Your Legacy Will Live On Harold

Harold Sharp B.A.S.S. Tournament Director 1970 to 1986.

Harold Sharp B.A.S.S. Tournament Director 1970 to 1986.

Without fail, it seems every year one of bass fishing’s forefathers passes to the great lake in the sky and the sport is left with a gaping hole. In 2012 we lost Homer Circle and in 2013, Doug Hannon. In January of this year we lost lure giant Cotton Cordell and I was hoping that would be it – there just aren’t many of the old-timers left – and from my selfish perspective, they have so much to offer with respect to the history of our beloved sport.

Then last week, we lost a man who helped change the sport of bass fishing to make it what it is today. That man was Harold Sharp. Yes, Ray Scott gets the credit for starting the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society – that fact will never be argued. And, Ray started the sport the right way, by making sure there was a firm set of rules and that every angler adhered to them. But it was Harold Sharp who, along with Ray Scott, wrote the B.A.S.S. rules, regulations and bylaws, started the B.A.S.S. Chapter (what would eventually become The Federation/Nation) and started the Chattanooga Bass Club – all in the same night. (if you’d like to read the story, click on this link from one of Harold’s columns back from March, 2013) [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Carving up the St. Johns Answer and Winner (January 12, 2015)

Kim Carver. Photo FLWOutdoors.com.

Kim Carver. Photo FLWOutdoors.com.

[Editor’s note: Remember, the rules have changed for the Monday trivia contest. You are now allowed to win three times per calendar year rather than three times only.]

We had two people answer the trivia contest this week and by virtue of answering first, congratulations to Steve Quinn for winning!  For the answers please read below.

Kim Carver may not be a household name to many of the more recent vintage of bass fishing fans, but the Georgia pro has had a solid career on the water. Among those who follow the sport closely, he’s probably best known for his $100,000 victory in the 1998 Red Man All-American on the Mississippi River out of Lacrosse, Wisconsin, where the leaderboard included a who’s-who list not only of Red Man superstars, but also current Elite Series pros Skeet Reese (6th), Jeff Kriet (13th), David Walker (17th), Steve Kennedy (23rd), Stephen Browning (24th) and John Murray (39th). He’d been the runner up in the prior year’s All-American in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Along the way, he’s notched six other Red-Man/BFL wins, including three Regionals, with the most recent victory coming on his home lake, Sinclair, in May of 2014. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Carving up the St. Johns (January 12, 2015)

Kim Carver. Photo FLWOutdoors.com.

Kim Carver. Photo FLWOutdoors.com.

[Editor’s note: Remember, the rules have changed for the Monday trivia contest. You are now allowed to win three times per calendar year rather than three times only.]

Kim Carver may not be a household name to many of the more recent vintage of bass fishing fans, but the Georgia pro has had a solid career on the water. Among those who follow the sport closely, he’s probably best known for his $100,000 victory in the 1998 Red Man All-American on the Mississippi River out of Lacrosse, Wisconsin, where the leaderboard included a who’s-who list not only of Red Man superstars, but also current Elite Series pros Skeet Reese (6th), Jeff Kriet (13th), David Walker (17th), Steve Kennedy (23rd), Stephen Browning (24th) and John Murray (39th). He’d been the runner up in the prior year’s All-American in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Along the way, he’s notched six other Red-Man/BFL wins, including three Regionals, with the most recent victory coming on his home lake, Sinclair, in May of 2014. [Read more…]

1975 Bassmaster Classic by Bob McNally

Harold Sharp (center) weighs Roger Moore's (behind Sharp) fish as Fishing Facts editor Spence Petros (left) looks on. Photo by Bob McNally.

Harold Sharp (center) weighs Roger Moore’s (behind Sharp) fish as Fishing Facts editor Spence Petros (left) looks on. Bassmaster Magazine editor Bob Cobb is in the right bottom corner. Photo by Bob McNally.

I recently received some photos from long-time outdoor writer, videographer and angler Bob McNally. Within the 20 or so photos he sent were five photographs taken at the 1975 Bassmaster Classic held at Currituck Sound, NC. We previously wrote about the 1975 Classic, in which rookie Bassmaster Tour angler Jack Hains won by six pounds over Marvin Baker. [Read more…]

Season at a Glance: 1977 Bassmaster Trail – Part Two

Bill Dance wins his second Bassmaster AOY title in 1977. Photo 1978 February issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Bill Dance wins his second Bassmaster AOY title in 1977. Photo 1978 February issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

[Editor’s Note: This is Part Two of a five-part series on the 1977 Bassmaster Tournament Trail. Part One covered the first half of the regular season, Part Three will cover the BASS Chapter Federation Nationals, Part Four the Classic Qualifiers and Part Five the Bassmaster Classic. This part will cover the second half of the regular season.]

With the first half of the 1977 season in the books, Bill Dance had a commanding lead in the Angler of the Year points race, 59 points ahead of second-place angler Steve Goodwin. Also among the top 10 were Bassmaster stalwarts Roger Moore (3rd), Jimmy Houston (4th), Al Lindner (5th), Paul Chamblee (7th), Jack Hains (8th), Bill Ward (9th) and Larry Nixon (10th).

Relative newcomer and all-around top money winner for 1977 Dave Gliebe sat in the 11th position while veteram Ricky Green took up the 17th spot. On the bubble were two anglers you would expect more out of, Rick Clunn (22nd) and Roland Martin (23rd). Would they be able to make a charge in the second half of the season and qualify for the Bassmaster Classic? We’d have to wait and see. [Read more…]

Memories of an Original Tournament Brat – Joey Breckenridge

Rayo Breckenridge and his wife Marilyn. Photo courtesy of Joey Breckenridge.

Rayo Breckenridge and his wife Marilyn. Photo courtesy of Joey Breckenridge.

We’ve covered a lot of of stories about the original tournament anglers here on the Bass Fishing Archives – a list too long to even think of listing. What we haven’t covered are the kids who travelled with them, or as the subject of this piece referred to them, the original tournament brats. Today’s subject is about the memories of one such kid, dragged to bass tournaments during his formative years and getting to hang with people like Ray Scott, Tom Mann and Bob Cobb.

A lot of today’s anglers do them same. Prior to an event, campgrounds fill with families, many of which have small children. What may look like your tyical family outting is far from it. Mothers are preparing school lessons or booking the next seminar engagement for their husbands and the men are either out on the lake working or at the campground preparing for their work the next day. The kids? Well, they’re either studying or just being kids. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Some Classic History Answers and Winner (February 10, 2014)

Bobby Murray, winner of Bassmaster Classic I. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Bobby Murray, winner of Bassmaster Classic I. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Congratulations to Keith for winning this week’s trivia contest! There was a slight modification to the answers that we’re going to let slip.  Ken Duke pointed out that Stan Sloan did not make the 1976 Classic and he (and others) were right. I did not count him in the original answer because Stan only fished two events in the 1976 season. For the answers, read below.

With Bassmaster Classic XLIV (that’s 44) only a couple of weeks away, we thought it would be appropriate to make the next two weeks’ trivia contests of a Classic nature. The Classic, which was born in 1971, started out as a relatively obscure event where no one other than Ray Scott, Bob Cobb, Harold Sharp and very few others knew the venues beforehand. Because of this, the turnout for the event was small for those first six Classic.

Then in 1977, Scott and team announced the venue early and the event took on a whole new life. Today Classic week has one of, if not the largest tackle and boat expos and, for the anglers, one of the largest payouts in bass fishing. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Some Classic History (February 10, 2014)

Bobby Murray, winner of Bassmaster Classic I. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Bobby Murray, winner of Bassmaster Classic I. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

With the Bassmaster Classic XLIV (that’s 44) only a couple of weeks away, we thought it would be appropriate to make the next two weeks’ trivia contests of a Classic nature. The Classic, which was born in 1971, started out as a relatively obscure event where no one other than Ray Scott, Bob Cobb, Harold Sharp and very few others knew the venues beforehand. Because of this, the turnout for the event was small for those first six Classics.

Then in 1977, Scott and team announced the venue early and the event took on a whole new life. Today Classic week has one of, if not the largest tackle and boat expos and, for the anglers, one of the largest payouts in bass fishing. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Shearer Answer and Winner (Jan 13, 2014)

Photo May/June 1982 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Photo May/June 1982 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

There were two people that submitted answers for this week’s Bass Fishing Archives Monday Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. One of them had a more correct answer and that was John Karbowski. Congrats John on winning! For the answer read below.

Today Kentucky angler Ron Shearer may be best known for his TV endeavors, but in the 1980s he was a solid competitor on the B.A.S.S. trail, with two wins to his credit and five Classic appearances. In fact, he made the Classic five times in six years between 1980 and 1985, missing only the 1983 championship.

His rise in the sport was quick – according to an article by Bob Cobb, in the mid-70s Shearer quit his job in a factory after reading an article about Roland Martin’s career. He started fishing B.A.S.S. events in 1978, and two years later led a tournament on Guntersville before faltering on the final day and finishing 6th in the first of Basil Bacon’s two career B.A.S.S. victories. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Shearer (Jan 13, 2014)

Photo May/June 1982 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Photo May/June 1982 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Today Kentucky angler Ron Shearer may be best known for his TV endeavors, but in the 1980s he was a solid competitor on the B.A.S.S. trail, with two wins to his credit and five Classic appearances. In fact, he made the Classic five times in six years between 1980 and 1985, missing only the 1983 championship.

His rise in the sport was quick – according to an article by Bob Cobb, in the mid-70s Shearer quit his job in a factory after reading an article about Roland Martin’s career. He started fishing B.A.S.S. events in 1978, and two years later led a tournament on Guntersville before faltering on the final day and finishing 6th in the first of Basil Bacon’s two career B.A.S.S. victories. [Read more…]

More on KVD’s 1992 AOY

Photo July/August 1992 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Photo July/August 1992 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Last week we talked about Kevin VanDam’s 1992 Bassmaster AOY award and about his meteoric rise from nowhere between 1990 and 1991. Well this weekend we found a 1992 The Bassmasters TV show from the same era, featuring then newly crowned 1992 Bassmaster Angler of the Year, Kevin VanDam. [Read more…]

The Original Buzzbait – Lunker Lure

1977 ad for the Harkin Lunker Lure.

1977 ad for the Harkin Lunker Lure.

Around 1976 news started buzzing about a new bait that was a real big-fish getter. In fact, Rick Clunn credited his 2nd-place finish on the dead sea known as Cordell Hull in the 1976 Bassmaster Trail.

Here’s what was written about that lure in the 1976 November/December issue of Bassmaster Magazine by Bob Cobb.

“Rick Clunn of Montgomery, Tex. started fast, then faded. ‘I should have blown everyone out of it the first day with 22 to 25 pounds of bass,’ he said. He was dejected over missing three good bass, up to five pounds.

“The 29-year old Conroe Lake guide weighed in nine bass and 17-lbs. 5–ozs. It was the only thing that kept the first-round weigh-in from government relief as a disaster area. [Read more…]