It’s been a few weeks since we put out a piece looking back at the old issues of Tom Rodgers’ Smallmouth Newsletter. The last time we wrote, we finished the first year’s 12th issue (December, 1985). Now we’re on to the second year, volume 2.
The newsletter increased in size from ’85 to ’86 – now going to a full six pages or more for each issue and in some cases eight pages. Over the course of the next few months, you’ll also notice a few new names had been added to the list of authors.
The cover article was a piece written by Bob Robb on California smallmouth fishing – specifically Trinity and Shasta Lakes. At the time, Trinity held the California State Record for smallmouth bass at 9-01. The fish, caught by Tim Brady in 1976, stood as the state record for 31 years before being broken in 2007 with a 9-13 caught out of Pardee Reservoir in the Mother Lode area of the state.
The first issue for 1986 was essentially the Tom Zenanko/Billy Westmorland show – each penning two pieces. Zenanko wrote about his New Year’s Resolution of fishing more different smallies waters as well as a piece on how to find smallie hot spots. Westmorland, on the other hand, wrote about how to fish the Blakemore Road Runner and also how to fish the Silver Buddy.
To fill out the newsletter there were short pieces on how to identify the black bass species, smallmouth bass populations in the state of Texas, some interesting quotes from noted anglers and a really interesting Letter to the Editor from a fellow angler in Australia who said their bass are nearly identical to the American smallmouth and that the Smallmouth Newsletter would help him and his countrymen learn more about how to catch their bass.
In all this January, 1986 issue another great look back into our bass fishing history.