More Structure Fishing – The Alexandria Drafting Company

Bass Structure Fishing Kerr Lake. Published in 1974 authored by Larry Compton.

Bass Structure Fishing Kerr Lake. Published in 1974 authored by Larry Compton.

It may seem like we’re on a structure fishing kick here at the Bass Fishing Archives – and you may be right. The deal is that structure fishing is such an important part of successful bass fishing that we really feel it’s essential to look back on its beginnings to understand where we’ve come from.

Back in the late 60s and early 70s, a vast majority of anglers would only fish bass in the spring of the year – mainly because the fish were shallow and easily targeted. Come the post spawn, when the fish would move from their shallow haunts, anglers far and wide would either quit fishing or quit catching. The few anglers in the know, though, would move off the banks and continue catching fish throughout the summer, fall and winter. [Read more…]

A Sure-Slayer

The Original Sure-Slayer buzzbait (top) and Rufus Eubanks' "Drop" spinnerbait (bottom). Notice the hand-crimped vinyl skirts placed over the head.  Photo courtesy of Jack Markham.

The Original Sure-Slayer buzzbait (top) and Rufus Eubanks’ “Drop” spinnerbait (bottom). Notice the hand-crimped vinyl skirts placed over the head. Photo courtesy of Jack Markham.

When we started the Bass Fishing Archives last March, we all hoped that the site would not only be a place for people to come and relive or learn about the past, but also a place to share history. A lot of that has gone on over the last 11 months with many of you making comments on posts pertaining to your experiences with a bait, boat or some other piece of old bass fishing paraphernalia.

We’ve also received emails and photos of old jump suits, patches and boats – along with a story behind them. Those are always fun and make us realize you’re all into this as much as we are. [Read more…]