Yes we’ve done a number of Lew’s stories on the Bass Fishing Archives but when you can see the old stuff in the flesh, you have to write about it. What made this even better, though, was Lew’s had a bunch of their vintage gear spread throughout another vintage piece of equipment, a refurbished 1974 Ranger Boat.
Inside the boat were four pristine BB-1 reels coupled to some original glass Seep Stick rods. Inside the hip-roof box was a myriad of plugs – old Bombers, Big-Os, Heddon River Runts, etc – most of which were in pretty decent condition. The reel were even spooled with original Blue Stren.
The Boat was in great condition – a black hull with silver flake top. It was fitted with a Humminbird Super Sixty flasher, a newer Mercury motor and new seats – which were a little after the ’75 timeframe. Still it’s always good to go back in time and see the equipment this sport was made on.
While standing there trying to figure out how I could “liberate” the reels and rods, Forrest Wood walked over and began talking to the Lew’s staff. Then, the crankbait king himself, David Fritts came by. Both were kind enough to pose for a picture.
The pictures tell the rest of the story.