Before They Were – Byron Velvick

A 1993 Byron Velvick talking about not getting in a rut. American Bass Association 1993.

A 1993 Byron Velvick talking about not getting in a rut. American Bass Association 1993.

You can’t imagine how big my library here at BFA Central is and to be honest, neither can I. That’s why when I pick up any old magazine or newsletter I sometimes run into the problem of what to write about. This was the case today as I found myself running through old American Bass Association (the west coast version) newsletters. Between the tournament pics and various write-ups I didn’t have any idea what to talk about as the possibilities seemed endless.

That was until I ran across this cameo article appearance by a young Byron Velvick. [Read more…]

What’s a Raised Flipping Deck?

January 1990 Pro Deck Ad.

January 1990 Pro Deck Ad.

Here’s an interesting ad I found in the January 1990 American Bass Association’s (the California-based ABA that started circa 1986 or so) newsletter. For those of you reading who have only been bass fishing for the last 20 years, this may seem a bit confusing, though.

The ad states Pro Deck will not only raise the height of your deck for better flipping but also add under-deck storage and even extend the deck back towards the consoles. At the time of this ad most of the bass boat manufacturers didn’t have flipping decks in their boats. What is a standard deck today is the work of a number of crafty anglers throughout the U.S. who  actually built their own deck extensions over the existing small decks on their boats at the time. [Read more…]

Rich Tauber’s BASS CHAMPS – The First Bass Fishing Computer Game

BASS CHAMPS Computerized Video Game Ad May 1989 issue of American Bass Association newsletter.

Scanning over a 1989 issue of American Bass Association’s (that’s the southern Cal version of ABA, folks) newsletter I ran across this little product – the Rich Tauber’s Bass Champs computer video game.

The game, developed by Shadowfax Software Inc. of Orange, California, claims to have brought bass fishing into the “computer age” with the development of the software and, from what I remember at the time, was actually the first in a long line of computerized bass games to make it to the industry. [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…]