This 1945 Sports Afield magazine would open the bass world to Jason Lucas. 1945 Sports Afield March Cover.

If Dr. James A. Henshall is the grandfather of bass fishing, there is no doubt that Jason Lucas is the father of modern bass fishing.  An inductee into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame, Class of 2021, Lucas wrote the modern bible of bass fishing in 1947, titled, Lucas on Bass.  Today in Lucas The Series 1, we’re going to go back to 1945 when he wrote a six-part series on bass fishing for Sports Afield that set the bar for all bass articles to come.

The series was called “New Angling Techniques” and was published for six straight months through August.  The titles of each article were:

1 – From the Waters of Minnetonka

2 – Deep Stuff

3 – Light Lines and Lunkers

4 – Tackle vs. Trash

5 – Bass Lures and Rubbish

6 – “The Gamest…”   PISH!

Part one, “From the Waters of Minnetonka,” was about how many anglers thought lakes in populated areas were fished out or the fish were just too smart to catch.  Lucas explained this wasn’t at all true and that most of these highly pressured lakes had good populations of big fish.  The angler just had to adapt.

Unfortunately, in Lucas’ eyes, most anglers were too stubborn to change.  In this article he uses a trip to Lake Minnetonka and an angler he ran into on the water to prove his point.  Lucas, who avoided anglers at all cost on the water, befriended this young war hero and told him exactly what to do.  I’ll let you read the story to see how it all played out.

This series of anecdotes reveals the persona of Jason Lucas.  He was a hard man to impress, and he wasn’t shy of speaking his mind in person or in print.  He didn’t have much respect for other writers, often referring to them as being bought by the industry to sell tackle.

Lucas fished nearly every day for decades and still kept up with his writing commitments.  After the printing of this series, he was hired by Sports Afield to be their angling editor.  Lucas held this position for 20 years.

Lucas was a peculiar fellow in many ways.  Through personal communications with Stan Fagerstrom, I learned some of his idiosyncrasies.  Reading the many letters he and Stan shared from the early 1950s through the early 1970s, I learned more.  But I think Sports Afield did a great job with his short biography on page 58 of this first article.  Read it and tell me he couldn’t have been Dos Equis “Most Mysterious Man in the World.”  At least in the Fishing World.

We’ll be back next Tuesday with Part Two of this series.

To read the entire article please click on the first image in the gallery below and use the arrows to scroll through the pages.


Gallery – From the Waters of Minnetonka