Original Caption: Randy Fite believes in getting the best contour map available and then when on the water, using his electronic depth finders to pin point the areas that he has selected to fish. 1988, Bass Pro Strategies, By Larry Larsen

A couple weeks back, we featured Larry Larsen in our historical photo.  This week, I’d like to share a couple of his historical photos from his 1988 book, “Bass Pro Strategies.”  The first one today is what I consider the quintessential deep water structure fishing photo from the time period.  It features Randy Fite, marker buoy in hand, idling around scanning the depths with his flasher and paper graph on the console of his Ranger bass boat.

Randy is featured in the first chapter of the book, Mapping Lore.  In the chapter, Randy is quoted, “As far as looking for particular structures on topo maps, you have to keep in mind your seasonal patterns.  Summer structures appear relatively flat or gradually sloping.  On the map, I’ll look for lines that are far apart.”

“In the winter time, I’ll look for steep, vertical drops, and the topo contour lines for these places will be very close together.  You’ll usually find that structure around the major creek channels or out on the major river channels,” advises Fite.  “These will be better in cold water situations.”

Many of you might even recall Randy’s appearance on the old Bassmasters television show when he fished with host Chuck Roberts, utilizing a jigging spoon in deep water to tackle winter bass.  In light of all the discussion over the newest technology like forward facing sonar, this photo is a great reminder of where we came from, and how the best structure fishermen used to fish.