History in Photos: Missouri Bassin’, 1972

From Fishing Facts, 1972

From Fishing Facts, 1972

 

Rex Grady (left) – Educator, editor, guide, historian, and later real estate agent, hoisting a big bass from one of the Ozarks’ newly formed reservoirs of the day for

Joe Hall (right) – Son of Bert Hall, who invented the Roadrunner. Joe purchased the Blakemore Lure Co. of Shelbyville, TN in 1969 and moved their operations to Branson, MO.

…and fishing from an early 70s model Ouachita Boat with Evinrude motor and typical “pre-wrap” signage for those days.

Monday Trivia – Bailey’s Bubble Answer and Winner (April 21, 2014)

Lee Bailey FLW Outdoors.

Lee Bailey FLW Outdoors.

Congratulations to Rob Shaw for winning this week’s Monday Trivia Contest! For the answer, please read below.

Missouri’s Table Rock Lake has been a stopping point for the major tours for decades, with the most recent stop producing Mike McClelland’s seventh B.A.S.S. victory, fourth Elite Series win, and his first since 2008. He compiled 61 pounds 15 ounces of Table Rock bass over four days (nearly a 15 pound 8 ounce average) to claim the crown.

Just under 17 years ago, New Englander Lee Bailey won the Bassmaster Missouri Central Invitational on the Rock, putting together three limits of bass that totaled 47-15, an average just a hair under 16 pounds a day. It marked the sole win of Bailey’s 122 event B.A.S.S. career. He came in 3rd on three occasions, coming closest to winning again in 1999 on the Hudson River when he finished behind winner Woo Daves by a little bit less than 3 pounds. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Bailey’s Bubble (April 21, 2014)

Lee Bailey FLW Outdoors.

Lee Bailey FLW Outdoors.

Missouri’s Table Rock Lake has been a stopping point for the major tours for decades, with the most recent stop producing Mike McClelland’s seventh B.A.S.S. victory, fourth Elite Series win, and his first since 2008. He compiled 61 pounds 15 ounces of Table Rock bass over four days (nearly a 15 pound 8 ounce average) to claim the crown.

Just under 17 years ago, New Englander Lee Bailey won the Bassmaster Missouri Central Invitational on the Rock, putting together three limits of bass that totaled 47-15, an average just a hair under 16 pounds a day. It marked the sole win of Bailey’s 122 event B.A.S.S. career. He came in 3rd on three occasions, coming closest to winning again in 1999 on the Hudson River when he finished behind winner Woo Daves by a little bit less than 3 pounds. [Read more…]

The B.A.S.S. Federation – The 1974 Nationals

1974 BASS Chapter Championship winning team – Missouri. Pictured (L-R) Evon Austin, Charlie Campbell, John Haley, Gary Wilkerson, Bud Bartold and Bill Clements. Photo Sept/Oct 1974 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Bass clubs nationwide were joining the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society at a fevered pace and by 1973, Ray Scott and crew decided it was time to up the anti for these weekend warriors. In ’73, the first B.A.S.S. Chapter Championship was held to determine the best state team in the nation but that wasn’t all. Scott had decided just prior to the event, that the top individual finisher at the Championship would be invited to the Super Bowl of bass fishing – the Bass Master Classic.

That first year, 20 state teams from as far away as California met to compete at Pickwick Reservoir in Alabama. After the dust had settled, the Tennessee Chapter Team won the honors, beating Missouri by over 20 pounds. [Read more…]

Bass Club News via the May 1974 CLC

May 1974 California Lunker Club Magazine Bass Club Reports. Courtesy of Dave Coolidge.

I know this is really southern California-centric but I’m posting it for two reasons. One, I want to put out some old material for my friends in California and two, it’s a calling card for any of you readers who may have similar reports stashed away in your closet.

For those of you who reside in Cal (or lived there) and fished during those early years of competitive bass fishing, I hope you enjoy reading these club reports. Not many of these clubs exist today, if any, but I’m sure you’ll recognize a lot of the anglers, some of which are still competing. [Read more…]