Today in Innovative Rods Handles Part 2, we take a similar look at a modification to a spinning rod and reel by one of the major players back in the 80s.
The “Bass Handler” was packaged more as a component item, most likely intended for use by custom rod builders. Word is they were designed to hold Lew’s Speed Stick ferrules.
That gives you an idea for how important Jason was in the history of the sport. We’ll be talking more about his book (a review) and his techniques (pre-tourney tactics) in the future, but for today, I just wanted to post an old ad that was used to sell this book nearly 60 years ago.
“But we’re not content to publish known material. The staff and I have countless questions about fish and fishing that are begging to be answered – questions which if answered even in part, would have a tremendous impact on fishing tomorrow.”
I recently added the first published copy of the In-Fisherman magazine to my ever-growing library, and thought I’d take a moment to share it with those readers who perhaps have not seen it.
I was browsing through some old fishing magazines this weekend, something we seem to do pretty frequently around here, when this ad caught my eye.
From online research I’ve been doing, it seems like the bait went by the name “Devels Warhorse” beginning around 1960. Sometime around the later 60s through the early 70s, it’s called “Devils Warhorse” (spelled with an “i” instead of an “e”).
Of course, Morris had founded the Bass Pro Shops brand, a combination store and mail order catalog business, a few years before. That operation and his experience fishing the BASS Master Tournament Trail gave him a good idea of what the fishing public wanted in the way of fishing and boating accessories.
Today’s anglers are probably familiar with The Bass University classes organized and run by Mike Iaconelli and Pete Gluszek. What many may not realize is that this is a concept that is almost as old as the sport of bass fishing itself.
Bill Dance was one of the earliest bass angling superstars, at a time when not many people knew or could recognize who any of the professional bass anglers were. But one piece of apparel changed all that – the infamous orange University of Tennessee hat.