Let’s Look Back: Good Casting’s Still the Key – Part 2

There's a casting weight inside this plastic skirt. Once I learned how to putt this weight right where I wanted it to go, demonstrating that skill took me to a lot of different sports around the world. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

There’s a casting weight inside this plastic skirt. Once I learned how to put this weight right where I wanted it to go, demonstrating that skill took me to a lot of different sports shows around the world. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

I was really excited to have a chance to go to the big outdoor show in Los Angeles.  If you read my previous column this was back in 1952.  I had been asked to demonstrate the new Ambassadeur 5000 casting reels that were just being brought into the country.

Now I thought I was pretty good with a bait casting outfit when I headed for Los Angeles.  I found out in a hurry I wasn’t nearly as good as I thought.

My current columns on casting are designed with one purpose – to help you become a better caster.

You know, it’s a funny thing.  In this country we accept practice as a part of almost every kind of participant recreation.  If you’ll ponder that statement for a moment you’ll realize it’s true.  We practice so hard for football, baseball or basketball.  We practice bowling before league play starts.

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Let’s Look Back: Good Casting is Still the Key – Part 1

For several years they used to hang a big balloon on ribbons in front of the auditorium where the Bassmasters Classic was being held.  Nobody got to go in until I cast and busted the balloon.  Here's what happened at the exact time I nailed it.  Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

For several years they used to hang a big balloon on ribbons in front of the auditorium where the Bassmasters Classic was being held. Nobody got to go in until I cast and busted the balloon. Here’s what happened at the exact time I nailed it. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

It’s easy to recall the first time I talked to Terry Battisti about the possibility of me doing a column for his then new Bass Fishing Archives.

Our visit was in the early days of this website not too long after Terry had founded the BFA (Bass Fishing Archives) and got things going.  I was amazed at a guy his age could have the tremendous amount of bass fishing history he packs around in his head. [Read more…]

Swedish Record Ambassadeur – 1954

Swedish Record Ambassadeur 5000 ad from June 1954. From The Fisherman magazine.

Swedish Record Ambassadeur 5000 ad from June 1954. From The Fisherman magazine.

About a year ago we posted a piece regarding an old Ambasadeur 5000/6000 ad from 1955 and the fact that Garcia wasn’t mentioned anywhere. I contacted Bill Sonnett, who sent me the ad in the first place, and asked him what the deal was and who exactly was Julian A. Wesseler. He sent me to one of the ABU experts of the world, Fred Ribb, who explained to me that although Garcia was given the first shot at representing ABU in the U.S. in 1954, they balked at the chance and Julian Wesseler became the first rep in the states.

Well, tonight as I was reading through a stack of early 1950s The Fisherman magazines, I found not only an early ad but an actual write-up by Art Hutt on the new Swedish Ambassadeur. [Read more…]

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…]

The Writers: Stan Fagerstrom – Part Three

Fagerstrom sits with some children interested in learning how to cast. Photo courtesy of Stan Fagerstrom.

In Parts One and Two Stan talked about his early life, his time in the U.S. Army during World War II, his early writing, the first Bassmaster Classic, and various folks he met in the industry who had an impact on his life as an outdoor figure. In Part Three, Stan will cover how he got into trick casting and how it changed his life.

From Writing to Casting

Although Fagerstrom is an award-winning outdoor writer whose bylines have appeared in most of the bass magazines known to the industry, he’s every bit as well known in another area of the sport – casting. He’s internationally recognized as a casting expert with a variety of rods and reels and during my interview with him, I asked him how this came about. Here’s what he had to say about his experiences casting. [Read more…]