Smallmouth Magazine – Volume 2 Issue 2

Photo Smallmouth Newsletter Vol 2 Issue 2, Feb 1986.

Photo Smallmouth Newsletter Vol 2 Issue 2, Feb 1986.

We’re back to Smallmouth Magazine – this time Volume 2 Issue 2 from February, 1986. This issue was the first where Billy Westmorland hadn’t penned an article for the newsletter, now in its sophomore year. In fact, the newsletter only had three feature articles in it, one from Harry n Charlie legend, Don Wirth, a second from columnist Frank Brooks and a third by Greg Matthews (a Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine reprint).

The Wirth article, a piece on where to go for trophy smallmouths, covered a number of Tennessee waters from the time that were producing smallies that broke the mystical 5-pound range – equivalent to the 10-pound mark for largemouth – Dale Hollow, Percy Priest and Woods Reservoir. Back then these waters were hard to beat – today you rarely hear of them producing big fish. [Read more…]

Lake Yojoa, the Lost Jewel of Honduras

Before El Salto and Guererro there was Yojoa Lake, Honduras.

Before El Salto and Guererro there was Yojoa Lake, Honduras.

I’m a sucker for adventure travel and a sucker for big bass, so when I came across this advertisement for Walker’s Bass Tours in the January 1985 issue of Bassmaster, I was intrigued by its promises about Lake Yojoa in Honduras. At the time, I was a Bassmaster magazine subscriber, and I vaguely remember Don Wirth’s stories of Harry and Charlie venturing to Central America, but at 15 years old I did not have the means to travel out of state to fish, let alone out of the country. [Read more…]

Smallmouth Magazine – Volume 1 Issue 10

Don Wirth hold a nice smallie fishing the Do-Nothin' technique. Photo Smallmouth Newsletter Volume I Issue X October 1985.

Don Wirth hold a nice smallie fishing the Do-Nothin’ technique. Photo Smallmouth Newsletter Volume I Issue X October 1985.

The October issue of Smallmouth Newsletter went back to the original four-page layout of most of the other 1985 issues but this one was jam packed with some really good pieces. For one, the newsletter starts out with an article by Tom Zenanko on targeting Autumn smallies. A good overall piece that would give the would-be smallie angler a good idea what to expect when chasing the brown fish as the weather turned cooler.

The second page, though, had a really good piece by Bassmaster writer and Harry-n-Charlie legend, Don Wirth. Wirth wrote about using Bassmaster Classic winner Jack Chancellor’s Do-Nothin’ technique to wrangle smallies. In typical Wirth fashion, the article has a couple of good one-liners but most of all, it’s filled with great tips on how to fish the rig for smallmouths. [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…]

American Bass Fisherman 1974

Cover of the February/March 1974 issue of American Bass Fisherman.

Cover of the February/March 1974 issue of American Bass Fisherman.

We’ve talked a little about American Bass Fisherman on here before, most recently last week when we talked about a picture of an ABF patch. In that piece we mentioned that the original owner of ABF, George Oates, started the circuit to compete against B.A.S.S., that he got in trouble with the law and in the end John Fox ended up with it before it went bust.

Today we have a little to show you what American Bass Fisherman was like through their February/March 1974 issue. [Read more…]

Rooster Tails – The Magazine of Hydra-Sports

Charlie Ingram wins the 1982 Team Hydra-Sports TOC. Photo Jan/Feb 1983 issue of Rooster Tails magazine.

Charlie Ingram wins the 1982 Team Hydra-Sports TOC. Photo Jan/Feb 1983 issue of Rooster Tails magazine.

Anyone that’s bass fished since the 80s knows of Hydra-Sports boats. They probably also know that Earl Bentz played a significant role in not only Hydra-Sports as a company but also in regards to bass boat performance development.  What I wonder, though, is how many of you knew Hydra-Sports not only made boats but printed a magazine and also ran a tournament circuit? Maybe if you owned a ‘Sport in the day but I’d bet a 4-pack of Scuppernong Jelly worms you had no clue.

Pictured here is the cover of the Jan/Feb 1983 Issue of Rooster Tails, Hydra-Sports flagship magazine, which started in 1980. Joe Reeves, owner of Hydra-Sports started the organization, according to the membership ad, “because he wanted to get back to the fun of bass fishing.” Membership in the organization was for owners and their friends, which I assume could own a boat of another make. [Read more…]

The Writers – Dave Precht

Dr. Mike Allen, biology professor at the University of Florida, took this photo of Precht and his almost-10 pounder. Fishing with a variety of great people has been a highlight of Precht’s career. Photo courtesy of Dave Precht.

Editor’s Note: This series is dedicated to those people who penned the many articles we read in order to learn more about our sport and become better anglers. Sure it was the anglers who developed the techniques, lures and equipment we use today but it was the writers’ job to make sure these bits of information got to the masses. Without the writers to communicate this, the world of bass fishing would be very different today.

For nearly 45 years novice and experienced anglers have turned to the pages of Bassmaster Magazine to learn about their craft. And, over the years many gifted writers have blessed the pages of that hallowed magazine, transcribing the words of the pros into something anyone can read and understand. Writers like Steve Price, Matt Vincent, Mark Hicks and the late Tim Tucker have all played a part in relaying information from the boat and on to the pages of Bassmaster Magazine – all in an effort to help us, the angler, get better. [Read more…]