The Brave New World of Flippin'

Updated: March 27, 2008, 4:17 PM ET
By Ken Duke

April 4, 1975, was a groundbreaking day. Among bass historians, it ranks with July 4, 1776, or December 7, 1941.

That was the day Dee Thomas, a Newark, Calif., grocery store produce manager, won the Arkansas Invitational on Bull Shoals Lake. But it wasn't his winning weight (35 pounds, 6 ounces) or even the fact that he was the first Californian to win a BASS tournament that made the event special. It was the way he won.

A few years earlier, Thomas was a specialist with a technique ...

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