Last Wednesday when we talked about the contents of Rosko’s booklet, we touched on how Garcia used the book to teach anglers how to fish in the hope that they’d buy their product. In my opinion it was a soft sell advertising wise, with Garcia more interested in teaching anglers how to fish rather than cramming a bunch of gear down their throats. Today what I’d like to discuss is the contents of this booklet but spend more time looking at pictures provided by one of the most recognized names on bass fishing, Homer Circle.
A good example of this is on page 37 of the booklet. In this shot, Uncle Homer describes his preferred method of landing a bass without a net. In the picture you see an angler cradling a fish at the side of his boat. His description of this method in the text is:
“This last method is the safest way to land a big bass if you have no net, especially if a plug full of hooks is hanging outside the bass’ mouth. You simply lead the bass, after you’ve played it out, alongside the boat. Then just slide your hand under the bass’s belly and slowly lift it into the boat.
“You’ll be amazed the first time you do it because the bass will lie docilely in your hand. It lies there because its own weight is pressing its stomach against the central nervous system in the spine. The effect is akin to paralysis. Once you have it in the boat, then grasp the lower jaw and remove the hook with safety.”
Although Uncle Homer didn’t write any words in the body of the book about this fairly new concept, in one of the pictures, the caption stated that he cast with his left hand in order to be more efficient. This was written at a time when there were no left-hand retrieve reels on the market. One might wonder if he was left-handed but the fact remains, he stated that this was his casting hand of choice for efficiency, not because he was right- or left-handed. Today, smart anglers teach themselves how to cast with both hands, giving them the upper hand on the perfect casting situation no matter the angle. I have to say, I’m not one of these “smart” anglers as I am stuck in my ways of always casting with my right hand.
Still the concepts of what to use and where to use are appropriate. Even the short section on electronics sheds some light on how to use it and its effectiveness. I don’t care how sophisticated electronics get, they are still governed by the same laws of physics.