I’ve always been a fan of Tom Mann and his contributions to the sport. He started what is considered one of the most revered tackle companies in the world and also played a role in the development of Humminbird Electronics (along with Blake Honeycutt). He was also one of the best anglers at the dawn of the competitive bass scene, winning a number of events and always challenging for the Angler of the Year award. He was, like few have been, an icon in the industry.
Mann had written, or had someone else write for him, a number of books on the subject – many of which I have in my collection. But recently I was at Greene’s Boat and Motor in Spindale, NC and got a big surprise as Andy Greene was showing me some of his literature collection.
The surprise came when he pulled out two different magazines with Mann’s name on them. The first one was Tom Mann’s Junior Fisherman (Fall, 1983) and the second was Tom Mann’s Research Angler (Spring 1988). I’d never heard of these magazines.
I wasn’t able to thoroughly read each issue at the time but from what I was able to quickly glean from them was the Junior Fisherman magazine was geared towards kids, teaching them about the outdoors and angling, while the Research Angler was all about complex angling techniques and methods. Next time I’m at the shop I’m going to see if Andy will let me borrow the magazines in order to more thoroughly go through them.
It amazes me how much Mann did in the industry. From running one of the biggest bait companies at the time to starting an electronics company along with fishing for a living, you’d think Mann would have had enough to do. Then you discover that he also published two magazines. The contributions to the sport seem to never end.
After I take a deeper look into these magazines, I’ll give you all a better look into what all they offered.
So, have any of you heard of these two magazines?