Smallmouth Magazine – Volume 1 Issue 1

The welcome letter that went out to each Smallmouth newsletter subscriber. Courtesy of Mark Blahut.

The welcome letter that went out to each Smallmouth newsletter subscriber. Courtesy of Mark Blahut.

Back a month or so ago Pete authored a piece on Smallmouth magazine, a publication dedicated to the smallmouth angler that started glossy-print publication in 1987. In that piece, Pete gave a pretty good background of the magazine, organization and the founder Tom Rodgers. He also asked that if any of our readers had more information on the magazine to please write in.

Well, Pete’s call was answered by one of our readers by the name of Mark Blahut.

Mark contacted us and since then has sent in his entire set of Smallmouth newsletters from the inaugural issue printed in January, 1985 through the last issue printed in December, 1986. After this, the magazine went full glossy.

These issues are extremely hard to find and offer great insight into the organization along with a ton of fishing articles penned by the smallmouth legends of the day.

Mark had kindly loaned these issues to us to scan and put up here on the Bass Fishing Archives for all to see. So, for this first installment we’re going to share with you all the letter of introduction Mark received with his subscription and the first issue of Smallmouth, volume 1, issue 1. Most of these issues are only four pages in length but they feature some great old smallmouth celebrities and articles.

We hope you enjoy.

 

Smallmouth newsletter volume 1 issue 1 January, 1985 page 1. Courtesy of Mark Blahut.

Smallmouth newsletter volume 1 issue 1 January, 1985 page 1. Courtesy of Mark Blahut.

 

Smallmouth newsletter volume 1 issue 1 January, 1985 page 2. Courtesy of Mark Blahut.

Smallmouth newsletter volume 1 issue 1 January, 1985 page 2. Courtesy of Mark Blahut.

 

Smallmouth newsletter volume 1 issue 1 January, 1985 page 3. Courtesy of Mark Blahut.

Smallmouth newsletter volume 1 issue 1 January, 1985 page 3. Courtesy of Mark Blahut.

 

Smallmouth newsletter volume 1 issue 1 January, 1985 page 4. Courtesy of Mark Blahut.

Smallmouth newsletter volume 1 issue 1 January, 1985 page 4. Courtesy of Mark Blahut.