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Who Has Fished A B.a.s.s. Tourney

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Long ,long ago I entered 3 Ray Scott BASS invitational tourneys.

1977 Virgiana  Lake Anna-also ran

1978 New York Thousands Islands placed 35 th of 300

 1979  New York Thousands Islands -also ran.

I entered one other t on Seneca Lake ,NY.A good friend called to tell I would probably die because of extreme wind water that  time of year.I dropped out of it and half the boats could not make it back to weight in because of bad water.My bud was right.

 

$300 entry fees good payout for the times.I purchased A new Hydra Sport/150 Evinrude with Merc thruster t motor for $8500. Ha, can`t even  get a motor for that now.

Marginal depth finders, braid wasn`t invented yet like many  more things we now take for granted.

We stayed right next door to Hank Parker at the North Star motel,Alexandria Bay ,NY in 78.

Tom Mann got arrested in Ontario for out of season fishing.Dee Thomas was perfecting his flipping method.Jimmy Houston had perfected his wrist twisting shot gun cast.Rick Clunn got close to hitting my boat at 65mph when he passed me.Roland Martin was so far ahead of the field on the 3rd day,he was spotted sitting down eating lunch at 11 am.A last minute court order prevented the first ever female for participating the t.

Can`t recall the fellow that oversaw the t`s for  Scott==Harold Sharp,maybe, the warden if you will.

I met  lots of the current heros and rising stars of the fishing world and feel I got my monies worth.

I fished many Redman t`s that used to pay well.Kinda got away from the t`s to raise a family ,build a house ect.

 

I`ll bet there are some others here that fished BASS t`s maybe even to oppose me.

Who are you?

C22

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I fished the BASS weekend series for one season as a non-boater. Hated their rule that the non-boater got the boaters weight added to their total?? Made no sense to me and cost me a win at LOZ, ended up in 5th because my boater only put 3 keepers in the boat. Made it to the regional at Patoka in Indiana, if I never see that lake again I could die happy. I caught 3 bass in 2 days, 1 keeper, missed the cut by about a pound. 10 pounds won the non-boater side over 3 days of fishing, the guy caught 2 5 pounders, only 2 fish he caught in 3 days. 

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I fish in the B.A.S.S Nation aka Federation as a non boater for right now.

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I also fish the B.A.S.S. Nations, have been for the past few years.

Matter of fact the first one of the year is Sat.

Mike

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I've been in the last two Bass Nation State tourneys in WI. 

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I've been a coangler in the Opens and will be again this year.

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Fished Redman, Fished 2nd ever FLW , it was just FLW back then before not rayovac or bfl or whatever

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Thanks  for the replies.I figured that maybe one or  two old slimers might have been on the scene with me.

 

To mention. Al lindner won the Va T by fishing Christmas trees off of private docks.

Junior Samples was there.

Fliptail made worms

Blakemore was in business.

I met Billy Westmoreland

Charlie Brewer sliders were hot

150 HP was max,nets were OK.I was a rider all three days. First time in a fast boat

Rebel also made trolling motors.

 

 

C22

 

 

 

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I've fished only one B.A.S.S. Top 150

But I've fished Honey Hole Tournaments, Hannah-Abington Ford Tournaments, Rebel Tournaments.

I fished local tournaments on Toledo & Rayburn in the Hemphill Bass Club. Our members included John Torain, John Hall, John Dean, Villis P "Bo" Dowden Sr, Harold Allen, Larry Nixon, Tommy Martin, Rick Clunn, & Zell Roland.

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I've fished only one B.A.S.S. Top 150

But I've fished Honey Hole Tournaments, Hannah-Abington Ford Tournaments, Rebel Tournaments.

I fished local tournaments on Toledo & Rayburn in the Hemphill Bass Club. Our members included John Torain, John Hall, John Dean, Villis P "Bo" Dowden Sr, Harold Allen, Larry Nixon, Tommy Martin, Rick Clunn, & Zell Roland.

Some "bad ass" fisherman in that bunch!

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Thanks  for the replies.I figured that maybe one or  two old slimers might have been on the scene with me.

 

To mention. Al lindner won the Va T by fishing Christmas trees off of private docks.

Junior Samples was there.

Fliptail made worms

Blakemore was in business.

I met Billy Westmoreland

Charlie Brewer sliders were hot

150 HP was max,nets were OK.I was a rider all three days. First time in a fast boat

Rebel also made trolling motors.

 

 

C22

Geen Fliptails were one of my favorites

I won my first club tournament on a Blakemore spinnerbait

I met Tom Mann

Slider heads are still hot for me.

My first trolling motor was made by Plueger 

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Geen Fliptails were one of my favorites

I won my first club tournament on a Blakemore spinnerbait

Slider heads are still hot for me.

My first trolling motor was made by Plueger 

The first tournament I ever won was with a green pumpkin trick worm on a slider head at Pomme De Terre when I was 16 :)

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I also had a Lowrance green box . 

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I also had a Lowrance green box .

Lowrance Fish Lo-K-Tor, went from that to a Super Thirty!

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Yeah,I had a green box too. Can`t remember how many Super Sixties I went thru.

Spent a ton on the X15 paper unit.

I had some of the first Lews Speed Sticks ever made.

I used to suffer the slow retrieve on  Left handed Ambassaduers. Then buzz gears for them came on the market..I bet I could still  find  a few in my junk.

C22

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I used to suffer the slow retrieve on  Left handed Ambassaduers. Then buzz gears for them came on the market..I bet I could still  find  a few in my junk.

C22

I put high speed gears and gator Grip handles on my 5000's .

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