More Cuba – The 1978 ABF Bass Tournament

Anglers flew to Mexico in order to get to Cuba. Read the original caption from the Mar/Apr 1978 issue of American Bass Fisherman to see who was signing up. Photo American Bass Fisherman magazine.

Anglers flew to Mexico in order to get to Cuba. Read the original caption from the Mar/Apr 1978 issue of American Bass Fisherman to see who was signing up. Photo American Bass Fisherman magazine.

Last week when Pete posted the piece on the relaxing of political ties between the U.S. and Cuba – and the renewed possibilities of U.S. anglers being able to fish the mythical lakes on the island – it jogged my memory of the first (maybe the only) bass tournament ever held on the island. That event was sponsored by the now-defunct American Bass Fishing organization who used Dan Snow as the conduit for getting a number of American anglers from the U.S. to Cuba via a tortuous path through Mexico. [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…]

Bass Master Trail Winners and Records Through 1973

Photo Bass Master Magazine 1973.

In the January/February Issue of Bass Master Magazine was a compiled list of the all-time tournament winners and records up through 1973. It’s a great list that we’re adding to the upper menu bar of the site. In time, as we go through the years, more data will be added. We don’t want to do that right now because there might be some piece of trivia we’ll want to use in future trivia games.

In all, by the end of 1973, B.A.S.S. had held 39 events and gone from a 15-fish one day limit to a 10-fish one day limit. Also, the record for total weight had been broken four times for a 15-fish limit and once for a 10-fish limit. An interesting fact is the first 10-fish limit event that was held, Lake Eufaula, OK in 1970, set that total weight bar and it wouldn’t be broken until 2 1/2 years later at the St. John’s River event. [Read more…]

BASS Records and Winners 1967-1973

Photo Bass Master Magazine 1973.

In the January/February Issue of Bass Master Magazine was a compiled list of the all-time tournament winners and records up through 1973. It’s a great list that we’re adding to the upper menu bar of the site. In time, as we go through the years, more data will be added. We don’t want to do that right now because there might be some piece of trivia we’ll want to use in future trivia games.

In all, by the end of 1973, B.A.S.S. had held 39 events and gone from a 15-fish one day limit to a 10-fish one day limit. Also, the record for total weight had been broken four times for a 15-fish limit and once for a 10-fish limit. An interesting fact is the first 10-fish limit event that was held, Lake Eufaula, OK in 1970, set that total weight bar and it wouldn’t be broken until 2 1/2 years later at the St. John’s River event.

I won’t go too much more into the weeds here because there may be some stats in this table we’d want to use in the future.

Bass Master Tournament Trail Winners and Records
Tournament
Date
Winner
Weight
1. All-American, Beaver Lake, AR
6/6-8/67
Stan Sloan
37-08
2. Dixie Invitational, Smith Lake, AL
10/20-22/67
Gerald Blanchard
42-00
3. Seminole Lunker, Lake Seminole, GA
2/22-24/68
Carl Dyess
39-08
4. Rebel Invitational, Ross Barnett, MS
4/18-20/68
Bill Dance
72-11
5. Eufaula National, Lake Eufaula, AL
6/20-22/68
John Powell
132-00
6. All-American, Sam Rayburn, TX
10/3-5/68
Bill Dance
72-13
7. Dixie Invitational, Smith Lake, AL
11/14-16/68
Bill Dance
48-03
8. Seminole Lunker, Lake Seminole, GA
2/20-22/69
Joe Verbeck
62-09
9. Texas National, Sam Rayburn, TX
4/10-12/69
Harold Hays
105-04
10. Rebel Invitational, Ross Barnett, MS
5/22-24/69
Pete Henson
124-03
11. Eufaula National, Lake Eufaula, AL
6/10-12/69
Blake Honeycutt
138-06(1)(2)
12. All-American, Lake Ouachita, AR
9/25-27/69
Bill Dance
36-04
13. Eufaula Team, Lake Eufaula, AL
11/13-15/69
Bobby Murray (43-10)
Bill Dance (35-14)
Forrest Wood (21-00)
Bob Ponds (19-14)
120-06
14. Toledo Bend Invitational, TX
1/29-31/70
Mike Bono
94-04
15. Seminole Lunker, Lake Seminole, GA
3/19-21/70
Roland Martin
53-14
16. Rebel Invitational, Ross Barnett, MS
4/30 - 5/2/70
Bill Dance
75-12
17. Henshall Memorial, Walter F. George Lake, GA
6/11-13/70
Bill Adair
116-06
18. Oklahoma National, Lake Eufaula, OK(3)
8/5-7/70
John Hadad III
82-15
19. Texas National, Sam Rayburn, TX
9/24-26/70
Bill Dance
62-06
20. All-American, Table Rock, MO
11/12-14/70
Bill Dance
52-06
21. Seminole Lunker, Lake Seminole, GA
3/18-20/71
Tom Mann
62-14
22. Table Rock National, Table Rock, MO
4/29 - 5/1/71
John Powell
59-13
23. Texas National, Sam Rayburn, TX
6/17-19/71
John Powell
61-06
24. All-American, Ross Barnett, MS
9/30 - 10/2/71
Roland Martin
54-13
25. Bass Masters Classic I, Lake Mead, NV
10/20-22/71
Bobby Murray
43-11
26. Florida National, Lake Kissimmee, FL
3/9-11/72
Tom Mann
47-15
27. South Carolina National, Lake Keowee, SC
4/13-15/72
Glin Wells
28-10
28. Arkansas National, Lake Ouachita, AR
5/18-20/72
Bobby Murray
48-06
29. Tennessee National, Watts Bar, TN
6/22-24/72
Roland Martin
37-06
30. Rebel Invitational, Ross Barnett, MS
8/24-26/72
Ricky Green
44-03
31. All-Americcan, Lake Eufaula, OK
9/28-30/72
Roland Martin
62-13
32. Bass Masters Classic II, Percy Priest, TN
10/25-27/72
Don Butler
38-11
33. Florida Invitational, St John's River, FL(5)
2/7-9/73
Larry Hill
108-02(4)
34. Arkansas Invitational, Beaver Lake, ARDon Butler
56-14
35. Rebel Invitational, Ross Barnett, MS
4/4-6/73
Roland Martin
72-07
36. Seminole Lunker, Lake Seminole, GA
4/2-4/73
Roland Martin
54-14
37. Carolina Invitational, Lake Keowee, SC
5/30 - 6/1/73
Junior Collis
23-15
38. All-American, Watts Bar, TN
9/26-28/73
Roland Martin
21-06(6)
39. Bass Masters Classic III, Clark Hill, SC
10/24-26/73
Rayo Breckenridge
52-08

Notes:

  • (1) The all-time record for total weight in a 15-fish per day tournament. Blake Honeycutt (34 fish weighed).
  • (2) The all-time record for one-day 15-fish limit. Rip Nunnery (98-15).
  • (3) First 10-fish daily limit tournament.
  • (4) B.A.S.S.’s record for total weight in a 10-fish per day tournament. Larry Hill (29 fish weighed).
  • (5) All-time biggest bass weighed in a Bass Master Tournament. Bob Tyndall (12-13).
  • (6) All-time smallest weight to win a Bass Master tournament. Roland Martin (21-06).

 

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…]