory on High Rock L. Denny weighed in a final day 16-04 stringer doing exactly what Denny did best, flipping heavy cover. Denny would amass winnings of nearly $2.6 million on the B.A.S.S. trail from over 300 events entered in addition to another 200k from FLW Outdoors events, including this years EverStart Series win while in “retirement”. [Read more…]

This Month In Bass Fishing History

It’s that time again – a new month, and a new set of interesting insights on bass fishing history. See how many of these events you can recall.

IKE15 YRS AGO: July 12, 1998 – Whitehall, NY., and a guy by the name of Michael Iaconelli took first place on Lake Champlain in the Red Man Northeastern Division qualifier (now the BFLs). Michael, of Runnemede, New Jersey, won $3,507, small change by his standards now days, with five bass totaling 15 pounds, 1 ounce, to top a field of 247 anglers competing for $13,411. Iaconelli fished a plastic worm and jig in shallow weedy flats. [Read more…]

This Month in Bass Fishing History – June 2013

bth_BFAIt’s that time again, where we take a quick look back at what was happening this month in bass fishing history. Always entertaining, sometimes enlightening, and certain to make you feel old 🙂

So click the page link and let’s get started. [Read more…]

This Month in Bass Fishing History – May 2013

KS_20085 YRS AGO: While fishing a tournament at a strip pit in Cherokee County on May 3, Tyson Hallam, 14, caught the new Kansas state largemouth bass, weighing 11 pounds, 12.8 ounces. The certified fish edged the 31-year-old state record of 11 pounds, 12 ounces caught in 1977.

Hey, we’re just getting started… [Read more…]

This Month in Bass Fishing History

Today, a look back at was was happening in bass fishing history for the month of April.

'Fish Chris' of the former "Trophy Bass Only" website

‘Fish Chris’ of the former “Trophy Bass Only” website

10 YEARS AGO: April 10, 2003, and “Fish Chris” Wolfgram, host of the then “Trophy Bass Only” website catches his personal best largemouth weighing 18.4lb from Rancho Seco, California. The bass becomes the new Rancho Seco lake record, but this fish is only the start of a string of giant California big bass catches that is about to go down over the next couple months. [Read more…]

This Month in Bass Fishing History

bth_BFA‘This Month in Bass Fishing History’ is a new category we’ve come up with at the Bass Fishing Archives, looking back to what events were happening and making the news in the bass fishing world 10, 25, even 50 years ago. Each month a different list of happenings to reflect upon where we’ve been, and how far we’ve come in the sport. [Read more…]