Back then there were no digital cameras so I had to shoot slide film (yes, the kind you put i projectors) for magazines.
Only one place in my area processed them so it was always a pain.
Well after the trip I brought in a dozen rolls of slides to be processed for a story in Texas Fish & Game magazine and three of the rolls were ruined in the process.
One of those contained the photos of me with my biggest bass ever.
I was heartbroken.
Last summer, a chance encounter with the folks at Fish Scale Taxidermy in Waco inspired me to recover my lost dream bass.
I took the dimensions of the fish and looked all over the web for a photograph of a bass with a pattern as close to the fish I caught as possible and submitted them.
I got the results delivered to my home via Fedex yesterday and as you can see they are amazing.
Look for a future edition of TF&G to cover more on this and other methods of recovering lost outdoors dreams.
For now, enjoy these photos.