How Stanley Jigs Was Born

Lonnie Stanley may not have invented the jig, but he sure made it and the spinnerbait much better baits.

Lonnie Stanley may not have invented the jig, but he sure made it and the spinnerbait much better baits.

The jig and pig is certainly not new to bass fishing. Jigs in various forms had been staples in anglers’ tackle boxes for generations before Bo Dowden won Bassmaster Classic X on the St. Lawrence River in upstate New York. Since that time, though, the simple combination of a hook, lead head, skirt and weedguard has been perpetually refined.

Lonnie Stanley, a two-time B.A.S.S. winner and five-time Classic qualifier, was one of the major players in those developments. He started Stanley Jigs in the early 1980s, and while he’s no longer the principal owner of the enterprise, he still works there nearly every day, designing new lures. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Tucker Takes It Answer and Winner (May 5, 2014)

Photo March 1990 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Photo March 1990 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Congratulations to Nelson Siefkin for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For the answers, read below.

There have been lots of well-known Tuckers in the bass fishing world – not just pros like J Todd Tucker and Mark Tucker, but also the late pioneering writer Tim Tucker. One of the ones who made a name for himself over a brief career but is generally forgotten by today’s fishing fans is former Texas pro Robert Tucker. His B.A.S.S. career spanned 142 tournaments from 1986 to 2002, including the 1987 Bassmaster Classic on the Ohio River.

Prior to winning the 1989 Alabama Top 100 Super B.A.S.S. Pro-Am Tournament (say that five times fast) on Lake Martin, Tucker’s best finish in B.A.S.S. competition had been a 15th place showing the prior year at Missouri’s Truman Reservoir. In 1989, however, he came out on top, beating out runner-up Stacey King by over 2 ½ pounds to take home $45,000 in cash and prizes. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Clunn Conquers New York – With a Little Help From His Friends Answer and Winner (September 23, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.com

Photo Bassmaster.com

Congratulations to Greg Clark for winning this week’s Monday Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For the answers, read below.

Rick Clunn didn’t finish particularly well in the recent Elite Series event on the St. Lawrence River, finishing just outside of the money in 55th. But 21 years ago he had a banner week in northern New York, winning the 1992 New York Bassmaster Invitational on the same body of water. It marked the 11th win of his B.A.S.S. career and one of two that took place north of the Mason-Dixon Line. [Read more…]