Original Caption: Charlie and Vojai Reed, professional bass anglers on the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society tournament circuit, taught a fishing class in El Paso on Tuesday. Feb 1992, photo credit: Grace Saenz/El Paso Times

A slight change of pace this week for today’s Throwback Thursday historical photo.  You won’t find any bass or bass boats in today’s photo, but you will find a great shot of well-known angling couple Charlie and Vojai Reed from back in February, 1992.  The couple were in town doing some local fishing show seminars, and Vojai was still fairly fresh off being the first woman to compete in a Bassmaster Invitational the previous year at Missouri’s Truman Reservoir.  The article, titled “Women angling for big bass tournament bucks,” talked to the pair about that groundbreaking event.

In the story, Vojai states, “Women do make good bass fishermen.  I don’t think they’re as good as men…but most of them don’t have as much experience.”

At the time, Vojai had since competed in 3 other B.A.S.S. events, finishing out of the money each time, but getting closer.  The 55-year-old grandmother of three had already made a name for herself after nine years on the Bass’N Gal women’s circuit, which included a 1984 national championship (Elephant Butte) and Angler of the Year honors.