When B.A.S.S. traveled to Richmond, Va. 25 years ago for the first of three consecutive Bassmaster Classics on the James River, the pros didn’t know much of what to expect from the tidal fishery. Classic XVIII was expected to favor the local tidal-water river rats like Woo Daves of nearby Chester, who ended up missing the Classic crown by a mere 6 ounces. He came close again the next two years but didn’t win his Classic trophy until B.A.S.S. visited Chicago (Lake Michigan) in 2000.
Daves finished 2nd to Missouri pro Guido Hibdon, fishing his third Classic and earning his first top 10 Classic finish. Before leaving to fish the FLW Tour a little over a decade later, he achieved six Top Ten finishes in 10 Classics, along with two 11th place finishes. It was a hard-fought victory for Hibdon, who averaged just 9 ½ pounds a day. It took just over 7 pounds a day to finish in 10th place, so catching a limit was critical and big bass – even 3 and 4 pounders – were like gold.
After leading the first day of competition, Hibdon fell to 5th after Day Two when he could only muster four fish for 6-04. On Day Three, he once again caught a limit, but he lost a six-pound-plus bass early in the morning when the hook on his spinnerbait broke.
In order to win this week’s trivia contest, answer the following five questions about Guido’s Classic victory?
- What was Hibdon’s primary lure and who designed it?
- Paul Elias primarily fished two humps not far from the Deep Bottom launch ramp. Who later won a B.A.S.S. event in that same area?
- Like Daves, 32nd place finisher Greg South of Virginia was one of the pre-tournament favorites. Outside of tournament fishing, what was his full-time profession?
- Who caught the biggest limit of the event?
- Which Federation angler in Classic XVIII later fished in the FLW Championship?
The answers and winner will be announced Thursday. Good luck!