Monday Trivia – Name the Year Answer and Winner (February 16, 2015)

Old school smallmouth bass "grip and grin" photo

1884 Minnesota Historical Society photo

There were 3 correct guesses this week (of 17), and the first of those to post was from Thomas Zaleski. Congrats to Thomas for winning this week’s Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. For the story behind this awesome picture, keep reading.

Once again we’ll do something different with Monday Trivia. This week, you don’t have to know your bass pros. You don’t have to know any fishing history. You don’t have to dig out any patch-laden jumpsuits from your closet and post a picture of you wearing it – though that would be entertaining. Nope – this week, EVERYONE has a chance at winning our prize package, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits.

Here’s all you have to do.

Take a look at the picture in this post, click to enlarge if that will help you out, and then simply take your best guess as to what year this picture is from. Post it as a comment in this thread. The first person to guess it correctly, or the person who gets closest to the actual year (again, earliest poster wins if multiple same close guesses) will be our winner. Only one guess per reader allowed. We’ll announce that winner, as well as the story/history behind this picture on Thursday. Everyone – give us your best guess!

The story behind this picture follows: [Read more…]

The Bearded Viking – Al Lindner

Al Lindner hoists a mixed bag of largemouth bass and walleye. Photo September/October 1971issue of The Lunker Hole magazine.

Al Lindner hoists a mixed bag of largemouth bass and walleye. Photo September/October 1971issue of The Lunker Hole magazine.

We’ve written a number of pieces here that have either been about or have something to do with Al Lindner and the Lindner angling legacy. So excuse me for writing another. Personally, I don’t think you can ever write too much about someone who’s contributed so much to the sport.

What brought this piece about was an article I found recently in a 1971 issue of The Lunker Hole magazine – the magazine put out by the Bass Caster’s Association (BCA). As I turned the pages, I came across some pictures of a familiar face – that of Al Lindner’s. The title of the article, Bass Beard – The Viking, kind of made me chuckle a bit.

The accompanying photographs of Lindner show him in typical form – holding big bass and wearing polarized sunglasses. [Read more…]

Al (Lindy) Lindner 1970

Photo June, 1970 Fishing Facts magazine.

Photo June, 1970 Fishing Facts magazine.

Recently I was scanning through an old 1970 fishing facts magazine looking for ideas to write about and came across this picture of Al Lindner. At the time “Lindy” was guiding on lakes in Minnesota and Texas as well as running Lindy Tackle with his brother Ron.

We’ve discussed this before, the relationship between the Lindners, George Pazik and Bill Binkelman, and how it changed the face of fishing forever. The group took the knowledge of the past, expanded on it and printed it in a much more reader-friendly manner. They also developed their own techniques, tactics and procedures for locating and catching bass. [Read more…]

The 1975 Lindy/Little Joe Catalog

The 1975 Lindy/Little Joe product catalog.

The 1975 Lindy/Little Joe product catalog.

The Lindy Tackle Company was formed around 1968 by Ron and Al Lindner, with some help from some of the guys in the famed Nisswa Guides League. They were probably most famous for the Lindy Rig, a slip-sinker live bait rig that became a standard in walleye fishing circles. In 1973, they sold the company to Ray-O-Vac,  who also acquired Mille Lacs Mfg. (Joe Fladebo). Together they formed Ray-O-Vac’s Fishing Tackle Division.

In 1974, Lindy/Little Joe staffer Al Lindner won the Tennessee Invitational (B.A.S.S. event) held on Watts Bar Res. This catalog came out shortly after that, and just a little before the Lindner’s left the Fishing Tackle Division of Ray-O-Vac (1975) to form the now legendary In-Fisherman Communication Network. A look through the catalog reveals some interesting trends in the bass world that were popular, or at least common place, at the time. [Read more…]

A Follow Up on Flipping and Living Rubber Jigs

The Brawley Bass Bug, one of the earliest living rubber jigs on the market

The Brawley Bass Bug, one of the earliest living rubber jigs on the market

I recently added a lot more magazines to my bass fishing library, and as I’m going through them, I’m coming across some great historical articles. One of those I just read was in the April-May 1977 In’Fisherman magazine. The article is titled “Seek the thickest cover…Dave Gliebe’s Frontal Tactics for Largemouth On Hill-Land Reservoirs.” The story covers more than a dozen pages, documenting what are largely “the basics” of flipping, though they refer to what Gliebe was doing as “‘lever jigging’…an outgrowth of a widely used California system called ‘flipping,’ which itself is a variation of the old ‘doodle-socking’ (vertical jigging) system.”. [Read more…]

1960 World Series of Sportfishing – Florida Version

Buck Perry with snook and two redfish caught during the World Series of Sport Fishing - Everglades, Florida. Photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,, Holland, Karl E.

Buck Perry with snook and two redfish caught during the World Series of Sport Fishing – Everglades, Florida. Photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,, Holland, Karl E.

Before there was the Bassmaster Classic, there was the World Series of Sport Fishing held from 1960-1968.  That first event held in 1960, won by Harold Ensley, was an eight-day event held at seven Michigan lakes, and it was multi-species, not just bass that were counted. In that first event, there were 58 competitors.

We also covered details of the 1967 event which was won by Dwight Keefer. For those stories you can reference;

It’s the Little Things That Matter

Can you guess what is special about this bait?

Can you guess what is special about this bait?

There are some things in the fishing industry that we probably take for granted simply because that’s the way it’s been for as long as many can remember. Kind of like the articles I read every so often about things in my generation that today’s kids have never heard of because they became nearly obsolete with the advances in technology (8-track, typewriters, etc.). While this one might not fall exactly into that category, take a look at the picture on the left and see if you can figure out the significance of it.

Give up? [Read more…]

When Al and Ron Talk, EF Hutton Listens

Ron and Al Lindner's new reprint of their 1974 book Catching Fishing written with Bill Binkelman of Fishing Facts magazine.

Ron and Al Lindner’s new reprint of their 1974 book Catching Fishing written with Bill Binkelman of Fishing Facts magazine.

I don’t know about you but I have been a fan of the Lindners ever since I read my first In-Fisherman magazine sometime in the mid-70s. Their approach to fishing along with that of Bill Binkelman, Buck Perry, Jason Lucas and Homer Circle changed the face of fishing and put all of us on the path to a better understanding of fish, their environments and how to catch them.

In 1974 the Lindner brothers along with Bill Binkelman of Fishing Facts magazine put together a booklet entitled Catching Fish. Actually is was a book containing over 380 pages and a thousand photos, with a number of their works and findings from 1964 to 1974 that were coalesced into a tabular format. As you flipped the page over, the next page was read from the top down. It contained pictures from the era, hand-drawn diagrams and directions on how to master certain techniques and tactics. In all it was an encyclopedia of advanced angling that I must say was the best of its time – without a doubt. [Read more…]

F+L+P=S: Bass Fishing’s Most Recognizable ‘Formula’

In-Fisherman's well recognized founding 'Formula'

In-Fisherman’s well recognized founding ‘Formula’

While it might be possible that Albert Einstein’s formula for his theory of general relativity, E=mc2, might be the most recognized formula in the world, that probably isn’t the case in the bassin’ world. I’m guessing the IN-Fisherman formula, F (fish) +L (location) +P (presentation) = S (success), arguably the one concept that the entire organization was premised upon, might give the former a run for its money. But what readers might find interesting is that wasn’t the original formula. Call it Version 2.0. if you will. So what was before F+L+P=S? [Read more…]

The Story of Fishing Facts Magazine

Bill Binkelman, founder of Fishing Facts magazine

Bill Binkelman, founder of Fishing Facts magazine

Once upon a time in the world of fishing, there were pretty much just 3 magazines of note that everybody got their fishing information from; Sports Afield, Field & Stream, and Outdoor Life. As we’ve mentioned on these pages before, guys like Homer Circle and Jason Lucas pretty much ruled the fishing magazine world. That would all begin to change in the mid 60s, thanks to a guy by the name of Bill Binkelman. [Read more…]

This Month in Bass Fishing History – May 2013

KS_20085 YRS AGO: While fishing a tournament at a strip pit in Cherokee County on May 3, Tyson Hallam, 14, caught the new Kansas state largemouth bass, weighing 11 pounds, 12.8 ounces. The certified fish edged the 31-year-old state record of 11 pounds, 12 ounces caught in 1977.

Hey, we’re just getting started… [Read more…]

An Impossible Cast – Glen Andrews and the Birth of Professional Bass Fishing

An Impossible Cast Glen AndrewsAn Impossible Cast – Glen Andrews and the Birth of Professional Bass Fishing. I pride myself at being a student of bass fishing and its history. I realize I don’t know everything and always welcome new ideas, concepts and historical views of the way things happened back when this whole bass fishing thing started. It took me by surprise, though, when Ron Lindner, of In-Fisherman fame, contacted me the day this site launched.

Ron said, in about as many words, “If you haven’t heard of Glen Andrews and his place in competitive bass fishing, you need to find out about it.”

Now I tend to listen to people when they bring to my attention something I don’t know about but when Ron Lindner says something like that, my ears perk up. I’d never heard of Glen Andrews let alone his contributions to bass fishing. I went on a search for information.

The beauty of this day and age is the ability to search out information on the internet. One quick search of Glen Andrews in Google popped up a number of hits, including a page on Facebook, called, “An Impossible Cast.”

I went to the Facebook page and got in contact with D. Shane Andrews, the son of Glen Andrews. After talking with Shane, he directed me where to get a copy of the book he wrote about his father, I purchased it and read it within a week. To say its amazing would be the biggest understatement of the year.

You may be like me and had never heard of this man but when you read the book, you’ll come to the realization Glen was not just an amazing angler but one of the forerunners of what we call competitive bass fishing today. If you don’t believe me, check out this paragraph from the book written by Bobby Murray:

[Glen Andrews] is probably the greatest angler that no one has ever heard of. However, his influence on modern bass fishing is unparalleled by any other angler. Glen mentored fishing greats such as Bill Dance, Jerry McKinnis, Bobby and Billy Murray, Don Butler Ray Scott and a host of others who were an integral part of professional bass fishing history…… Glen was the first true, professional bass angler. His insights into seasonal bass migrations, structure fishing, lure development and lure presentations helped forge the basis of many of the country’s leading bass fishing authorities of today.

The book is filled with the history of the sport at a time when there was no history. It’s a must read for those who are ardent historians of the sport and a “you need to read” if you’re a bass fisherman.

For a copy of the book go to An Impossible Cast. You can also read more about Glen Andrews on Facebook.