Monday Trivia – Lake Eufaula (Answers & Winner; May 11, 2015)

Lake Eufaula, Alabama

Lake Eufaula, Alabama

Congrats to Steven Strasser for edging out the win this week in our Trivia contest. For details about the winning answers, read below.

Following the professional tournament trails around the country, we currently find the FLW Tour pros practicing up on Lake Eufaula in Alabama this week, also known as Walter F. George Reservoir. Word is the bass are post-spawn and starting to move out toward the deep ledges. We might see some big bags weighed in beginning with Day 1 on Thursday. But that’s the present. If you look back at the history on this lake, you’ll find a treasure trove of interesting bassin’ trivia. Therefore, in order to win this week’s Monday Trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, you’ll need to sharpen up on your Eufaula history and be the first to answer the following 4 questions correctly. [Read more…]

Bobby Murray – The Late ‘60s and Early ‘70s

Bobby Murray holds up three pigs he caught in the late '60s. Photo/Video Bobby Murray.

Bobby Murray holds up three pigs he caught in the late ’60s. Photo/Video Bobby Murray.

This is a special video. It’s not often you get to see video of the first days of competitive bass fishing – and I mean the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Yeah, there’s coverage on the Bassmaster.com website of the 1971 Classic – and it’s an amazing look back in time – but how many of you have seen video from 1968, 1969 and even 1970? Well, today, thanks to Bobby Murray and Carlisle Tire, we have something special to share with you.

Bobby Murray was kind enough to invite Mike Quinn of Carlisle Tire to his house in Arkansas to talk the old days of competitive bass fishing. During that visit Bobby showed Mike some old 8mm film footage of some early Bassmasterr events. Quinn, with the permission of Murray, had the film digitized and ran it in the Carlisle Tire booth at the Hartwell Classic just a week ago. [Read more…]

Spinnerbaits 1977

Doc Moorehead's Floozy spinnerbait with a plastic curl-tail skirt. This skirt, which came out before Mister Twister's rendition, resulted in a law suit.

Doc Moorehead’s Floozy spinnerbait with a plastic curl-tail skirt. This skirt, which came out before Mister Twister’s rendition, resulted in a law suit.

After four days of Classic coverage we’re back home and back to the grind. So, we’re going to take a little diversion this week and look at old ads. First up on the list is spinnerbaits – a bait that played a huge role in the first six Classic wins – either as the main bait or as a supplement to the winning angler.

In 1971 Bobby Murray won on a Zorro, in ’72 Don Butler won on an S.O.B., in ’74 Tommy Martin used a Fleck Weed Wader, as did Jack Hains in ’75 and in ’76 Rick Clunn followed suit with the Weed Wader. [Read more…]

The Football Head – Just a Jig Head

Larry McCain developed the football head jig in 1965 - not because he thought it would work better but because it would come out of the mold easier. Photo Spring 1977 issue of Western Bass magazine.

Larry McCain developed the football head jig in 1965 – not because he thought it would work better but because it would come out of the mold easier. Photo Spring 1977 issue of Western Bass magazine.

Along around the 2000 timeframe, I was reading an article in In-Fisherman regarding a “new style” leadhead called the Rocker Head. As I read about how this jig would rock-and-roll over rocky structures and fall straight to the bottom quickly, I thought of a jig that I’d grown up fishing and had all these same attributes.

A few paragraphs into the article, I came to realize that the jig they were describing was indeed the jig that had been invented in the mid-60s in southern California – the football head. [Read more…]

Western Bass Volume 1 Number 1

The first issue of what would eventually become Western Bass magazine. Photo courtesy of Bill Rice.

The first issue of what would eventually become Western Bass magazine. Photo courtesy of Bill Rice.

For the early western bass angler, there was only one option to get up-to-date information on how to bass fish prior to 1973. That was by subscribing to Bassmaster Magazine. Of course you could subscribe to Sports Afield, Outdoor Life or Field and Stream but you had to wade through a lot of meaningless jibber having to do with hunting along with other species of fish.

Then in 1973 Western Bass Fishing Association filled a niche for the western angler by debuting the first western-centric bass journal called the Bassman’s Tournament Journal. In this newsprint publication they gave tournament results and some tips on how the best western pros of the day were catching their fish.

The photo here of Volume 1 Number 1 was provided by Bass Fishing Archives supporter Bill Rice and is the only photo I know that exists – let alone an actual copy of the paper. The text is difficult to make out at best but I was able to read the photo caption and transcribe it for you to read. It reads: [Read more…]

Twig Pigs and Bush Hogs – More Rip Nunnery

Rip Nunnery's record limit from Eufaula in 1969. Photo courtesy of Jon Kuch.

Rip Nunnery’s record limit from Eufaula in 1969. Photo courtesy of Jon Kuch.

It’s amazing what happens when you post something on the internet. What you think people will want to read you get few responses to and what you don’t think many will care about becomes a widely-read item. The former was the case with the story we posted last week about Rip Nunnery.

Rip’s story last week became the most talked about story we’ve posted since the piece we did about Aaron Martens’ first year on the SoCal tourney trail. Numerous emails and Facebook likes to mention.

Then, tonight I talked to an old friend, Jon Kuch, from SoCal who I grew up fishing with. Jon said he had a bunch of Rip’s old baits still in the package and an old pic of Rip, that Rip gave him, from the 1969 Eufaula tournament. He was kind enough to send them on to me to check out and I just had to share them with you. [Read more…]

A Record That Won’t Be Broken

Rip Nunnery gets help hoisting his 15-bass limit from Blake Honeycutt (L), Bill Dance (C) and Ray Scott (R). Photo Fall 1969 issue of Bassmaster Magazine. A signed copy of this picture can be seen at Bob's Fishing Tackle in Norwalk, CA along with the mounted stringer of fish.

Rip Nunnery gets help hoisting his 15-bass limit from Blake Honeycutt (L), Bill Dance (C) and Ray Scott (R). Photo Fall 1969 issue of Bassmaster Magazine. A signed copy of this picture can be seen at Bob’s Fishing Tackle in Norwalk, CA along with the mounted stringer of fish.

[Editor’s Note:  Ken Duke of Bassmaster.com wrote a fantastic article in August 2009 about Rip and his catch. To read his article, “World’s Greatest Fishing Hole,” click here. Also to read a second article on Rip, “Twig Pigs and Bush Hogs,” click here. I’d also like to thank Ken for bringing a couple of things to my attention. First, Rip’s real name is spelled with one ‘s’ (heck I just called him Rip) and two, he passed in 2007, not 2004. Thanks Ken for the heads-up!]

Everyone knows who holds the all-time one-day B.A.S.S. weight record. Dean Rojas, right? Dean had a magical day on Toho back in 2001 and brought five bass to the scales that weighed 45-02. Rojas also held the 4-day weight record (108-12) for a couple years until it was broken in 2007 by Steve Kennedy (122-14) and again by Paul Elias with an absolutely stupid mass of fish that weighed 132-08. Folks, that’s 20 fish that averaged 6.625 pounds each.

Yeah, those records are all cemented in our melons and we can spout them out like Rain Man at any moment we need. But who knows who holds the all-time one-day record for the original 15-fish limit and what it weighed? [Read more…]

There He Is

Bill Dance's There He Is. Published by the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, 1973.

Bill Dance’s There He Is. Published by the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, 1973.

Those words in the title have been heard by anyone who is a bass fisherman. The phrase signifies to the angler who says it that he (or she) has been bit and is about to set the hook. To the other angler in the boat, it can mean various things:

  1. Get the net
  2. Finally he’s gonna get one
  3. Damn, I’m not net boy today

If you were in the boat with the author of the book in question, you probably muttered the third option.

Yesterday Brian posted a piece on Bill Dance’s book, Techniques of Bass Fishing, and it reminded me of another early book Bill wrote via Bassmaster Magazine Editor Bob Cobb. This one, There He Is, written in 1973 and published by the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society of America was probably the most comprehensive treatise on worm fishing that had ever been written at the time. I need to find this out for sure but it may also be the first book published by B.A.S.S. for its members. [Read more…]

Bass Master Trail Winners and Records Through 1973

Photo Bass Master Magazine 1973.

In the January/February Issue of Bass Master Magazine was a compiled list of the all-time tournament winners and records up through 1973. It’s a great list that we’re adding to the upper menu bar of the site. In time, as we go through the years, more data will be added. We don’t want to do that right now because there might be some piece of trivia we’ll want to use in future trivia games.

In all, by the end of 1973, B.A.S.S. had held 39 events and gone from a 15-fish one day limit to a 10-fish one day limit. Also, the record for total weight had been broken four times for a 15-fish limit and once for a 10-fish limit. An interesting fact is the first 10-fish limit event that was held, Lake Eufaula, OK in 1970, set that total weight bar and it wouldn’t be broken until 2 1/2 years later at the St. John’s River event. [Read more…]

BASS Records and Winners 1967-1973

Photo Bass Master Magazine 1973.

In the January/February Issue of Bass Master Magazine was a compiled list of the all-time tournament winners and records up through 1973. It’s a great list that we’re adding to the upper menu bar of the site. In time, as we go through the years, more data will be added. We don’t want to do that right now because there might be some piece of trivia we’ll want to use in future trivia games.

In all, by the end of 1973, B.A.S.S. had held 39 events and gone from a 15-fish one day limit to a 10-fish one day limit. Also, the record for total weight had been broken four times for a 15-fish limit and once for a 10-fish limit. An interesting fact is the first 10-fish limit event that was held, Lake Eufaula, OK in 1970, set that total weight bar and it wouldn’t be broken until 2 1/2 years later at the St. John’s River event.

I won’t go too much more into the weeds here because there may be some stats in this table we’d want to use in the future.

Bass Master Tournament Trail Winners and Records
Tournament
Date
Winner
Weight
1. All-American, Beaver Lake, AR
6/6-8/67
Stan Sloan
37-08
2. Dixie Invitational, Smith Lake, AL
10/20-22/67
Gerald Blanchard
42-00
3. Seminole Lunker, Lake Seminole, GA
2/22-24/68
Carl Dyess
39-08
4. Rebel Invitational, Ross Barnett, MS
4/18-20/68
Bill Dance
72-11
5. Eufaula National, Lake Eufaula, AL
6/20-22/68
John Powell
132-00
6. All-American, Sam Rayburn, TX
10/3-5/68
Bill Dance
72-13
7. Dixie Invitational, Smith Lake, AL
11/14-16/68
Bill Dance
48-03
8. Seminole Lunker, Lake Seminole, GA
2/20-22/69
Joe Verbeck
62-09
9. Texas National, Sam Rayburn, TX
4/10-12/69
Harold Hays
105-04
10. Rebel Invitational, Ross Barnett, MS
5/22-24/69
Pete Henson
124-03
11. Eufaula National, Lake Eufaula, AL
6/10-12/69
Blake Honeycutt
138-06(1)(2)
12. All-American, Lake Ouachita, AR
9/25-27/69
Bill Dance
36-04
13. Eufaula Team, Lake Eufaula, AL
11/13-15/69
Bobby Murray (43-10)
Bill Dance (35-14)
Forrest Wood (21-00)
Bob Ponds (19-14)
120-06
14. Toledo Bend Invitational, TX
1/29-31/70
Mike Bono
94-04
15. Seminole Lunker, Lake Seminole, GA
3/19-21/70
Roland Martin
53-14
16. Rebel Invitational, Ross Barnett, MS
4/30 - 5/2/70
Bill Dance
75-12
17. Henshall Memorial, Walter F. George Lake, GA
6/11-13/70
Bill Adair
116-06
18. Oklahoma National, Lake Eufaula, OK(3)
8/5-7/70
John Hadad III
82-15
19. Texas National, Sam Rayburn, TX
9/24-26/70
Bill Dance
62-06
20. All-American, Table Rock, MO
11/12-14/70
Bill Dance
52-06
21. Seminole Lunker, Lake Seminole, GA
3/18-20/71
Tom Mann
62-14
22. Table Rock National, Table Rock, MO
4/29 - 5/1/71
John Powell
59-13
23. Texas National, Sam Rayburn, TX
6/17-19/71
John Powell
61-06
24. All-American, Ross Barnett, MS
9/30 - 10/2/71
Roland Martin
54-13
25. Bass Masters Classic I, Lake Mead, NV
10/20-22/71
Bobby Murray
43-11
26. Florida National, Lake Kissimmee, FL
3/9-11/72
Tom Mann
47-15
27. South Carolina National, Lake Keowee, SC
4/13-15/72
Glin Wells
28-10
28. Arkansas National, Lake Ouachita, AR
5/18-20/72
Bobby Murray
48-06
29. Tennessee National, Watts Bar, TN
6/22-24/72
Roland Martin
37-06
30. Rebel Invitational, Ross Barnett, MS
8/24-26/72
Ricky Green
44-03
31. All-Americcan, Lake Eufaula, OK
9/28-30/72
Roland Martin
62-13
32. Bass Masters Classic II, Percy Priest, TN
10/25-27/72
Don Butler
38-11
33. Florida Invitational, St John's River, FL(5)
2/7-9/73
Larry Hill
108-02(4)
34. Arkansas Invitational, Beaver Lake, ARDon Butler
56-14
35. Rebel Invitational, Ross Barnett, MS
4/4-6/73
Roland Martin
72-07
36. Seminole Lunker, Lake Seminole, GA
4/2-4/73
Roland Martin
54-14
37. Carolina Invitational, Lake Keowee, SC
5/30 - 6/1/73
Junior Collis
23-15
38. All-American, Watts Bar, TN
9/26-28/73
Roland Martin
21-06(6)
39. Bass Masters Classic III, Clark Hill, SC
10/24-26/73
Rayo Breckenridge
52-08

Notes:

  • (1) The all-time record for total weight in a 15-fish per day tournament. Blake Honeycutt (34 fish weighed).
  • (2) The all-time record for one-day 15-fish limit. Rip Nunnery (98-15).
  • (3) First 10-fish daily limit tournament.
  • (4) B.A.S.S.’s record for total weight in a 10-fish per day tournament. Larry Hill (29 fish weighed).
  • (5) All-time biggest bass weighed in a Bass Master Tournament. Bob Tyndall (12-13).
  • (6) All-time smallest weight to win a Bass Master tournament. Roland Martin (21-06).

 

SoCal Sticks of the Past – Dick Trask

Dick Trask holding his big fish award for the West Coast Bass Tournament Organization’s San Antonio tournament. He paired with Scott Gantz and also took first place.

“I learned so much from him – he had a lot of influence on my fishing. His offshore techniques taught me a lot and I’m sure the way he held on a spot had an effect on the way I do things today. I wish I could have fished with him more.”  2005 BASS Angler of the Year, Aaron Martens.

[Editor’s Note] I originally authored this article for Bass West USA in 2007. I would like to thank them for allowing me to reprint it in full here on the Bass Fishing Archives. For those who will argue that using a split-shot in front of a worm was invented long before the early 70s, you are correct. The specific technique in which Dick Trask developed along with the dart-head technique were solely his.

 

It isn’t often a person comes along and changes the status-quo in bass fishing. People such as Dee Thomas, Buck Perry, Billy Westmorland, Charlie Brewer and Ray Scott have all made major contributions to the world of bass fishing and without them, the sport as we know it today, wouldn’t exist. [Read more…]

Some Western Records of the Past(?)

Some of the first recorded California records. Reprinted from the June, 1974 CLC. Reprint permission from Dave Coolidge.

Here’s a snap shot  of some “old” records from the annals of California bass fishing lore. These records, all held by California Lunker Club members, reveal quite a bit of interesting information. For one, out of the 10 lake records held by CLC members, only three are “teeners,” the rest being all under that magic 13-pound mark. And, of all the fish that weighed under that mark, only one was a Florida. Initiallly, Floridas were only stocked in the San Diego lakes but eventually they spread throughout the state via CA-DFG  stocking programs. For me, it’s really nostalgic to see the northern strain records for lakes I fished as a kid. [Read more…]