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…]
This past weekend I was invited to an event in Florence, AL by former Elite Series angler Jimmy Mason. The event was to be held Friday night and would feature Alabama fishing greats, Bill Huntley, Ray Gresham and Tom Smith. The trio, sitting at the head of a conference room in the Florence, AL Visitor’s Center, told stories of the old days of fishing in Alabama and on the Tennessee River impoundments. It was an awesome meeting and soon we’ll be posting some of those stories here in the Bass Fishing Archives – after we get done with the editing. [Read more…]
Are the larger lures you’ve got in your tackle box your best bet for taking big bass?
My own fishing for a generous chunk of the past century tells me they are. As I mentioned in my previous column, this certainly isn’t “always” going to happen. But neither is almost anything else associated with putting bass in the boat.
If you read that previous column you’re also aware that I mentioned the old Bomber Waterdog being one of my big baits that produced some big bass. It didn’t happen, however, just the way that bait came out of the box. [Read more…]
In this video post, Elite Series angler Stephen Browning talks about his 1996 Red Man All-American win on the Arkansas River. He looks back on the event, one that was held essentially in his backyard.
Local knowledge has a history of killing locals in big events like the Bassmaster Classic or FLW Cup. But Browning used his history with the river and knowledge of a pattern that still works at that time of year today as well as it did back then and before. [Read more…]
In today’s video feature Mark Menendez talks about how he got his start in competitive bass fishing on the Operation Bass circuit. He remembers the two gentlemen that got him started, how his entry fees the first year were partially paid, practicing out of a 16-foot aluminum boat then jumping into another angler’s glass boat – an angler usually a lot older than him – and having to convince them he was on fish. [Read more…]
I know this is a fishing site but this is a story I’ve wanted to do for a long time – one that actually involves fishing in a couple ways. I’m not sure if you remember back to the year 2003 when ESPN ran the “Survivor-type” wilderness show Wild Rules. The show only lasted one season – when for former owner of BASS was testing the waters with outdoors-style shows. [Read more…]
The controversy and allegations that flipping were just forms of doodle socking have been around since Dee Thomas won the 1975 Arkansas Invitational on Bull Shoals Lake. The short-line may have looked like doodle socking to the untrained eye but it was more of a system than doodle socking ever dreamed of being.
The interesting fact of the matter is that Thomas, who invented his technique, was a died-in-the-wool doodle-socker until his tournament competition made him move from his 12-foot Lew’s Hawg Hauler rods to something shorter. It was this, maybe, unwanted rule change that led him to develop one of the most widely used techniques in bass fishing history. [Read more…]
We only had one person attempt this week’s Monday Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Although he got the first three questions right, he missed the last one. We tried to determine if the answer given was in any way attached to the correct answer but couldn’t find any evidence of such. Come back again next Monday for the next round of Monday Trivia. For the answers, please read below.
Forty-two year old Danny Kirk could only manage 8 pounds 5 ounces of Kissimmee Chain bass during the January 1999 Florida Bassmaster Top 150 event, but it was enough to outlast Florida stalwarts Shaw Grigsby and Terry Segraves for the win. He beat them both by a margin of 7 ounces, which translated into a difference of over $60,000 in cash and merchandise. [Read more…]
Forty-two year old Danny Kirk could only manage 8 pounds 5 ounces of Kissimmee Chain bass during the January 1999 Florida Bassmaster Top 150 event, but it was enough to outlast Florida stalwarts Shaw Grigsby and Terry Segraves for the win. He beat them both by a margin of 7 ounces, which translated into a difference of over $60,000 in cash and merchandise.
He put together four limits that totaled 41-pounds even, a winning catch far below what most fans would’ve expected. It was the directly result of temperatures in the 20s that plagued Florida in early January, along with fronts that continued into the tournament. [Read more…]
In 1973, the Bassmaster record for big fish was set by Bob Tyndall with a 12-13 largemouth taken from the Rodman Pool in the Florida Invitational held on the St John’s River. That record stood for just over 24 years and was a record many probably thought would never be broken.
Well, as with most records, it was finally broken in 1997 at Lake Richland-Chambers in Texas during the 1997 Megabucks event. The angler to finally break the record was Bassmaster Tour pro, Mark Menendez. [Read more…]
Here’s a scenario. You’ve spent 3 days practicing for an event and have located a number of good spots that are holding fish. The first day of the event starts and you head to your best spot, an offshore ledge that only yesterday was holding what you think are the winning fish. As you approach the spot, you see another angler sitting smack dab on your area. Within 15 minutes another four boats come in and drop their trolling motors. What you thought was an area you’d have all to yourself has just turned into a “new” community hole. [Read more…]