West vs. East

Western Legend Don Iovino graces the cover of the 1995 September/October issue of Bass West Magazine. 1995 was the first year of publication and this was Volume 1 Number 4.

Western Legend Don Iovino graces the cover of the 1995 September/October issue of Bass West Magazine. 1995 was the first year of publication and this was Volume 1 Number 4.

There’s always been a rivalry between the Western U.S. and the Eastern U.S. when it comes to bass fishing. It’s just a plain hard fact of the sport. Having grown up in the Western U.S. and lived there for nearly 50 years, I experienced it firsthand. It was like nothing “bass fishing” existed east of Oklahoma. Yeah, there were the freak fish caught by David Zimmerlee and Ray Easley in 1973 and 1981 and there was Dee Thomas, Gary Klein and Dave Gliebe who ventured back to the cradle of bass fishing and made names for themselves – but they too were freaks of sort – making an imprint on the scene with heavy line and big rods.

Talk to anyone in the East between the late 1970s and 1990s about Western bass fishing and I’m sure they would say one of two things: 1) They have bass in the West? or 2) They fish with sissy rods and 6-pound line. [Read more…]

More Western Winners – 1989 West Coast Bass

1989 West Coast Bass Tournament Winners.

1989 West Coast Bass Tournament Winners.

Okay folks, sue me because I’m on a Western rant this week. Problem is I have a ton of Western material and I need to give the West some love. A couple days ago we posted a short that looked back at the winners of the 1979 Western Bass Team trail and today we’re going 10 years forward to 1989 and the West’s premier tournament series, West Coast Bass.

The interesting thing about these pages from the January/February 1990 issue of West Coast Bass are the names of the winners – in many cases nationally known anglers. It doesn’t take one long to go down the first page and see flipping legend Dee Thomas. Dee needs no introduction and has been written about a number of times here on the Bass Fishing Archives. He’s also been inducted into both the Professional Bass Fishing and Freshwater Fishing Halls of Fame. [Read more…]