Let’s Look Back – Part 28

You're looking at an Uncle Josh Pollywoggler attached to a Johnson Silver Minnow.  The combination was one of my best early day lures for fishing pad cover.  Note the red yarn that sticks out of each side of the Pollywoggler's head. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

You’re looking at an Uncle Josh Pollywoggler attached to a Johnson Silver Minnow. The combination was one of my best early day lures for fishing pad cover. Note the red yarn that sticks out of each side of the Pollywoggler’s head. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

Every time I start looking back – as the name of this column suggests – sooner or later I wind up thinking about the pork of a pig. If you’ve been reading these recent columns you know what I’m talking about.

I’ve told how I caught my first bass away back in 1936 on a self carved piece of pork that I’d hung behind a dime sized spinner. I’ve also detailed how I fell in love with the plain old Pork Chunk the good folks at Uncle Josh came up with.

I’ve been asked several times just when the different kinds of pork rind first came on the angling scene. Evidently it all got started around 1920. A guy named Alan Jones and one of his fishing buddies got the pork rind ball rolling then in the State of Wisconsin. [Read more…]

Let’s Look Back – Part 11

Stan Fagerstrom holds a hefty Silver Lake Largemouth. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

Stan Fagerstrom holds a hefty Silver Lake Largemouth. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

I never will understand for sure why the Heddon Tackle Company quit selling a wonderfully effective lure called the Basser.

As I mentioned in the first column I did about the wonderful old lure, my friend Homer Circle was working with Heddon when that decision was made.  That Homer let it happen surprised me.  Homer was just as hooked on bass fishing himself as you and I are.

All this transpired, of course, long before the Heddon Tackle Company was purchased by a larger tackle company. [Read more…]