The Lil’ Tubby – Hybrid Crankbait

A 1970s Li'l Tubby ad by Tubby Tackle, Inc.

A 1970s Li’l Tubby ad by Tubby Tackle, Inc.

It’s a crankbait. It’s a soft plastic bait. No, it’s…another of my favorite baits growing up that I never caught a fish on – LOL. We all have had some baits over the years that for whatever reason really caught our attention, and that we ultimately bought. Several of them probably ended up not getting thrown or simply weren’t great fish catchers for us. Add the Li’l Tubby crankbait to that category for me. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Chilling in Oklahoma

Jim Morton unhooks a fish at the 1992 Oklahoma Invitational on Grand Lake. Photo February 1992 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

With the 2013 Bassmaster Classic field nearly filled, it’s about time for the competitors to start thinking about how they’ll fish Grand Lake in February. The weather has the potential to be miserable – everything from heavy snow to crippling ice to bitter cold. Fortunately, B.A.S.S. has a history on Grand during inclement weather to look back upon.

The 1992 Oklahoma Invitational, held from November 4-6 of that year, marked the sole B.A.S.S. win of Jim Morton’s career. The promotions manager for Storm Lures had only fished seven previous B.A.S.S. tournaments, never finishing higher than 79th. After Grand, he fished 70 more tournaments with the circuit, and only cracked the top twenty one more time, in June of 1993 at a SuperStars tournament on the Illinois River (only 28 anglers competed). [Read more…]