From Marilyn Monroe to Ott Defoe

Lauri Rapala - the founder of Rapala Lures.

Lauri Rapala – the founder of Rapala Lures.

Rapala hard baits continue to play a significant role in the efforts of both top-flight tournament anglers and weekend warriors alike. For example, the DT6 contributed to Randy Howell’s winning catch at the 2014 Bassmaster Classic and the DT Series in general has developed a dedicated following. The Shad Rap has been a cold weather staple for three decades. Other lures like the X-Rap and the Husky Jerk continue to fill store shelves and anglers’ boats.’

As a result of these later products, the original Rapala Floating Minnow gets scant attention from the tournament set, many of whom dismiss it as a “pond bait” Occasionally it gets some press, and on the Rapala website Bernie Schultz is quoted as saying: [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Mueller, Mueller Answer and Winner (March 3, 2014)

Paul Mueller's record 5-fish limit weighed in on Day Two of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. Photo Brenda Serrano.

Paul Mueller’s record 5-fish limit weighed in on Day Two of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. Photo Brenda Serrano.

Congratulations to John Karbowski for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. For the answers read below.

Paul Mueller did B.A.S.S. Nation and the state of Connecticut proud in the recent Bassmaster Classic, finishing second to Randy Howell by a mere pound. His three-day total was 66 pounds, 8 ounces and his Day Two haul of five bass that weighed 32-03 set a record for the largest limit caught in Classic competition (in either the seven-fish or five-fish limit era). [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Mueller, Mueller (March 3, 2014)

Paul Mueller's record 5-fish limit weighed in on Day Two of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. Photo Brenda Serrano.

Paul Mueller’s record 5-fish limit weighed in on Day Two of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. Photo Brenda Serrano.

Paul Mueller did B.A.S.S. Nation and the state of Connecticut proud in the recent Bassmaster Classic, finishing second to Randy Howell by a mere pound. His three-day total was 66 pounds, 8 ounces and his Day Two haul of five bass that weighed 32-03 set a record for the largest limit caught in Classic competition (in either the seven-fish or five-fish limit era). [Read more…]

Blakemore Lures – A Look Back

Bert Hall, inventor of the Road Runner and Blakemore lures, hoist a string of walleye. Photo courtesy of TJ Stallings, TTI-Blakemore.

Bert Hall, inventor of the Road Runner and Blakemore lures, hoist a string of walleye. Photo courtesy of TJ Stallings, TTI-Blakemore.

When one thinks of some of the first lures designed for light-line finesse fishing two companies should come to mind. Of course there was the Bass Buster Lures Beetle Spin manufactured by early bass pioneer Virgil Ward. The second that should rattle your memory – especially with the latest number of underspins that have entered the market – is the Blakemore Road Runner.

Blakemore came to life in 1959 when Bert Hall and a fishing buddy started manufacturing the Road Runner in Branson, MO. Back then it was manufactured solely of marabou and was mainly designed for use on local lakes such as Taneycomo, Bull Shoals, Table Rock and the Arkansas River. The bait was designed to catch anything – and that it did. [Read more…]

This Month in Bass Fishing History

bth_BFA‘This Month in Bass Fishing History’ is a new category we’ve come up with at the Bass Fishing Archives, looking back to what events were happening and making the news in the bass fishing world 10, 25, even 50 years ago. Each month a different list of happenings to reflect upon where we’ve been, and how far we’ve come in the sport. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Name That Angler Answer and Winner

A young 13-year-old Randy Howell.

A young 13-year-old Randy Howell. Photo Robin Howell.

Congratulations to JWM for correctly answering this week’s trivia contest! Although we didn’t expect it, he even got the sponsorship question right! Even Randy’s wife didn’t think anyone would get that answer! Great job JWM. For the complete answer and a little history on Randy Howell, read below.

Look carefully at the picture above. The angler in question has experienced success on both the B.A.S.S. and FLW Tours. In order to win, you’ll need to answer the following three questions:

1)      Who is the angler seen in the picture?

2)      What popular tournament lake was his home base as a teenager?

3)      What company was his first title sponsor?

We recognize that Question #3 is a tough one, so if no one answers it correctly by the time the contest closes, we’ll award the prize to the first participant who answered #1 and #2 correctly. [Read more…]