Field & Stream is essential to the Perry story and record for several reasons. Without their annual “Prize Fishing Contest,” Perry’s catch would have been lost to history. With no need to certify or memorialize the catch in some fashion, it would have disappeared. Perry took the bass home and his family ate it.
And although Gary Yamamoto has built a bait empire over the course of the last 35 years, one cannot talk about the origins of the company without mentioning Larry Snyder’s Twin T’s.
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.
In the email that Sonnett sent was an attachment of an early W. J. Jameson Co. ad for the Shannon Twin Spinner (1919) and a promotional write up for the Twin Spinner that appeared in the April 1917 issue of the National Sportsman.
Ask BIll Dance, Roland Martin, Rick Clunn or Jimmy Houston who inspired and taught them, and you’ll get the same answer, Jason Lucas.
To my surprise, the average age for the 1975 Classic field was 3.7 years younger than the average age of the combined BASS/MLF AOY anglers.
We organized the Chattanooga Bass Club as the first affiliated club in B.A.S.S., we had weekly club tournaments and if you caught a bass 6 pounds or over the club had it mounted for you. So now I had two mounted bass, the one from Smith Lake and one from Chickamauga Lake.
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.
Once a year, generally in the spring, the Big Three, would put together an issue dedicated to bass and the bass angler.
“We’ve made BASS CHAMP as realistic as possible,” Schorr said. “We wanted players to feel that they were actually out on the water.