Smallmouth Magazine – Volume 1 Issue 2

Billy Westmorland holds up two giant smallies weighing in at 10-1/2 and 10 pounds from Dale Hollaw Reservoir. Photo by Tom Rodgers February 1985 issue of Smallmouth.

Billy Westmorland holds up two giant smallies weighing in at 10-1/2 and 10 pounds from Dale Hollaw Reservoir. Photo by Tom Rodgers February 1985 issue of Smallmouth.

As promised last week, we were lucky enough that a reader, Mark Blahut, offered up his complete collection of Smallmouth newsletters for us to borrow, scan and put out for all to see. Well, today we’re sharing volume 1 issue 2 from February, 1985.

In this issue famed smallmouth angler Billy Westmorland talks about how he goes about targeting giant smallies with one of his favorite baits, the Silver Buddy. Also, new contributor, Tom Zenanko, talks about smallmouth fishing in the northern tier and Peter Kaminsky continues his two part article on The Gamest Fish. [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…]