Carrying on with Smallmouth Magazine, courtesy of Mark Blahut, today we bring you Volume 1 Issue 6 published in June, 1985. Again, as with the May issue, this one has a bonus insert – obviously subscriptions and advertisers were starting to grow.
The newsletter starts off with Billy Westmorland giving more tips on tackle, this time rods and reels and a little bit on line. Brook Elliott gives a short piece about Michigan float trips offered by guide Grant Schliewe. The price of the 8-hour float trips, $125, really hammers home that this was from 1985.
The second page of the newsletter, Tom Zenanko has a piece on topwater fishing for smallies. Take a look at the baits he recommends. When was the last time you threw a Creek Chub Mouse? Also on the second page is a report for the new Virginnia smallmouth record – an 8-pound 9-ounce bruiser caught from the Powell River. Unfortunately the fish wasn’t recognized as the state record due to the fact the angler, Jim Mullins, didn’t have a Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries biologist notified.
Page three has a column on a night time light system developed by MFG Corporation called Bassin’ Buddies. Again, this really takes you back as most anglers fishing the night today no longer use lights of any kind.
The second topic on the third page deals with acid rain, something we don’t hear about much anymore with the Clean Air Act and today’s pollution abatement.
Page four has a short article by Tom Luba on fishing smallies in small streams – a lot of good info for bing such a short article – and there’s also another short column on the new Illinois state record smallie – a 6-pound 7-ounce fish caught from a strip mine pit. This record still stands today.
The newsletter ends with a two-page bonus section on Virginia’s smallmouth water, written by Bill Cochran.
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