Koby Kreiger will be an Elite Series rookie this year, but he’s hardly a newcomer to B.A.S.S. competition. He’s fished 40 Bassmaster events, most recently the three 2014 Northern Opens, and has shown a propensity for ending up in the check line – he’s finished in the money in the last seven tournaments he’s fished, and 26 times overall, a rate of 65 percent.
The 46 year old pro fished his first Bassmaster tournament in September of 1995 on the St. Lawrence River and ended up a lackluster 129th. For a pro living in Indiana, that must have felt like a particular indignity, because no doubt he expected to do well on smallmouth waters. He didn’t get a shot at northern smallmouths in Bassmaster competition again until eight tournaments later, when he returned to the St. Lawrence. He’d earned checks at Eufaula and Hartwell by then, but turned in his best finish to date (24th) in New York. When B.A.S.S. returned to the St. Lawrence in 1999, he headed in the wrong direction, finishing 96th.
A few years later, he broke through in a big way, earning his first top ten finish (9th) on the Potomac River in a 2002 Northern Open. A month later, he took his fourth shot at the St. Lawrence with B.A.S.S. and came out on top in the next Northern Open.
As usually happens at the St. Lawrence, where many competitors prefer to run out to the vast grounds of Lake Ontario, weather proved to be a major part of the story that September. Kreiger was among the pros counting on the big lake’s bounty, where he’d sacked 20-14 on Day One. Unfortunately, he was unable to get out there on Day Two, despite attempts to do so. He scratched out 11-08 on Friday the 13th, which as Bassmaster writer Steve Price noted, was also his 34th birthday, then added 19-10 on the final day to beat 2nd place finisher Tom Dolin of New York by over 3 ½ pounds.
In order to win this week’s trivia contest, be the first person to correctly answer the three questions in the comments section below:
- While Kreiger’s primary lure was a green pumpkin D’s tube on a ¼ ounce jighead, the second through fifth place finishers all relied largely on something else? What was that lure?
- Who was in first place after Day Two?
- What did fifth place finisher Tom Lavictoire do for a living?
The answers and winner will be announced Thursday. Good Luck!