Rooster Tails – The Magazine of Hydra-Sports

Charlie Ingram wins the 1982 Team Hydra-Sports TOC. Photo Jan/Feb 1983 issue of Rooster Tails magazine.

Charlie Ingram wins the 1982 Team Hydra-Sports TOC. Photo Jan/Feb 1983 issue of Rooster Tails magazine.

Anyone that’s bass fished since the 80s knows of Hydra-Sports boats. They probably also know that Earl Bentz played a significant role in not only Hydra-Sports as a company but also in regards to bass boat performance development.  What I wonder, though, is how many of you knew Hydra-Sports not only made boats but printed a magazine and also ran a tournament circuit? Maybe if you owned a ‘Sport in the day but I’d bet a 4-pack of Scuppernong Jelly worms you had no clue.

Pictured here is the cover of the Jan/Feb 1983 Issue of Rooster Tails, Hydra-Sports flagship magazine, which started in 1980. Joe Reeves, owner of Hydra-Sports started the organization, according to the membership ad, “because he wanted to get back to the fun of bass fishing.” Membership in the organization was for owners and their friends, which I assume could own a boat of another make.

A young Earl Bentz in 1983.

A young Earl Bentz in 1983.

Joe and Team Hydra-Sports held both pro and team events and anglers such as Guy Eaker, Glin Wells, Charlie Ingram and Stan Sloan fished the events.

If you look at the magazine in a critical fashion, it was printed well and on good paper, had a number of industry ads in it – unlike a lot of corporate magazines – and featured writers such at Bobby Murray, Steve Price, Don Wirth and Wade Bourne. The articles are still good and even Wirth’s humor is still funny and relevant. I wish I’df known about the magazine back when it started.

Unfortunately the magazine went out of print in 1986 having only printed one issue in ’85 and ’86. I’m not sure if the tournament circuit died at the same time but from the looks of the events in the magazines, they were a lot lower key than some of the other circuits of them time.

  • Gracie Nunyabiz

    Actually, I did know every bit of it. Did you also know that he (Joe) owned an outdoors store? But, thank you for the trip down memory lane!!