By the time he finished his B.A.S.S. career in 2005, Robert Lee, AKA “The General,” had won three Invitationals and a tour event with the senior circuit – all of them on the California Delta. The first of the three, in 1997, produced the lowest winning weight (51 pounds even). Nevertheless, a win is a win, and the competition was fierce in the 277-angler field. Not only did he beat a huge number of talented western pros, but the top 12 featured once-and-future national stars including Mark Tyler, Dee Thomas, Bobby Barrack, Greg Hines and Dean Rojas.
Not only was it Lee’s first B.A.S.S. win, it was the first B.A.S.S. win for anyone in the state of California.
Over the course of 66 B.A.S.S. tournaments, Lee qualified for consecutive Classics in 2001 and 2002. The first was held on what was likely a comfortable environment, the Louisiana Delta, where he finished 7th. The second was on Alabama’s Lay Lake and he ended up a still-respectable 17th. Other than the Delta events, however, he struggled outside of the west. His only other top 10s were in the 1999 Arizona Invitational on Lake Powell (9th) and the 2003 Western Open on the Columbia River (8th). In fact, of his 16 top-20 finishes, only three other than the Louisiana Delta Classic were outside of the west – oddly enough, all three of those were in Alabama (Alabama River, Lake Guntersville and Lay Lake).
In order to win this week’s trivia contest, answer the following four questions about Lee’s 1997 victory and the competitors in that event:
- Which two Delta sloughs did Lee fish that week?
- What western-produced soft plastic lure became nationally-known shortly thereafter, partially as a result of this tournament?
- What was second place finisher Steve Sapp’s job when not on the water?
- Third place finisher Mark Tyler never won a B.A.S.S. event, but he set another meaningful record. What was it and where did it occur?
The answers and winner will be announced Thursday. Good Luck!