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?
The answers and winner will be announced Thursday. Good Luck.