Black Bass Fishing: Robert Page Lincoln – Part Two

Black Bass Fishing - Theory and Practice by Robert Page Lincoln. First printing April 1952 Stackpole Company.

Black Bass Fishing – Theory and Practice by Robert Page Lincoln. First printing April 1952 Stackpole Company.

[Editor’s Note – this is Part Two of a three-part series on the book, Black Bass Fishing by Robert Page Lincoln. To read Part One, click here.]

In the first part of this review of the book Black Bass Fishing by Robert Page Lincoln, we delved into a little bit of Lincoln’s life and covered the first eight chapters of the book. In this second part, we’ll continue on with chapters nine through seventeen in order to give you an idea of what he saw the state of bass fishing in the late 40s and early 50s, along with his methods for catching bass and the tackle he used. [Read more…]

James A. Henshall – 1883

Century Magazine's July 1883 issue featuring Black Bass Fishing by James A. Henshall.

Century Magazine’s July 1883 issue featuring Black Bass Fishing by James A. Henshall.

If you’re a student of bass fishing there’s no doubt you’ve at least heard of James Alexander Henshall – the father of bass fishing. In 1881, Henshall wrote the first book on the black bass, titled “Book of the Black Bass,” and coined what is without a doubt the most revered quote for the species, “I consider him, inch for inch and pound for pound the gamest fish that swims.”

As stated above, his book was first printed in 1881 by Robert Clarke and Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. Between 1881 and 1900, 13 variants of the first edition were also printed by Robert Clarke and Company. [Read more…]