Bass Caster’s Angling Society – 1970

Membership page from the November/December 1970 issue of The Lunker Hole.

Membership page from the November/December 1970 issue of The Lunker Hole.

Recently we posted a piece about The Lunker Hole magazine, Volume 1, Number 4, in which Charlie Bumpas had won a BCAS event on Barkley Lake, Kentucky. We printed the piece in its entirety in order to give readers a look back at the sport at that time but also let the guys who were there reminisce a little. This piece, regarding that same issue, is more about the magazine itself and what its other contents were.

The masthead on the contents page lists all those involved with the magazine/organization. It lists Art Reid as the editor, Bob Mason and Jan Swetz as associate editors, Dick Carter as art director, Barbara Killough as production and Doris Gilbert as circulation manager. [Read more…]

The Lunker Hole Number 4

November/December 1970 issue of The Lunker Hole  magazine. The official magazine of the Bass Caster's Angling Society or what would be changed in 1971 to the Bass Caster's Association.

November/December 1970 issue of The Lunker Hole magazine. The official magazine of the Bass Caster’s Angling Society or what would be changed in 1971 to the Bass Caster’s Association. Notice the B.A.S.S. patch has been covered up with his name. Is this where FLW got their ideas to censor anglers?

Over the past week I was introduced to a new Facebook page called Mid-America Tournament Fishing History. Rick Pierce directed me to the page and what I saw really made my mouth water. There was a number of old magazine and news clips posted on the site from the defunct Mid-America Bass Fisherman’s Association, which operated in the 70s, along with a bunch of other pictures from various other organizations, such as the Bass Caster’s Association (BCA).

Just prior to being introduced to this new page, I happened to get in the mail two BCA magazines, one dated November/December 1970 (Number 4) and another from May/June 1971 (number 7). On the cover of Number 4 is Charlie Bumpas – who in his time fished five Bassmaster events between 1968 and 1970 and finished in the top 20 in each of them. [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…]

Old Boat Ads – Bass Cat

Bass Cat’s first full-page ad in Bass Master Magazine. Photo Nov/Dec Issue of Bass Master Magazine.

I have a soft spot in my heart for old bass boats. When I was young I wanted a Terry for obvious reasons. Over the course of time my family or I have owned a number of different boats – Sea Nymph, MonArk, Champion and Skeeter. All were great rides, fished well and – except for the Sea Nymph – were reasonably fast in their day.

Going through a 1975 vintage Bass Master Magazine the other day, though, I ran across an add for the boat company I’ve been running the last 7 years – Bass Cat.

The ad shows an old “tub-style” boat common for that era and also a more aggressive pad-style boat. It also shows Tommy Martin, Jerry Crowell and Basil Bacon, anglers that were staffed by Bass Cat at the time and all three 1974 Champions. Pretty impressive. [Read more…]