Monday Trivia: “Get Shorty” Answer and Winner (January 5, 2015)

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

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

Happy New Year and congratulations to Andy Williamson for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For the answers to this week’s contest, please read below. Try again next Monday for your chance 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?

The answers to this week’s contest follow below:

  1. The “double victory” referred to the fact that Shorty not only had the highest winning weight, but he also received top honors in the big bass category with a fish weighing 7 pounds 9 ounces.
  2. By trade, Shorty Evans was a mortician. Gaylord Elliott started a funeral home in Houston, MO using a horse-drawn hearse back in 1912. Depending upon which source you look at, either in 1952 or 1964, “Shorty” Evans bought the business and renamed it Evans Funeral Home, which it has been named ever since. Reports state it was sold again to new owners in 2005.
  3. According to recent reports on the B.A.S.S. website, Shorty Evans holds the record for both the oldest person to have ever won a B.A.S.S. tourney (1978 Kentucky Inv.), as well as being the oldest Classic qualifier later that same year. His official age at the time of the 1978 Classic was 65 years, 9 months and 2 days of age. Woo Daves currently holds the record for the oldest angler to have won a Classic.

Thanks for playing this week. A new trivia contest will be posted next Monday.