The Swedish Ambassadeur

A 1955 Ambassadeur ad from Field and Stream. The ad shows the first company who began importing ABU reels into the United States, Julian A. Wesseler.

A 1955 Ambassadeur ad from Field and Stream. The ad shows the first company who began importing ABU reels into the United States, Julian A. Wesseler.

Here’s an interesting ad I received from bass historian Bill Sonnett a couple months ago. The ad is from 1955 and was placed in a 1955 Field and Stream magazine. What makes the ad interesting is it’s debuting the new Swedish Ambassadeur level wind reel – models 5000 and 6000 – and nowhere in the ad is there any mention of Garcia.

This confused me a bit so I sent off an email to Bill and asked if he knew why there was no mention of Garcia and who Julian A. Wesseler was. Bill directed me to a gentleman who he said, “Has forgotten more about ABU than you and I will ever know combined.”

That man is Fred Ribb. [Read more…]

Not so DAM Quick

Figure 1. DAM Quick 700B Casting Reel circa 1975.

Here’s one for you reel aficionados. DAM Quick Corporation of West Germany (Remember Germany was split?) came out with their Champion casting reel series in the early 70s in order to compete with ABU/Garcia’s Ambassadeur series of reels. The reels were made with the standard German craftsmanship – tough to the bone and very dependable.

The Champion reels, models 700, 700B, 800 and 800B, were so much like the Ambassadeur 4000- and 5000-series reels that it was rumored that certain parts could be interchanged between the two. I never tried so I can’t vouch for that. [Read more…]

Flippin’: A Concept. Not Just a Technique – Part Two

Dee Thomas congratulates Gary Klein on his first Bassmaster win at Lake Powell in 1979. Klein won the event flipping. Photo Bass Master Magazine July/August, 1979 Issue.

This is part two of a three-part series on the concept of flipping and the effect it had on the sport. In this installment, we talked with Gary Klein and Basil Bacon about their involvement with the early years of the technique. Click to read Part One and Part Three.

 

In part one of this piece, Dave Myers talked about the three factors that came together to form the concept of Flippin’. He also talked about how an angler could thoroughly pick apart a shoreline in half the time it’d take an angler using conventional methods.

For part two, I had the pleasure of interviewing two other anglers who took the ground rules developed by Thomas and added considerably to its foundation. Gary Klein and Basil Bacon both played pivotal roles in the progression of flipping and the way anglers approach shallow targets today

These two anglers not only helped flipping progress, they helped design new equipment, terminal tackle and baits to increase the effectiveness of the technique. [Read more…]