Ricky Green was a heavy hitter from the time he started the Bassmaster Tour. From this picture, he was also a heavy hitter in bass fashion too. Photo Bassmaster Magazine Sept/Oct 1976.

Ricky Green, the man behind the Cajun’s “Ricky Green Fishin’ Machine,” was one of the big names in bass fishing in the early years of BASS. He won two events and qualified for 14 Classics, finishing in the top seven on six different occasions. Those included two runner-up Classic finishes, in 1972 at Tennessee’s Percy Priest Reservoir and in 1983 on the Ohio River. He last fished a BASS tournament in 1997.

But really, Ricky, what were you thinking with this get-up seen in the September/October 1976 issue of Bassmaster?

The shirt is OK, the hat is acceptable, but the plaid pants and white belt combo make you look like you’re headed to the Early Bird special at the retirement home.

It’s probably unfair to criticize him for wearing what many others wore at the time (Jimmy Houston is pictured in the same issue rocking a pair of white pants with piped stars down the side of the leg, as well as the same white belt — were they on sale at Bass Pro Shops?). Then again, the outfit wouldn’t necessarily be out of place on one of today’s top anglers. The trucker hat (Remitz) and plaid shorts (Crews, Monroe, Swindle) can all be seen on The Bassmasters, and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if Ike showed up with these mutton chop sideburns .