Old Bass Boats – 1978 Part 2

1978 FishMaster ad featuring the "18" Pro Bass Missile.

1978 FishMaster ad featuring the “18” Pro Bass Missile.

In Tuesday’s installment of Old Bass Boats (click here to see Part 1), we covered the tournament organization boats, namely American Bass Fisherman, American Angler, Bassmaster, Bass Casters Association and National Bass Association. Out of those five organizations, we covered nine different boats and five different manufacturers. It’s hard to believe that only a couple years before this, there was only one tournament organization, B.A.S.S., who offered its members boats. [Read more…]

Old Bass Boats – 1977 Part 1

1977 Terry Bass Boat Ad.

1977 Terry Bass Boat Ad.

In this installment of Old Bass Boats, we again have to split the piece into multiple parts due to the volume of bass boat manufacturers now placing ads in bass magazines. As stated in the last installment, Old Bass Boats – 1976 Part 1, the 1975 ad campaign saw 16 manufacturers advertising their goods. In 1976 that number jumped up to 26 and this year that number jumped to a staggering 38 companies placing ads in bass magazines. What is truly amazing about that number is that was not all the companies out there who were making bass boats. [Read more…]

Old Bass Boats – 1976 Part 2

Glastron Boats ad from 1976.

Glastron Boats ad from 1976.

Last Friday we posted Old Bass Boats – 1976 Part 1 starting with Arrow Glass and ending with Glastron. As promised then, today we’re finishing up the ‘76 year with H (Holiday) through X (X-Calibur) – two boats I’ve never heard of by the way. As you probably noticed from Part 1, the boats of this year class were shifting drastically to high-performance machines constructed with lifting pads and even space-age materials like Kevlar. On top of that, more and more creature comforts and much-needed instrumentation was becoming standard on all brands. These years, 1975 through 1977, were the genesis of the boats we fish out of today.

So, without wasting any more time, here they are. [Read more…]

Old Bass Boats – 1976 Part 1

 

Roughneck Bass Boat ad from a 1976 issue BCA Lunker Hole magazine.

Roughneck Bass Boat ad from a 1976 issue BCA Lunker Hole magazine.

So far we’ve covered Old Boat Ads from 1970 through 1975 and a smattering of older years where information was available. For the last article, Old Bass Boats – 1975, there were 16 boat manufacturers who advertised in the various magazines I could locate. In 1976, where my magazine collection really starts to become deep with respect to magazines other than Bassmaster, the number of boat manufacturers advertising jumped to 26, almost a 65 percent increase.

With this, 9 companies new to advertising their product in the major magazines started showing off their wares. These new companies were Baretta, Delta Pro, Fish Master, Holiday, MFG, Raider, Roughneck, Stryker, and X-Calibur. [Read more…]