Monday Trivia – Dopp Delivers Answer and Winner (Mar 23, 2015)

Jim Dopp. Photo Bassmaster.

Jim Dopp. Photo Bassmaster.

Sorry for the late response on this week’s contest. We only had one person take a shot and unfortunately they only got two of the three answers correct. Com back next week for more. For the answers, please read below.

Jim Dopp finished 13th in the 1999 Bassmaster Central Invitational on Table Rock Lake, and he’d competed in the 1998 Red Man All-American, so he was no rookie when he launched his boat for the 2000 Central Invitational on Table Rock. Indeed, the 48 year-old had fished the Ozarks-region lakes since he was a kid.

If he was nervous, it didn’t show. He was tied for 4th with eventual runner-up Mike McClelland after Day One, but then sacked 14-12 – the heaviest bag of the event – on Day Two to take a lead that he would not relinquish. McClelland made a late charge, but ultimately fell 22 ounces short of victory. He’d won back-to-back Invitationals in 1996, but would not win another B.A.S.S. tournament until the 2005 Open Championship. [Read more…]

Holy Mackerel!

Holy Mackerel, Batman!

Holy Mackerel, Batman!

That’s what a lot of guys were saying when they recently watched the sale of a Storm Wiggle Wart go down on Ebay. We have posted before about similar lures that went for lofty prices. For example, the Arbogast Jitterbug that went for $155. However, there were still some West coast swimbaiters who laughed at that, casually mentioning that they paid over $400 for their Roman Made Mother – just kidding guys. But we do have one that will now top all of those – and by a long shot!

Because the V44 Wiggle Wart that just sold, a new-in-the-box and still sealed Blue Mackerel color, one of the rarest regular color pattern Warts made, went for more than $3,300. Go ahead and read that line again, because it’s not a typo. This bait was a limited production color made for the salmon fishermen of the Pacific Northwest. I’m guessing based on the price that it is safe to say that bait won’t be thrown anytime soon over on one of the Ozark lakes by some tourney competitor. Below is a snapshot of the final sale price. I can only hope the seller went ahead and threw in FREE shipping with this one, and didn’t tag the buyer for the extra $5.00 – LOL.

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Bombs Away

Bomber Bait Company ad circa 1968.

Bomber Bait Company ad circa 1968.

We’ve talked here a lot lately about lures that were made and were successful but for some reason the manufacturer quit making them. Examples of this would be Stan Fagerstrom’s favorite Heddon lure called the Basser, Storm’s original Wiggle Wart or even the Rapala Fat Rap. But what I want to talk about today was the flagship lure of a company that’s still with us – although it was long-ago bought out by one of the biggest tackle conglomerates there is today.

That company is the Bomber Bait Company and the lure I’m talking about was their 200-, 300-, 400-, 500- and 600-series crankbaits. I can’t think of many other baits that have such a successful history as the old “backwards” Bomber, as my friends and I used to call them when we were kids. The Heddon River Runt may have been the first crankbait I ever caught a bass on but the Bomber 400-series in Christmas Tree was the crankbait I caught most of my early bass on at Lake Irvine, Lake Henshaw and Vail Lake. In fact, it was at Vail Lake that I remember first seeing the lure and its effectiveness – in Bayou Bay. [Read more…]

The Bass Aren’t the Only Ones That Eat Them

RebelThere are a couple of reasons we all buy bass lures. First because we want to catch fish and second, we have an addiction to buying them. I don’t know how many baits I’ve bought over the course of my life but I’m sure I don’t want to know that answer and I’m doubly sure that my insurance agent doesn’t either.

One thing that’s happened over my life is I’ve seen a lot of lure companies go by the wayside. Some of them just went out of business for whatever reason be it bad designs, not enough revenue to make the industry worth while or, as we’re going to talk about here, a bigger fish buys them out. [Read more…]

Riding the Storm – The Wiggle Wart

Storm Wiggle Wart Ad from early 1976.

Storm Wiggle Wart Ad from early 1976.

When you consider the tens-of-thousands of lures that have been developed over the course of time, very few have become cult legends. Of course the original Rapala Floating Minnow, the Heddon Zara Spook and Fred Young’s Big-O fit this bill to a tee.

Unfortunately, some cult favorites, for one reason or another, are still around but not made in the same manner or fashion as the originals. The baits don’t work as well (if at all) as the originals and this creates a frenzy among anglers to buy all the remaining originals. Good examples are the original Bagley’s Diving Balsa Bs that had the lead implanted in the lips, the original Smithwick RB1200 Rattlin’ Rogue and, if you talk with Charlie Campbell, the original Spook itself, which had the line tie coming straight off the nose of the bait. [Read more…]

Happy 30th Anniversary to the Shad Rap

Rapala Marilyn CoverThere appears to be a throwaway line in the middle of the “Tackle Trends for ’83 article” in the November/December 1982 issue of Bassmaster:

“The Normark Shad Rap in four colors is the result of new design that works best with light line for maximum action when cast or trolled, while maintaining depth on slow erratic retrieves.”

While author C. Boyd Pfeifer wasn’t necessarily passing judgment on the Shad Rap’s validity, readers might note that this understated introduction of Rapala’s new crankbait came amidst longer descriptions of all-time classics like the Brawley jigging spoon, the Worth Rat Tail Wriggler worm, the Whopper Stopper Herty Gerty Skirt, the Shamrock Tickle Tail skirt and the Producto Missing Link. [Read more…]