Again, technology has replaced that old bygone era of accumulating every tackle and marine manufacturers’ patches and having your wife (or mom) sew them to every square inch of exposed cloth on your fishing clothes. Today’s die-sublimated “jerseys” take all the fun and character out of pimping the tackle you wish you were paid to use – you surely didn’t get paid for it back then unless your named ended in Martin, Dance or Mann.
Still, there were other types of patches that the bass angler wanted or coveted. For example, my first bass club used to give patches away for 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place tournament finishes and also for the AOY award that we all so willingly had our wives (mom) sew on our club jackets. It gave us all a feeling of accomplishment and when you went to a club-on-club event, it let them know who the big swinging…..best anglers were. It was fun and brought us all together in a patchy sort of way. [Read more…]