Monday Trivia – How Many Classics Answer and Winner (March 25, 2013)

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Congratulations to Chris Harvey for winning this week’s Monday Trivia Contest! For the answers please read below.

Today’s Monday Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits is one Harold Sharp came up with. It’s a deviation from the past Trivia Contests and we hope you have some fun with it.

The 2013 Bassmaster Classic, held at Grand Lake, OK, is in the books. Cliff Pace, an 8-year veteran of Tour-level competition, made his 5th Classic count by winning the event in a pretty dramatic fashion, beating Tour sophomore Brandon Palaniuk by a little over 3 pounds on the final day of competition. Palaniuk, who’s in his third year of Tour level fishing has made the Classic 3 years – his first appearance from the Federation ranks in 2011.

These are pretty stellar numbers coming from a couple of relative newcomers to the sport. But what about the old guard of the sport? Who has made the Classic the most times? Better yet, who are the anglers who have made 20 or more Classics in their careers?

Here’s the answer:

I think anybody who has any idea about competitive bass fishing can name off the top 2 on the list of all-time Classic qualifiers – Rick Clunn and Gary Klein. But what about the other five anglers? Here are the seven anglers who have made 20 or more Classics over the course of their careers.

  1. Rick Clunn – 32
  2. Gary Klein – 29
  3. Larry Nixon – 25
  4. Roland Martin – 25
  5. Kevin VanDam – 23
  6. George Cochran – 21
  7. Denny Brauer – 21

What I find interesting about this list is there are only three anglers who are still fishing the Elites and have a solid chance of qualifying for another Classic – those being Clunn, Klein and VanDam. Nixon, on the other hand hasn’t fished a B.A.S.S. Tour level event in years and most likely won’t step back over to the B.A.S.S. side of competition. Cochran, who left B.A.S.S. in 2006, retired last year from competitive fishing. Roland Martin, who also retired from B.A.S.S. in 2005, has made a tour-level comeback on the FLW side but still fishes an occasional Bassmaster Open, so there is an outside chance of him qualifying for his 26th Classic at some point. The same can be said for Denny Brauer, who retired last year. I wouldn’t put it past Brauer to fish the Central Opens and make the Classic through that means.