Stan Sloan – The Aggravator

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Stan Sloan Zorro Bait Company ad from 1974.

This week part of Pete’s trivia quiz had to do with a pretty famous spinnerbait – the Fleck Weed Wader. That post sparked my memory in that before the Weed Wader became popular by winning three straight Classics, another spinnerbait had gained national success by some pretty hefty wins. That bait was The Aggravator by Stan Sloan’s Zorro Bait Company.

For example, Bobby Murray used it to win Bassmaster Classic I and it’s reported that Roland Martin used it to weigh big fish for the same event. Then in 1972 Ricky Green used The Aggravator to place second in Classic II and he also had big fish for the event on the same lure. Don Butler won Classic II with, you guessed it, his Okie Bug spinnerbait. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Tommy Martin Started Fast, Keeps on Going Answer and Winner (March 10, 2014)

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Tommy Martin hoists the 1974 Bassmaster Classic trophy. Photo

Congratulations to Andy Williamson for winning this week’s trivia contest! For the answers read below.

As Terry has previously outlined, the 1974 Bassmaster Classic field was chock-full of anglers who became legends in the sport of bass fishing. Of the 29 competitors, though, only a few are still actively competing in tournaments for a living. Some, like Billy Westmorland, Rayo Breckenridge and Stan Sloan, have passed away. Others, including Johnny Morris, Al Lindner, Bill Dance and Bobby Murray, have pursued other opportunities in the industry. Meanwhile, even as relative contemporaries like Denny Brauer and George Cochran have retired, 40 years later Roland Martin, Rick Clunn and winner Tommy Martin keep on going strong. [Read more…]

It’s the Little Things That Matter

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Can you guess what is special about this bait?

There are some things in the fishing industry that we probably take for granted simply because that’s the way it’s been for as long as many can remember. Kind of like the articles I read every so often about things in my generation that today’s kids have never heard of because they became nearly obsolete with the advances in technology (8-track, typewriters, etc.). While this one might not fall exactly into that category, take a look at the picture on the left and see if you can figure out the significance of it.

Give up? [Read more…]

Season at a Glance: 1976 Bassmaster Trail Part Three

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Rick Clunn wins his first of four Bassmaster Classic at the 1976 Bassmaster Classic at Lake Guntersville. Photo Cover February 1977 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

[Editor’s Note: This is part 3 of a three-part series on the 1976 Bassmaster Trail season. To read Part 1 click here, to read Part 2 click here. To read about the 1976 Federation Chapter Championship, click here and to read about the Classic contenders, click here.]

Classic VI, as with all the prior five Bassmaster Classics, was a mystery lake and the venue wouldn’t be divulged until all participants were on the chartered DC-8 bound for the event. It was even stated in the Bassmaster Classic report that “even the pilot of the chartered jet didn’t know the final destination.” Once it was announced that Alabama’s Lake Guntersville would be the host of the ’76 event, the anglers began strategizing with maps provided by B.A.S.S. [Read more…]