This Month in Bass Fishing History – May 2013

KS_20085 YRS AGO: While fishing a tournament at a strip pit in Cherokee County on May 3, Tyson Hallam, 14, caught the new Kansas state largemouth bass, weighing 11 pounds, 12.8 ounces. The certified fish edged the 31-year-old state record of 11 pounds, 12 ounces caught in 1977.

Hey, we’re just getting started…

Mac_Weakley_19_710 YRS AGO: The monthly string of big California bass that ran 10 years ago continued when Mac Weakley of Carlsbad landed one of the largest bass ever caught in Southern California, a huge 19.7lb fish taken on May 20, 2003 from Lake Dixon. Word was an 8″ Mission Fish Swimbait fooled the big girl…but bigger and better bass were still to come.



15 YRS AGO: The FLW Tour visited Kentucky Lake on May 9, 1998. In that event, Dan Morehead edged out Guido Hibdon for the victory. Perhaps a more significant finish though was Denny Brauer (5th) of Camdenton, Missouri. His Top-5 finish in that event meant he was still leading in the Land O’Lakes Angler-of-the-Year points race after four tour events with 294 points. While Rick Clunn and Randy Howell were chasing Denny in second and third place, respectively, Denny would ultimately hang on to the AOY title and be featured on a special edition package of Wheaties, the first angler to appear on the cereal box in its 74 – year history.

May_88_KMART25 YEARS AGO: What tackle boxes were you carrying around in 1988? A look back at some old ads from May 1988 featuring a variety of models shows that the industry was in transition. Getting phased out were the larger drawer-style tackle boxes we were all so familiar with, and making headway was the new style of “satchel boxes”, flatter single and double-sided boxes with semi-tranparent lids.

30 YEARS AGO: While Operation Bass was founded in 1979 “on the principle that working anglers should be able to fish competitively without interfering with jobs and family”, the trail gained it’s long-time namesake sponsor in the spring of 1983. Red Man became the title sponsor of Operation Bass’ popular tournament series, dubbed the “working man’s” tournament trail. They have been widely credited with opening competitive bass fishing to the masses with low-entry-fee, close-to-home, weekend tournaments. The trail’s championship event, the Red Man All-American, awarded $100,000 to the winning boater and $50,000 to the winning co-angler.

Dance_Worm_197340 YRS AGO: For all you plastic worm fanatics, B.A.S.S. and Bill Dance teamed up to deliver the 1973 book, “There He Is”, featuring Bill Dance giving his thoughts and secrets on plastic worm fishing in the pages of the book. Terry recently reviewed the book for Bass Fishing Archives. You can read that post at the following link: BFA: There He Is




Lindy45 YEARS AGO: Yes, it’s a live bait deal, but without the Lindy Rig, who knows if we would have ever seen In-Fisherman magazine, and the incredible media juggernaut that followed. VHS and later disc and DVD tapes, media print, television shows, and a tournament series all followed Al & Ron Lindner as they broke new ground constantly in the fishing world, and they arguably owe the beginnings of it all to the popularity of a simple but deadly live bait rig, whose ‘First Use in Commerce’ on the trademark application is credited as May 5, 1968, despite being in existence for a couple years previous.