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Old Bass Boats – 1975 Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we covered bass boat manufacturers from Airgator to Hydra-Sports. In that piece we saw a drastic change in the technology of bass boats, where they were moving from tub-style fishing boats to pad-style high-performance machines.

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Old Bass Boats – 1975 Part 1

Boat manufacturers were now looking to the race industry, not only to make their hulls faster but more efficient due to the gas crunch. But sifting through the magazines, I came across two other boat companies, Delta and Venture, that were taking speed to another level. You’ll see what I mean in the coming paragraphs.

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Old Bass Boat Ads – A Family Tradition 1979

“Yep, 1978 and to the right is my 20 or 21 year-old bud Steve Eastwold. Steve’s Mom and Dad had Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock. We shot the image after leaving the drain plug in and pumping it full or water till it ran out over the splash well. We pulled the drain plug to help get it to come up, so we were carrying water.

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Old Boat Ads – Bass Cat

The ad also shows our anglers at the time,” Pierce said. “We had Tommy Martin, Jerry Crowell and Basil Bacon, all 1974 Champions for their respective trails. Of course Tommy won the Bass Master Classic in ’74 and that really elevated him as a professional angler. Then there was Jerry Crowell who won the Bass Casters of Association (BCA) Tournament of Champions and Basil who won the Project Sports INC (PSI) Tournament of Champions. Most people don’t know that at this time there were a minimum of three other major circuits running.

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