With OPEC flexing their muscles in the ‘70s and ‘80s with regards to oil, the bass industry was coming out with a lot of unique concepts on how to cut fuel costs. More efficient hull designs, more efficient motors and smaller tin boats became popular amongst those who wanted to continue fishing yet save enough money to buy a pack of worms or an extra crankbait.
One of the most unique inventions of the period, though, was the stackable trailer. Why use two tow vehicles for two boats when you could buy a trailer for two?
Stak & Go was one of the trailer companies who got into this market – undoubtedly trying to get bass clubs to bite. I don’t know how many were sold across the U.S. but back in the day you did see a few of them on the road and at the ramp. Freeda Lee and Linda England were even sponsored by Stak & Go, their ads showed the two women loading their boats onto the contraption and hauling it out of the water.
Innovative yes, practical, I don’t think so. A couple of thoughts come to mind. One, you needed to have a buddy that wanted to fish every lake you wanted to fish when you wanted to fish, and two, I’m not sure how reliable they were. Too many moving parts, a lot of weight to support and also a lot of weight to tow. Remember, back then if you got 75,000 miles out of a transmission, you were lucky.
One of our customers had a Stak & Go trailer that he and his buddy used to go to Mexico every year. I never asked him how he liked it or how easy it was to use. But one of the old-guard Bass Fishing Home Page guys, Beartrap, actually had one and posted a few years back on its effectiveness. The pictures and story are pretty cool.