Monday Trivia – Some Bassmaster History Answers and Winner (June 24, 2013)

Harold SharpUnfortunately no one was able to guess this week’s answers on the Bass Fishing Archives Monday Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. We knew one of these was a tough piece of history but didn’t realize all of them were this tough. Look next week for an easier question(s). In the meantime, the answers to these are preented below.

Here at the Bass Fishing Archives we are always looking for cool trivia questions. Much as in other sports, there’s a ton of statistics and data on our sport that allow us to look back at significant times and events that shaped our sport. This week’s trivia questions are no different.

You all have read Harold Sharp’s stories here on the Bass Fishing Archives and you also know he’s a treasure trove of information when it comes to the early years of B.A.S.S. and bass fishing history. We’ve all enjoyed the stories he reflects on from time to time here and we also appreciate the time he takes to make sure we “get it right” here at the BFAs.

From time to time, though, Harold sends us in a few questions that are perfect for the Monday Trivia Contest and we thank Harold for these three questions. These may seem like easy ones but believe me, they aren’t.

If you answer these three questions correctly, you’ll win a $25 e-coupon from Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Here are the questions:

 

  1. Who was the first angler, not from Tennessee, that won a Ray Scott Bass Tournament?
  2. Who was the first, and maybe only, non-boater, to win a Ray Scott Bass Tournament?
  3. Who was the first Bassmaster Classic winner from a state east of the Mississippi River?

Here are the answers:

John Powell and some of his fish from his 1968 Eufaula National win.

John Powell and some of his fish from his 1968 Eufaula National win.

1) The first ever angler to win a Ray Scott event was none other than John Powell of Alabama. His win in 1968 at the Eufaula National with 132-00 crowned him the first winner from a state other than Tennessee. It was Ray Scott’s fifth tournament and only the third held under the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society’s banner. The other winners, all from Tennessee, were Stan Sloan (1967 Beaver Lake All-American), Gerald Blanchard (1967 Dixie Invitational Smith Lake AL), Carl Dyess (1968 Seminole Lunker) and Bill Dance (1968 Rebel Invitational Ross Barnett MS).

Dee Thomas accepts his winner's trophy from Ray Scott at the 1975 Arkansas Invitational held on Bull Shoals. It was the only time a non-boater won a Bassmaster event. Photo July/August issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Dee Thomas accepts his winner’s trophy from Ray Scott at the 1975 Arkansas Invitational held on Bull Shoals. It was the only time a non-boater won a Bassmaster event. Photo July/August issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

2) The first angler to win a Ray Scott tournament as a non-boater was none other than the father of flipping – Dee Thomas. Thomas fished his first Bassmaster event, the 1975 Louisiana Invitational on Toledo Bend Reservoir. It was to be the first event where flipping would be introduced but no one noticed since Thomas stunk up the field after seeing the lake’s abundant trees and cover.

In his second event, the 1975 Arkansas Invitational on Bull Shoals, he won and put the new western technique on the map. Due to the distance of the events, Thomas fished as a non-boater. He practiced out of a borrowed boat at both events. By winning the Bull Shoals Invitational he qualified for the 1975 Bassmaster Classic on the Currituck Sound, NC where he placed 9th. Thomas would only fish five more Bassmaster events from 1976 to 1979 – until Bassmaster came out west with the Western Invitationals in 1997. Still that one event in Arkansas changed the face of competitive bass fishing – all from the back of the boat.

3) This is a tough question and one only a true historian of the sport may know. Let’s run through the first Classic winners and see what we have.

  • 1971, Classic I  – Bobby Murray, AR
  • 1972, Classic II – Don Butler, OK
  • 1973, Classic III – Rayo Breckenridge, AR
  • 1974, Classic IV – Tommy Martin, TX
  • 1975, Classic V – Jack Hains, LA
  • 1976, Classic VI – Rick Clunn, TX
  • 1977, Classic VII – Rick Clunn, TX
  • 1978, Classic VIII – Bobby Murray, ?
Bobby Murray, of Nashville, TN, accepts the $25,000 winner's check from Ray Scott after winning Bassmaster Classic VIII. Photo February 1979 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Bobby Murray, of Nashville, TN, accepts the $25,000 winner’s check from Ray Scott after winning Bassmaster Classic VIII. Photo February 1979 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

You notice that there’s a question mark next to Bobby Murray’s name regarding his home state. That’s because Murray had moved from Arkansas to Nashville, TN in 1977 and still took up residence there in 1978.