Unfortunately, we’ve gone another week without a winner in the Bass Fishing Archives Monday Trivia Contest. Glenn was very close, only missing out on the bait that Yelas used. Come back Monday and try again. To see the answers, read below.
Twenty years ago this month a young Jay Yelas earned the first of his five B.A.S.S. victories, outlasting 2nd-place finisher Gary Klein by a half pound to win the Top 100 on the Potomac River.
He’d been the runner-up the year before, finishing a distant 2nd to Jim Bitter by over 7 pounds.
Since then, Yelas has returned to the Potomac seven times with B.A.S.S. and a couple of times with FLW. While his results have been mixed, the good has outweighed the bad – he notched additional top ten finishes in 1994, 1995, 1998 and 1999. For a westerner who relocated to Texas, he seemed to have a pretty good grasp on this distinctly eastern river.
In ’93, Yelas came on strong at the end to avoid a second runner-up finish on the Nation’s River, sacking a 19-pound 3-ounce limit the last day, despite struggling early. He fished the northern end of the tidal portion of the Potomac, in and near Washington, D.C. and mixed grass and hard cover to amass his winning total. He was 7-05 off the lead entering the final day, but rode the big bag to victory. The prior year Bitter had camped out on a piece of hard cover for most of the four days to win, and that must’ve inspired Yelas. He ended up the ’93 event on a popular piece of main river hard cover and he has frequently been seen there during other Potomac tournaments.
To win this week’s trivia contest, answer the following four questions:
- What name was subsequently given to the spot where Bitter won?
- What is the name of the hard cover spot that Yelas has plied for thousands of dollars on the Potomac?
- Yelas used a spinnerbait and a jig for part of his 1993 catch, but like many other top finishers he also used a crankbait. What crankbait was it? [Hint: 5th-place finisher Stacey King used a plug made by the same manufacturer]
- What crankbait did Bitter use to claim the win in 1992?
Here are the answers:
The rockpile that Bitter cranked to victory 31 years ago was subsequently dubbed “Bitter’s Rocks” (DUH!). Don Wilson of the Orlando Sentinel described this then little-known navigational hazard as “a weird underwater formation that resembled Cinderella’s Castle at Walt Disney World.”
“Bitter caught 18 of his 20 winning fish on the 3-foot-high, rock-strewn ‘turret’ that was surrounded by a horseshoe-shaped, 10-foot-deep ‘moat’ and had a 7-foot-deep entrance ‘bridge’ leading to it,” Wilson wrote. “The underwater oddity was in just 4 feet of water in the middle of a vast mud flat that had no other fish-attracting cover.”
He used a Bomber 7A in the firetiger pattern for most of his fish. In fact, he used a bunch of them. When he’d snag on the rocks, rather than disturb the cover he’d just break it off and tie on another.
Yelas eventually came to be known for fishing “Fox Ferry Point,” the remains of an old wharf a short distance above the Wilson Bridge. Local guide Ken Penrod described the underwater obstruction as “four rows of pilings that run perpendicular from the shore for a couple hundred yards. You will not see them at high tide. I can’t being to tell you how many boats have lost their lower unit and worse at this obstruction.”
He used a 3/8-ounce Stanley VibraShaft spinnerbait and a 1/2-ounce Stanley Jig for some of his fish, and his preferred crankbait that week was a firetiger Storm Flat Wart. King, who hails from Table Rock Lake, the Storm Wiggle Wart capital of the world, used a Storm Rattlin’ ThinFin to finish in a tie for 4th with Jerry Williams of Arkansas.