Monday Trivia – Name the Year Answer and Winner (February 16, 2015)

Old school smallmouth bass "grip and grin" photo

1884 Minnesota Historical Society photo

There were 3 correct guesses this week (of 17), and the first of those to post was from Thomas Zaleski. Congrats to Thomas for winning this week’s Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. For the story behind this awesome picture, keep reading.

Once again we’ll do something different with Monday Trivia. This week, you don’t have to know your bass pros. You don’t have to know any fishing history. You don’t have to dig out any patch-laden jumpsuits from your closet and post a picture of you wearing it – though that would be entertaining. Nope – this week, EVERYONE has a chance at winning our prize package, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits.

Here’s all you have to do.

Take a look at the picture in this post, click to enlarge if that will help you out, and then simply take your best guess as to what year this picture is from. Post it as a comment in this thread. The first person to guess it correctly, or the person who gets closest to the actual year (again, earliest poster wins if multiple same close guesses) will be our winner. Only one guess per reader allowed. We’ll announce that winner, as well as the story/history behind this picture on Thursday. Everyone – give us your best guess!

The story behind this picture follows: [Read more…]

Al (Lindy) Lindner 1970

Photo June, 1970 Fishing Facts magazine.

Photo June, 1970 Fishing Facts magazine.

Recently I was scanning through an old 1970 fishing facts magazine looking for ideas to write about and came across this picture of Al Lindner. At the time “Lindy” was guiding on lakes in Minnesota and Texas as well as running Lindy Tackle with his brother Ron.

We’ve discussed this before, the relationship between the Lindners, George Pazik and Bill Binkelman, and how it changed the face of fishing forever. The group took the knowledge of the past, expanded on it and printed it in a much more reader-friendly manner. They also developed their own techniques, tactics and procedures for locating and catching bass. [Read more…]

Categorizing Crankbait Depths

Bagley crankbaits, photo credit R. Yoder Graphics

Bagley crankbaits, photo credit R. Yoder Graphics

The bassin’ world has seen its share of crankbait crazes, usually tied to an approximate depth range that a “hot” bait will run. For example, we seem to have recently come out of a shallow phase with the popularity of squarebills, and are now re-entering a deepwater phase with baits like the 6XD and 10XD, especially with “ledge events” being held during the summer. From a historical perspective, everybody surely remembers the ‘kneel and reel’ period made famous by Paul Elias, as well as the David Fritts deep crankbait era. Somewhere in there was the popularity of shallow runners such as the Mann’s 1-, or the Rat-L-Trap. Some lasted longer than others, but in each case, a series of events would make one style of bait the most popular way of cranking at the time. [Read more…]

The 1975 Lindy/Little Joe Catalog

The 1975 Lindy/Little Joe product catalog.

The 1975 Lindy/Little Joe product catalog.

The Lindy Tackle Company was formed around 1968 by Ron and Al Lindner, with some help from some of the guys in the famed Nisswa Guides League. They were probably most famous for the Lindy Rig, a slip-sinker live bait rig that became a standard in walleye fishing circles. In 1973, they sold the company to Ray-O-Vac,  who also acquired Mille Lacs Mfg. (Joe Fladebo). Together they formed Ray-O-Vac’s Fishing Tackle Division.

In 1974, Lindy/Little Joe staffer Al Lindner won the Tennessee Invitational (B.A.S.S. event) held on Watts Bar Res. This catalog came out shortly after that, and just a little before the Lindner’s left the Fishing Tackle Division of Ray-O-Vac (1975) to form the now legendary In-Fisherman Communication Network. A look through the catalog reveals some interesting trends in the bass world that were popular, or at least common place, at the time. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Zell on Top Answer and Winner (September 9, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.com

Photo Bassmaster.com

Although the two readers that commented on this week’s trivia contest were close, they both missed the last question, “who won big bass and what did he catch it on?”Come back next week for a chance to win a $25 e-coupon from Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. For the answers, read below.

Texan Zell Rowland earned his first B.A.S.S. victory at the 1986 Super-Invitational, weighing in 27 bass over the course of four days that totaled 39 pounds 6 ounces and thereby beating 225 other pros. Since that time he’s won four more, including two wins at Alabama’s Lake Guntersville. The most recent B.A.S.S. trophy on his mantle came in 2005.

Rowland’s average of just under 10 pounds a day may seem paltry, but it looms large when viewed in the context of others’ catches – stars including Jack Chancellor (1 pound), Ken Cook (1-11) and Roland Martin (2-06) all failed to crack the code of Chattanooga’s Chickamauga and Nickajack Lakes. [Read more…]

Meet the Skyline Prostaff – 1976

Skyline Industries 100% graphite rods, In-Fisherman, May 1976.

Skyline Industries 100% graphite rods, In-Fisherman, May 1976.

We’ve talked about the advent of graphite (carbon fiber) into fishing rods before on the site, which happened in the early 70s. One of those early graphite rod pioneers was a company out of Texas called Skyline Industries. Back in December 1975, Skyline applied for a patent on the use of carbon fiber (Graphite fiber fishing rod – United States Patent 4043074), which they were later granted on 08/23/1977. But this piece isn’t focused so much on that technology as it is on the marketing at the time. [Read more…]

The Writers: Paul Prorok

Writer (now photographer) Paul Prorok

Writer (now photographer) Paul Prorok

Do you recognize the man in the picture to your left? If I tell you that his name is Paul Prorok, does that mean anything to you? Chances are, while you might not recall the name right off the top of your head, you’ll certainly remember some of his work in the world of bass fishing. Here’s a quick history of writer Paul Prorok, past and present.

What started this topic for me was an article I just finished reading in the December 1967 issue of ‘Fishing News’ titled, “Chicago Fishermen Chose Warm Air and Plastic Worm to Catch More Than 30 Bass on a Weekend.” Now that’s a mouthful, but such was the way that Bill Binkelman structured his articles when he ran ‘Fishing News.’ [Read more…]

When Al and Ron Talk, EF Hutton Listens

Ron and Al Lindner's new reprint of their 1974 book Catching Fishing written with Bill Binkelman of Fishing Facts magazine.

Ron and Al Lindner’s new reprint of their 1974 book Catching Fishing written with Bill Binkelman of Fishing Facts magazine.

I don’t know about you but I have been a fan of the Lindners ever since I read my first In-Fisherman magazine sometime in the mid-70s. Their approach to fishing along with that of Bill Binkelman, Buck Perry, Jason Lucas and Homer Circle changed the face of fishing and put all of us on the path to a better understanding of fish, their environments and how to catch them.

In 1974 the Lindner brothers along with Bill Binkelman of Fishing Facts magazine put together a booklet entitled Catching Fish. Actually is was a book containing over 380 pages and a thousand photos, with a number of their works and findings from 1964 to 1974 that were coalesced into a tabular format. As you flipped the page over, the next page was read from the top down. It contained pictures from the era, hand-drawn diagrams and directions on how to master certain techniques and tactics. In all it was an encyclopedia of advanced angling that I must say was the best of its time – without a doubt. [Read more…]

F+L+P=S: Bass Fishing’s Most Recognizable ‘Formula’

In-Fisherman's well recognized founding 'Formula'

In-Fisherman’s well recognized founding ‘Formula’

While it might be possible that Albert Einstein’s formula for his theory of general relativity, E=mc2, might be the most recognized formula in the world, that probably isn’t the case in the bassin’ world. I’m guessing the IN-Fisherman formula, F (fish) +L (location) +P (presentation) = S (success), arguably the one concept that the entire organization was premised upon, might give the former a run for its money. But what readers might find interesting is that wasn’t the original formula. Call it Version 2.0. if you will. So what was before F+L+P=S? [Read more…]

An Impossible Cast – Glen Andrews and the Birth of Professional Bass Fishing

An Impossible Cast Glen AndrewsAn Impossible Cast – Glen Andrews and the Birth of Professional Bass Fishing. I pride myself at being a student of bass fishing and its history. I realize I don’t know everything and always welcome new ideas, concepts and historical views of the way things happened back when this whole bass fishing thing started. It took me by surprise, though, when Ron Lindner, of In-Fisherman fame, contacted me the day this site launched.

Ron said, in about as many words, “If you haven’t heard of Glen Andrews and his place in competitive bass fishing, you need to find out about it.”

Now I tend to listen to people when they bring to my attention something I don’t know about but when Ron Lindner says something like that, my ears perk up. I’d never heard of Glen Andrews let alone his contributions to bass fishing. I went on a search for information.

The beauty of this day and age is the ability to search out information on the internet. One quick search of Glen Andrews in Google popped up a number of hits, including a page on Facebook, called, “An Impossible Cast.”

I went to the Facebook page and got in contact with D. Shane Andrews, the son of Glen Andrews. After talking with Shane, he directed me where to get a copy of the book he wrote about his father, I purchased it and read it within a week. To say its amazing would be the biggest understatement of the year.

You may be like me and had never heard of this man but when you read the book, you’ll come to the realization Glen was not just an amazing angler but one of the forerunners of what we call competitive bass fishing today. If you don’t believe me, check out this paragraph from the book written by Bobby Murray:

[Glen Andrews] is probably the greatest angler that no one has ever heard of. However, his influence on modern bass fishing is unparalleled by any other angler. Glen mentored fishing greats such as Bill Dance, Jerry McKinnis, Bobby and Billy Murray, Don Butler Ray Scott and a host of others who were an integral part of professional bass fishing history…… Glen was the first true, professional bass angler. His insights into seasonal bass migrations, structure fishing, lure development and lure presentations helped forge the basis of many of the country’s leading bass fishing authorities of today.

The book is filled with the history of the sport at a time when there was no history. It’s a must read for those who are ardent historians of the sport and a “you need to read” if you’re a bass fisherman.

For a copy of the book go to An Impossible Cast. You can also read more about Glen Andrews on Facebook.

Old Midwest Ranger Boat Ads

ranger_boats_logoRanger Boats has been a key player in the fishing and boating industry for over 40 years, and has become a household name among boating and bassin’ families all across the country. Here’s a brief snippet of Ranger history according to The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture: [Read more…]

In-Fisherman’s First “Ads”

What's special about this particular issue of IF?

What’s special about this particular issue of IF?

I wanted to follow-up more on the earliest In-Fisherman magazines, as I’ve become a bit obsessed lately with this period in bass fishing history. In Tuesday’s piece about the first In-Fisherman magazine ever published, I mentioned their initial trumpeting of being a magazine not beholden to advertisers, as there were none in those early issues. That initial concept lasted less than a year though. In the May 1976 edition, they included the first “ads” to be published in the magazine. However, Al didn’t refer to them as such in his opening editorial. [Read more…]