Remembering A Texas Legend – Floyd Mabry

Mabry2If you search for any length of time through many of the old magazines from 30 or so years ago, one set of ads will look very familiar, the old Bomber ads featuring Floyd Mabry. Many probably can recall Mabry as an early bass fishing expert who traveled throughout the country fishing with and promoting Bomber baits.  He even earned the nickname “Mr. Bomber”, and he was a heavy tackle, play with ’em in the boat, cranking kind of guy. What many may not know though is the story behind this Texas Fishing legend. [Read more…]

Is There Really Anything New in Bass Fishing?

Whopper Stopper Ad circa 1976.

As usual, I was cruising an old magazine the other day and this ad caught my eye. Every old-time basser at least remembers the old Whopper Stopper company (now owned by Pradco) and probably had their arm worn out from throwing the Hellbender – what a great bait that was. What originally made me stop, though, was the Bayou Boogie, a bait we’d today call a vibration bait, or Trap.

Upon further review of the ad something else caught my eye – the Dirtybird. Look at the Dirtybird close, though. Does it ring a bell in your head? Do patent suits come to mind? Does the name Chatterbait leap into your head? It should. [Read more…]