Before They Were – Byron Velvick

A 1993 Byron Velvick talking about not getting in a rut. American Bass Association 1993.

A 1993 Byron Velvick talking about not getting in a rut. American Bass Association 1993.

You can’t imagine how big my library here at BFA Central is and to be honest, neither can I. That’s why when I pick up any old magazine or newsletter I sometimes run into the problem of what to write about. This was the case today as I found myself running through old American Bass Association (the west coast version) newsletters. Between the tournament pics and various write-ups I didn’t have any idea what to talk about as the possibilities seemed endless.

That was until I ran across this cameo article appearance by a young Byron Velvick.

At this time, 1993, Byron had been on tour four years fishing the Bassmaster Tour. He’d previously proven his salt by winning the 1990 WON Bass U.S. Open and its $50,000 purse and was by then one of the West’s best up-and-comers.

What I found neat about the article is that it’s well written but more than that, it’s a very pertinent article. So many times anglers forget how they used to catch fish and get caught in the “that’s what everyone else is catching them on” rut. This was exactly what was going on in southern California at the time – anglers thought the only way to catch fish was on spiderweb-thin lines and expensive hand-poured baits in 45 feet of water.

Other than the cool pic of a young professional bass angler and future television host, you just might get something out of the article he wrote.