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1977 Bomber Speed Shad and Model A being sold in American Bass Fisherman magazine.

1977 Bomber Speed Shad and Model A being sold in American Bass Fisherman magazine.

A couple of weeks ago we did the first part of the 1978 Bassmaster season and in that article, we mentioned Hurley Board’s Lake Gaston win. Board attributed his win not just to sticking to his game plan but also to the use of a Bomber Speed Shad.

After that event, the Speed Shad became the predominant bait on both Gaston and Bugg’s (Kerr depending upon what side of the boarder you’re on) reservoirs. In fact, original Speed Shads are still in high demand for the North Carolina/Virginia boarder waters.

That article sent me on a mission to try and find an old Speed Shad ad to share with you – and I found one from 1977. Not only that, but I found three other Bomber ads dating from the same year, two of which feature crankbait legend, Floyd Mabry. [Read more…]

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…]

The Bassmaster Classic – 1981 through 1990

In 1981 Stanley Mitchell became the youngest angler to win a Bassmaster Classic. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

In 1981 Stanley Mitchell became the youngest angler to win a Bassmaster Classic. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Yesterday we posted the first piece of this look back in Bassmaster Classic history – starting with the very first Classic held on Lake Mead, NV and ending with Classic X on the St. Lawrence River, NY. Today we continue with Classic XI and will move through Classic XX held in 1990.

1981: Bassmaster Classic XI – Lake Montgomery, AL

The second decade of the Bassmaster Classic started off in the hometown of B.A.S.S., Montgomery, AL. Forty-two anglers, including five from the Federation, would vie for the championship, including 21-year-old Stanley Mitchell of Fitzgerald, GA. Mitchell, the youngest angler to compete in Classic XI would not only claim that fact, he’d also become the youngest angler to ever win a Bassmaster Classic. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Coby Carden Answer and Winner (January 19, 2015)

Coby Carden. Photo Bassmaster.com

Coby Carden. Photo Bassmaster.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 give the correct answers to this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits but the win goes to the first person, Andy Williams. Congratulations Andy! Come back Monday for more trivia and a chance to win a $25 coupon good for anything on the Yamamoto website. For the answers, read below.

Alabama angler Coby Carden is headed to his second straight Bassmaster Classic this year, both times via the arduous Federation Nation route. He finished 24th last year, not as good as fellow returning Nation angler Paul Mueller, but 11 spots better than Jeff Lugar, the third member of the anglers who qualified for both the 2014 and 2015 Classics through the Nation. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Stanley Steams ‘Em Answer and Winner (June 23, 2014)

Photo Bassmaster.com.

Photo Bassmaster.com.

Congrats to Chad Keogh for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by GYCB! For the answers, please read below.

When Georgia pro Stanley Mitchell won the 1981 Bassmaster Classic, outlasting second place finisher Harold Allen by just under a pound, he became the youngest Classic winner. It was just the 21 year old’s first Classic and his 10th overall B.A.S.S. event, and the first time he’d finished better than 12th. He’d missed qualifying for the Classic the year before by 10 pounds, while his lesser-known older brother Steve had missed the world championship by just 2 pounds. Steve unfortunately missed the big dance again in 1981 by a mere 5 pounds.

The 1981 Classic wasn’t the first to be held in Alabama – Wheeler and Guntersville had hosted in 1974 and 1976, respectively – but it was the first one hosted by Montgomery, home of the tournament organization. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – KVD’s First Answer and Winner (July 29, 2013)

KVD poses with his trophy and check from his first Bassmaster win at Lake Lanier in 1991. Photo December 1991 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

KVD poses with his trophy and check from his first Bassmaster win at Lake Lanier in 1991. Photo December 1991 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Unfortunately for the fourth week in a row we’re unable to name a winner of this week’s Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! Some good answers but not the right ones. Please come back next week and try again. For the answers, read below.

Steve Price may have penned the understatement of the century when he wrote the following about Kevin VanDam’s victory in the December 1991 Bassmaster about the Top 100 on Lake Lanier:

“The victory was VanDam’s first in B.A.S.S. competition, but it probably won’t be his last.”

Indeed, KVD has gone on to win 19 more B.A.S.S events, including four Bassmaster Classic titles, and he’s probably not through yet. [Read more…]