The Bassmaster Classic – 1991 through 2000

Ken Cook hoists the 1991 Classic trophy for winning at the Chesapeake Bay, MD. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Ken Cook hoists the 1991 Classic trophy for winning at the Chesapeake Bay, MD. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

By 1991 the Bassmaster Classic had become the event anglers aspired to win – weekend warriors through tour-level pros. The event had grown from a small gathering of anglers and media huddled together at the ramp in 1971 at Lake Mead, NV to sold-out stadiums in 1990. Although the event was centered around the anglers who qualified and the eventual winner, it grew into what we now know as Classic week filled with fan days, media events and one of if not the biggest public tackle shows in the world. [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…]

Experiences – Randy Blaukat

Professional Angler, Randy Blaukat

Professional Angler, Randy Blaukat

In this series of videos we ask Tour-level pros questions about how they got their start in professional bass fishing – be it a childhood experience, an early tournament they fished or some other experience they had along the way.

Please understand the sound in these videos is not the best due to the high background noise and the fact our microphones were not working. Still, they provide a cool look back into these pros early careers and what shaped them into the anglers they are today. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – The Buck Stops at Truman Answer and Winner (June 16, 2014)

Truman parkerThis week’s winner is Patrick Staley, even though he didn’t come up with all three of the answers I anticipated. For the answers read below. Come back next week for another round of Bass Fishing Archives Monday Trivia sponsored by GYCB.

Just 11 months after winning the 1988 Missouri Invitational, Hank Parker won the 1989 Bassmaster Classic on the James River and effectively retired from life as a touring pro, competing in just seven subsequent B.A.S.S. events. Those seven events included the subsequent Classic and three “SuperStars” events, in which he twice finished as the runner-up.

Accordingly, the 1988 tournament on Truman Reservoir was the last of Parker’s regular season victories. Fittingly given his superstar profile, he won it by more than 12 pounds over his nearest competitor, home-state angler Stacey King. In fact, Parker could have won without getting out of bed on Day Three, which was lucky because he only boxed two fish on the final day. His limit weighing 19-15 on Day One would’ve carried him to a top 25 finish even if he’d skipped the second and third days. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Bass Wars Edition Answer and Winner (November 18, 2013)

Bass Wars; A Story of Fishing, Fame and Fortune

Bass Wars; A Story of Fishing, Fame and Fortune

Congratulations to Jeff Hahn for winning this week’s Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For the answers, please read below.

Two weeks ago Brian penned a great piece about Nick Taylor’s book “Bass Wars” on the 25th anniversary of its publication – including input from the author and from longtime pro angler Randy Blaukat. It’s a book I reread nearly every year and each time through I’m amazed by some little snippet or factoid that I’d forgotten.

This week’s trivia contest is a test of your reading comprehension skills. In order to win, all you need to do is answer the following four questions about minutiae from Taylor’s book: [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Bass Wars Edition (November 18, 2013)

Bass Wars; A Story of Fishing, Fame and Fortune

Bass Wars; A Story of Fishing, Fame and Fortune

[Editor’s Note: The weekly Bass Fishing Archives Monday Trivia Contest, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, has proven to be a bit harder to win than we initially thought. So, in order to help contestants a little bit, every one of the answers to the contest can be found in the books, magazine and/or web articles listed in each contest. If you’ve got the magazines and books, they should only require a bit of research. If not, they may prove a little harder to figure out, unless you have a photographic memory.]

Two weeks ago Brian penned a great piece about Nick Taylor’s book “Bass Wars” on the 25th anniversary of its publication – including input from the author and from longtime pro angler Randy Blaukat. It’s a book I reread nearly every year and each time through I’m amazed by some little snippet or factoid that I’d forgotten. [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…]

Monday Trivia – Gettys Gets it Done Answer and Winner (Oct 21, 2013)

Photo FLWOutdoors.comUnfortunately no one won this week’s Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. For the answers, read below and try again next week!.

Ed Gettys has only fished 12 B.A.S.S. events over the past 25 years, most recently the 2006 Northern Tour event on Kentucky Lake. His success on the circuit has been decidedly mixed, with a few bombs along with a few checks, but if you look at where he’s fished, it’s obvious that the Alabama resident has a fondness for home – nine of the tournaments have taken place on Guntersville, where he’s known as a top stick. [Read more…]

Welcome to the Big Leagues – Randy Blaukat

Photo Courtesy of Randy Blaukat.

Photo Courtesy of Randy Blaukat.

[Editor’s Note: Welcome to the Big Leagues” will be an occasional series on BFA in which long-time bass pros recall their first national tournament]

Nearly 30 years later, veteran Missouri pro Randy Blaukat can still remember the first day of his first B.A.S.S. event. That’s a period that spans 199 additional B.A.S.S. tournaments (including eight Bassmaster Classics) and nearly as many FLW events (including nine FLW championship tournaments and two Ranger M1 events). [Read more…]

Breaking Though – Randy Blaukat

Photo FLW Outdoors

“Breaking Through” will be 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. Missouri pro Randy Blaukat is our first featured angler.

 

By the time October of 1989 rolled around, Randy Blaukat was just shy of his 28th birthday. He’d fished 33 B.A.S.S. events, including the 1986 Bassmaster Classic on the Tennessee River out of Chattanooga. He had not yet tasted victory, and in fact only had one Top Ten finish to his credit, a 7th place finish at the 1987 Alabama Invitational on Lake Guntersville.

There was no reason to favor Blaukat at Buggs Island (a 40,000 acre lake on the Virginia/North Carolina border, also known as Kerr Reservoir). “I’d never been there before,” he recalled recently. “When I got there, the water was up in the bushes but it was falling pretty hard. I could catch some fish on the lower end of the lake fishing willow trees, but it was getting tougher and tougher. [Read more…]