Git Off Your Duff

Fangard Bass Pro Pole ad from 1982.

Fangard Bass Pro Pole ad from 1982.

Young anglers nowadays probably have no idea how anglers fished back in the day. Boats of the ‘60s, ‘70s and even through the ‘80s were sold one way – with “captain’s chairs” fore and aft. In fact, the higher-end boat companies not only sold their boats with these chairs, they offered chairs with arms as an upgrade. Nearly everyone sat when they were fishing – standing only when they hooked a fish or got a snag.

The trend to stand while fishing took a while for the everyday angler to catch on. In the small boats of the day, remember boats at the time were between 15- and 17-feet long, it was difficult to stand in rough water and no one wanted to take the chance of leaving the seats behind in the event the weather kicked up. [Read more…]

The Western Bass Pro Shops of the ’80s

Fangard Catalog ad from 1982 Western Bass Fishing Association magazine courtesy of Bill Rice.

Fangard Catalog ad from 1982 Western Bass Fishing Association magazine courtesy of Bill Rice.

Bass Pro Shops came out with their first flat-bound catalog in 1974 and featured everything that the bass angler needed when it came to bass fishing – right? Well, for the most part that could be true. Problem is every region or even lake has its own hot bait and even if Johnny Morris based his fledgling BPS from the concept of “having all the hot local stuff” it was literally impossible to do so. There ws no way that they could know what hot baits or techniques were being used all over the United States.

This is where small local mail order companies started popping up in all the local magazines and papers. We’ve talked about a few of them here on the Bass Fishing Archives before (here and here) and today we’ll touch on another one, this time western-bent Fangard. [Read more…]