Happy Birthday to a Twenty Year Old Dieting Deep Diver

Twenty years ago one of the best crankbaits that has ever been developed was born - the Bomber Fat Free Shad.

Twenty years ago one of the best crankbaits that has ever been developed was born – the Bomber Fat Free Shad.

Looking through the old “New Tackle for…” issues of Bassmaster, it quickly becomes clear that few new lures survive the open market for even a couple of years, let alone two decades. Of those that do live to fish another day or another year, many take a long time to gather a meaningful following. In that respect, the Bomber Fat Free Shad is something of an anomaly, a lure that was popular almost from the start, due in no small part to good design, a solid pro-staff and more than a bit of on-the-water advertising. While many of us can still remember its introduction, this year it celebrates its 20th birthday.

In 1994, PRADCO introduced the Pro Autograph Series of hard lures – proven baits that each bore a particular pro’s name and his suggested modifications or special paint schemes. They included the following lures: [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Name That Angler Answer and Winner

Youth Pic

A five-year-old Mark Davis seems a little shy holding this big trout. Photo courtesy of Tilly Davis.

Congratulations to JWM for winning this week’s trivia contest! This makes it his third win! To see the answers to this week’s contest, read below.

The picture is a little bit grainy, so it may be a little tough to decipher, but if you look closely the five year old pictured here with his prized catch resembles the professional angler he’s become decades later.

In order to win this week’s trivia contest, you’ll need to answer the following three questions: [Read more…]