Happy Birthday to a Twenty Year Old Dieting Deep Diver

Twenty years ago one of the best crankbaits that has ever been developed was born - the Bomber Fat Free Shad.

Twenty years ago one of the best crankbaits that has ever been developed was born – the Bomber Fat Free Shad.

Looking through the old “New Tackle for…” issues of Bassmaster, it quickly becomes clear that few new lures survive the open market for even a couple of years, let alone two decades. Of those that do live to fish another day or another year, many take a long time to gather a meaningful following. In that respect, the Bomber Fat Free Shad is something of an anomaly, a lure that was popular almost from the start, due in no small part to good design, a solid pro-staff and more than a bit of on-the-water advertising. While many of us can still remember its introduction, this year it celebrates its 20th birthday.

In 1994, PRADCO introduced the Pro Autograph Series of hard lures – proven baits that each bore a particular pro’s name and his suggested modifications or special paint schemes. They included the following lures: [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Menendez Mows ‘Em Down Answer and Winner (May 12, 2014)

Photo MarkMenendez.com

Photo MarkMenendez.com

Congratulations to Andy Williamson for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by GYCB! For the answers, please read below.

In early 1998, Mark Menendez was a 34 year-old Kentucky pro with a spotty record over seven years of B.A.S.S. competition. He’d qualified for the 1997 Bassmaster Classic, but had only a single Top-10 finish to his credit, just eight months earlier. He turned that around in March with a victory in the Alabama Top 100 on Pickwick and Wilson Lakes.

While the majority of the field stayed in Pickwick, Menendez locked through to Wilson each day where he jerkbaited his way to three consecutive limits totaling 60-03, a tiny bit over 4 pounds per fish. Most were smallmouths, although he did land a few largemouths.

Despite the winner’s impressive catch, the weights fell off relatively quick thereafter and it took only 36-08 to make the top ten. The difficulty in catching better limits was caused largely by heavy winds, up to 30 miles per hour at times, that made navigation and positioning difficult if not treacherous. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Alton Emerges Answer and Winner (April 14, 2014)

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Photo Bassmaster.com

For the second week straight no one won the weekly trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Come back next week as we’ll have another set of questions and will award a $25 coupon to the winner. For the answers to this week’s contest, please read below.

Today most fishing fans think of Alton Jones first and foremost as the 2008 Bassmaster Classic Champ, but in May of 1997 the Texas pro was a 34 year-old guide and former computer salesman with seven years as a full-time touring pro under his belt. He’d only notched four Top Ten finishes in B.A.S.S. competition to that point, half of them in Alabama. The best of the bunch came when he finished tied for 4th in the 1996 Alabama Top 100 at Lake Neely Henry. That tournament was won by Davy Hite, marking Hite’s second B.A.S.S. victory, both of them in Alabama.

The following year Jones moved up three spots to claim his first B.A.S.S. win in the 1997 Alabama Top 100, edging out Gary Klein by an ounce to earn the 1st-place trophy. [Read more…]