“We’ve made BASS CHAMP as realistic as possible,” Schorr said. “We wanted players to feel that they were actually out on the water.
A look at the picture taken of center stage during Rick Clunn’s victory speech captures the moment for us all. The personalities on stage are compelling, historic and even ironic.
Basil Bacon had just invented the Flippin Switch and gave the rights to ABU Garcia, which, in turn, came out with the first ever reel designed for flipping.
This unit could be connected to any brand of depthfinder and would then “announce the depth at regular intervals.”
However, Wheeler, who is now 31 and hosts a gaggle of wins at the sport’s highest of levels, isn’t the youngest world champion. There was one angler younger.
In fact, you have to go back about 25 years before the Zoom release, to none other than soft plastic manufacturer Mister Twister of Minden, Louisiana in order to find what might likely be considered the grandfather of today’s buzzin’ frogs, the Hawg Frawg.
Fast forward to around 2007 and what do we see on the market again? I don’t know if the folks at Yamamoto remembered the “success” of the Sassy Worm and felt they could make a better mouse trap or if they’d forgotten the concept altogether.
No way, Braid came out with the advent of Spider Wire – didn’t it? Well, actually braided lines are probably the oldest lines in fishing. It’s just that they weren’t made of Spectra back in the day. Early lines were spun out of everything from cat gut to Dacron
One early attempt to capitalize on this possibility was a board game called “Lunker,” introduced in 1977 and endorsed by Rick Clunn, who’d won the Bassmaster Classic in both 1976 and 1977.
Today’s angler wouldn’t be caught dead towing their bass rig with anything less than a 3/4-ton pickup – diesel preferred. But back in the day, anglers towed their rigs with whatever they had to tow with.