Bobby Murray – The Late ‘60s and Early ‘70s

Bobby Murray holds up three pigs he caught in the late '60s. Photo/Video Bobby Murray.

Bobby Murray holds up three pigs he caught in the late ’60s. Photo/Video Bobby Murray.

This is a special video. It’s not often you get to see video of the first days of competitive bass fishing – and I mean the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Yeah, there’s coverage on the Bassmaster.com website of the 1971 Classic – and it’s an amazing look back in time – but how many of you have seen video from 1968, 1969 and even 1970? Well, today, thanks to Bobby Murray and Carlisle Tire, we have something special to share with you.

Bobby Murray was kind enough to invite Mike Quinn of Carlisle Tire to his house in Arkansas to talk the old days of competitive bass fishing. During that visit Bobby showed Mike some old 8mm film footage of some early Bassmasterr events. Quinn, with the permission of Murray, had the film digitized and ran it in the Carlisle Tire booth at the Hartwell Classic just a week ago. [Read more…]

Let’s Look Back-Part 32

On one of my early trips to a Mexican lake the guide had us troll 10-inch worms way behind the boat.  It paid off. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

On one of my early trips to a Mexican lake the guide had us troll 10-inch worms way behind the boat. It paid off. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

You darn well better learn to listen to what the fish are trying to tell you if you expect some of them to join you for dinner.

I made a comment like that once while doing a casting exhibition years ago at the annual outdoor show held in connection with the Bassmasters Classic. There was a collective snort of sorts from my audience. “When,” asked a bearded old guy in the front row, “did fish start talking? I ain’t never caught any that did.”

I endeavored to explain what I was trying to say. No, of course fish don’t “talk” in the usual sense, but they certainly will show you their likes and dislikes if you’ll simply give them the opportunity. I guess the best way to explain it is simply to say it’s a situation where actions do indeed speak louder than words. [Read more…]

The Writers – Bill Rice

Bill Rice hoisting a 12-02 Florida from San Diego’s Lower Otay Reservoir in 1971. Photo courtesy of Bill Rice.

Editor’s Note:  This series is dedicated to those people who penned the many articles we read in order to learn more about our sport and become better anglers. Sure it was the anglers who developed the techniques, lures and equipment we use today but it was the writers’ job to make sure these bits of information got to the masses. Without the writers to communicate this, the world of bass fishing would be very different today.

 

To kick off this series I turned to one of the most prolific writers in the history of the sport – Bill Rice. Although Bill may not be a household name to many of you east of the Continental Divide, talk to any bass angler in the west about Bill Rice and they’ll say, “He was there from the beginning.” In fact, Bill joined B.A.S.S. in 1968 and is one of the original 2500 Charter members.

After spending nearly 40 years in the industry, Rice retired in 2003 and now spends his time chasing fish all over the world.

This is a story of his lifelong contributions to the sport of bass fishing and his history. [Read more…]