Swedish Record Ambassadeur – 1954

Swedish Record Ambassadeur 5000 ad from June 1954. From The Fisherman magazine.

Swedish Record Ambassadeur 5000 ad from June 1954. From The Fisherman magazine.

About a year ago we posted a piece regarding an old Ambasadeur 5000/6000 ad from 1955 and the fact that Garcia wasn’t mentioned anywhere. I contacted Bill Sonnett, who sent me the ad in the first place, and asked him what the deal was and who exactly was Julian A. Wesseler. He sent me to one of the ABU experts of the world, Fred Ribb, who explained to me that although Garcia was given the first shot at representing ABU in the U.S. in 1954, they balked at the chance and Julian Wesseler became the first rep in the states.

Well, tonight as I was reading through a stack of early 1950s The Fisherman magazines, I found not only an early ad but an actual write-up by Art Hutt on the new Swedish Ambassadeur. [Read more…]

Let’s Look Back – Part 36

Abe Schiller, just about as well known as "Mister Las Vegas," is shown in this 1952 picture of some of the fish he'd taken from Lake Mead.  At the time Lake Mead was producing some of the best bass and crappie angling in the entire country. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

Abe Schiller, just about as well known as “Mister Las Vegas,” is shown in this 1952 picture of some of the fish he’d taken from Lake Mead. At the time Lake Mead was producing some of the best bass and crappie angling in the entire country. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

I gave the first casting demonstration that amounted to anything at the old Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles way back in 1952.

Now let’s fast forward to a demonstration I did about 10 years ago at an International Sportsmen’s Exposition in Denver. I didn’t have any of the white whiskers at that early Los Angeles show that I do now. And when I’d been on my feet all day and had given three or four formal presentations, as I had that day in Denver, I was ready to order a cold beer and then head for the barn. [Read more…]

The Writers: Stan Fagerstrom – Part Three

Fagerstrom sits with some children interested in learning how to cast. Photo courtesy of Stan Fagerstrom.

In Parts One and Two Stan talked about his early life, his time in the U.S. Army during World War II, his early writing, the first Bassmaster Classic, and various folks he met in the industry who had an impact on his life as an outdoor figure. In Part Three, Stan will cover how he got into trick casting and how it changed his life.

From Writing to Casting

Although Fagerstrom is an award-winning outdoor writer whose bylines have appeared in most of the bass magazines known to the industry, he’s every bit as well known in another area of the sport – casting. He’s internationally recognized as a casting expert with a variety of rods and reels and during my interview with him, I asked him how this came about. Here’s what he had to say about his experiences casting. [Read more…]