Let’s Look Back – Part One

Pic 1...Looking BackEditor’s Note: Having spent a lot of the recent past talking with Stan Fagerstrom about his life and career in the fishing industry – a career that spans over 60 years, I asked Stan if he would be interested in sharing some of his experiences over that time with our readers. I am happy to say that he welcomed the invite with open arms and will now be sharing some of his experiences here in his new column, Let’s Look Back.  We hope you enjoy what Stan has to share.

I’ve been fishing for bass and writing about it since shortly after President Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg address.

Well, that’s exaggerating things a bit but by golly there aren’t many out there who have been fishing and writing about it as long as yours truly.  I expect that’s why my friend Terry Battisti, the guy responsible for creating this wondrous website, had a suggestion the last time we talked. [Read more…]

The Writers: Stan Fagerstrom – Part Four

One of the Japanese flags that Fagerstrom brought home from the South Pacific Theater. This flag was returned to the family of Giichiro Komatsu, a Japanese soldier who fought in the Pacific Islands. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

Editor’s Note: In this installment of The Writers, Stan Fagerstrom talks about his first trip to Japan and what it meant for him to step on the shores of the country he was to invade in 1946. Click to read part one, part two or part three.


A Return to Japan

“I’ve already mentioned my service in an infantry rifle company in the South Pacific during the war with Japan for just a bit less than two years, Fagerstrom said. “I also mentioned that I was brought home on a stretcher on a hospital plane. The crowded plane didn’t afford me, or anyone else for that matter, much room for ourselves let alone room for any personal effects. [Read more…]

The Writers: Stan Fagerstrom – Part Two

Stan Fagerstrom in an Outdoor Life ad circa 1960s. Photo courtesy of Stan Fagerstrom.

In Part One of The Writers – Stan Fagerstrom, Stan talked about his childhood, his enlistment in the Army in 1942 and his first job with the Longview Daily News. In Part Two Stan talks about the first Bassmaster Classic and his relationships with Jason Lucas, Homer Circle and Ray Scott. To read Part One click here.

Major Impacts in the 60s

“I still couldn’t get bass out of my head and I was doing a whole lot of actual fishing whenever I could get away from the newspaper,” he said. “I kept a pair of coveralls and a pair of boots in the trunk of the first used car I was able to buy and in the evening and now and then when I had extra time at noon I’d run down to fish one of the Columbia River sloughs that was about seven miles away. [Read more…]

The Writers: Stan Fagerstrom – Part One

Stan Fagerstrom on the cover of US Bass Magazine, circa 1988.

Editor’s Note: This series is dedicated to those people who penned the many articles we read in order to learn more about our sport and become better anglers. Sure it may have been the anglers who developed the techniques, lures and equipment we use today but it was the writers’ job to make sure these bits of information got to the masses. Without the writers to communicate this, the world of bass fishing would be very different today.

Over the course of time there have been many writers who have taught us through their words. Some of them have taught us the ways and methods of other anglers, while others have taught us from their own experiences. This installment of The Writers focuses on a person who taught us from his own experience – a lifelong love of bass fishing and casting. That person is Stan Fagerstrom.

Because Stan Fagerstrom has been associated with bass fishing for over 60 years, his experiences couldn’t be told in a single piece. Therefore, we’ve split up his story into a series that covers important parts of his life. We hope you enjoy reading about one of bass fishing’s most accomplished ambassadors. [Read more…]