Monday Trivia – The Buck Stops at Truman (June 16, 2014)

Truman parkerJust 11 months after winning the 1988 Missouri Invitational, Hank Parker won the 1989 Bassmaster Classic on the James River and effectively retired from life as a touring pro, competing in just seven subsequent B.A.S.S. events. Those seven events included the subsequent Classic and three “SuperStars” events, in which he twice finished as the runner-up.

Accordingly, the 1988 tournament on Truman Reservoir was the last of Parker’s regular season victories. Fittingly given his superstar profile, he won it by more than 12 pounds over his nearest competitor, home-state angler Stacey King. In fact, Parker could have won without getting out of bed on Day Three, which was lucky because he only boxed two fish on the final day. His limit weighing 19-15 on Day One would’ve carried him to a top 25 finish even if he’d skipped the second and third days. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – The Anti-Bubba (October 14, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.com

Photo Bassmaster.comGary

Gary Klein has resided in Texas longer than many Bass Fishing Archives readers have been alive, so it’s easy to forget that his roots were in California. Specifically, he developed his skills early on at Lake Oroville, a typical deep western impoundment.

By the time his 30th birthday rolled around, he’d already won two B.A.S.S. tournaments, the 1979 Arizona Invitational on Lake Powell and the 1985 Georgia Invitational on Lake Lanier. The former, of course, is a western impoundment and the latter, with its deep clear water and spotted bass fishery, behaves like a western lake in many ways. In both cases he outlasted a legend of the sport to claim the victory – Bill Dance in Arizona and then Hank Parker in Georgia. [Read more…]

The Making of Stars – The Hibdons

The 1978 BCA Lake of the Ozarks Top 5. Guido Hibdon (winner) and Basil Bacon (3rd-place). Photo November/December issue of BCA The Lunker Hole.

The 1978 BCA Lake of the Ozarks Top 5. Guido Hibdon (winner) and Basil Bacon (3rd-place). Photo November/December issue of BCA The Lunker Hole.

Earlier this week I posted a piece where I credited a friend of mine, Clyde Drury with sending me some magazines. In that piece I talked about him sending me some Bass Caster’s Association magazines called ‘the Lunker Hole.” In a previously written piece here I’d also mentioned the magazine and asked if anyone here had ever heard of or even had subscribed.

Well, Clyde was kind enough to send me a year’s worth of them and so far they’ve turned out to be pretty cool. Right now I have the November/December 1978 through November/December 1979 issues – seven in all – and we’ll be featuring a number of pieces from them in the near future.

In the meantime I’d like to share with you a couple of pictures I found in the Lake of the Ozarks tournament report from the Nov/Dec 1978 issue. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Folkestad’s Florida Folly Answer and Winner (August 5, 2013)

Mike Folkestad and Ray Scott talk at the 1992 Florida Invitational event. Photo mikefolkestad.blogspot.com.

Mike Folkestad and Ray Scott talk at the 1992 Florida Invitational event. Photo mikefolkestad.blogspot.com.

Well it took four weeks but we finally have a winner! Congratulations to  Al Hustosky for winning this week’s Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For his efforts he won a $25 e-coupon good for anything on the GYCB website. Monday we’ll have another trivia question for you. For the answers to this week’s questions read below.

The 1992 Bassmaster Florida Invitational  was California pro Mike Folkestad’s lone win with B.A.S.S. in 60 tries. The western legend, who was formally inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame earlier this year, finished in the top 10 on seven other occasions, including a second-place near miss at the 1997 Arizona Western Invitational on Lake Powell. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Folkestad’s Florida Folly (August 5, 2013)

Mike Folkestad and Ray Scott at the 1992 Florida Invitational. Photo mikefolkestad.blogspot.com.

Mike Folkestad and Ray Scott at the 1992 Florida Invitational. Photo mikefolkestad.blogspot.com.

The 1992 Bassmaster Florida Invitational was California pro Mike Folkestad’s lone win with B.A.S.S. in 60 tries. The western legend, who was formally inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame earlier this year, finished in the top 10 on seven other occasions, including a second-place near miss at the 1997 Arizona Western Invitational on Lake Powell.

To some extent, Folkestad’s moment of glory was overshadowed by the overarching negative story about the Harris Chain. The chain of lakes, which had been highly productive previously and would rebound in the future, provided an absolutely miserable tournament experience that January. Folkestad’s three day, 12 fish winning weight of 14-10 (fishing a seven-fish limit) was the primary evidence of the chain’s problems. It was the lowest three-day winning weight in B.A.S.S. history until Kevin VanDam won the 2005 Bassmaster Classic on Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers with 12-15. [Read more…]

Possibly The First Black Bass Association

Bronze Back Guide pulished by Western Bass Club INC in 1968 6th Edition.

Bronze Back Guide published by Western Bass Club INC in 1968 6th Edition.

A few weeks ago after we posted the review of Lunkers Love Nightcrawlers we received a comment from reader Clyde Drury. I wrote him a letter thanking him for his kind words and since then we’ve been corresponding via email. For those of you who don’t know Clyde, he’s a bass fishing historian and has probably the largest library associated with bass fishing ever assembled. He’s also written a number of books on the subject and has written forewords and reviews of nearly every book ever published on the subject.

A couple of weeks ago we posted a piece on Jason Lucas entitled “Finding Bass – a la Lucas” and Clyde again made a comment on the article. In that piece he mentioned a book that I didn’t know of so I emailed him to get more information about it. In our conversation Clyde said he had an extra copy and he would send it to me. Well, on Monday of this week I received a box in the mail from across the country. The box was far too big for just one book and when I opened it up there were 18 books in it along with a letter. [Read more…]

The 1970 Bassmaster Angler of the Year

Harold Sharp[Editor’s Note: This is Harold Sharp’s recollections of how the first Bassmaster Angler of the Year was awarded in 1970. There are a lot of questions surrounding it due to the fact that there was no actual race and if based on points (or pounds) Roland Martin would have won.]

There are some question as to when and where the B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year started. Here’s how I remember it.

The year was 1970 and B.A.S.S. tournaments were scored on a point system based on X number of points per ounce of bass weighed in. This point system was used by Ray Scott in his first tournament at Beaver Lake and I believe the points were used because the score looked better on the scoreboard. [Read more…]

Season at a Glance: 1970 Bassmaster Trial – Part One

Headline in the Spring 1970 Bassmaster issue describing rookie angler Roland Martin.

Headline in the Spring 1970 Bassmaster issue describing rookie angler Roland Martin.

Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series on the 1970 Bassmaster Tournament Trail. Part one will cover the first three events of the season while part two will cover the last four events. Because there was no Bassmaster Classic this year, there will be no part three.

The 1970 Bassmaster Trail was the third full year of Bassmaster tournament competition and would be the year of a number of firsts. To start off it was the year where the Bassmaster Angler of the Year would begin, an award that would be presented to the most consistent angler on the trail for the entire season. Although this award, at the time, didn’t offer much more than bragging rights and a nice piece of hardware, it’s become arguably the most-cherished award on any tour.

The second thing to happen was it would be the first year where a single angler would win three events in the season. For those of you that know your history, I’m sure you can figure that one out pretty easily but for those of you who either don’t remember or just don’t know, I’ll save it for later. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Name That Angler Answer and Winner (April 8, 2013)

Youth Trivia PicCongratulations to Chris Harvey for winning this week’s Trivia Contest (his third!) sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Read below for the answers.

The subject of this week’s trivia contest looks like his local lake could’ve used a little bit of rain to bring the water level up. Nevertheless, he persevered and got to pose for the camera. Since turning pro, his rapid ascent has led him to be photographed holding big fish again and again.

To win, you’ll need to answer the following three questions: [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Name That Angler Answer and Winner

A young 13-year-old Randy Howell.

A young 13-year-old Randy Howell. Photo Robin Howell.

Congratulations to JWM for correctly answering this week’s trivia contest! Although we didn’t expect it, he even got the sponsorship question right! Even Randy’s wife didn’t think anyone would get that answer! Great job JWM. For the complete answer and a little history on Randy Howell, read below.

Look carefully at the picture above. The angler in question has experienced success on both the B.A.S.S. and FLW Tours. In order to win, you’ll need to answer the following three questions:

1)      Who is the angler seen in the picture?

2)      What popular tournament lake was his home base as a teenager?

3)      What company was his first title sponsor?

We recognize that Question #3 is a tough one, so if no one answers it correctly by the time the contest closes, we’ll award the prize to the first participant who answered #1 and #2 correctly. [Read more…]

Classic Memorabilia — Filet O Fish?

Photo Pete Robbins

Over the years, B.A.S.S. has presented the Classic media brigade with a wide variety of souvenirs and knick-knacks, primarily but not exclusively fishing-related. Usually these came from sponsors, so any time you see a portly writer in an ill-fitting Ranger/Triton/Berkley/Mercury t-shirt, toting a floating key chain or drinking from a mini bottle of Evan Williams, there’s a chance he picked it up at the most recent world championship. Those who go back a long ways might even sport a pair of B.A.S.S.-provided Wranger fishing jeans.

The swag isn’t entirely from B.A.S.S. sponsors, though. Sometimes the host city, which has no doubt paid a pretty penny to bring the event to their waterway, will try to get in on the act. In Shreveport we got aprons and briefcases from the Chamber of Commerce. In New Orleans we got Mardi Gras beads (believe me, you don’t want to see 99% of the outdoor media lifting their shirts). [Read more…]

The Writers: Stan Fagerstrom – Part Six

Stan Fagerstrom poses with Kirby – his co-star. Photo courtesy of Stan Fagerstrom.

Editor’s Note: This is the final part of the series on Stan Fagerstrom’s life as a writer and international casting expert. In part five, Stan talked about his experiences in Brazil, New Zealand and a couple of incidents he had doing shows in the U.S. In this part he talks about a couple of funny experiences he’s had over the years, his opinion of the sport today and he also talks about what he feels are his most important contributions. To read other parts of this story, click on the appropriate links. Part one, part two, part three, part four, part five.

A Cup of Beer and a Chimp

Stan will tell you however that he’s had his good moments along with the bad.  He detailed one of them for me. [Read more…]