Big Old Fish – Photos by Bob McNally

Al Lindner hoists his big fish from the 1977 Virginia Invitational on Lake Gaston.

Al Lindner hoists his big fish from the 1977 Virginia Invitational on Lake Gaston. The fish weighed 10-04. Photo by Bob McNally.

Recently, longtime fishing author and photographer, Bob McNally contacted us here at the Bass Fishing Archives and offered up some of his photographs from days gone by. Back in the day, Bob used to cover all the Classics and other events let alone have a byline in nearly every fishing magazine that’s ever been printed. That includes non-bass fishing print too.

We’ve posted a few of these pictures already here on the site (click here if you want to see the 1975 Currituck Sound Classic) and now it’s time for some more.

Today we’re looking at pictures that Bob took of big fish either at tournaments or fun fishing with writers from all over. In this collection you’ll see famed writers from the past such as Vic Dunaway, Charlie Waterman, Spence Petros Ken Schultz and Carl Malz. Also in here are some pictures of tournament anglers like Billy Westmorland, Ricky Green, Jimmy Houston and Al Lindner.

As much as writers were important in communicating to the would-be professional, it was the photographer who provided invaluable visual aids of what to do and how to do it. More importantly, they also captured time so we could look back today and see those who paved the way for us today.

Thanks Bob for sharing these pictures with us and also for being there to take them.

 

Famed writer and editor of Florida Sportsman Vic Dunaway with a Toho pig. Photo Bob McNally.

Famed writer and editor of Florida Sportsman Vic Dunaway with a Toho pig. Photo Bob McNally.

 

Jimmy Houston with a toad spinnerbait fish. You can recognize it's a Norman Jimmy Houston Red Man Spinnerbait by the bend in the wire. Photo Bob McNally.

Jimmy Houston with a toad spinnerbait fish. You can recognize it’s a Norman Jimmy Houston Red Man Spinnerbait by the bend in the wire. Photo Bob McNally.

 

Spence Petros and Carl Malz both with respectable bass out of Taylor Creek Reservoir circa 1977. Photo Bob McNally.

Spence Petros and Carl Malz both with respectable bass out of Taylor Creek Reservoir circa 1977. Photo Bob McNally.

 

Spence Petros, editor of Fishing Facts, with a nice Taylor Creek Reservoir bass taken in 1977. Photo Bob McNally.

Spence Petros, editor of Fishing Facts, with a nice Taylor Creek Reservoir bass taken in 1977. Photo Bob McNally.

 

Ricky Green presents two pigs as Ray Scott smiles for the camera. Notice a young Steve Price in the background. Photo Bob McNally.

Ricky Green presents two pigs as Ray Scott smiles for the camera. Notice a young Steve Price in the background. Photo Bob McNally.

 

Famed Florida angler, writer and photographer Charlie Waterman admires a stout Florida bass. Photo Bob McNally.

Famed Florida angler, writer and photographer Charlie Waterman admires a stout Florida bass. Notice the rod and reel combo. Photo Bob McNally.

 

Ken Schultz, editor of Field and Stream holds a 10-plus taken from Taylor Creek Reservoir in Florida. Photo by Bob McNally.

Ken Schultz, editor of Field and Stream holds a 10-plus taken from Taylor Creek Reservoir in Florida. Photo by Bob McNally.

 

Whymon Willis may not have become a household name in the 14 Bassmaster events he fished but this fish gave him a good check in the 1983 Bassmaster Western Texas Invitation on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Photo by Bob McNally.

Whymon Willis may not have become a household name in the 14 Bassmaster events he fished but this fish gave him a good check in the 1983 Bassmaster Western Texas Invitation on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Photo by Bob McNally.

 

Billy Westmorland holds his 9-14 big fish from the Arkansas Invitational held on Greers Ferry in 1977. Photo by Ron Wright, provided by Bob McNally.

Billy Westmorland holds his 9-14 big fish from the Arkansas Invitational held on Greers Ferry in 1977. Photo by Ron Wright, provided by Bob McNally.