Northwoods Slop Baits 1979

Slop baits offered in the Northwoods catalog from 1979. Artwork by Wiley Miller.

Slop baits offered in the Northwoods catalog from 1979. Artwork by Wiley Miller.

Earlier this week we featured a piece on electronics from the 1979 Northwoods catalog. One of the comments we received from that post was in regards to the artwork in the catalog depicting how a bass might attack the lures featured on a page.

The artwork throughout the catalog was that of wildlife artist Wiley Miller and I thought it would be good not only to look back on gear from the past but also the give some credit to the artwork.

Today we’re looking at what Northwoods had to offer for fishing the slop. You turn to this page and what meets your eyes is a bass about ready to engulf a Bill Plummer Super Frog. If that vision wouldn’t get you to buy one of those frogs, I don’t know what would. It’s a nice piece of art depicting what might be going on under the surface of the water.

Slop baits offered by Northwoods, 1979. Artwork by Wiley Miller.

Slop baits offered by Northwoods, 1979. Artwork by Wiley Miller.

Other offerings that Northwoods had for slop fishing were pretty standard for the time. Inline buzzbaits like the Floyd’s Buzzer, the Johnson Silver Minnow, the Timber King and the Lindy Clacker were all what anglers of the time turned to when fishing the shallow weeds.

What surprised me about their offerings was the 9- and 13-inch JW Hawg Hunter worms. Equipped with two weedless, exposed hooks, I don’t know an angler today that would try snaking one of those tire treads through the weeds.

So much has been developed over the years, especially the last 10 years, when it comes to fishing the slop. In fact, what we call slop today would have been coined “unfishable” back then for many reasons. Today we approach the nastiest cover with confidence because we have tungsten weights, stout hooks, spectra line and rods and reels that can handle the pressures of this type of angling. It’s amazing to go back and see what a difference 30-plus years makes on some of our fishing terms.