Ed Gettys has only fished 12 B.A.S.S. events over the past 25 years, most recently the 2006 Northern Tour event on Kentucky Lake. His success on the circuit has been decidedly mixed, with a few bombs along with a few checks, but if you look at where he’s fished, it’s obvious that the Alabama resident has a fondness for home – nine of the tournaments have taken place on Guntersville, where he’s known as a top stick.
That reputation was forged in part by his earliest efforts with B.A.S.S. He finished 5th in his first tournament with them, the 1989 Alabama Invitational, and then won the same event the following year.
According to Bassmaster, that 1990 tournament favored the locals because the competitors arrived to find the big lake’s once-plentiful grass beds almost entirely gone. “A combination of a severe winter freeze, unusually high, muddy waters the previous spring and an unwavering eradication effort had effectively removed an estimated 60 to 70 percent of the lake’s milfoil and hydrilla,” Tim Tucker wrote.
Gettys reportedly spent 18 hours a day, five days a week on the water every summer. How’s that for a local advantage?
It paid off substantially in 1990 when he ran away with the tournament, beating out his nearest competitor by almost 13 pounds over three days.
In order to win this week’s trivia contest, you’ll need to answer the following three questions:
- What did Gettys do to make a living (besides fishing)?
- Who had the big bag of the tournament?
- Who caught the single biggest fish of the event?
The answers and winner will be announced on Thursday. Good Luck!