Your Legacy Will Live On Harold

Harold Sharp B.A.S.S. Tournament Director 1970 to 1986.

Harold Sharp B.A.S.S. Tournament Director 1970 to 1986.

Without fail, it seems every year one of bass fishing’s forefathers passes to the great lake in the sky and the sport is left with a gaping hole. In 2012 we lost Homer Circle and in 2013, Doug Hannon. In January of this year we lost lure giant Cotton Cordell and I was hoping that would be it – there just aren’t many of the old-timers left – and from my selfish perspective, they have so much to offer with respect to the history of our beloved sport.

Then last week, we lost a man who helped change the sport of bass fishing to make it what it is today. That man was Harold Sharp. Yes, Ray Scott gets the credit for starting the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society – that fact will never be argued. And, Ray started the sport the right way, by making sure there was a firm set of rules and that every angler adhered to them. But it was Harold Sharp who, along with Ray Scott, wrote the B.A.S.S. rules, regulations and bylaws, started the B.A.S.S. Chapter (what would eventually become The Federation/Nation) and started the Chattanooga Bass Club – all in the same night. (if you’d like to read the story, click on this link from one of Harold’s columns back from March, 2013) [Read more…]

1975 Bassmaster Classic by Bob McNally

Harold Sharp (center) weighs Roger Moore's (behind Sharp) fish as Fishing Facts editor Spence Petros (left) looks on. Photo by Bob McNally.

Harold Sharp (center) weighs Roger Moore’s (behind Sharp) fish as Fishing Facts editor Spence Petros (left) looks on. Bassmaster Magazine editor Bob Cobb is in the right bottom corner. Photo by Bob McNally.

I recently received some photos from long-time outdoor writer, videographer and angler Bob McNally. Within the 20 or so photos he sent were five photographs taken at the 1975 Bassmaster Classic held at Currituck Sound, NC. We previously wrote about the 1975 Classic, in which rookie Bassmaster Tour angler Jack Hains won by six pounds over Marvin Baker. [Read more…]

Season at a Glance: 1977 Bassmaster Trail – Part Five

Not a "natural lake specialist," Rick Clunn would fight his demons and end up winning the 1977 Bassmaster Classic on Florida's Lake Toho despite the fact he had never weighed more than 13 pounds in any event held in the sunshine state. Photo from a Bagley's ad in the Feruary 1978 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Not a “natural lake specialist,” Rick Clunn would fight his demons and end up winning the 1977 Bassmaster Classic on Florida’s Lake Toho despite the fact he had never weighed more than 13 pounds in any event held in the sunshine state. Photo from a Bagley’s ad in the Feruary 1978 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

[Editor’s Note: This is the final part of the five-part series on the 1977 Bassmaster tournament trail. To read the other parts, click on the appropriate link – part one (the first half of the season), part two (the second half of the season), part three (the Federation Championship), part four (the Classic Contenders).]

Since 1971 Bassmaster Trail anglers fished not only to win, but to qualify for what had become fishing’s biggest event of the year, the Bassmaster Classic. Through six events anglers would accumulate points in hopes of making the year-end event that, even at that time, was being billed as the Super Bowl of bass fishing.

In 1977 the rules stated that the top 24 anglers from the AOY race would be selected plus an additional angler from the Federation Championship. There was also another rule, one that actually brought the Classic contender list up to 26, that stated if an angler fished every event in the year and won one, he’d also qualify for the Classic. Dave Gliebe did such and was the 26th man invited. [Read more…]

Memories of an Original Tournament Brat – Joey Breckenridge

Rayo Breckenridge and his wife Marilyn. Photo courtesy of Joey Breckenridge.

Rayo Breckenridge and his wife Marilyn. Photo courtesy of Joey Breckenridge.

We’ve covered a lot of of stories about the original tournament anglers here on the Bass Fishing Archives – a list too long to even think of listing. What we haven’t covered are the kids who travelled with them, or as the subject of this piece referred to them, the original tournament brats. Today’s subject is about the memories of one such kid, dragged to bass tournaments during his formative years and getting to hang with people like Ray Scott, Tom Mann and Bob Cobb.

A lot of today’s anglers do them same. Prior to an event, campgrounds fill with families, many of which have small children. What may look like your tyical family outting is far from it. Mothers are preparing school lessons or booking the next seminar engagement for their husbands and the men are either out on the lake working or at the campground preparing for their work the next day. The kids? Well, they’re either studying or just being kids. [Read more…]

Classic VII – BASS Classic Radio Network

BASS Classic Radio Network. September/October issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

BASS Classic Radio Network. September/October issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

I’ve been reading through a bunch of old Bassmaster Magazines lately looking for relevant Classic information to post and ran across this interesting piece of advertising in the September/October 1977 issue of Bassmaster Magazine. Titled “Live From the Bass Masters Classic,” the ad was to not only let would-be Classic followers know that Classic VII was going to be broadcast on the radio, but more importantly let radio stations know they too could host the Bass Masters Classic on their station.

The ’77 BASS Classic Radio Network was obviously the outcome from Classic VI when Scott entitled the use of CB radios for the first time. In Classic VI, each writer/observer who was placed in a boat with the Classic anglers was given a Radio Shack One-Hander 2-way radio in order to not only report up-to-the-minute catches (and losses) back to B.A.S.S. headquarters but to also keep shore-bound spectators up to date and bring excitement to the event. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Some Classic History Answers and Winner (February 10, 2014)

Bobby Murray, winner of Bassmaster Classic I. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Bobby Murray, winner of Bassmaster Classic I. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Congratulations to Keith for winning this week’s trivia contest! There was a slight modification to the answers that we’re going to let slip.  Ken Duke pointed out that Stan Sloan did not make the 1976 Classic and he (and others) were right. I did not count him in the original answer because Stan only fished two events in the 1976 season. For the answers, read below.

With Bassmaster Classic XLIV (that’s 44) only a couple of weeks away, we thought it would be appropriate to make the next two weeks’ trivia contests of a Classic nature. The Classic, which was born in 1971, started out as a relatively obscure event where no one other than Ray Scott, Bob Cobb, Harold Sharp and very few others knew the venues beforehand. Because of this, the turnout for the event was small for those first six Classic.

Then in 1977, Scott and team announced the venue early and the event took on a whole new life. Today Classic week has one of, if not the largest tackle and boat expos and, for the anglers, one of the largest payouts in bass fishing. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Some Classic History (February 10, 2014)

Bobby Murray, winner of Bassmaster Classic I. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Bobby Murray, winner of Bassmaster Classic I. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

With the Bassmaster Classic XLIV (that’s 44) only a couple of weeks away, we thought it would be appropriate to make the next two weeks’ trivia contests of a Classic nature. The Classic, which was born in 1971, started out as a relatively obscure event where no one other than Ray Scott, Bob Cobb, Harold Sharp and very few others knew the venues beforehand. Because of this, the turnout for the event was small for those first six Classics.

Then in 1977, Scott and team announced the venue early and the event took on a whole new life. Today Classic week has one of, if not the largest tackle and boat expos and, for the anglers, one of the largest payouts in bass fishing. [Read more…]

B.A.S.S. – Bubbas Taking on Industry and Angling

Vintage B.A.S.S. Peg  A Polluter patch circa early 70s.

Vintage B.A.S.S. Peg A Polluter patch circa early 70s.

When you became a part of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society back in the day it was a big thing. It felt more like you were part of a club than just another magazine subscriber. The reason for this, in my opinion, was because of all the things B.A.S.S. was doing on the side. Not only were they a tournament organization who printed the only bass-centric magazine, they were fighting pollution and they also took the Catch-and-Release doctrine that the fly fishermen had for so long tried to push and actually got it to stick – with bubba bass anglers to boot. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Some Bassmaster History Answers and Winner (June 24, 2013)

Harold SharpUnfortunately no one was able to guess this week’s answers on the Bass Fishing Archives Monday Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. We knew one of these was a tough piece of history but didn’t realize all of them were this tough. Look next week for an easier question(s). In the meantime, the answers to these are preented below.

Here at the Bass Fishing Archives we are always looking for cool trivia questions. Much as in other sports, there’s a ton of statistics and data on our sport that allow us to look back at significant times and events that shaped our sport. This week’s trivia questions are no different.

You all have read Harold Sharp’s stories here on the Bass Fishing Archives and you also know he’s a treasure trove of information when it comes to the early years of B.A.S.S. and bass fishing history. We’ve all enjoyed the stories he reflects on from time to time here and we also appreciate the time he takes to make sure we “get it right” here at the BFAs. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Some Bassmaster History (June 24, 2013)

Harold SharpHere at the Bass Fishing Archives we are always looking for cool trivia questions. Much as in other sports, there’s a ton of statistics and data on our sport that allow us to look back at significant times and events that shaped our sport. This week’s trivia questions are no different.

You all have read Harold Sharp’s stories here on the Bass Fishing Archives and you also know he’s a treasure trove of information when it comes to the early years of B.A.S.S. and bass fishing history. We’ve all enjoyed the stories he reflects on from time to time here and we also appreciate the time he takes to make sure we “get it right” here at the BFAs. [Read more…]

The 1970 Bassmaster Angler of the Year

Harold Sharp[Editor’s Note: This is Harold Sharp’s recollections of how the first Bassmaster Angler of the Year was awarded in 1970. There are a lot of questions surrounding it due to the fact that there was no actual race and if based on points (or pounds) Roland Martin would have won.]

There are some question as to when and where the B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year started. Here’s how I remember it.

The year was 1970 and B.A.S.S. tournaments were scored on a point system based on X number of points per ounce of bass weighed in. This point system was used by Ray Scott in his first tournament at Beaver Lake and I believe the points were used because the score looked better on the scoreboard. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Lone Star Learning Answer and Winner (May 20, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.com

Photo Bassmaster.com

Congratulations to Art Miller for giving the correct answer to this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For the answer read below.

Denny Brauer’s victory in the 1984 Bassmaster Texas Invitational was the first of his 17 wins with B.A.S.S. Over the next three decades, he achieved just about every milestone possible, including a Megabucks win, a Superstars win and a Classic win. He even won at Rayburn again, just two years later, but that was his last B.A.S.S. victory in the Lone Star State. He liked the Nation of Texas enough to retire there upon leaving the Elites and managed an EverStart Texas Division victory on Toledo Bend earlier this year. [Read more…]