Whitefish Press

An Impossible Cast:
Glen Andrews and the Birth of Professional Bass Fishing

D. Shane Andrews Jeremy Miller


6" x 9" Trade Paperback • 232 Pages • 50 B&W Images • Indexed • $24.95 List Price


1962, 1963, and 1965 Missouri State Champion. 1965 Arkansas State Champion. 1962 and 1963 World Series of Sport Fishing Runner-up. 1965 and 1966 World Series of Sport Fishing Champion. Innovative lure manufacturer. Acclaimed outdoor writer. Jerry McKinnis, host of The Fishin’ Hole, described Glen Andrews as “simply the greatest bass fisherman I’ve known, and I’ve known them all.” Bass fishing legend Bill Dance insists that Glen Andrews “is my mentor, my friend, my advisor and absolutely has always been among the top contributors to the success of the name Bill Dance!” Bobby Murray, 2001 Bass Fishing Hall of Fame inductee, describes Glen as “the first true, professional bass angler.” Glen Andrews dominated early tournament bass fishing, yet most bass fishermen have never heard his name, those of his remarkable competitors, or the history of professional fishing before Ray Scott’s first tournament in 1967. An Impossible Cast, written by his son, D. Shane Andrews and Jeremy Miller, fills all of the gaps. What so many bass fishing fans have missed are groundbreaking sport fishing history, Glen’s competitive fishing insights, and most importantly Glen’s American struggle, his meteoric rise and fall to fame and obscurity, which will touch all readers with the spirit of human determination. An Impossible Cast gives readers an observer’s seat in Glen’s boat to witness the previously undocumented creation of a bass fishing Goliath and the unfolding of the birth of professional bass fishing.


“Glen Andrews probably is the best natural-born bass angler that I have ever met in my seventy-plus years. I have no reason to hesitate in making this statement as I have heard similar comments from other anglers of far more prominence than I – Glenn Cossey, Billy Dance, Bobby and Bill Murray and TV Superstar Jerry McKinnis. When you’ve got it you’ve got it, and Glen Andrews has got it. This book is a must for an ambitious bass angler."

-- Ray Scott, Founder, B.A.S.S.


"Did you ever see the baseball movie the "Natural?" Great movie about a guy who hoped someday people would see him walking down the sidewalk and say, 'There goes Roy Hobbs, the best baseball player there ever was.' Keep that in mind and let me tell you about a new book; a book that should be read by every bass fisherman who has the least amount of interest in bass fishing history....Glen Andrews is the 'Roy Hobbs' of bass fishing. That's the Roy Hobbs from that movie, "The Natural...This is a book every fishing fan will not want to miss. In the same way I can't explain how good "The Natural" is in 800 words, I can't tell you how good An Impossible Cast is in that space either."

-- Jerry McKinnis, ESPN Outdoors, "Best Bass Fishermen Ever"

For the early years as I fished national bass tournaments, and made friends with the nations top bass fishermen, the name Glen Andrews was mentioned by so many as I asked, “Who was the best bass fisherman you ever knew?”...Of interest to fishers, collectors and fishing historians, Glen was the founder of Andrews Lure Company. His friend Dave Hawk is credited with inventing the plastic worm, “Texas Rig”, but the Andrews Bait Company in Rogers, Arkansas, was the first to package, plastic worms, hooks and slip sinkers along with instructions on how to fish them. They also produced several other productive lures...Some of the ways he worked lures were revolutionary and now mostly forgotten....There’s so much more to tell.

This article can only introduce you to a small glimpse of Glen’s history and his perspective on the history of professional bass fishing that are captured in a new book written by his son D. Shane Andrews and Jeremy Miller and published by Dr. Todd Larson’s Whitefish Press.

-- Dan Basore, Midwest Outdoors

"An Impossible Cast details the life of Andrews and how he helped shape professional bass fishing…[and] recaps one of the most impressive angling careers in history."

-- FLW Outdoors (May-June 2010)

"Now comes a story about a little-known angler written by a first-time author, which will expand the debate about who may have been the greatest angler of all time. Even the most skeptical reader will recognize this story gives overdue attention to deserving names and enriches the history of competitive bass fishing...The fishing stories are plentiful, but at the heart of the book is the story of a man written by his son. The importance of values, friendships and family come through. That and the author's own sense of discovery."

-- Kelly Bostian, Tulsa World

"The book tells much of the early history of competitive bass fishing....Now that An Impossible Cast has been published, the name Glen Andrews may just join the ranks of the legends that he's said to have inspired." -- Brian Brown, The Springfield Community Free Press

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