For Mann’s, Plenty of Hits But a Few (More) Misses, Too

Mann's Bait Company ad circa 1983.

Mann’s Bait Company ad circa 1983.

A major league baseball player who gets a hit in three out of every ten at bats has a reasonable chance of going to the Hall of Fame. In that regard, maybe we’re too hard on lure designers. Here on Bass Fishing Archives, we might be a little too tough on those who’ve produced short-lived products. In just a few years of existence we’ve cataloged a litany of products that didn’t catch on, generally because they were ill-conceived or didn’t meet a specific need. Frankly, it’s a sport that never grows old, and for which we’ll likely never run out of material. [Read more…]

Reader Letters – Dan Basore on Ray Scott and B.A.S.S.

Dan Basore, Charter Member of B.A.S.S. and bass fishing historian.

Dan Basore, Charter Member of B.A.S.S. and bass fishing historian.

[Editor’s Note: Dan Basore has been around competitive bass fishing since its inception. He’s won on a national level in 1970 and since that time has devoted his life to the sport as a historian, collector and teacher of the sport. Dan recently sent in this letter to us here regarding Ray Scott and B.A.S.S. and felt it was worthy of publishing.]

As one of the early Charter/Life members of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, and a fan of bass fishing and tournaments, I like many in attendance at the FLW CUP were happy and moved to see the tributes to Forrest L. Wood and the participation by he and wife Nina in so many events. He was and is a tremendous force in our sport. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – The FLW Cup; Answers & Winner (August 18, 2014)

Congratulations to Adam Hinkle for winning this week’s Monday Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. For the answers, read below, and come back for next week’s edition.

AG

Photo: FLW Outdoors

I don’t know about you, but I think yesterday’s Day 4 of the Forrest Wood Cup held on Lake Murray was one of the most exciting in recent memory. Steve Kennedy’s 20 pound sack to make a run at the title from 10th place, not to mention the one ounce difference between victory and 2nd place, a $440,000 difference! And Scott Canterbury gets second again – what a heartbreaker. Congrats to hometown winner Anthony Gagliardi.

With the event fresh in our minds, this week we focus our trivia question on past Forrest Wood Cups. To win all the Yamamoto’s this week, you’ll need to brush up on your FLW history and answer these 4 questions. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – That Old College Try Answer and Winner (Dec 16, 2013)

College Roland from bassmasterdotcomCongratulations to John Karbowski for winning this week’s trivia contest! For the answers, please read below.

Most serious bass-heads know that Gary Klein is generally regarded as the first “straight out of high school” bass pro, but many well-known pros attended college before embarking on their angling career. That number figures to grow with the increasing popularity and availability of college bass teams.

In recent weeks, we’ve highlighted Chad Brauer’s college choice as well as the fact that Randy Moseley attended three different schools. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – That Old College Try (Dec 16, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.com

Photo Bassmaster.com

Most serious bass-heads know that Gary Klein is generally regarded as the first “straight out of high school” bass pro, but many well-known pros attended college before embarking on their angling career. That number figures to grow with the increasing popularity and availability of college bass teams.

In recent weeks, we’ve highlighted Chad Brauer’s college choice as well as the fact that Randy Moseley attended three different schools. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Don’t Be a Baby! Answer and Winner

Photo Bassmaster.com

Congratulations to Paul Wallace for winning the Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest with his correct answer!  Read below for the answer.

Paul Elias played a critical role in the development of the Mann’s Baby 1-Minus, the first crankbait that specifically aimed to stay shallow rather than reach new depths. After a near win at Lake Okeechobee, he came to Mann’s with the idea for the bait.

“I was on my way to Mann’s after a second-place finish on Lake Okeechobee thinking I could have won with a shallower runner,” he told Mike Pehanich of Bassmaster two decades later. “I thought, ‘We have the deepest running crankbait. How about making the shallowest?'” [Read more…]