More Bass Boats – 1974

Bass Cat Boats ad 1974.

Bass Cat Boats ad 1974.

I know we’ve already done Old Bass Boats – 1974 but having recently come across some more ads of boats from that year, I felt in order to be complete, I need to add these to the mix. The boats shown below range from companies that we covered in that earlier article but there’s also some newcomers to the ring. For example there are a couple of new Ranger ads that I’d never seen. There was also a really early Bass Cat ad I’d never seen – it may have been their first ad.

So, without wasting anymore time or bandwidth, here are some more boats from 1974. [Read more…]

Old Bass Boats – 1974

1974 Hydra Sports 1 CropSo far we’ve taken a look at bass boats from 1970, ’71, ’72, ’73 and a smattering from other years (here and here). Now we take a look at the boats of 1974 – or at least those companies who decided their hard-earned profits were worthy of advertising in fishing magazines.

In this installment we have many of those who had advertised in the past, such as Arrow Glass, Chrysler, Ranger and Fisher Marine. What was interesting about the 1974 ad campaign was the lack of advertisements and the decline of companies participating. In 1970 there were four companies displaying ad and that doubled the following year to eight. By 1972 11 companies were displaying ads in serious fishing magazines and then it peaked in 1973 with 15 companies. This year, though, only 10 manufacturers decided to spend the money. Why so few? [Read more…]

Old Boat Ads – 1973

1973 Ranger TR-4 Boat Ad. Where's Burt Reynolds?

1973 Ranger TR-4 Boat Ad. Where’s Burt Reynolds?

Okay, it’s been a while since we’ve done a Retro Boat ad piece here so I thought it would be good to pick up where we left off – 1973.

By 1973 bass boats and bass boat companies were coming out of every one-stop town in the U.S. In 1972, 11 manufacturers put ads in the top bass fishing magazines – 1973 would feature 15 boat manufacturers and I’m sure there were a number of other companies who hadn’t yet made the leap to advertise. [Read more…]

Bass Boats 1964

Don Fuelsch SAHG 1964Recently a good friend of mine, avid angler and exemplary jig maker from Oklahoma, Jack Hall, contacted me about a book he had called, “Don Fuelsch’s Southern Angler’s and Hunter’s Guide.” Being originally from the West, I’d never heard of it but the fact it was printed in 1964 had my curiosity up. Jack said it had a lot of old bass fishing info in it and if I wanted it, I could have it. Of course, being the book and magazine junky I am, I couldn’t refuse.

A week or so went by then I received the book in the mail. I didn’t really know what to expect from this book, originally thinking it’d be a small book on fishing and hunting in the South. How wrong could I have been. The book is nearly 1000 pages long and has more information packed within its bindings than can be imagined. Fuelsch had every southern state covered from freshwater fishing to saltwater and the hunting too. Impressive. [Read more…]

A Look Back at 2012 Part Two

1975 Bass Cat ad - the first to go in Bassmaster Magazine.

1975 Bass Cat ad – the first to go in Bassmaster Magazine.

Today’s look back will give you something to do for a while. Without a doubt, you readers like to check out the boats of the old days. Over the course of the last year we’ve been chronicling the history of the bass boat through old ads in magazines. Here are the links to those pieces. Enjoy!

Old Boat Ads – 1970

Old Boat Ads – 1971

Old Boat Ads – 1972

Build Your Own Bass Boat 70s Style

Old Boat Ads – Bass Cat




Old Boat Ads – 1972

Arrow Glass Trophy Mark VI Ad 1972

Now we’re rolling. In the 1971 version of Old Boat Ads we featured eight boat companies and their bass boat ads. This was up from four companies displaying their wares from 1970 magazines. The manufacturers present in ’71 were Astroglass, Glastron, King Fisher (Master Molders), MonArk, Ouachita, Ranger, Rebel and Thunderbird.

In 1972, though, five more companies decided to participate in the Bass Boat Ad campaign, while a couple may have decided their money would be better spent in areas other than advertising. In any event, the ads from 1972 showed that the bass boat market was getting really competitive and boat companies were beginning to jockey for market share just by the number of ads placed and the fact they were showing multiple boat models in their ads.

Here are the ads I was able to come up with form the year 1972. I hope you enjoy this look back in time. [Read more…]

SoCal Sticks of the Past – Dick Trask

Dick Trask holding his big fish award for the West Coast Bass Tournament Organization’s San Antonio tournament. He paired with Scott Gantz and also took first place.

“I learned so much from him – he had a lot of influence on my fishing. His offshore techniques taught me a lot and I’m sure the way he held on a spot had an effect on the way I do things today. I wish I could have fished with him more.”  2005 BASS Angler of the Year, Aaron Martens.

[Editor’s Note] I originally authored this article for Bass West USA in 2007. I would like to thank them for allowing me to reprint it in full here on the Bass Fishing Archives. For those who will argue that using a split-shot in front of a worm was invented long before the early 70s, you are correct. The specific technique in which Dick Trask developed along with the dart-head technique were solely his.


It isn’t often a person comes along and changes the status-quo in bass fishing. People such as Dee Thomas, Buck Perry, Billy Westmorland, Charlie Brewer and Ray Scott have all made major contributions to the world of bass fishing and without them, the sport as we know it today, wouldn’t exist. [Read more…]