Hence this short piece on the industry in the mid-70s. Here we have two ads from two of the major rod and reel companies of all time, Zebco and Garcia.
efore there was 360-Imaging, there was, in 1976, 360-imaging. Believe it or not. Ad is wasn’t from Humminbird but Flip Tail Lures
Front and center, of course, is a young Jimmy Houston (wearing a hat!) with a stout limit of fish. One of the interesting things about the ad is Jimmy’s boat.
While talking to Shaw Grigsby Jr. at ICAST 2014, we got on the subject of the old pro-on-pro format versus todays format where the pros fish alone. Shaw,
Shaw Grigsby Jr.’s been a stalwart on the professional tournament scene since 1977 but did you know that he started because he didn’t have a motorcycle race one weekend?
The Alabama Rig ® would bring to the forefront of bass fishing a ton of controversy both on the water and in the courts – some of which has been settled and a lot of which hasn’t.
By 1969, the results were astounding at all of the San Diego City lakes, changing the face of bass fishing not only in California but nationwide. A new state record was established that year with a bass weighing a little over 15 pounds, from little Lake Miramar.
On one of my first trips to Japan (2006) I was lucky enough to spend some time touring the local tackle shops and boat dealerships around Tokyo.
The rods of 1976 made it a little easier for the consumer, though. Anglers primarily threw a jig, a crank, a worm, and maybe a topwater bait or spinnerbait. Because of this, most bass fishermen only had three or four rods with them.
Numerous things impress me about Japan’s bass fishing industry. Of course they design and manufacture some of the best tackle ever produced. What many people outside of Japan don’t know is their production of small, fully-outfitted bass boats.