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.
There are also a couple of patches from Santee-Cooper, 1971 and ’72, that I can’t figure out who put on. It wasn’t B.A.S.S., as they didn’t travel there in either of those years.
Then, there are two North Carolina patches one from the 1970 Championship Bass Tournament held on Lake Norman and another from 1972, the Sportsman’s Show Fishing Tournament of the Carolinas.
Again, it shows that at the time B.A.S.S. wasn’t the only game in town.
Anyway, I thought it would be cool to take a look at these patches and reflect where we’ve been.
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