College Bassin’ Back in My Day

The front cover of the Bass Fishing Institute manual.

The front cover of the Bass Fishing Institute manual.

If you read and follow any of the major Tours or media outlets covering the sport, you know that college bassing has started to take on a life of its own. When you mention “growing the sport”, this and the high school level is where it’s going to happen. But before the current crop of college level competition came to be, and well before the Bass University (Ike, Gluszek) was around, there were other college bass fishing programs in place, sort of. Here’s a couple I was involved in that were right here in Indiana. [Read more…]

Bass In the Classroom

A Bass Fishing Institute Study Book from the early 80s.

Today’s anglers are probably familiar with The Bass University classes organized and run by Mike Iaconelli and Pete Gluszek. What many may not realize is that this is a concept that is almost as old as the sport of bass fishing itself. In fact, you have to go back to 1975, when Billy Murray, Sport Fishing Hall of Fame member, and brother Bobby Murray, 2X Bassmaster Classic winner, first formed and organized the Bass Fishing Institute, in conjunction with the American Institute of Bass Fishing and Indiana State University, of Terre Haute, Ind.. [Read more…]