Let’s Look Back: And Then Came Something New – Part 3

I used this Zebco closed face spinning reel for hundreds of my casting exhibitions around the world for many years.  Whatever reel you select for teaching a youngster, make certain it's sufficiently small enough to fit into their hands.  Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

I used this Zebco closed face spinning reel for hundreds of my casting exhibitions around the world for many years. Whatever reel you select for teaching a youngster, make certain it’s sufficiently small enough to fit into their hands. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

In my past two columns I’ve detailed a procedure that makes it easy for a youngster to learn how to use a closed face spinning reel.  I’d like to share a few additional thoughts in this third and final column dealing with the same subject.

One of the best ways to turn a child away from fishing for all time is to provide them with mismatched equipment. If you teach them the casting technique I’ve shared with you for the closed face spinning reel, by all means get them a lightweight rod to go with it.

Teach them how to use what you give them before you ever get near the water.  I have good reason for making that request.  I lived right on the shore of a popular bass and panfish lake for about 35 years.  It wasn’t unusual to hear some father yelling (at times even cursing) at the kids he had in his boat. [Read more…]

Daiwa’s Computerized Fishing Reel

Computer screens and bassin' - a good combo?

Computer screens and bassin’ – a good combo?

Last week, Terry looked at one of the more popular baitcast models from years ago, the Shimano Bantam. Like in all things fishing it seems, for every good product out there, somebody probably produced something that wasn’t so good. That appears to be the case in this week’s post. [Read more…]

We do Reels, Why not Frogs and Blades?

Zebco spinnerbait ad circa 1976.

Over the course of time, especially in the early 1900s, many companies not only made lures but rods, reels and assorted other fishing paraphernalia. Heddon is a good example of this, marketing not only their famous lures but also rods and reels. Pflueger and Shakespeare did the same. But as bass fishing came into its own, more companies began concentrating on their bread-and-butter.

This one here fits right in that niche of, “you should stick to your strengths.” Here we have two ads from two of the major rod and reel companies of all time. The problem is they’re not ads for rods or reels. Instead, they’re ads for bass lures they’re trying to get you to buy. [Read more…]

Daiwa: em-PHA’-sis on the wrong syl-LA’-ble

 

1975 Field & Stream Daiwa Ad

I was trying to figure out whether to ‘zig’ or to ‘zag’ with this piece.

The ZIG – One thing that has really surprised me as I search through old bass fishing magazine ads from the 70s has been the amount of sexual innuendo in them. Yes, nowadays we have that a bit with things like the Reaction Innovations product names and colors, and I even read some complaints from ICAST 2012 this year on the skimpy attire worn by some company support personnel, but it seems to have been much more rampant back in the 70ss. Perhaps it’s partly because of all the smoking and alcohol ads that all have a macho man/good looking girl in every piece, but even the wording went along for the ride back then. Rod/reel ads, motor ads, you name it – hot girl. The Daiwa ad in this piece from a 1975 Field & Stream Magazine is no exception. Look close and you’ll find a Daiwa reel advertisement in there somewhere. [Read more…]

Flippin’: A Concept. Not Just a Technique – Part Two

Dee Thomas congratulates Gary Klein on his first Bassmaster win at Lake Powell in 1979. Klein won the event flipping. Photo Bass Master Magazine July/August, 1979 Issue.

This is part two of a three-part series on the concept of flipping and the effect it had on the sport. In this installment, we talked with Gary Klein and Basil Bacon about their involvement with the early years of the technique. Click to read Part One and Part Three.

 

In part one of this piece, Dave Myers talked about the three factors that came together to form the concept of Flippin’. He also talked about how an angler could thoroughly pick apart a shoreline in half the time it’d take an angler using conventional methods.

For part two, I had the pleasure of interviewing two other anglers who took the ground rules developed by Thomas and added considerably to its foundation. Gary Klein and Basil Bacon both played pivotal roles in the progression of flipping and the way anglers approach shallow targets today

These two anglers not only helped flipping progress, they helped design new equipment, terminal tackle and baits to increase the effectiveness of the technique. [Read more…]

Ads from the Past: Why didn’t round rebound?

The landscape for bass fishing baitcasting reels was quite different in the late 1980s than it is today. Most notably, companies like Ardent, Pinnacle, Okuma, Lews and Pflueger weren’t major players, if they were around at all. If you’ll check out this ad taken from the 1988 Bassmaster Classic Report, you’ll see there was another difference – round reels were in. At the very least they were not yet passé.

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