Jigging at Okeechobee

Chris Daniels. Photo FLWOutdoors.com.

Chris Daniels. Photo FLWOutdoors.com.

Today it’s no secret that a jig is a top tool for fishing reed heads and other heavy cover at Florida lakes. It surprised no one that Ish Monroe won the Elite Series event on Okeechobee in 2012 by pitching and flipping. What surprised some people, though is that when the bite got tougher for him on Day Three he put down the punching plastics and picked up a black and blue Medlock Jig, a double-weedguarded leadhead that had become increasingly popular in the Sunshine State. He ended up beating his nearest competitor by nearly 13 pounds.

A year earlier, Florida guide Brandon Medlock had won his first major tournament , a Southeastern EverStart on Okeechobee, fishing that same jig, which is made by his father. As with Monroe, his jig was black and blue. He paired it with a black and blue Zoom Big Salty Chunk. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Victorious Velvick Answer and Winner (April 20, 2015)

Byron Velvick broke the 3-day, 5-fish limit weight record in 2000 on Clear Lake. Photo May/June 2000 issue of Bass West Magazine.

Byron Velvick broke the 3-day, 5-fish limit weight record in 2000 on Clear Lake. Photo May/June 2000 issue of Bass West Magazine.

Congratulations to Adam Hinkle for winning this week’s trivia contest!!!  For the answrs read below.

Fifteen years ago this month, Byron Velvick won the 2000 Bassmaster California Western Invitational on Clear Lake by a margin of more than 11 pounds. It wasn’t like he was beating up on the Little Sisters of the Poor, either, as the three anglers directly behind him were Skeet Reese, Aaron Martens and Brett Hite. Other western/national powers like Dean Rojas (6th) and Ish Monroe (9th), as well as legends like Gary Dobyns (13th) and Mike Folkestad (16th) also made the top 20, but all fell well short of Velvick’s 83-05 total.

Velvick certainly wasn’t a newcomer to the sport, having previously won the 1990 and 1996 U.S. Open Championships, but the Clear Lake victory marked the first of his three B.A.S.S. wins to date. In winning, he also set the B.A.S.S. record for total weight in a three-day, five-fish-limit event. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Victorious Velvick (April 20, 2015)

Byron Velvick broke the 3-day, 5-fish limit weight record in 2000 on Clear Lake. Photo May/June 2000 issue of Bass West Magazine.

Byron Velvick broke the 3-day, 5-fish limit weight record in 2000 on Clear Lake. Photo May/June 2000 issue of Bass West Magazine.

Fifteen years ago this month, Byron Velvick won the 2000 Bassmaster California Western Invitational on Clear Lake by a margin of more than 11 pounds. It wasn’t like he was beating up on the Little Sisters of the Poor, either, as the three anglers directly behind him were Skeet Reese, Aaron Martens and Brett Hite. Other western/national powers like Dean Rojas (6th) and Ish Monroe (9th), as well as legends like Gary Dobyns (13th) and Mike Folkestad (16th) also made the top 20, but all fell well short of Velvick’s 83-05 total.

Velvick certainly wasn’t a newcomer to the sport, having previously won the 1990 and 1996 U.S. Open Championships, but the Clear Lake victory marked the first of his three B.A.S.S. wins to date. In winning, he also set the B.A.S.S. record for total weight in a three-day, five-fish-limit event. [Read more…]

History – Some of it is New

Boats lined up on the main deck. Photo Brenda Serrano

Boats lined up on the main deck. Photo Brenda Serrano

With Media Day over I thought I’d post some pictures of the event, which was held at Regions Field – home of Birmingham’s double-A baseball team the Barons. It was a nice venue as the luncheon was held in a large meeting room on the second deck and the boats were scattered along the main deck under the upper-level seats. [Read more…]

This Month in Bass Fishing History – June 2013

bth_BFAIt’s that time again, where we take a quick look back at what was happening this month in bass fishing history. Always entertaining, sometimes enlightening, and certain to make you feel old 🙂

So click the page link and let’s get started. [Read more…]

When East Meets West – Revisited

Recognize this angler and event?

Recognize this angler and event?

Over the years, B.A.S.S. has fished a variety of events out west, and I always find it interesting to look back at those events because of the mix of styles and personalities that would occur. A perfect example of this would be the tourney held on Elephant Butte Reservoir, New Mexico , April 2-4, 1998. Pete covered this event almost a year ago to the day for Bass Fishing Archives (see link), but I thought it was worth revisiting while the television coverage is still available online. Additionally, we’ve added a lot of new readers since that time, so it never hurts to revisit some of  the more interesting topics we’ve covered.   [Read more…]

The First Hollow Body Frog

An old original Snag Proof frog which can still be found in online auctions at times.

An old original Snag Proof frog which can still be found in online auctions at times.

Many people are familiar with the Snag Proof line of frogs such as Bobby’s Perfect Frog and Ish’s Phat Frog. However, long before those were created – heck, even long before Ish Monroe was created (born 1974), there was the original Snag Proof Frog. Today’s post takes a short look back at the birth of the hollow-bellied frog. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – A Double Dose Answer and Winner

Photo Bassmaster.com

Congratulations to Rod Yoder for winning the Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest! He nailed the first part about Hurricane Hugo, and while he didn’t quite get the second portion, he did identify an notable fact about the co-angler field. In the spirit of good sportsmanship (and recognizing that Pete’s mind is occasionally difficult to read) we will award him the prize for a stout effort. Read below for the answer.

Our Bass Fishing Archives readers have demonstrated that they are remarkably adept at figuring out my little puzzles. Accordingly, this week we’re going to try something a little bit different – instead of asking you to answer one question, you’ll have to describe two different notable aspects of the subject tournament. Herewith, our first two-parter: [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Lure of the Rising Sun

A bevy of BASS winners past and future fished the 1998 Bassmaster New Mexico Western Invitational on Elephant Butte Reservoir. Included among their ranks were Ish Monroe (4th), Skeet Reese (11th), Mike Reynolds (21st), Aaron Martens (25th), Mike Folkestad (T31st ), John Murray (42nd), Byron Velvick (53rd), James Niggemeyer (90th) and Robert Lee (T135th). The field was also full of western studs like Larry Hopper, Gary Yamamoto, Bill Siementel, Greg Hines, Rich Tauber and Don Iovino.

Despite the fact that it was a stacked field, this was one of the rare Bassmaster tournaments where a local won. On a stingy lake that produced only five cumulative catches over 20 pounds in the course of three days, Elephant Butte, NM resident Dennis Hoy claimed the crown, beating runner-up Rich Iannolo by over four pounds.

It was Hoy’s only Top 20 finish with BASS, but it was significant to the history of tournament fishing for another reason. Do you know what it was? [Read more…]