Original Caption: Inspecting Popular Fishing Rig, Tennessee fishing writer Jimmy Holt and Marineland’s Mary Garvey inspect the 142 Astroglass pro model fishing boat donated by Leonard and Joyce Eldridge of Astroglass Boat Co. of Pleasantview. The popular angling rig powered by a 35 horsepower Chrysler outboard motor will be auctioned off during the May 7 thru 12 Action Auction WDCN-TV Channel 2 production in conjunction with the Tennessee Outdoorsman Show. The Tennessean Friday May 4, 1973. Staff photo Jimmy Holt.

Going through the newspaper archives a few weeks ago I ran into this article penned by Bassmaster record holder, Jimmy Holt.  But it wasn’t Holt’s by-line that caught my attention, it was the 1973 AstroGlass bass boat that got me all perked up.

The boat was essentially state-of-the-art at the time, model number 142, which I assume meant it was 14-feet, 2-inches in length.  The boat was donated by AstroGlass to be given away at the Action Auction put on by the local WDCN Television station and the Tennessee Outdoorsman Show.  The boat was fitted with a 35-horsepower Chrysler outboard and a trailer.

The accompanying article didn’t mention the boat at all but made mention of the Fishing Tackle Derby put on prior to the show.  The derby was a fishing tournament for the tackle manufacturers and possibly the jobbers and retail tackle companies of the area.  Here’s a list of manufacturers names that were involved:

Heddon, Cordell, Fred Arbogast, True Temper, Berkley, Rebel, Pflueger, Lowrance, Rapala, and TrolMaster.

The competition took place on middle Tennessee’s Center Hill Lake for one day and was comprised of a morning and afternoon session.  Winners of the morning session were Dave Hughes (Heddon) and Dick Wallman (Leonard Melton Co.) with 7-pounds, 9-ounces of bass caught on white jig-and eel combos.

Another thing that caught my eye was the mention of the Cordell Big-O and all the copycats that prevailed, such as the Norman Big-N and another bait called a Bee-O.  Yes, it’s written as the Bee-O, unfortunately no manufacturer was mentioned.

Fred Young was mentioned as was his brother Odis, and Odis’ name was actually spelled right.

One name that stood out to me other than Holt’s was Bill Steber of Rebel, who was the man who gave Ray Scott the acronym B.A.S.S., or Bass Anglers Sportsmans Society.

Oh, and as for Holt and his record, Jimmy Holt will forever hold the record for smallest limit of bass to ever be weighed in at a Ray Scott event.  That 10-fish limit weighed in at 1-pound, 13-ounces and was confirmed by Ray Scott himself.