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 Issue 12

Marketed by Uncle Josh for a few years, the Spinrite was originally manufactured by the Pedigo Lure Company. Just two weeks ago, the Pedigo Lure Company was resurrected and now offers the original Spinrite. I bet Billy would be proud.

Marketed by Uncle Josh for a few years, the Spinrite was originally manufactured by the Pedigo Lure Company. Just two weeks ago, the Pedigo Lure Company was resurrected and now offers the original Spinrite. I bet Billy would be proud.

We’re back at Smallmouth Magazine, this time with the final issue of the inaugural year 1985. After this segment, we’re going to take a break from Smallmouth Magazine for a couple weeks in order to get some other things published and then we’ll pick right back up with Volume 2.

In this issue, from December, 1985, we have the usual cast of Smallmouth contributors, Tom Rodger, Billy Westmorland and Tom Zenanko. But there’s also another well-known writer/angling guru by the name of Rich Zaleski who made his Smallmouth debut in this issue. We’ll talk a little about that later.

The magazine starts off with Tom Rodgers, publisher and president of Smallmouth, talking about their first year and what a success it was. What kind of got me about the piece was on two different fronts. First off I was amazed the membership fee was $29.95 per year for 1985. That’s a lot of Hoss Flies for a predominantly four-page newsletter. It was nice that Rodgers got enough sponsor support that he could lower the membership fees for 1986 down to $19.95. [Read more…]

Smallmouth Magazine – Volume 1 Issue 11

J. C. Reel and partner pose with seven smallies from Watts Bar that weighed over 36 pounds. November issue of Smallmouth Newsletter.

J. C. Reel and partner pose with seven smallies from Watts Bar that weighed over 36 pounds. November issue of Smallmouth Newsletter.

Continuing on with the first year of the Smallmouth Newsletters, today we’re talking about Volume I Issue 11, published for November, 1985. This issue starts out with a great piece by the late Billy Westmorland on how to catch smallies in November. As usual, Westmorland gives some great advice on the techniques he uses for late fall/early winter smallmouths – but it seems a little dated for today’s standards. Yes, smallmouths will always be caught on small baits but that myth has been over-shadowed in the last 10 years as anglers move to bigger and bigger baits for smallies – including swimbaits. Still this opening piece offers a lot of great suggestions with respect to fish movement and areas to look for. [Read more…]

Smallmouth Magazine – Volume I Number 5

Smallmouth Vol I Issue VIt’s been a couple of weeks since we’ve posted a piece on the early issues of Smallmouth so let’s get back to it. In this installment, we’re going to look at issue number five of the inaugural year, which came out in May. 1985.

This issue was the standard four-page newsletter as with previous issues but also came with a bonus page titled Smallmouth Fishing Forecast. Written by Bob Gooch, the article was more of a “State of the Smallmouth” address regarding fisheries throughout North America for 1985. It’s an interesting look back at what were the best smallmouth fisheries at the time. [Read more…]

Smallmouth Magazine – Vol I Issue 3

SmallmouthMarch 1985 brought the third issue of Smallmouth Newsletters to the readership. Today, the Bass Fishing Archives shares it with you so you can look back into that time and also glean information from the smallmouth anglers of the time.

We hope you enjoy! [Read more…]

Smallmouth Magazine – Volume 1 Issue 1

The welcome letter that went out to each Smallmouth newsletter subscriber. Courtesy of Mark Blahut.

The welcome letter that went out to each Smallmouth newsletter subscriber. Courtesy of Mark Blahut.

Back a month or so ago Pete authored a piece on Smallmouth magazine, a publication dedicated to the smallmouth angler that started glossy-print publication in 1987. In that piece, Pete gave a pretty good background of the magazine, organization and the founder Tom Rodgers. He also asked that if any of our readers had more information on the magazine to please write in.

Well, Pete’s call was answered by one of our readers by the name of Mark Blahut.

Mark contacted us and since then has sent in his entire set of Smallmouth newsletters from the inaugural issue printed in January, 1985 through the last issue printed in December, 1986. After this, the magazine went full glossy. [Read more…]