A Look Back at 2012 Part One

Dee Thomas, father of flipping, wins another event with the long rod - this time Lake Havasu in 1977.

Dee Thomas, father of flipping, wins another event with the long rod – this time Lake Havasu in 1977.

On March 5, 2012 the Bass Fishing Archives became a real entity. None of us here knew if it would become a success or not – frankly we didn’t care. All we cared about was documenting the history of the sport so it wouldn’t be forgotten. In these last 9 months, it’s become obvious to us that there are a lot of you out there too that hold the history of bass fishing in high regard. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t visit the site.

So this week through January 2, 2013 we’re gonna post some of the top stories on the Bass Fishing Archives. These are the stories that received the most reader views over the last 12 months. We hope you enjoy them and we’ll see you on January 2 with a bunch of new stuff! [Read more…]

A Star is Born

Photo courtesy of Craig Sutherland ABA Newsletter June 1989.

We’ve all heard the slogan, “Take a Kid Fishing.” Well, that’s what this story is about. It’s about a mother taking her son fishing and you’ll figure out what happened next.

First, though, an old friend and fellow competitor, Dennis Taylor, recently sent me a bunch of old southern California magazines and papers. While thumbing through them, a lot of old memories flooded back into my mind of anglers I used to compete against and the fun we had on the water and off. Then, I noticed something I hadn’t forgotten – more so it was something I hadn’t thought about in a long time. The year was 1989 and I wasn’t fishing competitively anymore due to school but I was still entrenched in what was going on. [Read more…]

SoCal Sticks of the Past – Dick Trask

Dick Trask holding his big fish award for the West Coast Bass Tournament Organization’s San Antonio tournament. He paired with Scott Gantz and also took first place.

“I learned so much from him – he had a lot of influence on my fishing. His offshore techniques taught me a lot and I’m sure the way he held on a spot had an effect on the way I do things today. I wish I could have fished with him more.”  2005 BASS Angler of the Year, Aaron Martens.

[Editor’s Note] I originally authored this article for Bass West USA in 2007. I would like to thank them for allowing me to reprint it in full here on the Bass Fishing Archives. For those who will argue that using a split-shot in front of a worm was invented long before the early 70s, you are correct. The specific technique in which Dick Trask developed along with the dart-head technique were solely his.


It isn’t often a person comes along and changes the status-quo in bass fishing. People such as Dee Thomas, Buck Perry, Billy Westmorland, Charlie Brewer and Ray Scott have all made major contributions to the world of bass fishing and without them, the sport as we know it today, wouldn’t exist. [Read more…]