Champion Bass Magazine

The premier issue fo Champion Bass, put out by the same publisher of Bass West magazine.

The premier issue fo Champion Bass, put out by the same publisher of Bass West magazine.

Champion BASS magazine is another one of the short-lived bass magazines that many of us hoped would serve as a long-term supplement to the efforts of stalwarts like Bassmaster and In-Fisherman.

Within this issue’s advertisements, founder Ray Crosby made it apparent that he intended this one for mature audiences only: “Due to the advanced information contained in Champion BASS, it is NOT recommended for beginning or amateur bass fishermen,” he wrote. He further stated that he would not cover tournament results or politics, just hard core tournament tactics. Toward that end, he assembled a team including Jay Yelas, Kevin VanDam, Gary Klein, Ken Cook, Shaw Grigsy, Guido Hibdon and David Fritts to serve as regular columnists on the topics of their expertise. Berkley’s Dr. Keith Jones also penned an article under the heading “Bass Biology.” [Read more…]

Roland and Scott – A Cup and a Bunch of Hardware

Roland and Scott Martin having some fun at ICAST. Photo Brenda Serrano.

Roland and Scott Martin having some fun at ICAST. Photo Brenda Serrano.

I look forward to events such as ICAST because it brings everyone together in one setting no matter what trail they fish. At these events I’ve seen Roland Martin and I’ve seen Scott Martin, but rarely have I ever seen them at the same event or if they were, I’d never actually seen them standing together. I’m sure it’s tough on both of them, being pulled in every-which direction due to sponsor obligations, business meetings and signings. 

But this past week in Orlando I, by chance, was able to get the two of them together for a really cool talk.  [Read more…]

The First Family of Bass Boat Legends – Greene Boat and Motor – Part Two

In 1986 the Greene's moved from their second  Main Street location to the location they've been at since 1986.

In 1986 the Greene’s moved from their second Main Street location to the location they’ve been at since 1986.

[Editor’s note: This is Part-Two of the Greene Boat and Motor story. To read Part-One, click here]

In Part One of this series we talked about the beginning of Greene Boat and Motor in the ’20s, the two moves to Main Street, Spindale and the building of a business that has since spanned three generations. In Part two we’ll look at the final move to the current facility, a famous pointing duck, a family tragedy and the resurrection of the business.

Another Move

As the years went on the business got so big they had to move from the humble Main Street address to another property. This time they moved to a 22-acre piece of land and built the current shop – all to Hubert’s specific design requirements.

“When Hubert came home from work he’d pull out his paper and pencil and draw his dream boat shop,” Rose said. “He designed everything about the shop we’ve been in since 1986. He wanted the office area to be the center with wings that extended out from the office area for boat display, service and rigging. He didn’t want to have to walk very far to get to his customers. [Read more…]

The First Family of Bass Boat Legends – Greene Boat and Motor – Part One

Greene's was originally started as a small engine repair business that started in Otto Greene's garage in the 1920s. By 1957 it morphed in Greene's Outboard Motor and Boat Company. The rest of the story is history.

Greene’s was originally started as a small engine repair business that started in Otto Greene’s garage in the 1920s. By 1957 it morphed in Greene’s Outboard Motor and Boat Company. The rest of the story is history.

The headline above may seem a bit out of place in that many people may consider Forrest and Nina Wood the First Family of Bass Boat Legends. Honestly it’s a good argument being that Ranger was one of the first to manufacture contemporary bass boats and the company is still going strong today, although the Woods no longer own the company.

But when it comes down to it, a boat company isn’t worth the fiberglass on the production-line floor without a venue in which to promote, market and sell their product. This is where boat dealerships come into play and you would be hard pressed to find a dealership, then or now, that’s as legendary as Greene Boat and Motor of Spindale, NC. [Read more…]

West vs. East

Western Legend Don Iovino graces the cover of the 1995 September/October issue of Bass West Magazine. 1995 was the first year of publication and this was Volume 1 Number 4.

Western Legend Don Iovino graces the cover of the 1995 September/October issue of Bass West Magazine. 1995 was the first year of publication and this was Volume 1 Number 4.

There’s always been a rivalry between the Western U.S. and the Eastern U.S. when it comes to bass fishing. It’s just a plain hard fact of the sport. Having grown up in the Western U.S. and lived there for nearly 50 years, I experienced it firsthand. It was like nothing “bass fishing” existed east of Oklahoma. Yeah, there were the freak fish caught by David Zimmerlee and Ray Easley in 1973 and 1981 and there was Dee Thomas, Gary Klein and Dave Gliebe who ventured back to the cradle of bass fishing and made names for themselves – but they too were freaks of sort – making an imprint on the scene with heavy line and big rods.

Talk to anyone in the East between the late 1970s and 1990s about Western bass fishing and I’m sure they would say one of two things: 1) They have bass in the West? or 2) They fish with sissy rods and 6-pound line. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Bailey’s Bubble Answer and Winner (April 21, 2014)

Lee Bailey FLW Outdoors.

Lee Bailey FLW Outdoors.

Congratulations to Rob Shaw for winning this week’s Monday Trivia Contest! For the answer, please read below.

Missouri’s Table Rock Lake has been a stopping point for the major tours for decades, with the most recent stop producing Mike McClelland’s seventh B.A.S.S. victory, fourth Elite Series win, and his first since 2008. He compiled 61 pounds 15 ounces of Table Rock bass over four days (nearly a 15 pound 8 ounce average) to claim the crown.

Just under 17 years ago, New Englander Lee Bailey won the Bassmaster Missouri Central Invitational on the Rock, putting together three limits of bass that totaled 47-15, an average just a hair under 16 pounds a day. It marked the sole win of Bailey’s 122 event B.A.S.S. career. He came in 3rd on three occasions, coming closest to winning again in 1999 on the Hudson River when he finished behind winner Woo Daves by a little bit less than 3 pounds. [Read more…]

Kill or be Killed

Mars Safety Swich Company's Kill Switch, circa 1974. Photo from February/March 1974 issue of American Bass Fisherman.

Mars Safety Swich Company’s Kill Switch, circa 1974. Photo from February/March 1974 issue of American Bass Fisherman.

We’ve talked about the development of the kill switch here before on the Bass Fishing Archives. It was invented by a gentleman by the name of Dr. Allen Tomlin in 1973 and he was awarded the patent to the idea in December, 1973.

So, I was a bit surprised when I was looking through the February/March 1974 issue of American Bass Fisherman and saw this ad by the Mars Safety Switch Company out of Greenville, SC. I know the information pipeline back in the early 70s wasn’t what it is today but I would have thought that a patent attorney back then would have been on the ball enough to know that there was a patent pending on an item like this? [Read more…]

Classic VII – BASS Classic Radio Network

BASS Classic Radio Network. September/October issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

BASS Classic Radio Network. September/October issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

I’ve been reading through a bunch of old Bassmaster Magazines lately looking for relevant Classic information to post and ran across this interesting piece of advertising in the September/October 1977 issue of Bassmaster Magazine. Titled “Live From the Bass Masters Classic,” the ad was to not only let would-be Classic followers know that Classic VII was going to be broadcast on the radio, but more importantly let radio stations know they too could host the Bass Masters Classic on their station.

The ’77 BASS Classic Radio Network was obviously the outcome from Classic VI when Scott entitled the use of CB radios for the first time. In Classic VI, each writer/observer who was placed in a boat with the Classic anglers was given a Radio Shack One-Hander 2-way radio in order to not only report up-to-the-minute catches (and losses) back to B.A.S.S. headquarters but to also keep shore-bound spectators up to date and bring excitement to the event. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Not so Bitter Answer and Winner (September 30, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.com

Photo Bassmaster.com

Congratulations to Duke Jenkle for winning this week’s Monday Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! That makes it two weeks in a row we’ve had a winner. For the answers read below.

Eight years after the end of his career with B.A.S.S., Jim Bitter is probably best remembered for a snippet from his lowlight reel – watching the winning fish flop out of his hands at the 1989 Bassmaster Classic on the James River, thereby ceding the title to Hank Parker. That’s unfortunate, because the Florida pro produced results that many other competitors would envy. He totaled nearly $850,000 in B.A.S.S. winnings, qualified for seven Bassmaster Classics and won five events. [Read more…]

Season at a Glance: The 1976 Bassmaster Trail – Part One

Bassmaster Tournament Trail advertisement from 1976. March/April Bassmaster Magazine.

Bassmaster Tournament Trail advertisement from 1976. March/April Bassmaster Magazine.

[Editor’s note: This is Part One of a three-part series on the 1976 Bassmaster tournament trail. Part One will cover the first half of the season, Part Two will cover the second half and Part Three will cover the 1976 Bassmaster Classic. Also to be included are the 1976 Federation Championship and a look into the Classic contenders.]

The announcement of the 1976 Bassmaster Tournament Trail was given first in the November/December issue of Bassmaster Magazine and was touted as being the biggest ever with over $400,000 in prizes – the biggest payout in B.A.S.S. history. To start out, there would be six qualifying tournaments that would feature $50,000 in prizes and money paid out plus another $50,000 dedicated to the Federation and another $50,000 towards the year-end Bassmaster Classic. Extra money would be put towards the Bass Research Foundation to take to 1976 total over the $400K mark. [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…]