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.
To 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.
- How many seven-fish limits were caught during the 1992 Florida Invitational (hint: Folkestad did not catch a limit any of the three days)?
- What was the B.A.S.S. three-day low-weight record prior to Folkestad’s win?
- 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?
The answers and winner will be announced Thursday. Good luck!