Season at a Glance: 1977 Bassmaster Trail – Part Three

Alabama wins the 1977 Federation Team Championship on Kentucky Lake. Phot 1977 November/December issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Alabama wins the 1977 Federation Team Championship on Kentucky Lake. Phot 1977 November/December issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Somewhere between 1976 and 1977, the name of the B.A.S.S. Chapter had become the B.A.S.S. Federation. What didn’t change between those two years was the fact that the leader of the winning Federation team would again be invited to the Bassmaster Classic to compete against seasoned professionals and a chance at winning what was then called the “Super Bowl of Bass Fishing.”

1977 would also mark the fifth year for the Federation State Team Championship and the record-setting turnout of 35 states proved the championship had legs. As with the past, each state held qualifying events in order to put together a 6-man team to send to the Championship. In the past, the southerners had won every event – Tennessee (1973), Missouri (1974), Louisiana (1975) and Tennessee (1976) – and in the 1977 November/December issue of Bassmaster Magazine, B.A.S.S. poked a little fun at the teams outside of the South by saying: [Read more…]

The Golden Meteor: Reaching the 100 hp Milestone

March 11, 1966 ad in the Milwaukee Sentinel.

March 11, 1966 ad in the Milwaukee Sentinel.

Since the beginning of bass tournaments, outboard motors have been about bigger and faster. It’s hard to say which one drove the other. But I came across the program for the 1966 Sentinel Sports-Travel-Boat Show (Wisconsin) that was published on March 11 of that year, and in it are a pair of ads for a new engine being introduced by Johnson Motors that hit the 100hp mark, a milestone of sorts, called the Golden Meteor.

They state, “Never has an outboard engine provided such blazing response or so much usable power. What’s more, fuel economy is eye-opening. This new V-100 uses no more fuel than two-cycle outboards of substantially less horsepower.” The motor featured a “high-thrust, low drag lower unit,” which supposedly did wonders for acceleration after hole shot. There was also a tuned exhaust, improved carburetion, and a straight-through fuel induction system. [Read more…]

Old Boat Ads – 1971

1971 Glastron Boat ad.

The last time we looked at bass boat ads from 1970. This time we move a year later to 1971 and check out what had changed in a year. Although there were only five boat ads in the 1970s Bass Master Magazines – Master Molders Kingfisher, Ranger, Terry Astroglass and Ouachita – there were eight boat manufacturers in the 1971 issues. It was obvious that the bass boat industry was beginning to blossom. [Read more…]