Monday Trivia – Classic History Answers and Winner (February 17, 2014)

Jimmy Houston Bassmaster Classic V. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Jimmy Houston Bassmaster Classic V. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Congrats to John Karbowski for winning this week’s Bass Fishing Archives trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. For the answers read below.

The 44th Bassmaster Classic is set to begin in only four days. It’s hard to believe that 43 years ago 24 of the best anglers in the world congregated in Las Vegas, Nevada to participate in Classic I on Lake Mead. Fishing in relative obscurity – minus those who were in the media corp or followed the fledgling Bassmaster Magazine – those anglers carved the way for this week’s field and what has become known as the biggest tournament in bass fishing.

To go with our theme, this week’s trivia contest will again be based on trivia from Classics past.  Answer the following four questions correctly and you’ll win the $25 e-coupon from Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits.

  1. Who was the first angler to qualify to fish the Classic from the Federation ranks and what year was it?
  2. Although 1975 was Jimmy Houston’s first full year as a touring pro on the Bassmaster Trail, he’d fished a few events from 1968 through 1974 and was not considered a true rookie. Who were the four true rookies (meaning had never fished a Bassmaster Tour event prior to 1975) to fish and qualify for Classic V via the Tour?
  3. Classic III, won by 2014 Bass Fishing Hall of Fame inductee Rayo Breckenridge, was a tough event for all but one angler unlocked the mystery of Clark’s Hill and brought in the only 3-day limit of fish – a first in Classic history. Who was this angler?
  4. If not for the kind act of a fellow competitor, Breckenridge may not have won Classic III. Breckenridge’s boat encountered trouble on the first day of the event and he had to be towed in to the weigh-in. What fellow angler towed him in?

Here are the answers:

Wendell Mann was the first angler to qualify for the Bassmaster Classic through the Federation. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Wendell Mann was the first angler to qualify for the Bassmaster Classic through the Federation. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

1) Although Ray Scott had started the Federation (known as the B.A.S.S. Chapters at the time) in 1970, it wasn’t until 1973, when the first Chapter Championship was held. At the Championship, held on Pickwick Reservoir, Scott announced that the overall champion from that event would get an invite to Classic III. Wendell Mann of North Carolina was the 1973 Federation Chapter Champion and the first angler to qualify for the Classic via the Federation route.

Clockwise starting with upper left Jack Hain, Marvin Baker, John Pryor and Dee Thomas.  Photos Bassmaster Magazine.

Clockwise starting with upper left Jack Hains, Marvin Baker, John Pryor and Dee Thomas. Photos Bassmaster Magazine.

2) In 1975 four Tour rookies qualified for Bassmaster Classic V either through AOY points, by winning an event or both. They were Jack Hains (AOY points) who was actually leading the AOY race at the mid-season point, Marvin Baker (AOY points and a win on Toledo Bend) who had three top-10 finishes, Dee Thomas (Win on Bull Shoals) who only fished two events in ’75 and John Pryor (Win on Texoma) who won his first-ever Bassmaster event.

3) Over the course of the 3-day Classic held on Clark’s Hill Reservoir, only one angler was able to bring in a limit of fish all three days. This then-record was set by none other than Bill Dance, who came close to beating Breckenridge that final day.

4) Breckenridge’s had boat troubles on the way into the ramp on the first day of competition and would have had his day’s catch disqualified if not for the kindness of Roland Martin.