History in Photos: Missouri Bassin’, 1972

From Fishing Facts, 1972

From Fishing Facts, 1972

 

Rex Grady (left) – Educator, editor, guide, historian, and later real estate agent, hoisting a big bass from one of the Ozarks’ newly formed reservoirs of the day for

Joe Hall (right) – Son of Bert Hall, who invented the Roadrunner. Joe purchased the Blakemore Lure Co. of Shelbyville, TN in 1969 and moved their operations to Branson, MO.

…and fishing from an early 70s model Ouachita Boat with Evinrude motor and typical “pre-wrap” signage for those days.

The Fishin’ Machine

Ricky Green holds his second 1st-place Bassmaster trophy from his win on Sam Rayburn in 1974. Photo May/June 1974 issue of  Bassmaster Magazine.

Ricky Green holds his second 1st-place Bassmaster trophy from his win on Sam Rayburn in 1974. Photo May/June 1974 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

In 1985 one of the most-respected boat companies came out with a new-concept boat that rocked the bass boat industry. The boat had all the amenities needed for high-level competition. They were fast, offered a passenger rod trough, rod locker ventilation and a console that looked more like it should be in an F-16 than a boat. The boat was the Cajun Ricky Green Fishin’ Machine.

By 1985 Ricky Green had been fishing as a full-time professional for a dozen years. He fished his first tournament at the age of 24 – the 1968 Arkansas State Championship at Greers Ferry – and won it. In that event he met Jimmy Houston, Larry Nixon and Jerry McKinnis. [Read more…]

Old Boat Ads – 1971

1971 Glastron Boat ad.

The last time we looked at bass boat ads from 1970. This time we move a year later to 1971 and check out what had changed in a year. Although there were only five boat ads in the 1970s Bass Master Magazines – Master Molders Kingfisher, Ranger, Terry Astroglass and Ouachita – there were eight boat manufacturers in the 1971 issues. It was obvious that the bass boat industry was beginning to blossom. [Read more…]