Monday Trivia – Gluszek’s Glory Answer and Winner (March 17, 2014)

Pete Gluszek

Pete Gluszek

Congratulations to Keith for winning this week’s Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For the answers, please read below.

New Jersey pro Pete Gluszek is known as a master of northeastern fisheries. His most recent win with B.A.S.S. was the 2012 Northern Invitational at Cayuga. His most recent wins with FLW were the 2006 Stren on Lake Champlain and the 2007 Stren on the Hudson River. Despite that Yankee pedigree, the first major win of his professional career took place in the heart of Dixie 15 years ago when he won the B.A.S.S. Invitational on Alabama’s Lake Martin.

Gluszek used a Carolina rigged finesse worm, a jig and a spinnerbait to catch three limits that totaled 41-11. He caught over 10 pounds of spots each day, then culled up with a largemouth or two, surprising most locals and pundits, who figured that it would take primarily largemouths to win.

He may have been far from home, and fishing for a species (spotted bass) that you can’t catch in New Jersey, but he applied his regional strategies to earn the victory. “The crystal clear water reminded me of our lakes back home,” he told Bassmaster’s Louie Stout. “The spotted bass act a lot like smallmouths, so everything fell into place for me.”

Gluszek no longer fishes as a full-time pro, but cherry picks a few northeastern events and was one of the founders (with Mike Iaconelli) of The Bass University.

Answer the following five questions correctly and win this week’s contest.

  1. Where did Gluszek go to college?
  2. Which finesse worm did Gluszek use at the end of his Carolina rig?
  3. Mike Iaconelli is the only angler who finished in the top 20 who fishes the Elite Series in 2014, but one angler in the top 20 still attends all of the Elite events. Who is it?
  4. Iaconelli finished 5th in both of Gluszek’s B.A.S.S. wins. What two events did he win in 1999?
  5. One angler in the top 10 fished the Bassmaster Classic as a representative of the Federation. Who was it?

Here are the answers:

B.A.S.S. Tournament Director Trip Weldon.

B.A.S.S. Tournament Director Trip Weldon.

Gluszek earned bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Rutgers in 1990.

He Carolina-rigged a “Cayman” worm from New Jersey’s Van’s Custom Lures. As Stout described it, “The worm has grooves in the concave bottom, which causes it to glide erratically on the fall. He dipped the tail of the green pumpkin worm into chartreuse dye to give it a little more visibility, which he says makes it more appealing to spotted bass.”

Second-place finisher Trip Weldon, known as one of the gurus of Lake Martin spotted bass fishing, is currently the Elite Series tournament director.

In the spring of 1999, Iaconelli won the Federation National Championship on the Red River. That September he won the Bassmaster Top 150 on Lake Champlain, beating second place finisher Rick Clunn by nearly 2 pounds.

As our winner indicated (and the answer to question number four hinted at), Mike Iaconelli made the Classic through the Federation. To be brutally honest, for some reason I had forgotten that when I wrote this trivia contest. Of course that answer will be accepted, but I was thinking of 3rd place angler Jack Bell, a Pennsylvania butcher, who qualified for the Classic through the Federation in 1988 and finished 22nd. To read more about Bell, see this previous entry on the Bass Fishing Archives.