Scorecard Snapshot – Oh What Happened on the Big O? Answer and Winner (April 22, 2013)

Photo FLWOutdoors.com

Photo FLWOutdoors.com

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

Bryan Thrift’s narrow 2006 Stren victory over Bobby Lane on Florida’s Lake Okeechobee wasn’t Thrift’s first win with FLW Outdoors. He’d won two other AAA-level tournaments with them the prior year, one on Lake Eufaula and the other on Santee Cooper. However, in both of those efforts he’d been a co-angler. The 2006 trophy was the first one he’d won with them from the front of the boat. Of course, he’s gone on to have a stellar career, with FLW Tour victories in 2010 and 2011, and he also earned the AOY title in 2010. He followed up those accomplishments with a win at the 2012 Toyota Texas Bass Classic. [Read more…]

Is There Really Anything New in Bass Fishing?

Whopper Stopper Ad circa 1976.

As usual, I was cruising an old magazine the other day and this ad caught my eye. Every old-time basser at least remembers the old Whopper Stopper company (now owned by Pradco) and probably had their arm worn out from throwing the Hellbender – what a great bait that was. What originally made me stop, though, was the Bayou Boogie, a bait we’d today call a vibration bait, or Trap.

Upon further review of the ad something else caught my eye – the Dirtybird. Look at the Dirtybird close, though. Does it ring a bell in your head? Do patent suits come to mind? Does the name Chatterbait leap into your head? It should. [Read more…]