Fish Tales: Florence, AL – Part Seven

Bill Huntley, Ray Gresham and Tom Smith stand next to Smith's mount of a dozen bass taken from the Tennessee River impoundments in the late 60s and early 70s. Photo Brenda Serrano.

Bill Huntley, Ray Gresham and Tom Smith stand next to Smith’s mount of a dozen bass taken from the Tennessee River impoundments in the late 60s and early 70s. Photo Brenda Serrano.

This installment of Fish Tales, videoed at the Florence, Alabama Chamber of Commerce in November, 2014, features veteran Tennessee River anglers Tom Smith, Ray Gresham and Bill Huntley cutting up on each other.

In this video, Smith talks about some of his early run-ins with Gresham and Huntley, specifically a tackle box he wanted to return to Gresham’s tackle shop and the time he placed an order for Huntley’s Bumble Bee spinnerbaits. Smith went to the “Bumble Bee factory” and was a bit surprised at what he found. [Read more…]

Spinnerbaits 1977

Doc Moorehead's Floozy spinnerbait with a plastic curl-tail skirt. This skirt, which came out before Mister Twister's rendition, resulted in a law suit.

Doc Moorehead’s Floozy spinnerbait with a plastic curl-tail skirt. This skirt, which came out before Mister Twister’s rendition, resulted in a law suit.

After four days of Classic coverage we’re back home and back to the grind. So, we’re going to take a little diversion this week and look at old ads. First up on the list is spinnerbaits – a bait that played a huge role in the first six Classic wins – either as the main bait or as a supplement to the winning angler.

In 1971 Bobby Murray won on a Zorro, in ’72 Don Butler won on an S.O.B., in ’74 Tommy Martin used a Fleck Weed Wader, as did Jack Hains in ’75 and in ’76 Rick Clunn followed suit with the Weed Wader. [Read more…]