Categorizing Crankbait Depths

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Bagley crankbaits, photo credit R. Yoder Graphics

The bassin’ world has seen its share of crankbait crazes, usually tied to an approximate depth range that a “hot” bait will run. For example, we seem to have recently come out of a shallow phase with the popularity of squarebills, and are now re-entering a deepwater phase with baits like the 6XD and 10XD, especially with “ledge events” being held during the summer. From a historical perspective, everybody surely remembers the ‘kneel and reel’ period made famous by Paul Elias, as well as the David Fritts deep crankbait era. Somewhere in there was the popularity of shallow runners such as the Mann’s 1-, or the Rat-L-Trap. Some lasted longer than others, but in each case, a series of events would make one style of bait the most popular way of cranking at the time. [Read more...]

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

Truman parker 228x300 Monday Trivia – The Buck Stops at Truman (June 16, 2014)Just 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...]

American Angler’s Tackle Selection 1979

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American Angler also tried to get into the fishing tackle sales business in the 70s. They weren’t that successful.

Last Friday we ran a feature on The Outhouse, B.A.S.S.’s mail-order tackle shop, that was in business from the mid-‘70s through maybe the mid-‘80s. This week we’re going to cover another one of the magazine tackle shops, this time American Angler’s Selection.

By the late 70s, the success of Johnny Morris’ Bass Pro Shops was obvious – so obvious that nearly every magazine publisher in bass fishing was getting into the mail-order tackle business. John Fox’s American Angler was another of the organizations to open shop.

In each of their magazines of the day they had a four to five page section devoted to their shop with tackle for the season. The problem with American Angler’s tackle was they didn’t sell too many “name brand” manufacturers gear and when they did, it was generally the cheap stuff. [Read more...]

The Outhouse by the Bass Anglers Sportsmans Society

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1977 ad for The Outhouse offering those interested in starting a franchise. Only $75K in investment money and a greater than 50K population required.

Over the course of time here we’ve posted a few stories about tackle shops and their successes and/or failures. For example, we posted a couple of stories on Ma-n-Pa shops and how they used to be the glue that held local anglers together in their community and how they’ve all but disappeared.

We’ve also posted some pieces on Johnny Morris and the early years of his now world-famous Bass Pro Shops, born from a $10,000 loan from his father and a corner in his liquor store, the Brown Derby. His success, started in the early 70s, grew by leaps and bounds within the first few years when, in 1974 he printed his first real mail order catalog of around 200 pages. By 1976 he was advertising in any and every outdoors magazine and even selling pre-rigged aluminum bass boats. Bass Pro Shops these days is a Fortune 100 company and a worldwide heavy hitter in the outdoor industry. [Read more...]

Hubert Greene’s Coveralls – 1973 to 1980

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Hubert Greene’s Coveralls. Courtesy of the Greene family.

A couple weeks ago we posted part one of this story on Hubert Greene’s coveralls and the many patches it sported. Too many, in fact, to be displayed in one post here. What I failed to mention was not only did Hubert have the patches from his pair of coveralls but also as many or more in a tray that is now located in his son Andy’s office. Therefore as I prepared to write today’s post, I realized that there was no way I would be able to incorporate all of them in what I thought might be the final in a two-part series.

What we have today is part two of what will be a three-parter – this time concentrating on Hubert’s patches from 1973 through 1980. In Part One of this series, most of the patches were from organizations other than B.A.S.S. This time, most of them are from B.A.S.S. with only four out of 26 being from another organization. [Read more...]

Can’t Get Under the Cover, Skip It Then

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One of the first Skipping articles published in 1982 in Pro Bass Magazine.

The technique of skipping a bait under docks, limbs and any other overhanging cover isn’t something that only the pros do today, it’s a technique that’s mastered by every single bass angler serious about their trade. Just search the internet for “skipping a jig” and volumes of articles and YouTube videos will flood your screen.

This wasn’t the case some 30 years ago as few anglers, even amongst the pro ranks, utilized the casting method – or even knew about it.

You don’t get many things past your non-boaters or the press, especially when you win a major event like the Bassmaster Florida Invitational. [Read more...]