Bobby Murray – The Late ‘60s and Early ‘70s

Bobby Murray holds up three pigs he caught in the late '60s. Photo/Video Bobby Murray.

Bobby Murray holds up three pigs he caught in the late ’60s. Photo/Video Bobby Murray.

This is a special video. It’s not often you get to see video of the first days of competitive bass fishing – and I mean the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Yeah, there’s coverage on the Bassmaster.com website of the 1971 Classic – and it’s an amazing look back in time – but how many of you have seen video from 1968, 1969 and even 1970? Well, today, thanks to Bobby Murray and Carlisle Tire, we have something special to share with you.

Bobby Murray was kind enough to invite Mike Quinn of Carlisle Tire to his house in Arkansas to talk the old days of competitive bass fishing. During that visit Bobby showed Mike some old 8mm film footage of some early Bassmasterr events. Quinn, with the permission of Murray, had the film digitized and ran it in the Carlisle Tire booth at the Hartwell Classic just a week ago. [Read more…]

Let’s Look Back-Part 32

On one of my early trips to a Mexican lake the guide had us troll 10-inch worms way behind the boat.  It paid off. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

On one of my early trips to a Mexican lake the guide had us troll 10-inch worms way behind the boat. It paid off. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

You darn well better learn to listen to what the fish are trying to tell you if you expect some of them to join you for dinner.

I made a comment like that once while doing a casting exhibition years ago at the annual outdoor show held in connection with the Bassmasters Classic. There was a collective snort of sorts from my audience. “When,” asked a bearded old guy in the front row, “did fish start talking? I ain’t never caught any that did.”

I endeavored to explain what I was trying to say. No, of course fish don’t “talk” in the usual sense, but they certainly will show you their likes and dislikes if you’ll simply give them the opportunity. I guess the best way to explain it is simply to say it’s a situation where actions do indeed speak louder than words. [Read more…]

LEMCO

Lowrance Electronics Manufacturing Company ad circa 1962.

Lowrance Electronics Manufacturing Company ad circa 1962.

It may seem like we’re doing a lot of old advertisements here on the Bass Fishing Archives lately and we realize that. The fact of the matter, though, is one way to track where we’ve been and what we’ve done over the course of our history is to look at these ads. The ad featured in today’s post is just that – a look back into our history with respect to sonar and how we used the technology to assist us in finding fish.

Anyone who fishes knows the name Lowrance. Carl Lowrance along with his sons Darrell and Arlen arguably developed the first sonar specifically for the use of sportfishing in 1957. Before that if anglers wanted to know the depth of an area they used a rope with a weight attached to it. The development of the Fish Lo-K-Tor – or Little Green Box as it was also known – revolutionized the art of offshore angling.

In this ad from 1962 there are a couple of things to notice. First off look at the name of the company Lowrance Electronics Manufacturing Company (LEMCO). It’s not the familiar name Lowrance Electronics Incorporated (LEI) that we know today. Also, look and see where the company is located, Joplin, Missouri – not Tulsa Oklahoma. Lowrance moved from Joplin to Tulsa in 1967. [Read more…]