Monday Trivia – BASSfest Answers and Winner (June 1, 2015)

Jacob Wheeler, the inaugural winner of BASSfest.

Jacob Wheeler, the inaugural winner of BASSfest.

We had a pair of very good guesses, but unfortunately, no winner for this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. For detailed answers to this week’s question, read below.

This week marks the return of BASSfest. The inaugural event featuring both Elite Series as well as Open anglers was held on Lake Chickamauga in 2014. The winner of that event was Jacob Wheeler, one of the anglers from the Open side of entrants. He edged out Kevin Vandam in a final day shootout that featured both anglers topping the 20 pound mark. This year, the event moves to Kentucky Lake, with just a few minor changes. While there were again invites sent to Open anglers, that offer went out to just the top 10 in each division, and only 11 anglers accepted. Additionally, the Elite Series anglers will be accumulating AOY points based upon their finish in this year’s event. Unfortunately, there was no invitation extended to last year’s winner, meaning their won’t be any chance of a repeat winner, nor of a possible “rivalry” storyline to develop.

With all that said, if you want to win this week’s trivia contest, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, be the first to correctly answer the following 4 questions related to the event, the lakes and it’s anglers.

  1. In the history of B.A.S.S. events on both Chickamauga and Kentucky Lake, only one angler has ever won major B.A.S.S. titles on both lakes. Name that angler.
  2. Similarly, only one angler in B.A.S.S. history has ever won two major events on Kentucky Lake. Name that angler.
  3. Give me the name and host (a former B.A.S.S. professional angler) of the first fishing TV show to feature Jacob Wheeler.
  4. Kentucky Lake played a significant role in the timeline of Jacob Wheeler’s professional career. What is that significance?

The answers to these questions are posted below.

  1. Denny Brauer is the only angler to have won on both Kentucky and Chickamauga Lakes. Denny won the 1987 Super Invitational on Kentucky Lake, though I believe he did so by running over and flipping Lake Barkley. He also won the 1990 Tennessee Top-100 on Chickamauga, an event I happened to fish. The 1985 Chattanooga Invitational was listed as being held on the Tennessee River, but Chickamauga is actually where most anglers fished, and Denny won that event, too, actually giving him two wins on the lake.
  2. Kevin VanDam won a pair of Elite Series events on Kentucky Lake, once in 2008 and again in 2010. Watch for him to be a threat to win his third such Kentucky Lake event this week.
  3. Before Ultimate Match Fishing, Jacob Wheeler actually appeared back in 2009 on Joe Thomas’ “Reel In the Outdoors” television show at the age of 18. Joe, a good friend of Jacob’s, drove over to Indiana with film crew in tow to shoot a deep cranking show on a little 400 acre central Indiana reservoir that was starting to produce big catches of bass at the time. Even at that young age you could see that Jacob was a natural in front of cameras.
  4. The Kentucky Lake event Jacob fished and that we were looking for was the 2010 FLW Regional. At that event, Jacob finished 5th by making 70 mile runs each day south to New Johnsonville, ultimately garnering a slot in his first BFL All-American the following year. He would go on to win that All-American, and the $100,000 first place prize not only gave him the money to take a crack at professional bass angling as a career, but also secured him a berth in the 2011 Forrest Wood Cup where he finished 12th. No telling where he might be if he had not qualified out of the KY Lake Regional that year.