Jensen has no information other than what’s printed on the back, which reads: “Mammoth bass are the rule at Frank’s Tract Lake at Bethel Island, Calif., where the seventh annual bass derby will be held from Sept. 1 to Dec. 5, 1954. This popular lake, three miles long and two miles wide, is the world’s largest striped bass lake. Excellent catches are also made of black bass, crappie, blue gills and catfish.”
This postcard was never mailed, so the postcard image itself is a mystery. Jensen wants to know if anyone can identify the man and when and where the photo was taken. She’s also curious to know a little Delta trivia, such as what type of bass the man is holding and who holds the Delta record for largest bass caught.
Franks Tract, which includes myriad sloughs, cuts, islands and river channels, is the largest lake in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Anglers have come to know this area as an ideal spot for year-round bass fishing. However, the largest bass on record caught in California was snagged by Hank Ferguson at O’Neill Forebay in Merced County in 1992. The fish weighed 67 pounds, 8 ounces.
Was the man on this postcard a record holder in his day? Anyone able to provide the most significant information about this card will win a one-year membership to the San Francisco Bay Area Postcard Club. E-mail Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org.