The issue itself has a number of interesting articles. The first is an interesting piece by Jim Hall of Gallatin, Tennessee called "The Birth of the Pflueger Surprise Minnow" and it covers the background and history of this Clarkson & Hummon patented bait.
Dan Basore informed us of the two new honorary members, Berkley Bedell and Lee Sisson. Both were extremely important men in the later half of twentieth century fishing history, Bedell for helping bring science into the fishing world, and Sisson for his work with Bagley as a lure designer and later for his designs for Heddon and his own company.
Eric Borgerding presented the second part of his great article on Tony Burmek. Congratulations to Eric for his nifty work in putting this piece together!
Blake Bach gives us some neat information on "Creek Chub--Peters Special" lures. The history of H.L. Peters was printed in the pages of The Gazette some time ago, so it was nice to add some additional history both to the background of this neat trade house and to Creek Chub.
A variety of shorter offerings round out the issue. Tom White gave us "America's Game Meets America's Sport" on the connection in 1957 between Heddon and Pabst; Gregg Stockey gives us "Bass Lures" on the joys of collecting lures with the word "bass" in them; Tim Mierzwa offered up a glowing review of Jeff Kieny's new book Patented Fish Hooks, Harnesses, and Bait-Holders; and Marc Dixon defines the word mint for us.
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