Monday Trivia – Classic History (February 17, 2014)

Jimmy Houston Bassmaster Classic V. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Jimmy Houston Bassmaster Classic V. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

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?

The answers and winner will be announced on Thursday. Again, as in last week’s trivia contest, all answers can be found on the Bass Fishing Archives. Make use of the “search” application on the right sidebar.

  • John Karbowski

    1. Wendell Mann in 1973
    2. Jack Hains, John Pryor, Dee Thomas, and Marvin Baker (Nash Roberts III fished as a Federation Qualifier)
    3. Bill Dance
    4. Roland Martin