By 1974, bass clubs had been popping up all over the country as bass fishing became more popular. The clubs offered competition, but they also offered those wanting to learn a platform in which to do so
Still, even equipped with small aluminum boats and minimal electronics, the anglers fiercely competed and many a fish were brought to the scales. This picture article looks back on those days and the boats the early California anglers used to compete in bass tournaments.
Another record of interest is the California 5-fish limit record of Roger Dickson. Five fish for 40-pounds 10-ounces is a heck of a record, even today, but for southern California in 1971 I’m sure it turned some heads.
Originally posted 15 March, 2012 Sticks from the Past is a column devoted to anglers who made an impact either in their local region or state. They’re the anglers who made all the other anglers shudder when they plopped down their entry fees. In this first installment we look at […]
Originally posted 18 April, 2012 Bill Murphy needs no introduction when it comes to bass fishing. He is arguably one of the fathers of trophy bass hunting and his tenure on the water yielded an almost-uncountable number of fish over ten. To top this off, Murphy did a lot of […]
“Wayne called and told me about the problems he was having and asked how short the rod could be and still make it so I could fish effectively. I was standing in my garage and pulled a 7-and-a-half foot Fenwick striper rod off the wall and told him I could live with that.
This is part-two of a two-part article on the first California bass tournament organization. This article was completed in part by interviewing Dave Coolidge, the founder of the California Lunker Club (CLC) and taking excerpts from the August 1974 issue of the CLC magazine. Excerpts are italicized. In Part One, […]
“Here I was holding an event where I was responsible to hand out $100 and I only had nine members,” he said. “Then we show up at Cachuma and 37 anglers show up to participate – 28 of which were new members.”