A Look Back at 2012 Part One

Dee Thomas, father of flipping, wins another event with the long rod - this time Lake Havasu in 1977.

Dee Thomas, father of flipping, wins another event with the long rod – this time Lake Havasu in 1977.

On March 5, 2012 the Bass Fishing Archives became a real entity. None of us here knew if it would become a success or not – frankly we didn’t care. All we cared about was documenting the history of the sport so it wouldn’t be forgotten. In these last 9 months, it’s become obvious to us that there are a lot of you out there too that hold the history of bass fishing in high regard. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t visit the site.

So this week through January 2, 2013 we’re gonna post some of the top stories on the Bass Fishing Archives. These are the stories that received the most reader views over the last 12 months. We hope you enjoy them and we’ll see you on January 2 with a bunch of new stuff!

Aaron and Carol June 1989 ABA Super Team

Carol and Aaron Martens 1989 Super Teams Winners

A Star is Born was a piece we wrote on the beginnings of Elite angler Aaron Martens. It went viral on Facebook and Twitter and was our number-one post this year. Obviously we listen and will be bringing you a lot more stories on how the top Tour anglers got their starts.

Dee Thomas and Frank Hauck win the Western Bass Nacimiento event in 1974.

Dee Thomas and Frank Hauck win the Western Bass Nacimiento event in 1974.

New Western Technique – Controlled Structure Fishing – Sure to Sweep the Country was a piece that we put out on the opening day of the site. It’s been the second-most read article on the site and for obvious reasons. It shows the first article ever written on flipping, written by Harvey Naslund – from the California Lunker Club Magazine. This piece gives an in-depth look into the birth of flipping and is the beginning of 5 more articles on the subject.