For Mann’s, Plenty of Hits But a Few (More) Misses, Too

Mann's Bait Company ad circa 1983.

Mann’s Bait Company ad circa 1983.

A major league baseball player who gets a hit in three out of every ten at bats has a reasonable chance of going to the Hall of Fame. In that regard, maybe we’re too hard on lure designers. Here on Bass Fishing Archives, we might be a little too tough on those who’ve produced short-lived products. In just a few years of existence we’ve cataloged a litany of products that didn’t catch on, generally because they were ill-conceived or didn’t meet a specific need. Frankly, it’s a sport that never grows old, and for which we’ll likely never run out of material. [Read more…]

This Month in Bass Fishing History – September 2014

In 2009 Gary Dobyns won the 2009 US Open on Lake Mead.

In 2009 Gary Dobyns won the 2009 US Open on Lake Mead.

Let’s return to this great concept that Brian started up. Another month, another quick look at the anniversaries of major events:

5 YEARS AGO: Western legend Gary Dobyns won the US Open for the first time at age 50, beating 2014 winner (and now three-time champion) Clifford Pirch by over 3 pounds to take the title after numerous near misses. According to the BassFan report of the event, Dobyns battled nausea and dehydration to take the brass ring with a total catch of 32.91 pounds over three days. His primary tools were a Gary Yamamoto Hula Grub, a Lucky Craft DBS4 and a Lucky Craft Gunfish 95. The boat included as part of the prize package was the 40th that he’d won in competition. [Read more…]

The Original Scrounger – 1976

Scrounger Lures ad from 1976.

Scrounger Lures ad from 1976.

There are a multitude of companies out there today that make a jig head which employs a plastic lip in order to provide movement to the head and trailer. Companies like Davis Bait Company, Kalin, Luck-E-Strike and Sworming Hornet are an example of manufacturers that produce this genre of heads today.

But it all got started in San Marcos, CA back in the early 70s by a company named North American Waters – makers of the Scrounger. Back then the Scrounger was offered in two sizes, 1/8 and 3/8 ounce, and with that you got the bill that they placed on it at the factory. No spares, no different sizes. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – When the “Big G” Wasn’t So Big Answer and Winner (January 20, 2014)

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Photo Bassmaster.com

Unfortunately no one won this week’s trivia contest. One really good guess but this serves to show you that because one good answer is on top, doesn’t mean it’s right.  Keep playing!

What does it take to win a three day bass tournament in the spring on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville?

What if you were allowed a seven fish limit?

Given the lake’s big bass reputation, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to believe that it might take a hundred pounds or more to get the job done. With a five fish limit in the upcoming Bassmaster Classic, many pundits and fans predict that nothing less than 70 pounds will get the job done.

Things weren’t always that way, though. Guntersville’s numbers of bass, and the quality thereof, are attributable largely to the lake’s massive grass beds, and under the Tennessee Valley Authority’s weed reduction program in the early 1990s, the fishery suffered substantially. When George Cochran weighed in 21 bass for just over 55 pounds (approximately a 2 ½ pound average) in the April 1992 Alabama Invitational on Guntersville, the overall weights were disappointing, but not necessarily surprising. It was the second win of his B.A.S.S. career, coming a little less than five years after his first Classic win, when he’d tallied a tad over 15 pounds on the Ohio River to outlast second place finisher Rick Clunn by 2 ½ pounds. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Tidewater Trivia Answer and Winner (October 7, 2013)

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Photo Bassmaster.com

Congrats to Al Hustoski for winning this week’s BFA Trivia Contest.  For the answers read below.

Denny Brauer has won exactly 100 percent of the tour-level events that B.A.S.S. has held on North Carolina’s Neuse and Trent Rivers.

To be precise, he won the 1998 North Carolina Bassmaster Top 100, the only B.A.S.S. tour-level event to occur there. He beat 2nd place finisher Alton Jones by three ounces to earn the $75,000 top prize, which was $42,000 more than Jones took home in cash and merchandise – in other words, $14,000 an ounce. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Missing Persons Answer and Winner (June 24, 2013)

David Wharton. Photo Bassmaster.com

David Wharton. Photo Bassmaster.com

Congratulations to Greg Driskell for winning this week’s Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. For his efforts he won a $25 GYCB e-coupon good for anything on the Yamamoto website. For the answer, please read below.

David Wharton’s win at the 2003 Bassmaster Tour event on Toledo Bend marked the fourth and final victory of his B.A.S.S. career. Sixteen years earlier he’d won a Texas Invitational on his home lake, Sam Rayburn, and he’d notched two subsequent victories on South Carolina’s Lake Murray, before earning this final trophy close to home – even though the 2003 event went out of Louisiana, the big border lake is essentially a sister lake to Rayburn, only about an hour from his home near the banks of Big Sam.

Wharton attributed his victory not only to his general angling skills, but also to his experience on the Bend: “What a lot of people don’t realize is how long I’ve fished Toledo Bend,” he told BassFan shortly thereafter, noting that he’d been “fishing the lake since it was created in the late ’60s. I’ve caught a lot of fish out of that lake. I’ve fished it plenty in rising-water situations so that probably helped me more than anything. Even though I’d never fished in La Nana Creek, I knew what to expect when the water started coming up.” [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Missing Persons (June 24, 2013)

 

 

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David Wharton. Photo Bassmaster.com

[Editor’s Note: In observance of the 4th of July Holiday the Bass Fishing Archives staff will be taking July 4th and 5th off to spend with their families and friends. We will post the answer to the trivia question Thursday, July 4th, but there will be no other feature posted until Monday July 8th.]

David Wharton’s win at the 2003 Bassmaster Tour event on Toledo Bend marked the fourth and final victory of his B.A.S.S. career. Sixteen years earlier he’d won a Texas Invitational on his home lake, Sam Rayburn, and he’d notched two subsequent victories on South Carolina’s Lake Murray, before earning this final trophy close to home – even though the 2003 event went out of Louisiana, the big border lake is essentially a sister lake to Rayburn, only about an hour from his home near the banks of Big Sam.

Wharton attributed his victory not only to his general angling skills, but also to his experience on the Bend: “What a lot of people don’t realize is how long I’ve fished Toledo Bend,” he told BassFan shortly thereafter, noting that he’d been “fishing the lake since it was created in the late ’60s. I’ve caught a lot of fish out of that lake. I’ve fished it plenty in rising-water situations so that probably helped me more than anything. Even though I’d never fished in La Nana Creek, I knew what to expect when the water started coming up.” [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Name That Angler Answer and Winner

Charlie Hartley as a smiling 12-year old with his 6-pounder from Lake Mead. Photo courtesy of Charley Hartley.

Charlie Hartley as a smiling 12-year old with his 6-pounder from Lake Mead. I wonder if he’s standing on his skateboard? Photo courtesy of Charley Hartley.

Congratulations to JWM for winning this week’s trivia contest! For the answers read below.

The angler pictured here was justifiably happy. It was his 12th birthday and he was at Lake Mead, Nevada. His father rented him a boat with a six-horsepower tiller outboard and he used a 6-inch Mann’s curly tailed worm (black with a chartreuse tail) to catch a six-pound largemouth. He couldn’t stop smiling.

This smiling, jean-shorted youth went on to be a smiling, non-jean-shorted tour-level pro.

In order to claim our weekly prize, you need to answer the following three questions: [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Red River Regrets Answer and Winner

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Congratulations to Reggie Calhoun for winning this week’s Trivia Contest! Although Braden and PJ had answers with more info, Reggie had the correct answer – albeit a short concise one –  first. For the answer read below.

Davy Hite won the 2001 Bassmaster Tour event on Lousiana’s Red River with a four day catch of 41-08, enough to outlast second place finisher Guy Eaker by over five pounds.

The victory was Hite’s fifth with B.A.S.S., and second that year. He has since added three more and continues to compete.

While it was only a little over a decade ago, much as changed at B.A.S.S. since that 2001 event. Of the top ten finishers, only Hite and Todd Faircloth compete on the Elite Series today. Between 11th and 20th, Edwin Evers and Mike McClelland are the only other Elite Series holdovers. Others have either died, retired (both voluntarily and involuntarily) or left for the FLW Tour. [Read more…]

International Bass Boats – A Look Into Our Past

A 1960s Bassmaster event or??? Photo Basser Magazine 1986.

Looking at the lead picture one might think they were looking at a picture from an early 1960s bass tournament. Instead, what you’re looking at is a picture taken in 1986 at one of the biggest bass events held in the world – even today – the Japan Cup.

When I first wrote this story a week or so ago I wanted to show what type of boats anglers in other countries use to fish tournaments. Then John Johnson at BassFan beat me to the punch by posting a story about Scott Martin and his trip to China. [Read more…]