We had two guesses this week, and both were correct. However, the first to reply wins, so congrats to JKarbo214 for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. To winning answers appear at the end of this post.
Bull Shoals Lake in Arkansas is one of the more famous Ozark impoundments, and B.A.S.S. has stopped there over half a dozen times throughout its history. This week’s trivia question will deal with some of that history surrounding this famous lake. In order to win this week’s contest, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, you’ll need to answer the following three questions correctly. Good luck!
- The first time B.A.S.S. visited Bull Shoals back in 1975, Dee Thomas won that event and helped put the technique of ‘flipping’ into the minds of anglers everywhere. The fact that he could win shallow on such a clear water lake, known instead for it’s deep water fishing, caught many by surprise. However, the very next year, 32-year old local guide Rick Garlough won the B.A.S.S. All-American, again with a shallow water technique. What was his winning bait/technique?
- History suggests that the biggest bass to come out of Bull Shoals Lake during B.A.S.S. events was in the past, not the present. During the 1976 All-American, Arkansas angler Dan Ray won the big bass award with an 8-03 lunker. There were two other big bass winners over the years in Bull Shoals events that also topped that 8 pound mark. H. Mark Peters caught one of those, an 8-09 giant in 1988. The other, a fish going 8-02, was caught by a former Bassmaster Classic winner. Name that angler?
- Finally, and a bit more recently, the biggest Day Four comeback in Elite Series history also happened on Bull Shoals Lake. Name both the angler to stage that comeback and go on to win, as well as his place/standing on Day 3 going into that final day.
According to a 1976 write-up in The Daily Times News, “Garlough, who (has) guided on the deep White River impoundment for four years, used a tandem – bladed spinnerbait of his own, homemade design to win the first prize. The bait was rigged with a No. 4 and No. 3 grooved, “fluted” blades and a white rubber skirt, and using a trailer hook which he calls a “cheater,” he saved several fish.” When asked the secret, Rick replied, “Just buzzed a white 1/4-ounce spinnerbait past the brush along the bank.” Sadly, Richard Garlough passed away Nov. 15, 2012, while deer hunting at his brother’s cabin in Kentucky at the age of 68.
The former Classic winner to capture the other 8-pound plus winning big bass in a Bull Shoals event, a fish going 8 pounds 2 ounces, was 1975 Classic winner Jack Hains of Many, LA. He caught that fish in the 1975 event won by Dee Thomas.
Finally, the biggest Day Four comeback in Elite Series history belongs to Jason Christie, who accomplished that feat in the 2013 B.A.S.S. Elite event held on Bull Shoals. Jason came all the way from 11th place to win on the final day, catching a big sack of bass going 18-0 to catapult himself on to victory. All his fish that final day came on a one-knock Spook thrown to schoolers that appeared in a creek mouth that final morning.