The First Season of the Red Man Trail

Red Man Tournament Trail Patch.

Red Man Tournament Trail Patch.

Many of us who immersed ourselves into the world of competitive bass fishing in the 1990s or after the turn of the century tend to assume that there were always stable nationwide organized circuits for the weekend angler. We may have known that what are now the BFLs were previously the Red Man circuit, but we don’t have a sense of when and where the Red Mans were born.

As Terry has detailed previously, old issues of CAST Magazine are a treasure trove of information about that era, and provide an incredible look back at the origins of the BFLs. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Stricker Strikes Answer and Winner (September 16, 2013)



Well folks, again no one had the right answer for this week’s Monday Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. We only had one person submit an answer so maybe that’s one of the problems. Maybe it’s the questions are too difficult. Please let us know what you think below in the comments section and also for the answers, please read below.

These days Michigan pro Kim Stricker is probably best known as the creator of Hook n’ Look, a television program on the Outdoor Channel in which he and his son Danny dive underwater to provide a close up look at the habitat bass inhabit. Fishing fans of a recent vintage may not remember that he fished FLW Tour events for over a dozen years, twice qualifying for the Forrest Wood Cup, and also fished 130 B.A.S.S. tournaments, including the 2000 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Michigan. [Read more…]

NC Sticks of the Past – Wendell Mann

Wendell Mann, the first Chapter (Federation) angler to fish a BASS Master Classic. Photo Bass Master Magazine Jan/Feb 1974.

At the time there was no better fisherman in North Carolina. He was versatile and could fish deep or shallow. He started me fishing and taught me how to be versatile and to always be on top of what was going on, no matter where it was from. He was my mentor.” 3-Time BASS Master Classic Qualifier Jeff Coble

From weekend warriors to the triple-A level, bass anglers worldwide dream of being in the Bass Master Classic to test their skills against the best in the world. In 1973, unknown to them, amateur anglers’ dreams came true when the first Federation angler would be invited to fish against the best in the nation at the preeminent event in bass fishing.

In 1973 Ray Scott held the first National Federation Championship, then called the BASS Chapter Championship. States held qualifying events to determine their six-man teams and these teams would head to the Championship to be held on Pickwick Lake TN.

B.A.S.S. had set aside some money to present to the top five state teams to go towards their own states’ environmental funds. It was to be a tournament to decide which state had the best bass anglers and make an impact on the environment.

What no one knew at the time was this National Championship would also determine the first angler to go to the Big Show. This story is about that angler – Wendell Mann of Snow Camp, North Carolina. [Read more…]