Original Caption: Pro bass angler Gary Klein will be one of the featured speakers at the Fisharama. The Atlanta Constitution, Jan 1992. Photo credit: Special.

For today’s Friday Finale historical photo, it’s a journey back to 1992 and a picture of Gary Klein as featured in The Atlanta Constitution.

Throughout the country, winter on the professional bass tours means the off-season has arrived.  And in 1992, this was no different.  Pro anglers’ schedules are filled with numerous appearances at boat and sport shows across the country, which allows them extra financial assistance, as well as a chance to promote their various sponsors.

In 1992 in the Atlanta, Georgia, area, that meant Fisharama, where an anticipated 20,000 anglers were expected to visit the ninth annual event.  The event was billed as “the largest fishing exposition of its kind in the Southeast” according to the accompanying story.

Held at the Atlanta Expo Center, the event was being hosted by the Georgia Wildlife Federation.  Among the many attractions at the show were the Zebco trout-fishing tank, along with “dozens of prizes” for kids during the Zebco casting contests being run throughout the show.

Local tackle shops, some manufacturers, fishing camps, along with a variety of vendors selling everything from “boats, rods, reels, lures, clothing and electronic depthsounders” were to be on hand.  Additionally, many taxidermists, guides and outfitters would be attending.

Of course, one of the most popular aspects of the show was the professional touring anglers who were in attendance to give seminars and clinics on a variety of subjects each day.  Gary Klein, by then a well-known tour veteran and Zebco Quantum sponsored pro, was one of the highlighted speakers.

Gary was fairly fresh off a 1989 AOY title on the Bassmaster circuit and would go on to win another the following year in 1993.  Other touring pros joining him at the event included Tommy Martin and Larry Lazoen, along with local television fishing host Joey Mines of “Outdoors in Dixie.”

Of course, one lucky grand prize raffle winner at the end of the show would receive a Ranger bass boat and matching trailer.