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Friends, family and colleagues gather in Dania Beach, Florida to celebrate the life of Jose Wejebe, who died in a tragic plane accident just days before. Several hundred people were on-hand for the 3-hour celebration.
About 50 years ago a Milwaukee sportfishing pioneer named Bill Binkelman almost singlehandedly resurrected the ancient and honorable use of live bait in fishing and raised it to an art form.
By the late-1950s and early-60s, the sportfishing community fostered the notion that it was unsportsmanlike to fish with live bait as opposed to artificial flies and lures. It was actually viewed as demeaning. The typical picture of live-bait fishing at that time was of the barefoot kid with a straw hat, cane pole and ntomato can full of worms. The big sportfishing magazines of the time – Sports Afield, Field & Stream and Outdoor Life – mainly featured articles for "real" fishermen that offered titles such as Topwater Tactics For Bass orRainbow Trout on a Dry Fly....
Kim Stricker of Hook 'n Look TV stopped by my Florida hideout to fish with myself and Dick Sternberg. Both of our TV shows feature a lot of underwater footage and we talked shop through an entire day of snook fishing. Turns out that Lindner's Angling Edge bought some underwater gobie footage from Stricker for a project we're currently working on. Check out what Stricker has to say about tour-level bass fishing, the TV industry and more.
Watching Ish Monroe, a Californian, win at Okeechobee yesterday with flipping made me think back and I wanted to share this historic photo from 1977.
A few years before this photo, Californian Dee Thomas brought his revolutionary flipping technique to Bull Shoals in Arkansas and won a Bassmaster tournament. But it wasn't until his disciple Dave Gliebe came east to fish full-time that the flipping technique truly exploded.
This photo is from the 1977 Toledo Bend Bassmaster Invitational that Gliebe won. Gliebe drew Roland Martin in the event. The photos show Gliebe teaching Martin how to flip, and the photo with my brother Al in the foreground shows Gliebe and Martin...
My partner Dick Sternberg and I have been testing what I think is a hot new piece of gear. Meyer Tackle, an outfit out of Mitchell, S.D, sent me their Bleeding Chain (I call it Bleeder Beads). They're used for walleye trolling, but I took them to Florida and added them to jigs and plugs like Rapala Flat Raps and X-Raps and used them for snook, trout and reds.
Do they work? Well, I can say they surely don't hurt and maybe they do add to a lure's attractiveness. We've caught hundreds of fish using them this winter.
You learn more about them at HippysBleederChain.com.
There's career training for all sorts of disciplines, and now there's a rigorous training regimen for fishing guides. Ron Linder reveals the source, and also looks back at some of the decisions he and his brother Al made, and whether or not those decisions were guided by a higher hand.
Through the late-60s and early-70s, my brother Al worked as a guide at Sam Rayburn out of the legendary Mama Miller's resort in Broaddus, Texas. He also fished B.A.S.S. events starting in 1970.
Sam Rayburn was a new lake at the time, and its fill coincided with the oil boom in Texas, which meant that every weekend, newly wealthy Texans would flock to Rayburn and other Texas reservoirs to fish for bass.
The following clip from one of our old shows includes footage Al shot at Rayburn in 1969. That group of Texas guides – Al and guys like Johnny Fox and Ralph Giessow – along with what was happening in Alabama with the formation of B.A.S.S., marked the true beginning of the bass explosion.
As a fishing guide at Rayburn, the goal was to get 18 or 20 fish in the morning...
If you were to pick up any of the Big 3 sporting magazines from about 1939 to 1954 – Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, Field & Stream – you'd find very little change in tackle innovation, angling strategy or even methodology and vocabulary. Indeed, a full 5 of these years encompassed the World War II era, and everything then was directed toward the war effort – not fishing innovation.
During my stint in the service, I discovered Mitchell spinning reels in France and brought two home when I returned to civilian life in 1954. One was for my younger brother and fishing partner Al. The other was for me. For the two of us, this would be a big change.
But as things turned out, there wouldn't be that much more "new" for the rest of the decade. The articles in the Big 3...
about the author
Ron Lindner is a living pioneer. A book author, magazine publisher, TV producer, tackle designer, industry analyst and radio host, Ron and brother Al founded the In-Fisherman Network. Ron still fishes close to 200 days a year and co-owns and operates Lindner's Angling Edge.