CLC 1 – May 1974

The first issue of only four issues printed of the California Lunker Club Newsletter. May, 1974. With full permission.

The first issue of only four issues printed of the California Lunker Club Newsletter. May, 1974. With full permission.

We’ve posted a few stories (here and here) in the past about the California Lunker Club and its meager beginnings in 1971 to offer California bass anglers an insurance policy to mount a fish. Not long after that founder Dave Coolidge expanded the CLC into a tournament organization, the first in California, in order to bring like-minded bass anglers together. The concept was friendly competition and also provide a forum to learn from each other and make friends.

The concept took hold and within a couple years the organization grew to a point that Coolidge couldn’t afford it anymore. That’s when Western Bass, formed in 1973, stepped up and took CLC off of Coolidge’s hands. [Read more…]

Pisces Bass Club – The Club To Belong To

Pisces Bass Club Article. Photo courtesy of Bill Rice. Origin unknown.

Pisces Bass Club Article. Photo courtesy of Bill Rice. Origin unknown.

My first recollection of the Pisces Bass Club was from around the 1972 time frame when I first subscribed to southern California’s weekly fishing paper, Western Outdoor News (WON). Thumbing through the paper each week I’d see pictures of huge bass that were taken out of the San Diego lakes by anglers such as “Lunker” Bill Murphy, Mike Folkestad and others. The photo captions would generally go like this: “Lunker” Bill Murphy (Pisces) caught this such-and-such pound bass stitching a worm off Murphy’s Rock at Lake Wholford….”

I had no clue what the Pisces in parenthesis meant, maybe he was that astrological sign, but I do know one thing, (Pisces) was in a lot of picture captions and not just “Lunker” Bill’s pictures. [Read more…]