Monday Trivia – Folkestad’s Florida Folly Answer and Winner (August 5, 2013)

Mike Folkestad and Ray Scott talk at the 1992 Florida Invitational event. Photo mikefolkestad.blogspot.com.

Mike Folkestad and Ray Scott talk at the 1992 Florida Invitational event. Photo mikefolkestad.blogspot.com.

Well it took four weeks but we finally have a winner! Congratulations to  Al Hustosky for winning this week’s Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For his efforts he won a $25 e-coupon good for anything on the GYCB website. Monday we’ll have another trivia question for you. For the answers to this week’s questions read below.

The 1992 Bassmaster Florida Invitational  was California pro Mike Folkestad’s lone win with B.A.S.S. in 60 tries. The western legend, who was formally inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame earlier this year, finished in the top 10 on seven other occasions, including a second-place near miss at the 1997 Arizona Western Invitational on Lake Powell.

Folkestad Harris ChainTo some extent, Folkestad’s moment of glory was overshadowed by the overarching negative story about the Harris Chain. The chain of lakes, which had been highly productive previously and would rebound in the future, provided an absolutely miserable tournament experience that January. Folkestad’s three day, 12 fish winning weight of 14-10 (fishing a seven-fish limit) was the primary evidence of the chain’s problems. It was the lowest three-day winning weight in B.A.S.S. history until Kevin VanDam won the 2005 Bassmaster Classic on Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers with 12-15.

In order to win this week’s trivia contest, you’ll need to answer the following three questions:

  1. How many seven-fish limits were caught during the 1992 Florida Invitational (hint: Folkestad did not catch a limit any of the three days)?
  2. What was the B.A.S.S. three-day low-weight record prior to Folkestad’s win?
  3. While Folkestad may have only won once with B.A.S.S., his western achievements are substantial. How many times did he win the WON BASS U.S. Open, and what year/s?

Here are the answers:

Photo Westernbass.com

Photo Westernbass.com

The 310 anglers who fished the Florida Invitational weighed in a grand total of 759 bass over three days, an average of less than 2 1/2 apiece. Fifty two of them blanked. Only one angler – second place finisher George Kuzemchak of New York – brought a seven-fish limit to the scales. Kuzemchak caught 15 fish over the three days, three more than Folkestad. Randy Fite of Texas was the only other angler to weigh 10 or more. Kuzemchak fished a total of 27 B.A.S.S. tournaments. The only other time he made the top 20 was in 1989, also at the Harris Chain. After an 18 year hiatus from B.A.S.S. competition, he fished a Southern Open on Lake Norman in 2011 as a co-angler, finishing 31st.

The prior three day low-weight B.A.S.S. record in regular season competition was 16-05, set by Larry Nixon almost 10 years earlier at the BASS Champs tournament on the Ohio River in Cincinnati, a tournament we previously wrote about here on Bass Fishing Archives. In the 1987 Bassmaster Classic, also on the Ohio River, George Cochran won with 15-05.

Folkestad won the U.S. Open in 1985, 2001 and 2002, making him one of two three-time winners of that event. The only other angler to do it is Aaron Martens. He also won the WON BASS Daiwa Cup in 2003 and 2008.