Congratulations to Al Hustosky for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For the answers, read below.
Indiana angler Mark Dove recently finished fifth overall at the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on Lake Dardanelle in Arkansas with a three day total of 37-04. It was enough to beat his closest competitor in the Northern Division, Monty Fralick of South Dakota, by over 3 pounds and thereby earn his third trip to the Bassmaster Classic.
Dove has been a stout Federation competitor for many years, and his third Classic qualification is nearly unheard-of.
In order to win this week’s trivia contest, you’ll need to answer the following four questions correctly:
- Where did Dove fish the Federation National Championship the first two times he qualified for the Classic?
- What does Dove do for a living?
- Which spinnerbait company manufactures a Mark Dove signature series spinnerbait?
- Which Federation angler has qualified for more Classics than Dove?
Here are the answers:
The Federation may not have been called the “B.A.S.S. Nation” when he first started competing, but it nevertheless served as a springboard to the Classic for Dove as early as May of 1997, when he won his division by almost 8 pounds to qualify for that summer’s Classic on Logan Martin. Some information about that Red River tournament has previously been discussed here on the Bass Fishing Archives. Dove finished 26th in that year’s Classic.
It took a while for Dove to get back to the big show, but in 2012 he won the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Championship on Alabama’s Lake Wheeler (on his birthday). He credited some of his success to information he’d received from Dalton Bobo. That qualified him for this past February’s Classic on Grand Lake in Oklahoma, where he finished 36th.
When not fishing tournaments, Dove is a criminal defense attorney.
While much of his B.A.S.S. success has come on traditional power fishing venues, one of the fisheries nearest to Dove’s home is the stingy Ohio River. For that river and others like it, he helped to develop the Accent Fishing Products Mark Dove River Special.
Gerry Jooste of Zimbabwe has qualified for five Bassmaster Classics – 1994, 1995, 1997, 2005 and 2013 – including the two that Dove has already fished, and the two anglers have reportedly shared information during events. Jooste finished a personal-best 15th at the ’97 Classic on Logan Martin.
Here are some YouTube videos of the 1997 Federation Championship on the Red River: