Smallmouth Magazine – Volume 1 Issue 6

Smallmouth Newsletter Volume I Issue VI, June, 1985 Cover page.

Smallmouth Newsletter Volume I Issue VI, June, 1985 Cover page.

Carrying on with Smallmouth Magazine, courtesy of Mark Blahut, today we bring you Volume 1 Issue 6 published in June, 1985. Again, as with the May issue, this one has a bonus insert – obviously subscriptions and advertisers were starting to grow.

The newsletter starts off with Billy Westmorland giving more tips on tackle, this time rods and reels and a little bit on line. Brook Elliott gives a short piece about Michigan float trips offered by guide Grant Schliewe. The price of the 8-hour float trips, $125, really hammers home that this was from 1985. [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…]

Smallmouth Magazine

Smallmouth Magazine published by Smallmouth Inc, began in 1987 and lasted five years. Photo cover of the March/April 1990 issue.

Smallmouth Magazine published by Smallmouth Inc, began in 1987 and lasted five years. Photo cover of the March/April 1990 issue.

When Ray Scott founded B.A.S.S. in 1967, the “B” stood for “Bass” – not specifically largemouth bass. It was meant to be inclusive, certainly with smallmouths and spotted bass under its umbrella. Later, long after he’d sold the organization, they expressly embraced bass diversity to include the so-called “B.A.S.S. Slam” of nine different species. Nevertheless, for a majority of bass anglers, in the early years the de facto meaning of the “B” was largemouth, since green bass were generally more readily available nationwide. There was certainly coverage of the other species of bass, but it was limited, and B.A.S.S. did not hold a major tournament on a traditional northern fishery until 1977 when Jim Rogers won the New York Invitational on the St. Lawrence River (Terry previously discussed Roger Lures and the associated tackle store here). [Read more…]