Monday Trivia – Bull Shoals Lake Events (Answers and Winner; March 2, 2015)

Rick Garlough discusses his win at Bull Shoals as Ray Scott presents his trophy. Photo February 1977 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Rick Garlough discusses his win at Bull Shoals as Ray Scott presents his trophy. Photo February 1977 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

We had two guesses this week, and both were correct. However, the first to reply wins, so congrats to JKarbo214 for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. To winning answers appear at the end of this post.

Bull Shoals Lake in Arkansas is one of the more famous Ozark impoundments, and B.A.S.S. has stopped there over half a dozen times throughout its history. This week’s trivia question will deal with some of that history surrounding this famous lake. In order to win this week’s contest, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, you’ll need to answer the following three questions correctly. Good luck! [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Bull Shoals Lake Events

Rick Garlough discusses his win at Bull Shoals as Ray Scott presents his trophy. Photo February 1977 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Rick Garlough discusses his win at Bull Shoals as Ray Scott presents his trophy. Photo February 1977 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Bull Shoals Lake in Arkansas is one of the more famous Ozark impoundments, and B.A.S.S. has stopped there over half a dozen times throughout its history. This week’s trivia question will deal with some of that history surrounding this famous lake. In order to win this week’s contest, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, you’ll need to answer the following three questions correctly. Good luck! [Read more…]

Doodle Socking 1961

Doodle Socking for Bass by Don Fuelsch. Don Fuelsch's 1961 Southern Angler's Guide.

Doodle Socking for Bass by Don Fuelsch. Don Fuelsch’s 1961 Southern Angler’s Guide page 2.

The controversy and allegations that flipping were just forms of doodle socking have been around since Dee Thomas won the 1975 Arkansas Invitational on Bull Shoals Lake. The short-line may have looked like doodle socking to the untrained eye but it was more of a system than doodle socking ever dreamed of being.

The interesting fact of the matter is that Thomas, who invented his technique, was a died-in-the-wool doodle-socker until his tournament competition made him move from his 12-foot Lew’s Hawg Hauler rods to something shorter. It was this, maybe, unwanted rule change that led him to develop one of the most widely used techniques in bass fishing history. [Read more…]

The Whole Flippin’ Story

The Whole Flippin' Story as written in Fenwick's 1976 tri-fold pamphlet. Printed in the March/April 1978 issue of American Bass Fisherman. Page 1 of 5.

The Whole Flippin’ Story as written in Fenwick’s 1976 tri-fold pamphlet. Printed in the March/April 1978 issue of American Bass Fisherman. Page 1 of 5.

I will readily admit, I am a Dee Thomas groupie. I give all the credit to him for the flipping technique and concept, amidst the hate mails I get from others who say he didn’t invent it. I’ve taken a lot of time on this site to write pieces pertaining to the subject because I feel the whole story, although it’s been written and told over the years, hasn’t been told in a long time and needs to be consolidated in one place – preferably here at the Bass Fishing Archives.

On this site you’ve undoubtedly seen and hopefully read; Controlled Structure Fishing, Flippin’: A Concept 1, Flippin’: A Concept 2, Flippin’: A Concept 3, The Birth of the Flippin’ Stik 1 and The Birth of the Flippin’ Stik 2. As I said, we’ve devoted a lot of space here to the subject. [Read more…]

A Follow Up on Flipping and Living Rubber Jigs

The Brawley Bass Bug, one of the earliest living rubber jigs on the market

The Brawley Bass Bug, one of the earliest living rubber jigs on the market

I recently added a lot more magazines to my bass fishing library, and as I’m going through them, I’m coming across some great historical articles. One of those I just read was in the April-May 1977 In’Fisherman magazine. The article is titled “Seek the thickest cover…Dave Gliebe’s Frontal Tactics for Largemouth On Hill-Land Reservoirs.” The story covers more than a dozen pages, documenting what are largely “the basics” of flipping, though they refer to what Gliebe was doing as “‘lever jigging’…an outgrowth of a widely used California system called ‘flipping,’ which itself is a variation of the old ‘doodle-socking’ (vertical jigging) system.”. [Read more…]

Frank E. Hauck – The Living Rubber Connection

Dee Thomas (L) and Frank Hauck (R) sipping a cold one after their win on Lake Nacimiento in 1974. Photo California Lunker Club Newsletter June 1974. Notice the "Lew's Hats on their heads.

Dee Thomas (L) and Frank Hauck (R) sipping a cold one after their win on Lake Nacimiento in 1974. Photo California Lunker Club Newsletter June 1974. Notice the “Lew’s Hats on their heads.

I’ve been waiting for some more information prior to posting this piece but with the passing of Charlie Reed last week, I felt I couldn’t wait any longer. This piece is a tribute to Frank Hauck – inventor and bass fisherman.

Readers of the Bass Fishing Archives may well remember the name Frank Hauck. He’s been written about here a few times before – namely with his early tournament partner Dee Thomas (here and here). Hauck was not only the guy who convinced Thomas to start competitive fishing, he was Thomas’ first sponsor. But what he is little known for outside his native northern California is his contribution to the tackle industry – namely jigs. [Read more…]

Season at a Glance: 1975 Bassmaster Trail – Part One

Photo Bassmaster Magazine March/April 1975 issue.

Photo Bassmaster Magazine March/April 1975 issue.

This is part one of a three-part series on the 1975 Bassmaster Tournament Trail. Part one will cover the first half of the tournament season, part two will cover the second half and part three will cover the 1975 Bassmaster Classic. There will also be sections on the 1975 Federation Championship and a lead-in article showing Classic contenders and their bios.

The 1975 Bassmaster Tournament Trail started off with a number of rules changes and introduced a new concept in tournament angling – fly-fishing tournaments. Although the horsepower race was already a concern, the ’75 season saw B.A.S.S. finally put into law horsepower restrictions on bass boats. The maximum horsepower allowed on any bass rig would be dictated by the new U.S. Coast Guard capacity plate issued with every boat. For those boats that didn’t have these plates, a restriction was placed on the boat depending on its length. [Read more…]

A Look Back at 2012 Part One

Dee Thomas, father of flipping, wins another event with the long rod - this time Lake Havasu in 1977.

Dee Thomas, father of flipping, wins another event with the long rod – this time Lake Havasu in 1977.

On March 5, 2012 the Bass Fishing Archives became a real entity. None of us here knew if it would become a success or not – frankly we didn’t care. All we cared about was documenting the history of the sport so it wouldn’t be forgotten. In these last 9 months, it’s become obvious to us that there are a lot of you out there too that hold the history of bass fishing in high regard. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t visit the site.

So this week through January 2, 2013 we’re gonna post some of the top stories on the Bass Fishing Archives. These are the stories that received the most reader views over the last 12 months. We hope you enjoy them and we’ll see you on January 2 with a bunch of new stuff! [Read more…]

Just Buy a Flippin’ Reel Would’ya

Gator Flip Flipping Bar 1980.

J&L Tool Inc. hit the mark when they realized a double handle was by far better than the single, counterbalanced handles of the day. Their solution was the ever-popular Gator Grip, a handle you found on nearly every serious bassers’ reels of the day. Its soft texture provided grip and if your fingers did happen to slip off a handle there was another close by the grab a hold of quickly.

Shortly after they came out with the Gator Grip, J&L came out with the palming cup that would fit snuggly on the spool-tension sideplate and give the angler a more comfortable reel to palm. I don’t think they did too well with that product because in 10 years of working at the tackle shop, I don’t recall any customer buying one let alone having one on any reel I spooled with line – and we spooled at least 200 reels a week. [Read more…]

Flippin’: A Concept. Not Just a Technique – Part Three

Hank Parker flipping his way to a 1979 Classic Vistory. Photo BassMaster Magazine February 1980.

This is part three of a three-part series on the concept of flipping and the effect it had on the sport. In this final installment, we talked with Hank Parker and Denny Brauer about how th technique changed their careers. To read Part One click here and to read Part Two click here

Hank Parker

Although Hank Parker may not have designed a lure or piece of equipment having to do with flipping, he is arguably the angler who put the technique on the map for good.

Up until the ’79 Classic on Lake Texoma, flipping wasn’t much more than something serious anglers kept to themselves. Yes it had been the determining technique to win national events and had been written about in Bass Master Magazine – a six-part series in 1976 –still few anglers had adopted the long rod into their repertoire.

That all changed when Parker won the ’79 Classic – flipping had finally come of age. [Read more…]

Ads from the Past – Heavy Cover Specialist

Shimano Brush Buster ad.

As Terry Battisti has documented here, here, here and here, by the late 1970s the flipping technique was firmly established in the pros’ repertoires and in the bass public’s consciousness. Fenwick was one of the tackle companies that jumped on the flipping train early in its route, but others were slow to pick up the pace. Sure, some manufacturers rushed items to market that fit the parameters of the technique – namely 7’6” broomstick rods – but not all of them were truly suited to the task.

By the mid-1980s, Shimano made an effort to capitalize on the technique’s increasing acceptance and popularity. The Japanese reel manufacturer introduced the Bantam Brush Buster baitcasting reel, which noted on its hood that it was “Designed Exclusively for Flipping.” [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – What’s My Line?

 

The results from the 1993 Texas Invitational remind me of Paul Elias:

My Elias fixation may seem odd. He didn’t have a poor tournament at Rayburn in 1993, finishing tied for 24th among a stout field of competitors, but his performance didn’t stand out.

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