Smallmouth Magazine – Volume 1 Issue 7

Smallmouth Magazine Newsletter, Volume 1 Issue 7, July 1985 cover page.

Smallmouth Magazine Newsletter, Volume 1 Issue 7, July 1985 cover page.

Today we continue looking at the first year of Smallmouth, this time volume 1 issue 6. It’s a cool issue in that on the front cover, long-time bass fishing writer Darl Black has a feature on Lake Erie smallmouth fishing. Black gives a complete synopsis on the fishery and it’s really interesting to compare to the Lake Erie fishery we have today. For example, gone are the hordes of pelagic smallmouth that used to feed on the schooling herring in 40, 50 and even 60 feet of water. If you’re a Lake Erie enthusiast, it’s a great article to read. [Read more…]

Smallmouth Magazine

Smallmouth Magazine published by Smallmouth Inc, began in 1987 and lasted five years. Photo cover of the March/April 1990 issue.

Smallmouth Magazine published by Smallmouth Inc, began in 1987 and lasted five years. Photo cover of the March/April 1990 issue.

When Ray Scott founded B.A.S.S. in 1967, the “B” stood for “Bass” – not specifically largemouth bass. It was meant to be inclusive, certainly with smallmouths and spotted bass under its umbrella. Later, long after he’d sold the organization, they expressly embraced bass diversity to include the so-called “B.A.S.S. Slam” of nine different species. Nevertheless, for a majority of bass anglers, in the early years the de facto meaning of the “B” was largemouth, since green bass were generally more readily available nationwide. There was certainly coverage of the other species of bass, but it was limited, and B.A.S.S. did not hold a major tournament on a traditional northern fishery until 1977 when Jim Rogers won the New York Invitational on the St. Lawrence River (Terry previously discussed Roger Lures and the associated tackle store here). [Read more…]