Monday Trivia: “Get Shorty”

Shorty Evans. B.A.S.S. photo

Shorty Evans. B.A.S.S. photo

[Editor’s note: To start the year off, we’re changing the rules of the Monday Trivia Contest a bit. The old rules stated you could only win three times and then you were done. We’ve now relaxed that rule a bit so you can now win three times per year. So come on all you past 3-time winners, you’ve got more chances to win!]

From what I’ve heard, “Get Shorty,” starring John Travolta, Danny DeVito and Rene Russo, among others, was a pretty good movie. But this week’s trivia contest is about a different “Shorty.” L.F. “Shorty” Evans of Houston, MO, who fished 78 B.A.S.S. events over his career and weighed in more than 1,100 pounds of bass, was an early personality on the professional bass fishing circuit, partly due to his stature, and partly to his personality. However, his bass fishing skills weren’t too shabby either, winning the 1978 Kentucky Invitational where he weighed 56 pounds, 13 ounces of large-mouth bass over a three-day period, besting the field by nearly 10 pounds. He also secured second and third place finishes under his trail belt, and a resume’ that went all the way back to the earliest days of B.A.S.S., competing in the 1969 Eufala Team  event as well as the 1970 All-American.

In honor of this angling veteran who passed away back in 2002, and to win this week’s contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, you’ll have to correctly answer the following 3 questions about “Shorty.”

  1. About that 1978 Invitational win, a newspaper write-up of the event stated the following; “For his double victory, Evans won more than $10,000 in cash and two bass-fishing boats, equipped with depth finders and trolling motors.” What was that “double victory.”
  2. Shorty was a business man, and it’s been stated that he was involved with over 58 different ventures over the years, including everything from auto sales to Shorty’s Sport Buckets, and even trolling motor propellers. However, what was his career by trade.
  3. Last I checked, Shorty Evans still holds two B.A.S.S. all-time records. What are those two records he holds?

Answers and winner to this week’s contest will be announced on Thursday.

  • Andy Williamson

    Brian– Thanks for the new rules.
    1. The double victory meant winning the tournament AND winning “big bass” honors for catching the largest bass of the event at 7 lb. 9 oz., taken during round one.
    2. Evan’s career by trade was mortician.
    3. Evan’s is the oldest winner of any B.A.S.S. tournament, winning the 1978 Kentucky Invitational at age 65. The other record he holds is being the oldest competitor in the Bassmaster Classic, at age 65, in 1978.