Board Game or Bored Game?

In 1977 two-time Classic winner Rick Clunn leamed up with King's Kids Inc to produce the board game Lunker. Unfortunately it turned out to be a flop.

In 1977 two-time Classic winner Rick Clunn leamed up with King’s Kids Inc to produce the board game Lunker. Unfortunately it turned out to be a flop.

Fishing is typically thought of as an activity to be pursued outdoors, enjoying nature and trying to figure out its ways. That hasn’t stopped many entrepreneurs from trying to take the outside into the indoors. Not surprisingly, most of them have failed to capture what makes our sport so great. [Read more…]

Magazines – Divisive Details

April 1992 cover of Details magazine.

April 1992 cover of Details magazine.

[In past entries on the Bass Fishing Archives, we’ve discussed numerous articles from old fishing magazines, as well as some coverage of the sport outside of our usual orbit. For example, on two occasions we’ve examined Sports Illustrated’s treatment of bass fishing (click here and here) and we’ve also examined how the topic has been addressed in the New York Times. To date, though, we’ve dedicated little space to how and when publications that would seem to have nothing to do with bass fishing have covered angling. Obviously, magazines like Life and Time have on occasion chronicled the sport in general or certain aspects thereof, and we may cover those later, but today we’re going to look at an article from a periodical that you’d never expect to provide any space at all to competitive fishing – Details magazine.] [Read more…]

The Most Disturbing Picture in the History of Bass Fishing

Paul Elias lets his hair down at the 1988Bassmaster Classic. Screen grab from the 1988 Bassmaster Classic video.

Paul Elias lets his hair down at the 1988Bassmaster Classic. Screen grab from the 1988 Bassmaster Classic video.

The early Bassmaster Classics were certainly serious fishing tournaments, but there was also a substantial carnival and party atmosphere throughout the festivities. In the earliest days Ray Scott would announce the tournament lake onboard the airplane to the event. Even after that became logistically infeasible, the week was filled with all sorts of oddball activities that today’s ultra-serious competitors might not tolerate. [Read more…]

Bass Wars – 25 Years Later

Bass Wars; A Story of Fishing, Fame and Fortune

Bass Wars; A Story of Fishing, Fame and Fortune

When you start talking about bass fishing books, especially ones dealing with bass tournaments, one book leaps immediately to the top of most conversations, Bass Wars: A Story of Fishing, Fame and Fortune, by Nick Taylor (1988). This year, 2013, marks the 25th Anniversary of the publishing of this great book, the first by Taylor in what has become a storied career.

The book takes a close – behind the scenes – look at tournament angling back in the late Eighties. It followed the trail and many of it’s participants, including Rick Clunn, who was at the top of the “food chain” so to speak, in professional angling, Randy Mosely, who was a young rookie trying to break into the sport, and Randy Blaukat, who had already been on the trail for a couple years, yet hadn’t secured that first B.A.S.S. victory (that would come in 1989). [Read more…]

Breaking Though – OT Fears

Photo Bassmaster.com

“Breaking Through” is an occasional series on BFA in which long-time professional bass anglers recount the details of their first major win – how they accomplished the victory and how it impacted their careers. This entry chronicles the 25th anniversary of the first major victory for Oklahoma pro OT Fears III, with present-day input from Fears.

 

While the Red Man All-American tournament (known today as the BFL All-American) is now an established national level tournament, in 1987 it was still a relatively new enterprise. One thing about it, though – despite having first been held in 1983, it was a potential kingmaker, as the $100,000 top prize was double what was awarded to that year’s Bassmaster Classic champion. [Read more…]