Season at a Glance: Bassmaster Trail 1978 – Part Six

In 1978 Bobby Murray became the second angler to win two Bassmaster Classics. Photo by Stan Fagerstrom.

In 1978 Bobby Murray became the second angler to win two Bassmaster Classics. Photo by Stan Fagerstrom.

[Editor’s note: This is the final part of a six-part series on the 1978 Bassmaster Trail. Click the following links to read Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four and Part Five.]

In the last installment of Season at a Glace – 1978 Bassmaster Trail we went over the Classic VIII contestants. Today we’re looking back at Classic VIII, an event held on Mississippi’s Ross Barnett Reservoir – or “The Rez” as it’s known to locals.

B.A.S.S. had visited The Rez numerous times before and with good reason – the lake flat produced. But by 1978, the lake was in its mid-life crisis, and not only were keepers hard to come by, there weren’t many fish at all. Top that off with the fact that the lake was 2 1/2-feet low and this seemed to be a recipe for a Classic disaster. [Read more…]

Season at a Glance: Bassmaster Trail 1978 – Part Five

1978 Bassmaster Classic Press Guide courtesy of Ken Duke.

1978 Bassmaster Classic Press Guide courtesy of Ken Duke.

[Editor’s note: This is Part Five of a six-part series on the 1978 Bassmaster Trail. Click the following links to read Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four.]

The 1978 Bassmaster Classic would feature the top-24 anglers from the Bassmaster Trail qualifiers plus one angler from the Federation. In years past, qualification was determined by a points system, 50 for 1st place, 49 for 2nd place, etc. This year, though, B.A.S.S. moved to a total weight system – one they’d use for a number of years thereafter.

In this installment of the 1978 Season at a Glance, we’re looking into the anglers who qualified for Classic VIII in the order of their Angler of the Year placement. Note that the data is taken from a 1978 Bassmaster Classic Media and Press guide provided by Ken Duke. [Read more…]

Season at a Glance: 1978 Bassmaster Trail – Part Three

Roland Martin wins his 5th AOY in 1978. Photo February 1979 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Roland Martin wins his 5th AOY in 1978. Photo February 1979 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

[Editor’s note: This is Part Three of a six-part series on the 1978 Bassmaster Trail. Click the following links to read Part One and Part Two. We’re sorry for the lack of a story yesterday – we were experiencing server problems and hope we got it figured out.]

By the beginning of May, the Bassmaster Trail was half way through the 1978 season with three Classic qualifiers completed along with the Bass Champs event. By that point the Bassmaster Angler of the Year race was getting pretty heated with Californian Dave Gliebe in the lead by 10 ounces followed by Jerry Rhyne. The top 10 was fairly stacked with anglers such as; Roland Martin (3rd), Larry Nixon (5th), Tom Mann (6th), Bobby Murray (7th) Rick Clunn (8th). See the table below for the entire top 40 in the 1978 AOY race. [Read more…]

Season at a Glance: 1978 Bassmaster Trail – Part One

Some of the headlines from 1978 concerning the new 14-inch rule that B.A.S.S. imposed. From Bassmaster Magazine.

Some of the headlines from 1978 concerning the new 14-inch rule that B.A.S.S. imposed. From Bassmaster Magazine.

[Editor’s note: This is Part One of a six-part series on the 1978 Bassmaster Trail. Over the course of the next two weeks we’ll cover the 1978 season, the Classic qualifiers and the 1978 Bassmaster Classic.]

The 1978 Bassmaster Trail season would be one to go down in tournament fishing history. First off, between the end of the ’77 season and the start of the ’78 season, B.A.S.S. president Ray Scott decided to increase the length requirement for legal tournament bass from 12 inches to 14 inches. This new rule threw a wrench into the game that many of the top pros didn’t like. Here’s what some of them had to say: [Read more…]

Monday Trivia: “Get Shorty” Answer and Winner (January 5, 2015)

Shorty Evans. B.A.S.S. photo

Shorty Evans. B.A.S.S. photo

Happy New Year and congratulations to Andy Williamson for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For the answers to this week’s contest, please read below. Try again next Monday for your chance to win.

From what I’ve heard, “Get Shorty,” starring John Travolta, Danny DeVito and Rene Russo, among others, was a pretty good movie. But this week’s trivia contest is about a different “Shorty.” L.F. “Shorty” Evans of Houston, MO, who fished 78 B.A.S.S. events over his career and weighed in more than 1,100 pounds of bass, was an early personality on the professional bass fishing circuit, partly due to his stature, and partly to his personality. However, his bass fishing skills weren’t too shabby either, winning the 1978 Kentucky Invitational where he weighed 56 pounds, 13 ounces of large-mouth bass over a three-day period, besting the field by nearly 10 pounds. He also secured second and third place finishes under his trail belt, and a resume’ that went all the way back to the earliest days of B.A.S.S., competing in the 1969 Eufala Team  event as well as the 1970 All-American.

In honor of this angling veteran who passed away back in 2002, and to win this week’s contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, you’ll have to correctly answer the following 3 questions about “Shorty.”

  1. About that 1978 Invitational win, a newspaper write-up of the event stated the following; “For his double victory, Evans won more than $10,000 in cash and two bass-fishing boats, equipped with depth finders and trolling motors.” What was that “double victory.”
  2. Shorty was a business man, and it’s been stated that he was involved with over 58 different ventures over the years, including everything from auto sales to Shorty’s Sport Buckets, and even trolling motor propellers. However, what was his career by trade.
  3. Last I checked, Shorty Evans still holds two B.A.S.S. all-time records. What are those two records he holds?

The answers to this week’s contest follow below: [Read more…]

Monday Trivia: “Get Shorty”

Shorty Evans. B.A.S.S. photo

Shorty Evans. B.A.S.S. photo

[Editor’s note: To start the year off, we’re changing the rules of the Monday Trivia Contest a bit. The old rules stated you could only win three times and then you were done. We’ve now relaxed that rule a bit so you can now win three times per year. So come on all you past 3-time winners, you’ve got more chances to win!]

From what I’ve heard, “Get Shorty,” starring John Travolta, Danny DeVito and Rene Russo, among others, was a pretty good movie. But this week’s trivia contest is about a different “Shorty.” L.F. “Shorty” Evans of Houston, MO, who fished 78 B.A.S.S. events over his career and weighed in more than 1,100 pounds of bass, was an early personality on the professional bass fishing circuit, partly due to his stature, and partly to his personality. However, his bass fishing skills weren’t too shabby either, winning the 1978 Kentucky Invitational where he weighed 56 pounds, 13 ounces of large-mouth bass over a three-day period, besting the field by nearly 10 pounds. He also secured second and third place finishes under his trail belt, and a resume’ that went all the way back to the earliest days of B.A.S.S., competing in the 1969 Eufala Team  event as well as the 1970 All-American.

In honor of this angling veteran who passed away back in 2002, and to win this week’s contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, you’ll have to correctly answer the following 3 questions about “Shorty.”

  1. About that 1978 Invitational win, a newspaper write-up of the event stated the following; “For his double victory, Evans won more than $10,000 in cash and two bass-fishing boats, equipped with depth finders and trolling motors.” What was that “double victory.”
  2. Shorty was a business man, and it’s been stated that he was involved with over 58 different ventures over the years, including everything from auto sales to Shorty’s Sport Buckets, and even trolling motor propellers. However, what was his career by trade.
  3. Last I checked, Shorty Evans still holds two B.A.S.S. all-time records. What are those two records he holds?

Answers and winner to this week’s contest will be announced on Thursday.

More Cuba – The 1978 ABF Bass Tournament

Anglers flew to Mexico in order to get to Cuba. Read the original caption from the Mar/Apr 1978 issue of American Bass Fisherman to see who was signing up. Photo American Bass Fisherman magazine.

Anglers flew to Mexico in order to get to Cuba. Read the original caption from the Mar/Apr 1978 issue of American Bass Fisherman to see who was signing up. Photo American Bass Fisherman magazine.

Last week when Pete posted the piece on the relaxing of political ties between the U.S. and Cuba – and the renewed possibilities of U.S. anglers being able to fish the mythical lakes on the island – it jogged my memory of the first (maybe the only) bass tournament ever held on the island. That event was sponsored by the now-defunct American Bass Fishing organization who used Dan Snow as the conduit for getting a number of American anglers from the U.S. to Cuba via a tortuous path through Mexico. [Read more…]

A Picture and a Joke on Bo

Some of the Classic I contestants. Photo courtesy of Harold Sharp.

This may qualify as an interesting photo. Ray Scott invited all the first Classic contestants and three outdoor writers who were there to the 1995 Classic for a reunion. It was a great time to see all those faces again.

Looking at this picture, though, reminded me of a good story. As you know, each of the anglers at the early Classics were restricted by the weight of tackle they could bring. We made a huge deal of it by having a weigh-in for their tackle and if an angler was over in weight, Ray and I got to pick out anything we wanted until their tackle box made the weight limit. [Read more…]