Season at a Glance: 1978 Bassmaster Trail – Part Four

Alabama not only broke the combined weight record for a Federation Championship, they won an unprecedented back-to-back victory. Photo February 1979 issue of Bassmaster magazine.

Alabama not only broke the combined weight record for a Federation Championship, they won an unprecedented back-to-back victory. Photo February 1979 issue of Bassmaster magazine.

[Editor’s note: This is Part Four of a six-part series on the 1978 Bassmaster Trail. Click the following links to read Part One, Part Two and Part Three.]

So far we’ve covered the six Bassmaster Classic qualifying events for the 1978 Bassmaster Tournament Trail along with the mid-season Bass Champs event. Today we’re looking at the 1978 Bassmaster Federation Championship, which was held on Lake Eufaula, AL, in August, 1978.

Up to this time no state team had won back-to-back championships, although the Tennessee team had won twice, the inaugural event in 1973 and again in 1976. Other winners had been Missouri (1974), Louisiana (1975) and Alabama (1977). [Read more…]

Season at a Glance: 1978 Bassmaster Trail – Part Two

Larry Nixon, in his second season of Bassmaster competition was proving he was th real deal. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Larry Nixon, in his second season of Bassmaster competition was proving he was th real deal. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

[Editor’s note: This is Part Two of a six-part series on the 1978 Bassmaster Trail. Over the course of the next two weeks we’ll cover the 1978 season, the Classic qualifiers and the 1978 Bassmaster Classic. To read Part One, click here.]

The first Bass Champs event was held in 1977 and pitted the top 10 from the previous Bassmaster Classic against 10 of the top anglers (2nd through 11th) from the B.A.S.S. Federation Championship – the 1st-place angler would go to the Bassmaster Classic. It was an event that didn’t count for much – there were no points towards AOY or Classic qualification – other than a decent pay day for the winner through 10th place and the thrill provided the amateurs of fishing against the toughest pros in competitive bass fishing. [Read more…]

Spinnerbaits 1977

Doc Moorehead's Floozy spinnerbait with a plastic curl-tail skirt. This skirt, which came out before Mister Twister's rendition, resulted in a law suit.

Doc Moorehead’s Floozy spinnerbait with a plastic curl-tail skirt. This skirt, which came out before Mister Twister’s rendition, resulted in a law suit.

After four days of Classic coverage we’re back home and back to the grind. So, we’re going to take a little diversion this week and look at old ads. First up on the list is spinnerbaits – a bait that played a huge role in the first six Classic wins – either as the main bait or as a supplement to the winning angler.

In 1971 Bobby Murray won on a Zorro, in ’72 Don Butler won on an S.O.B., in ’74 Tommy Martin used a Fleck Weed Wader, as did Jack Hains in ’75 and in ’76 Rick Clunn followed suit with the Weed Wader. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Now You’re Cooking Answer and Winner (Oct 27, 2014)

Ken Cook won the 1983 Super Bass event held at Florida's St. John's River.

Ken Cook won the 1983 Super Bass event held at Florida’s St. John’s River.

Well, we only had one person try to answer this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Unfortunately, he didn’t provide the right answers for all the questions. This happens quite a bit and I assume it’s because people come to the site and see someone has answered the questions and they assume those answers are correct. If you see an answer, don’t assume it’s right. Go out and dig a little, maybe you’ll be rewarded with a $25 e-coupon for the GYCB site. For the answers to this week’s contest, please read below.

In 1982, a 35 year-old Ken Cook earned his first B.A.S.S. Invitational win, and the second of the six Bassmaster victories in his storied career. The career was marked by 14 Bassmaster Classic appearances and a win in the 1991 iteration of the event held on Maryland’s Upper Chesapeake Bay, as well as three Forrest Wood Cup qualifications. [Read more…]

Season at a Glance: 1977 Bassmaster Trail – Part Three

Alabama wins the 1977 Federation Team Championship on Kentucky Lake. Phot 1977 November/December issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Alabama wins the 1977 Federation Team Championship on Kentucky Lake. Phot 1977 November/December issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Somewhere between 1976 and 1977, the name of the B.A.S.S. Chapter had become the B.A.S.S. Federation. What didn’t change between those two years was the fact that the leader of the winning Federation team would again be invited to the Bassmaster Classic to compete against seasoned professionals and a chance at winning what was then called the “Super Bowl of Bass Fishing.”

1977 would also mark the fifth year for the Federation State Team Championship and the record-setting turnout of 35 states proved the championship had legs. As with the past, each state held qualifying events in order to put together a 6-man team to send to the Championship. In the past, the southerners had won every event – Tennessee (1973), Missouri (1974), Louisiana (1975) and Tennessee (1976) – and in the 1977 November/December issue of Bassmaster Magazine, B.A.S.S. poked a little fun at the teams outside of the South by saying: [Read more…]

Season at a Glance – The 1976 Bassmaster Classic Contenders

in 1976 Jimmy Houston wold win the Bassmaster AOY award in only his second full-time year on the Trail.  Photo 1976 Sept/Oct issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

in 1976 Jimmy Houston wold win the Bassmaster AOY award in only his second full-time year on the Trail. Photo 1976 Sept/Oct issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

[Editor’s Note: This is the fourth story on the 1975 Bassmaster Trail season. To read part one of the 1976 Season at a Glance click here, to read part two click here and to read about the Federation National event click here.]

The 1976 Bassmaster Classic and its contenders have a lot of interesting history packed into it. For one, there were four 5-time Classic contenders, one 4-time contenders, five 3-time contenders and seven 2-time contenders. To say the field was stacked would be an understatement. That’s 17 out of 25 anglers, or 68% of the 1976 Classic contenders had Classic experience.

As amazing it was for so many past-Classic anglers to qualify, it was just as amazing who didn’t qualify. For example, Roland Martin, who’d made every (5) Classic since its inception, missed qualification by 6 points and finished in the 26th spot. The other 5-time qualifier who didn’t make it was Tom Mann who finished in 38th place. [Read more…]

Season at a Glance – 1976 Bassmaster Federation Chapter Championship

Photo January 1977 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Photo January 1977 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

[Editor’s Note: This is the third story about the 1976 Bassmaster season and covers the 1976 Bassmaster Federation Championship. To read Part One of the story click here and to read Part Two, click here. The next story featuring the 1976 season will be about the Classic Qualifiers and then we’ll end with the Bassmaster Classic.]

1976 would mark the fourth year that Federation anglers from all over the U.S. would get an opportunity to fish the Bassmaster Classic. First, though, they’d have to qualify via state qualifiers and championships in order to be invited as six-man teams to the Federation Chapter Championship. It’s not an easy row to hoe.

In 1973 Ray Scott held the first state team championship event where Chapters from throughout the U.S. would compete to decide the best state in the union. What he didn’t tell the anglers at the time was he was going to give a Classic berth to the best individual angler at that event. [Read more…]