The Gray Lady Talks Bass

NYTLast May, we discussed coverage of tournament bass fishing in Sports Illustrated and linked to a few examples of that magazine’s profiles of the bass scene.

SI isn’t the only mainstream pub to publish pieces about our sport. Indeed, many of the biggest names in the publishing world have given ink to BASS, FLW and others.

Here are some examples from one of the most influential of all, the New York Times, the same newspaper to which the first President Bush mentioned that Bassmaster is his favorite magazine: [Read more…]

A Look Back at 2012 Part One

Dee Thomas, father of flipping, wins another event with the long rod - this time Lake Havasu in 1977.

Dee Thomas, father of flipping, wins another event with the long rod – this time Lake Havasu in 1977.

On March 5, 2012 the Bass Fishing Archives became a real entity. None of us here knew if it would become a success or not – frankly we didn’t care. All we cared about was documenting the history of the sport so it wouldn’t be forgotten. In these last 9 months, it’s become obvious to us that there are a lot of you out there too that hold the history of bass fishing in high regard. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t visit the site.

So this week through January 2, 2013 we’re gonna post some of the top stories on the Bass Fishing Archives. These are the stories that received the most reader views over the last 12 months. We hope you enjoy them and we’ll see you on January 2 with a bunch of new stuff! [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – In Dispute Answer and Winner

Photo Bassmaster.com

Congratulations to Rod Yoder for winning the Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest with his correct answer! Read below for the answer.

 

Aaron Martens took home the champion’s trophy after the 2009 Bassmaster Elite Series Southern Challenge on Lake Guntersville. He was the top dog among four anglers who topped the century mark that week, beating runner-up Skeet Reese by a little over 3 pounds. Had Reese prevailed, he might now be known as the king of the Big G, since he won the following year’s tournament there with another 100-pound-plus catch.

While Martens earned the hardware, the big headlines at this event were caused by someone who finished outside of the money. In fact, the angler in question earned just a little more than $150,000 over 57 career events at BASS, finishing in the top ten on two occasions. The Big G was his last event with the circuit, though.

Do you remember what the fuss was about? [Read more…]

ScoreScorecard Snapshot – In Dispute

Photo Bassmaster.com

Aaron Martens took home the champion’s trophy after the 2009 Bassmaster Elite Series Southern Challenge on Lake Guntersville. He was the top dog among four anglers who topped the century mark that week, beating runner-up Skeet Reese by a little over 3 pounds. Had Reese prevailed, he might now be known as the king of the Big G, since he won the following year’s tournament there with another 100-pound-plus catch.

While Martens earned the hardware, the big headlines at this event were caused by someone who finished outside of the money. In fact, the angler in question earned just a little more than $150,000 over 57 career events at BASS, finishing in the top ten on two occasions. The Big G was his last event with the circuit, though.

Do you remember what the fuss was about?

The answer will be revealed Thursday, July 12th around 9:00 AM eastern time.

 

A Star is Born

Photo courtesy of Craig Sutherland ABA Newsletter June 1989.

We’ve all heard the slogan, “Take a Kid Fishing.” Well, that’s what this story is about. It’s about a mother taking her son fishing and you’ll figure out what happened next.

First, though, an old friend and fellow competitor, Dennis Taylor, recently sent me a bunch of old southern California magazines and papers. While thumbing through them, a lot of old memories flooded back into my mind of anglers I used to compete against and the fun we had on the water and off. Then, I noticed something I hadn’t forgotten – more so it was something I hadn’t thought about in a long time. The year was 1989 and I wasn’t fishing competitively anymore due to school but I was still entrenched in what was going on. [Read more…]

SoCal Sticks of the Past – Dick Trask

Dick Trask holding his big fish award for the West Coast Bass Tournament Organization’s San Antonio tournament. He paired with Scott Gantz and also took first place.

“I learned so much from him – he had a lot of influence on my fishing. His offshore techniques taught me a lot and I’m sure the way he held on a spot had an effect on the way I do things today. I wish I could have fished with him more.”  2005 BASS Angler of the Year, Aaron Martens.

[Editor’s Note] I originally authored this article for Bass West USA in 2007. I would like to thank them for allowing me to reprint it in full here on the Bass Fishing Archives. For those who will argue that using a split-shot in front of a worm was invented long before the early 70s, you are correct. The specific technique in which Dick Trask developed along with the dart-head technique were solely his.

 

It isn’t often a person comes along and changes the status-quo in bass fishing. People such as Dee Thomas, Buck Perry, Billy Westmorland, Charlie Brewer and Ray Scott have all made major contributions to the world of bass fishing and without them, the sport as we know it today, wouldn’t exist. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Lure of the Rising Sun

A bevy of BASS winners past and future fished the 1998 Bassmaster New Mexico Western Invitational on Elephant Butte Reservoir. Included among their ranks were Ish Monroe (4th), Skeet Reese (11th), Mike Reynolds (21st), Aaron Martens (25th), Mike Folkestad (T31st ), John Murray (42nd), Byron Velvick (53rd), James Niggemeyer (90th) and Robert Lee (T135th). The field was also full of western studs like Larry Hopper, Gary Yamamoto, Bill Siementel, Greg Hines, Rich Tauber and Don Iovino.

Despite the fact that it was a stacked field, this was one of the rare Bassmaster tournaments where a local won. On a stingy lake that produced only five cumulative catches over 20 pounds in the course of three days, Elephant Butte, NM resident Dennis Hoy claimed the crown, beating runner-up Rich Iannolo by over four pounds.

It was Hoy’s only Top 20 finish with BASS, but it was significant to the history of tournament fishing for another reason. Do you know what it was? [Read more…]

New Products 1976

New Products from the Fall 1976 Western Bass Magazine

Reading the Fall 1976 issue of Western Bass Magazine I came across the “New Products” section and found some interesting stuff – historically speaking. First off, look at the left page, upper center. You see one of the first glimpses of the Original Scrounger – the bait that Aaron Martens brought back to life a few years ago. These things were awesome when it came to fishing the saltwater back bays and they even worked for bass. The only problem with them back then, and it was a big problem, was the hooks really stunk. Heavy-wire cadmium-plated hooks that were short-shanked and narrow gaped. Not the best quality in a bass hook. [Read more…]