|Skip with 34 Pound Barracuda|
Exceeded all time world record on fly and
Exceeded 20# heavy world record on fly
Key West, Florida
I was fortunate to grow up in a family where fishing was everything and money no object (boy how time changes things). That meant that anything that was called “fishing” was worth the time and money. When I was still very young my Father and Grandfather would take me along on their weekend jaunts to rivers and lakes in the Ozarks, and I accompanied them on weekly trips to a local stream to catch bait for the next weekend of fishing. We fished for whatever was in season and with whatever equipment we had at hand . . . and there was no shortage of the various types of fishing equipment of the day.
|Dad with 10# Blue Cat |
about 1950 from James River Missouri
My first fishing outfits were early day baitcasting rigs, before the invention of the Garcia Ambassador. They were called “baitcasting” back then because for the most part that was how we used them; casting minnows, worms, crawfish, chicken livers, shrimp, catalpa worms, or whatever was available. On some occasions we took float trips where we would cast so-called “plugs” for bass. Plugs were wooden lures typically made by Heddon, Arbogast, or some other lure manufacturing company of the day. Sometime in my early teens my Grandfather gave all the fishermen in the family a new Johnson Century rod and closed-face spinning reel for Christmas. It was my first experience with spin fishing and my fishing world was never again the same.
|"The Old Man", my grandfather (right)|
about 1930's with a "limit" of bass
most likely from the James River in Missouri
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