Smallmouth Magazine – Volume I Number 5

Smallmouth Vol I Issue VIt’s been a couple of weeks since we’ve posted a piece on the early issues of Smallmouth so let’s get back to it. In this installment, we’re going to look at issue number five of the inaugural year, which came out in May. 1985.

This issue was the standard four-page newsletter as with previous issues but also came with a bonus page titled Smallmouth Fishing Forecast. Written by Bob Gooch, the article was more of a “State of the Smallmouth” address regarding fisheries throughout North America for 1985. It’s an interesting look back at what were the best smallmouth fisheries at the time. [Read more…]

Smallmouth Magazine – Volume 1 Issue 1

The welcome letter that went out to each Smallmouth newsletter subscriber. Courtesy of Mark Blahut.

The welcome letter that went out to each Smallmouth newsletter subscriber. Courtesy of Mark Blahut.

Back a month or so ago Pete authored a piece on Smallmouth magazine, a publication dedicated to the smallmouth angler that started glossy-print publication in 1987. In that piece, Pete gave a pretty good background of the magazine, organization and the founder Tom Rodgers. He also asked that if any of our readers had more information on the magazine to please write in.

Well, Pete’s call was answered by one of our readers by the name of Mark Blahut.

Mark contacted us and since then has sent in his entire set of Smallmouth newsletters from the inaugural issue printed in January, 1985 through the last issue printed in December, 1986. After this, the magazine went full glossy. [Read more…]