Over the course of time bass boat technology has been one of the biggest aids to the way we fish. Gone are the days of wood stringers and transoms, decks are now flat and we no longer have livewells located in the front of the boat.
Although the boat manufacturers came up with a lot of advances, it was the anglers themselves that developed improvements in the boats. For example, the Flipping Deck was a result of someone wanting to be higher in the boat in order to be in better position for the cast. The outlawing of bladder tanks (extra fuel tanks stored on the deck between the rod lockers that would collapse as the fuel was consumed) gave rise to larger stock fuel tanks. Rod straps replaced rod holders on the decks of boats and anglers also built enclosed dry storage between rod lockers and in front of the driver’s console giving them not only more dry storage but the advent of the full front deck.
The list of improvements brought on by the anglers themselves goes on and on. To get an idea of the improvements in bass boats, I thought it might be good to look back on the boats of the early days, just to see what we used to fish out of.
Here’s a few ads from the Fall 1970 Bass Master Magazine featuring the state-of-the-art in bass boat technology. I hope you enjoy it and if you have any picture of a 1970 boat you owned, please send it on to us. We’d love to post it here on the Bass Fishing Archives!