Season at a Glance: Bassmaster Trail 1978 – Part Six

In 1978 Bobby Murray became the second angler to win two Bassmaster Classics. Photo by Stan Fagerstrom.

In 1978 Bobby Murray became the second angler to win two Bassmaster Classics. Photo by Stan Fagerstrom.

[Editor’s note: This is the final part of a six-part series on the 1978 Bassmaster Trail. Click the following links to read Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four and Part Five.]

In the last installment of Season at a Glace – 1978 Bassmaster Trail we went over the Classic VIII contestants. Today we’re looking back at Classic VIII, an event held on Mississippi’s Ross Barnett Reservoir – or “The Rez” as it’s known to locals.

B.A.S.S. had visited The Rez numerous times before and with good reason – the lake flat produced. But by 1978, the lake was in its mid-life crisis, and not only were keepers hard to come by, there weren’t many fish at all. Top that off with the fact that the lake was 2 1/2-feet low and this seemed to be a recipe for a Classic disaster. [Read more…]

Season at a Glance: Bassmaster Trail 1978 – Part Five

1978 Bassmaster Classic Press Guide courtesy of Ken Duke.

1978 Bassmaster Classic Press Guide courtesy of Ken Duke.

[Editor’s note: This is Part Five of a six-part series on the 1978 Bassmaster Trail. Click the following links to read Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four.]

The 1978 Bassmaster Classic would feature the top-24 anglers from the Bassmaster Trail qualifiers plus one angler from the Federation. In years past, qualification was determined by a points system, 50 for 1st place, 49 for 2nd place, etc. This year, though, B.A.S.S. moved to a total weight system – one they’d use for a number of years thereafter.

In this installment of the 1978 Season at a Glance, we’re looking into the anglers who qualified for Classic VIII in the order of their Angler of the Year placement. Note that the data is taken from a 1978 Bassmaster Classic Media and Press guide provided by Ken Duke. [Read more…]

The Bassmaster Classic – 1981 through 1990

In 1981 Stanley Mitchell became the youngest angler to win a Bassmaster Classic. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

In 1981 Stanley Mitchell became the youngest angler to win a Bassmaster Classic. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Yesterday we posted the first piece of this look back in Bassmaster Classic history – starting with the very first Classic held on Lake Mead, NV and ending with Classic X on the St. Lawrence River, NY. Today we continue with Classic XI and will move through Classic XX held in 1990.

1981: Bassmaster Classic XI – Lake Montgomery, AL

The second decade of the Bassmaster Classic started off in the hometown of B.A.S.S., Montgomery, AL. Forty-two anglers, including five from the Federation, would vie for the championship, including 21-year-old Stanley Mitchell of Fitzgerald, GA. Mitchell, the youngest angler to compete in Classic XI would not only claim that fact, he’d also become the youngest angler to ever win a Bassmaster Classic. [Read more…]

This Month in Bass Fishing History – September 2014

In 2009 Gary Dobyns won the 2009 US Open on Lake Mead.

In 2009 Gary Dobyns won the 2009 US Open on Lake Mead.

Let’s return to this great concept that Brian started up. Another month, another quick look at the anniversaries of major events:

5 YEARS AGO: Western legend Gary Dobyns won the US Open for the first time at age 50, beating 2014 winner (and now three-time champion) Clifford Pirch by over 3 pounds to take the title after numerous near misses. According to the BassFan report of the event, Dobyns battled nausea and dehydration to take the brass ring with a total catch of 32.91 pounds over three days. His primary tools were a Gary Yamamoto Hula Grub, a Lucky Craft DBS4 and a Lucky Craft Gunfish 95. The boat included as part of the prize package was the 40th that he’d won in competition. [Read more…]

This Month In Bass Fishing History

Time again to take a look back at what was happening in the bass fishing world, this time focusing on what occurred during the month of September. Let’s start by going back…

davyhite15 YRS AGO: Sep. 19, 1998, and S. Carolina’s Davy Hite Wins what is touted as the largest cash award in angling history when he edges Tommy Biffle in the finals of the $250,000 WAL-MART FLW Tour Championship. The Top-10 in this event was incredibly stout and also included Gary Klein, George Cochran, Rick Clunn, Denny Brauer, Clark Wendlandt and Mike McClelland, all back in the days when most pros fished both the B.A.S.S. and FLW Tours. Those were the days.

Moving on…. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Clunn Conquers New York – With a Little Help From His Friends Answer and Winner (September 23, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.com

Photo Bassmaster.com

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

Rick Clunn didn’t finish particularly well in the recent Elite Series event on the St. Lawrence River, finishing just outside of the money in 55th. But 21 years ago he had a banner week in northern New York, winning the 1992 New York Bassmaster Invitational on the same body of water. It marked the 11th win of his B.A.S.S. career and one of two that took place north of the Mason-Dixon Line. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Folkestad’s Florida Folly Answer and Winner (August 5, 2013)

Mike Folkestad and Ray Scott talk at the 1992 Florida Invitational event. Photo mikefolkestad.blogspot.com.

Mike Folkestad and Ray Scott talk at the 1992 Florida Invitational event. Photo mikefolkestad.blogspot.com.

Well it took four weeks but we finally have a winner! Congratulations to  Al Hustosky for winning this week’s Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For his efforts he won a $25 e-coupon good for anything on the GYCB website. Monday we’ll have another trivia question for you. For the answers to this week’s questions read below.

The 1992 Bassmaster Florida Invitational  was California pro Mike Folkestad’s lone win with B.A.S.S. in 60 tries. The western legend, who was formally inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame earlier this year, finished in the top 10 on seven other occasions, including a second-place near miss at the 1997 Arizona Western Invitational on Lake Powell. [Read more…]

Of Days Gone By – Vertical Jigging Spoons

1969 Hopkins Stainless Steel Lures ad

It’s approaching winter in many parts of the country, and for many bassers, that means it’s time to pull out the heavy metal. I ran across this 1969 ad for Hopkins Spoons the other day, and it got me reminiscing of days gone by. While heavy metal ‘slab’ spoons have made a big comeback in recent years as a deep water structure go-to lure, it’s the larger ‘flutter’ spoons designed to be cast long distances and retrieved with long, sweeping rod strokes getting all the attention. More compact vertical jigging spoons like the Hopkins, Cordell C.C., or the Mann’s Mann-O-Lure, on the other hand, are meant to be dropped straight below the boat, or only slightly pitched off to the side, then snapped repeatedly in a rhythmic pattern. [Read more…]