Monday Trivia – Two for Your Trouble Answer and Winner (Mar 9, 2015)

The angler on the far left is Elite Series Rookie Brandon Coulter and the angler on the far right in camo is Elite Series angler Ott DeFoe.

The angler on the far left is Elite Series Rookie Brandon Coulter and the angler on the far right in camo is Elite Series angler Ott DeFoe.

Congratulations to JoeMac for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For the answers, please read below.

Today, for the first time in Bass Fishing Archives trivia history, we’re going to require you to identify an old school pic with TWO current pros in it. To make it even easier, we won’t require you to tell us anything else about them, just who they are.

We recognize that the picture is a little bit grainy, but the guy on the far left is a rookie Elite Series pro. In case you can’t tell, he’s pretty happy here, probably because the Pro Craft in which he sits is now his – he won it. The guy in the camo jacket on the far right is also a current Elite Series pro. For what it’s worth, they both call the same state home. [Read more…]

Classic XLV Videos: How They Started – Ott DeFoe

Ott DeFoe talks to Bassmaster emcee Dave Mercer about his day-1 Classic performance. Photo/Video Brenda Serrano.

Ott DeFoe talks to Bassmaster emcee Dave Mercer about his day-1 Classic performance. Photo/Video Brenda Serrano.

The Bassmaster Classic Media Day offers media folks a great opportunity to find out from the anglers themselves how they think the Classic will pan out. It’s always great to hear what they think and who they feel will do well in the biggest event of the fishing year. [Read more…]

Long Lost Tackle Companies – Tennessee Tackle Co.

1977 Tennessee Tackle Co ad.

1977 Tennessee Tackle Co ad.

Since starting this site 18 months ago, I’ve learned a lot about a subject I thought I knew a lot about – bass fishing history. Today’s post is no different.

Tennnessee and western North Carolina are known as the handmade crankbait capital of the world. There are probably more garage crankbait tinkerers located within that 500-mile range than all others combined throughout the U.S. There’s good reason for that – the fish in this area eat crankbaits and the reservoirs and rivers are very conducive to throwing them. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Name That Angler Answer and Winner (April 8, 2013)

Youth Trivia PicCongratulations to Chris Harvey for winning this week’s Trivia Contest (his third!) sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Read below for the answers.

The subject of this week’s trivia contest looks like his local lake could’ve used a little bit of rain to bring the water level up. Nevertheless, he persevered and got to pose for the camera. Since turning pro, his rapid ascent has led him to be photographed holding big fish again and again.

To win, you’ll need to answer the following three questions: [Read more…]

Happy 30th Anniversary to the Shad Rap

Rapala Marilyn CoverThere appears to be a throwaway line in the middle of the “Tackle Trends for ’83 article” in the November/December 1982 issue of Bassmaster:

“The Normark Shad Rap in four colors is the result of new design that works best with light line for maximum action when cast or trolled, while maintaining depth on slow erratic retrieves.”

While author C. Boyd Pfeifer wasn’t necessarily passing judgment on the Shad Rap’s validity, readers might note that this understated introduction of Rapala’s new crankbait came amidst longer descriptions of all-time classics like the Brawley jigging spoon, the Worth Rat Tail Wriggler worm, the Whopper Stopper Herty Gerty Skirt, the Shamrock Tickle Tail skirt and the Producto Missing Link. [Read more…]