Elwood “Buck” Perry – The Father of Structure Fishing

Buck Perry Spoonplugging ad circa 1974.

Buck Perry Spoonplugging ad circa 1974.

If you haven’t heard of Buck Perry you’re either very new to the sport or you just don’t read – at which you’re probably not reading this and therefore that comment won’t offend you. For those of you who have heard of him, though, you know he is credited with being one of the forefathers of modern bass fishing and especially credited with the way we all approach deep-water structure fishing.

It’s not my intent to start an argument in regards to who it was that first began to venture away from the shoreline and probe the depths for bass but it’s certain that Perry was one of the first preachers of structure fishing – he actually coined the phrase – and without a doubt the most vocal. Stories of him wrecking bass on fished-out waters throughout the United States can easily be found by doing a simple search of his name in whatever Internet search engine you prefer. [Read more…]

More Structure Fishing – The Alexandria Drafting Company

Bass Structure Fishing Kerr Lake. Published in 1974 authored by Larry Compton.

Bass Structure Fishing Kerr Lake. Published in 1974 authored by Larry Compton.

It may seem like we’re on a structure fishing kick here at the Bass Fishing Archives – and you may be right. The deal is that structure fishing is such an important part of successful bass fishing that we really feel it’s essential to look back on its beginnings to understand where we’ve come from.

Back in the late 60s and early 70s, a vast majority of anglers would only fish bass in the spring of the year – mainly because the fish were shallow and easily targeted. Come the post spawn, when the fish would move from their shallow haunts, anglers far and wide would either quit fishing or quit catching. The few anglers in the know, though, would move off the banks and continue catching fish throughout the summer, fall and winter. [Read more…]

Book Review – Lunkers Love Nightcrawlers

Lunkers Love Nightcrawlers, Fishing Facts magazine, 3rd printing, 1973.

Lunkers Love Nightcrawlers, Fishing Facts magazine, 3rd printing, 1973.

Okay, before you start throwing things at me for even mentioning the word “bait,” give me a second to explain something. In 1972 Fishing Facts magazine came out with the first printing of Lunkers Love Nightcrawlers – a book, by the look of the title, that was all about fishing the lowly nightcrawler. It was adapted from Bill Binkelman’s books, “Nightcrawler Secrets” and “Walleyes Love Nightcrawlers,” along with additional material supplied by a number of other experts – notably George Pazik, Jim Wrolstad, Don Woodruff, Ron Lindner, Spence Petros and Carl Malz.

If there was ever a book that the old adage, “never judge a book by its cover,” was made for, it was Lunkers Love Nightcrawlers. Yes, there was a lot contained within its binder that talked about how to grow your own nightcrawlers, how to choose a bait shop, how to fish them, how to store them, yada yada yada. What the cover hid from prospective readers was that this book was one of the first comprehensive dissertations on structure fishing. In fact, at the time there may not have been a better source of information on the subject that was contained in one volume. [Read more…]