“I also have to include ‘Lunker’ Bill Murphy and his belief in his big-fish system. I did a lot of articles with him and he said he always liked the fact I’d conduct my interviews on the phone with him.
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.
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
In the article “Lunker” Bill was again interviewed but what was most intriguing about this piece was the picture of the “modified” Rapala being used at the time. It was a Frankenstein-type bait, half Rapala half soft ocean swimbait with an ocean-going double IP hook normally used with tuna feathers.
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 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 […]