Your Legacy Will Live On Harold

Harold Sharp B.A.S.S. Tournament Director 1970 to 1986.

Harold Sharp B.A.S.S. Tournament Director 1970 to 1986.

Without fail, it seems every year one of bass fishing’s forefathers passes to the great lake in the sky and the sport is left with a gaping hole. In 2012 we lost Homer Circle and in 2013, Doug Hannon. In January of this year we lost lure giant Cotton Cordell and I was hoping that would be it – there just aren’t many of the old-timers left – and from my selfish perspective, they have so much to offer with respect to the history of our beloved sport.

Then last week, we lost a man who helped change the sport of bass fishing to make it what it is today. That man was Harold Sharp. Yes, Ray Scott gets the credit for starting the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society – that fact will never be argued. And, Ray started the sport the right way, by making sure there was a firm set of rules and that every angler adhered to them. But it was Harold Sharp who, along with Ray Scott, wrote the B.A.S.S. rules, regulations and bylaws, started the B.A.S.S. Chapter (what would eventually become The Federation/Nation) and started the Chattanooga Bass Club – all in the same night. (if you’d like to read the story, click on this link from one of Harold’s columns back from March, 2013) [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Jared the Jig Meister (Answer & Winner – Dec. 04, 2014)

Jim Jared on Lake Mead, site of his 1989 Invitational victory.

Jim Jared on Lake Mead, site of his 1989 Invitational victory.

While we had one person give it a valiant effort, they were only able to correctly guess 3 of the 4 questions, therefore we slide through this week without a winner. But we’ll be back again next Monday with another chance to win.

Jim Jared of Dolan Springs, AZ has a reputation as one of the best jig sticks in the West. With a pair of BFL victories to his credit, along with 15 other Top-10s, he was always considered a threat to win local desert tourneys. And win he did, on one of the biggest stages of bass fishing when he took the top slot at the April 1989 B.A.S.S. Nevada Invitational held on Lake Mead. His 30 pounds of bass was enough to take home the $33,000 top prize, beating out a number of big name touring pros in the process. To win this week’s trivia contest, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto’s Custom Baits, answer the following 4 questions about Jim and that event.

1.Jim had a very obvious favorite color pattern for both his jig and the trailer he so often used. Name the color(s)?
2.What famous bass angler influenced Jim’s decision to use the trailer color he did with his jigs?
3.Jim was a big believer in using scent, much more so than most anglers back then. He often said the fish “savor the flavor.” He even went so far as to manufacture his own concoction that he used on all his baits, and would sell to others. What was the name of his trademark scent formula?
4.The Arizona Inv. was also the first professional B.A.S.S. Tour event for what other West coast angler, who would later establish himself and his fishing career as one of the best in the business? [Read more…]

Mercury’s Trolling Motor Debut

Thruster 1In 1977 the Big Black motor company decided it was about time to take a stab at the trolling motor industry. Why not? They had a pretty good market share of the outboard industry at the time – they might as well try and get some of the electric motor market too. 

A first look at the motor and one could see it was different than any other electric motor on the market due to the giant propeller. In fact, the prop was in some cases twice as big as any other trolling motor prop in the industry. The concept was simple, with more blade surface area and pitch, the prop didn’t have to turn as fast as smaller props on the market to go the same distance. Hence, in theory, the motor didn’t have to work as hard and this would save your batteries.  [Read more…]

Thank You Bass Professor

This is the cover shot of the first article ever written about Doug Hannon in Bassmaster Magazine. January 1978 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

This is the cover shot of the first article ever written about Doug Hannon in Bassmaster Magazine. January 1978 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Since we started the Bass Fishing Archives in March of 2012, a number of legends have passed. It’s one of those things we expect as people get older but it’s also something that still surprises us when it happens. Last year when Uncle Homer went to that big lake in the sky, we all were surprised but not shocked as he was pushing the century mark. This week, though, I would venture to say we all were startled when we started hearing rumblings of Doug “The Bass Professor” Hannon passing away.

I personally refrained from the internet jabber about the event. First off, Hannon was too young and secondly, you can never believe what’s said on the internet unless it comes from a solid source. I sent out emails to some friends in the industry who would know of the unfortunate event – yet I didn’t get any replies. This can both be good and bad. [Read more…]

A Big Bass Pioneer

L.J. Brasher’s Big Bass Wall of Fame, from Bassmaster Jan./Feb. 1980

I was surfing across the web the other night when I stumbled upon a story featuring L.J. Brasher. L.J. was one of the first, or at least one of the more well publicized strictly big bass chasers, tromping around the backroads of Florida looking for off the beaten path potholes harboring overlooked giant bass. He would fish for days at a time, chunking giant musky Jitterbugs all night long.   The year was 1980. Hank Parker had just won BASSMASTER Classic IX using a hot new technique called flipping developed out on the west coast. Lake San Vincente and the San Diego area in California was the talk of the big bass world, where a then 39 year old big bass angler named Bill Murphy spent hours developing a lead-core trolling method with repainted Rapala’s in rainbow trout color, plying the deep open waters during the winter. [Read more…]