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

Kim Carver. Photo

Kim Carver. Photo

[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.]

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.

Carver’s B.A.S.S. accomplishments are probably slightly less well-known, despite the fact that he participated in 56 B.A.S.S. events. That number includes Weekend Series tournaments – he last fished an Invitational-level Bassmaster tournament in December of 1994. He also finished 11th in the 1985 Bassmaster Classic on the Arkansas River. The year before, in November of 1984, he’d won an Invitational on Florida’s St. Johns River, beating Palatka’s Wayne Black by an ounce to claim the trophy. That’s just over 30 years ago, and to show just how much has changed, Paul Elias (14th), Gary Klein (23rd) and Bernie Schultz (T40th) are the only anglers who finished in the top 90 who still fish the Elite Series today (although several of the top 90 fish the FLW Tour).

Wayne Black. Photo

Wayne Black. Photo

In 1984, Carver was just 29 years old, and had two prior top ten finishes in Bassmaster competition, the best being a 7th-place result at Okeechobee in 1980. He found his best spot during practice when he got lost in the fog, telling Bassmaster’s Bob Cobb that otherwise “I might have gone all the way to the Atlantic ocean.” Unfortunately, heavy winds prevented him from fishing it the first two days of competition, but on the final day he went there and caught six bass that weighed a total of 18 pounds 11 ounces. Black had an even better day, with seven fish (a limit) for 24-02. That catch alone would’ve been enough to land him in the top five, but even with Carver suffering a penalty for a dead fish, Black’s 3-11 the first two days left him an ounce short. It was the best B.A.S.S. finish of Black’s career – he finished 6th at the Florida Eastern Open on the St. Johns in 2001. That 2001 tournament was the first of five B.A.S.S. wins for fellow Palatka resident Terry Scroggins.

In order to win this week’s trivia contest, be the first person to correctly answer the following three questions in the comments section below:

  1. What was Carver’s primary style of lure and what was its distinguishing characteristic?
  2. Who caught the big fish of the tournament and what lure did he use to catch it?
  3. What is Carver’s profession outside of fishing?

The answers and winner will be announced Thursday. Good Luck!

  • Steve Q

    1. Kim Carver used a 3/8-oumnce spinnerbait made by the Carver-Allison Tackle Co. It was a “big bass” model with copper #8 wilowleaf blade and a #4 Colorado blade, and a white skirt.

    2. Carver also got the 8-12 lunker.

    3. He owns a pawn shop/jewelry center in Milledgeville, Georgia. I used to see Kim at events around the state, as I lived in Albany, Georgia at the time.

  • Andy Williamson

    1 As Steve Quinn stated, Carver’s primary style of lure was a “big bass” model tandem spinnerbait made by Carver-Allison Tackle Co. The main distinguishing characteristic was the rear No. 8 willow-leaf blade, measuring around four inches long.
    2. The big bass of the event, 8 lb. 12 oz., was taken by Carver on a Texas-rigged Culprit plastic worm.
    3. Carver’s profession outside of fishing is pawn shop owner.