Don Iovino – Western Doodle King

Don Iovino Bassmaster Classic XLV. Photo/Video Brenda Serrano.

Don Iovino Bassmaster Classic XLV. Photo/Video Brenda Serrano.

Not many people outside of the west know about Don Iovino – but you should. Iovino may not have been the angler who invented finesse fishing but in the west he was the guy who was the major proponent of light-line fishing and the use of electronics. Iovino was the guy who wasn’t just talking about fishing in deep water – and folks in the south, we considered deep water anything over 45 feet – but also fishing with lines as light as 6-pound test. [Read more…]

WBFA Team Champs 1979

1978 Western Bass team Champions. Spring 1979 issue WBFA Magazine.

1978 Western Bass team Champions. Spring 1979 issue WBFA Magazine.

A couple weeks ago Brian started a piece called Bass History in Photos. In this column we show a historically significant picture and hopefully you all fill in some blanks or at least talk about it. Well, this time I have a picture that many of you won’t have a clue who is in the picture – unless you’re from the West and fished in the early days – so I feel a bit obliged to at least introduce some fo the players.

So, what do we have here? This is a piece from Western Bass Magazine (Spring 1979 issue) talking about the winners from the 1978 Team Championship held at Lake Mead.  Of you’re not from the West, only one name will ring a bell. Unfortunately, three of the other five names could have been nationally recognized had they chosen to venture East and fish the Bassmaster circuit. I don’t know much about the other two. [Read more…]