Congratulations to Keith for winning this week’s Monday Trivia Contest! For the answers read below.
Louisiana pro Jack Hains is certainly best known for his win in the 1975 Bassmaster Classic on North Carolina’s Currituck Sound. While Hains was from Louisiana and had guided on Toledo Bend, he clearly took a liking to that part of the country, because the next time he won in B.A.S.S. competition it was just a few hours up the road in South Hill, Virginia, at Kerr Reservoir (AKA, Buggs Island). Seventeen years after his first win, Hains outlasted Basil Bacon by a mere 5 ounces to win the 1992 Virginia Bassmaster Invitational.
Hains told Bassmaster that the overall bite was pretty easy: “The fish were just biting. I caught them from one end of the lake to the other,” he said. The rest of the field found that to be true as well, with 285 anglers catching 2,783 bass that totaled over 7,738 pounds, to set a B.A.S.S. record for total weight in a tournament with a 5-fish limit. Most of them used spinnerbaits, although Bacon flipped a 6-inch “slime green” Guido Bug for his catch.
In order to win this week’s trivia contest, answer the following three questions correctly:
- What adjustment to his spinnerbait did Hains believe made a difference in the quality of his fish?
- His first day partner, who also finished in the top ten, keyed him into the spinnerbait adjustment? Who was that partner and where did he earn his first B.A.S.S. victory?
- What career Hains do for a living when he wasn’t fishing?
Here are the answers:
Hains caught most of his fish on a ¾ ounce Bulldog Spinnerbait with a Size 7 silver willowleaf blade. He was keyed into that by first day partner Ted Miller. Hains hadn’t fished the big blade in practice, but once Miller caught a few good fish on it he was quick to make the change. They keyed on points with sweet gum trees and wind to land 18-12 apiece that first day, which put them in a tie for 5th place.
Miller, of Apache Junction, Ariz., went on to finish 6th at Kerr. Less than three years earlier, he’d won the 1989 Arizona Invitational at Lake Havasu, a tournament which only took 23-13 to win. Hains had finished 69th with a total of 6-12.
In addition to fishing for a living, Hains piloted a crop duster. He was the owner of Jack Hains Flying Service in Rains, La.
Here’s a link to the video of the 1975 Bassmaster Classic held at the Currituck Sound: