Smallmouth Magazine – Volume 2 Issue 1

Smallmouth Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 1, January, 1986, cover page.

Smallmouth Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 1, January, 1986, cover page.

It’s been a few weeks since we put out a piece looking back at the old issues of Tom Rodgers’ Smallmouth Newsletter. The last time we wrote, we finished the first year’s 12th issue (December, 1985). Now we’re on to the second year, volume 2.

The newsletter increased in size from ’85 to ’86 – now going to a full six pages or more for each issue and in some cases eight pages. Over the course of the next few months, you’ll also notice a few new names had been added to the list of authors. [Read more…]

Smallmouth Magazine – Volume 1 Number 4

Smallmouth Magazine Vol I Number IV April 1985.

Smallmouth Magazine Vol I Number IV April 1985.

In continuing with our look back into the publication Smallmouth we bring you the next issue, Number 4, from April, 1985. Although only four pages in length, you can get a feel that the publication was gaining some steam. The content was solid and with Billy Westmorland and Tom Zenanko on the masthead, you expected something worth reading.

As was becoming the norm for the newborn publication, Tom Rodgers dedicated two columns out of 12 for the awareness of conservation. To start off, on page 2, he has a small piece about the Arizona Game and Fish Department and their efforts to renew the smallmouth fishery at Bartlett Reservoir. No one thinks of Arizona as being a smallmouth haven but back in the early 70s two lakes, Apache and Bartlett, had trophy smallmouth fisheries. Apache continued to be the gem through the 90s when it came to the trophy bronzeback but Bartlett was drained in 1977 and never recovered to what it once was. It was nice to see Rodgers mention a lake thousands of miles from his home in South Carolina – all because of the brown fish. [Read more…]

Smallmouth Magazine – Volume 1 Issue 2

Billy Westmorland holds up two giant smallies weighing in at 10-1/2 and 10 pounds from Dale Hollaw Reservoir. Photo by Tom Rodgers February 1985 issue of Smallmouth.

Billy Westmorland holds up two giant smallies weighing in at 10-1/2 and 10 pounds from Dale Hollaw Reservoir. Photo by Tom Rodgers February 1985 issue of Smallmouth.

As promised last week, we were lucky enough that a reader, Mark Blahut, offered up his complete collection of Smallmouth newsletters for us to borrow, scan and put out for all to see. Well, today we’re sharing volume 1 issue 2 from February, 1985.

In this issue famed smallmouth angler Billy Westmorland talks about how he goes about targeting giant smallies with one of his favorite baits, the Silver Buddy. Also, new contributor, Tom Zenanko, talks about smallmouth fishing in the northern tier and Peter Kaminsky continues his two part article on The Gamest Fish. [Read more…]