Original Caption: Professional bass angler and fishing lure designer O.T. Fears of Sallisaw, Okla., left, shows some of his favorite lures to professional crappie guide Wally Marshall of Garland at the Fishing Village Marina Open House Saturday. Fishing Village Open house activities continue today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with professional bass angler Clark Wendlandt of College Station. Abilene Reporter-News, January 1997, photo by Jerry O'Bryant.

In today’s Throwback Thursday historical photo, two professional anglers for the price of one.  On the bass side, OT Fears of Sallisaw, Okla.  OT was a regular on the B.A.S.S pro tournament circuit who also designed lures for BullDog Lure Company and Kalin Lures.  At the time this article was published back in 1997, Fears had won a BASSMasters Super Stars Tournament, qualified for three BASS Masters Classic’s, qualified for three Redman All-American Championships and won the 1987 Redman All-American.

The other angling personality in the photo is Wally Marshall, a near household name in the world of crappie fishing.  The pair were part of an Open House appearance where they gave seminars and answered questions during the “off-season.”

One of the interesting mentions in the article was a reference to what they termed an “Earthquake Blade,” which was a blade style being featured on some BullDog spinnerbaits that I believe has now either been renamed or fallen out of favor.  OT stated:

“The shape of the new blade is somewhere between a Colorado spinner and an Indiana blade, and this thing puts out a huge amount of vibration as the lure is reeled through the water.  I think fish get used to seeing certain baits – how many willowleaf spinnerbaits do you think they’ve seen? – and these new blades and the vibration they create are something totally different.”

On the life of a professional angler, the article mentioned OT’s immediate travel plans for the coming week: “After leaving Abilene today, Fears will travel to Ohio, Kentucky, and California – all within the next nine days.  During the winter season, when there is some slack in tournament schedules, Fears and his fellow pros spend much of their time making appearances and conducting fishing seminars at boat shows and outdoor sport shows across the country.”