Monday Trivia – Nixon up North Answer and Winner (June 8, 2015)

Nixon 1999 from fishingwithnixondotcom

Well, unfortunately no one won this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. For the answers, please read below. Come back next week for another shot.

From the start of his Bassmaster career in 1977 through his victory in the 1992 Bassmaster 25th Anniversary tournament on Beaver Lake, Larry Nixon won 13 tournaments, an average of nearly one a year. Included among that group of victories was his 1983 Classic win on the Ohio River and of course four Megabucks trophies. After that, however, he hit a dry spell.

Given Nixon’s incredibly high level of consistency over his career, there were of course some near misses:

  • He finished 2nd to Tommy Biffle at the 1993 Megabucks event on Lake Murray;
  • He finished 2nd to Davy Hite by 13 ounces at the 1996 Top 100 on Neely Henry; and
  • He finished 3rd at the 1999 Classic on the Louisiana Delta, trailing only Hite and the prior year’s champion, Denny Brauer.

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Memorial Day Observance

Memorial DayIn observance of those who have given their lives in order protect our country in the past, present and future, we will be taking Monday off. The Monday trivia contest will resume June 1 and all other features this Tuesday, May 26. We hope you have a good weekend and please don’t forget those who gave it all for this day. See you Tuesday with Part 3 of Old Bass Boats 1978. The staff of the Bass Fishing Archives

Monday Trivia – Laissez les bon temps roulez Answer and Winner (May 18, 2015)

Kenyon Hill. Photo Bassmaster.com.

Kenyon Hill. Photo Bassmaster.com.

Congratulations to Al H. for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits!  For the answer, read below.

As the son of renowned bass biologist and product inventor Loren Hill, Kenyon Hill may have been destined to pursue a career in tournament fishing. He fished his first B.A.S.S. event in December of 1986 at the age of 22, and since then has qualified for four Bassmaster Classics and has won three events. He continues to fish the Elite Series in 2015. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Baldwin’s Havasu Win Answers and Winner (May 4, 2015)

Mike Baldwin. Photo Inside Line.

Mike Baldwin. Photo Inside Line.

Unfortunately there was no winning to this week’s contest. Come back next week for a shot at a $25 Yamamoto e-coupon.

With B.A.S.S. headed back to Lake Havasu this week for the first time since 2003, it seems like an opportune time to revisit Mike Baldwin’s 1998 Western Invitational win on the Colorado River impoundment. While we’re expecting reasonably solid weights from the Elites, Baldwin’s victory was anything but a slugfest – he weighed in 10 fish for 22-11 to beat out fellow local Larry Locatis by a little bit over 3 pounds. It only took 6-08 to make the money.

Baldwin had landed in fourth place after Day One with 8 pounds, fishing a nail-weighted straight-tailed worm up the river. Heavy wind on Day Two made it difficult to present the lightly-weighted soft plastic properly. His second day partner suggested that they go down lake and crank – a recommendation that may have salvaged his victory as he managed three fish for 6-04, before slamming the door with 8-07 on the third day to close it out. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Victorious Velvick Answer and Winner (April 20, 2015)

Byron Velvick broke the 3-day, 5-fish limit weight record in 2000 on Clear Lake. Photo May/June 2000 issue of Bass West Magazine.

Byron Velvick broke the 3-day, 5-fish limit weight record in 2000 on Clear Lake. Photo May/June 2000 issue of Bass West Magazine.

Congratulations to Adam Hinkle for winning this week’s trivia contest!!!  For the answrs read below.

Fifteen years ago this month, Byron Velvick won the 2000 Bassmaster California Western Invitational on Clear Lake by a margin of more than 11 pounds. It wasn’t like he was beating up on the Little Sisters of the Poor, either, as the three anglers directly behind him were Skeet Reese, Aaron Martens and Brett Hite. Other western/national powers like Dean Rojas (6th) and Ish Monroe (9th), as well as legends like Gary Dobyns (13th) and Mike Folkestad (16th) also made the top 20, but all fell well short of Velvick’s 83-05 total.

Velvick certainly wasn’t a newcomer to the sport, having previously won the 1990 and 1996 U.S. Open Championships, but the Clear Lake victory marked the first of his three B.A.S.S. wins to date. In winning, he also set the B.A.S.S. record for total weight in a three-day, five-fish-limit event. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – The Buck Stops Here Answer and Winner (April 6, 2015)

Florida guide Buck Durrance.

Florida guide Buck Durrance.

Correction: We previously indicated that fifth place finisher Mark Lamb was Buck’s long time tournament partner. That was incorrect. As reader David Gregory Driskell previously pointed out, fourth place finisher David Eng, owner of a local marine dealership, was Durrance’s partner for 15 years. As Tim Tucker reported in BASS Times, Eng “freely admitted that Durrance’s advice ‘helped me catch enough fish to finish high in the money.'” We stand corrected and Driskell is therefore the winner of this week’s contest. He will receive the credit to Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits.  For the answers please read below.

When B.A.S.S. came to Okeechobee for the 1998 Florida Eastern Invitational on Lake Okeechobee, it was the circuit’s first Florida event in nearly seven years, resulting from a tax on tournaments that B.S.S.S. did not care for. When the tax was lifted with respect to fishing tournaments, the organization returned.

Thirty year old Clyde Roland “Buck” Durrance made the most of the opportunity, winning the first B.A.S.S. event he fished, beating runner-up Chip Harrison by over 10 pounds. Harrison may call Indiana home, but he’s a long-time Okeechobee guide and a month later he won an EverStart event on Okeechobee to soothe some of the sting of his second place finish to Durrance. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Dopp Delivers Answer and Winner (Mar 23, 2015)

Jim Dopp. Photo Bassmaster.

Jim Dopp. Photo Bassmaster.

Sorry for the late response on this week’s contest. We only had one person take a shot and unfortunately they only got two of the three answers correct. Com back next week for more. For the answers, please read below.

Jim Dopp finished 13th in the 1999 Bassmaster Central Invitational on Table Rock Lake, and he’d competed in the 1998 Red Man All-American, so he was no rookie when he launched his boat for the 2000 Central Invitational on Table Rock. Indeed, the 48 year-old had fished the Ozarks-region lakes since he was a kid.

If he was nervous, it didn’t show. He was tied for 4th with eventual runner-up Mike McClelland after Day One, but then sacked 14-12 – the heaviest bag of the event – on Day Two to take a lead that he would not relinquish. McClelland made a late charge, but ultimately fell 22 ounces short of victory. He’d won back-to-back Invitationals in 1996, but would not win another B.A.S.S. tournament until the 2005 Open Championship. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Two for Your Trouble Answer and Winner (Mar 9, 2015)

The angler on the far left is Elite Series Rookie Brandon Coulter and the angler on the far right in camo is Elite Series angler Ott DeFoe.

The angler on the far left is Elite Series Rookie Brandon Coulter and the angler on the far right in camo is Elite Series angler Ott DeFoe.

Congratulations to JoeMac for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For the answers, please read below.

Today, for the first time in Bass Fishing Archives trivia history, we’re going to require you to identify an old school pic with TWO current pros in it. To make it even easier, we won’t require you to tell us anything else about them, just who they are.

We recognize that the picture is a little bit grainy, but the guy on the far left is a rookie Elite Series pro. In case you can’t tell, he’s pretty happy here, probably because the Pro Craft in which he sits is now his – he won it. The guy in the camo jacket on the far right is also a current Elite Series pro. For what it’s worth, they both call the same state home. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Kreiger’s New York State of Mind Answer and Winner (February 23, 2015)

Koby Kreiger. Photo Bassmaster.com

Koby Kreiger. Photo Bassmaster.com

Congratulations to JKarbo for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For the answers, please read below.

Koby Kreiger will be an Elite Series rookie this year, but he’s hardly a newcomer to B.A.S.S. competition. He’s fished 40 Bassmaster events, most recently the three 2014 Northern Opens, and has shown a propensity for ending up in the check line – he’s finished in the money in the last seven tournaments he’s fished, and 26 times overall, a rate of 65 percent.

The 46 year old pro fished his first Bassmaster tournament in September of 1995 on the St. Lawrence River and ended up a lackluster 129th. For a pro living in Indiana, that must have felt like a particular indignity, because no doubt he expected to do well on smallmouth waters. He didn’t get a shot at northern smallmouths in Bassmaster competition again until eight tournaments later, when he returned to the St. Lawrence. He’d earned checks at Eufaula and Hartwell by then, but turned in his best finish to date (24th) in New York. When B.A.S.S. returned to the St. Lawrence in 1999, he headed in the wrong direction, finishing 96th. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – The Last Class from the West Answer and Winner (February 9, 2015)

The July-August 2002 cover of Bass West magazine showing the four anglers who made the Bassmaster Classic from the Western Opens. Back row from left to right are Mike O'Shea and Aaron Martens. Kneeling in front are Luke Clausen and Jack Gadlage.

The July-August 2002 cover of Bass West magazine showing the four anglers who made the Bassmaster Classic from the Western Opens. Back row from left to right are Mike O’Shea and Aaron Martens. Kneeling in front are Luke Clausen and Jack Gadlage.

Congrats to Andy Williamson for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! JKarbow also had the right answers but came in a little late on time. For the answers, please read below. 

As we prepare for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic this month, it’s easy to overlook how the landscape for professional anglers from the western United States has changed over the past few decades. The full-time pros in this year’s Classic field include Brett Hite (Arizona), Jared Lintner (California), Justin Lucas (Alabama, but originally from California), Aaron Martens (same as Lucas), James Niggemeyer (Texas, but originally from California), Brandon Palaniuk (Idaho), Clifford Pirch (Arizona), Dean Rojas (California) and Skeet Reese (California). While Brian Snowden is typically associated with the Ozarks region, he too cut his bass-fishing teeth in California. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Coby Carden Answer and Winner (January 19, 2015)

Coby Carden. Photo Bassmaster.com

Coby Carden. Photo Bassmaster.com

[Editor’s note: Remember, the rules have changed for the Monday trivia contest. You are now allowed to win three times per calendar year rather than three times only.]

We had two people give the correct answers to this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits but the win goes to the first person, Andy Williams. Congratulations Andy! Come back Monday for more trivia and a chance to win a $25 coupon good for anything on the Yamamoto website. For the answers, read below.

Alabama angler Coby Carden is headed to his second straight Bassmaster Classic this year, both times via the arduous Federation Nation route. He finished 24th last year, not as good as fellow returning Nation angler Paul Mueller, but 11 spots better than Jeff Lugar, the third member of the anglers who qualified for both the 2014 and 2015 Classics through the Nation. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Carving up the St. Johns Answer and Winner (January 12, 2015)

Kim Carver. Photo FLWOutdoors.com.

Kim Carver. Photo FLWOutdoors.com.

[Editor’s note: Remember, the rules have changed for the Monday trivia contest. You are now allowed to win three times per calendar year rather than three times only.]

We had two people answer the trivia contest this week and by virtue of answering first, congratulations to Steve Quinn for winning!  For the answers please read below.

Kim Carver may not be a household name to many of the more recent vintage of bass fishing fans, but the Georgia pro has had a solid career on the water. Among those who follow the sport closely, he’s probably best known for his $100,000 victory in the 1998 Red Man All-American on the Mississippi River out of Lacrosse, Wisconsin, where the leaderboard included a who’s-who list not only of Red Man superstars, but also current Elite Series pros Skeet Reese (6th), Jeff Kriet (13th), David Walker (17th), Steve Kennedy (23rd), Stephen Browning (24th) and John Murray (39th). He’d been the runner up in the prior year’s All-American in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Along the way, he’s notched six other Red-Man/BFL wins, including three Regionals, with the most recent victory coming on his home lake, Sinclair, in May of 2014. [Read more…]