Today in Innovative Rods Handles Part 2, we take a similar look at a modification to a spinning rod and reel by one of the major players back in the 80s.
The “Bass Handler” was packaged more as a component item, most likely intended for use by custom rod builders. Word is they were designed to hold Lew’s Speed Stick ferrules.
Not happy with the standard skirt materials of the day – primarily marabou, vinyl and hair – Hauck set out to find a material that had more action. What he came up with was what he called “living rubber.” At that time, Hauck went into business mass producing the material under the name Frank Hauck’s Living Rubber Lure Components.
Lauri Rapala, inventor of the Original Floater, began making his lures in the 1930s, and as they evolved the Finnish lures became popular throughout Europe, particularly after the Summer Olympics were held in Helsinki in 1952.
By 1973 he pretty much owned those parts of the market. Was there anything else he wanted in his empire? Evidently he wanted to expand into the tackle business and thus, the story of Ray Scott and the Out House mail-order catalog.
I’d be willing to guess that there aren’t many anglers today under the age of 40 who can tell me they’ve actually seen a Shannon Twin Spin let alone caught a bass on one. I‘d be willing to go even further and bet they’ve never thrown any sort of true […]
As I was working on the backlash the worm dropped into the water. A few minutes later, after fending off an eagle dead set on nesting in my 5000C and getting the reel straightened out, I reeled up the slack. I reeled and reeled and reeled not coming tight with the bait until it was directly below the boat.
These companies – Bagley’s, Burke, Creme, Flip Tail and Mann’s – all are still in business except for Burke, which was bought out by Creme.
“A couple days ago BFA ran the “Season at a Glance: 1975 Bassmaster Trail – Part Two” feature. I wanted to share something on the Buggs Island tournament that Woo Daves won.
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.