Monday Trivia – KVD’s First (July 29, 2013)

KVD poses with his trophy and check from his first Bassmaster win at Lake Lanier in 1991. Photo December 1991 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

KVD poses with his trophy and check from his first Bassmaster win at Lake Lanier in 1991. Photo December 1991 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Steve Price may have penned the understatement of the century when he wrote the following about Kevin VanDam’s victory in the December 1991 Bassmaster about the Top 100 on Lake Lanier:

“The victory was VanDam’s first in B.A.S.S. competition, but it probably won’t be his last.”

Indeed, KVD has gone on to win 19 more B.A.S.S events, including four Bassmaster Classic titles, and he’s probably not through yet.

At Lanier, five of the six anglers directly behind him were either past or future Classic winners, and the field was full of local experts including Tom Mann Jr. (9th), Doug Youngblood (14th), Cliff Craft (31st) and Mickey Bruce (35th). Nevertheless, observant fishing fans of that era should not have been surprised that KVD won, since he had been the top rookie the prior year.

Since recent questions have been a little tough, we’ll make this three-parter relatively easy:

  1. What was it about KVD’s catch that surprised the local experts?
  2. What category and brand of lure did KVD use for most of his fish?
  3. Who caught the big fish of the event and what did it weigh?

The answer and winner will be announced Thursday. Good Luck!

  • Dustin Kelso

    1. He catch his fish shallow.
    2. Strike King spinnerbait
    3. David Wharton – 6lbs 11oz

  • Rob Melendez

    1. He won it catching Largemouths instead of spots
    2. He caught his fish using a strike king spinnerbait
    3.Big fish was Dave Wharton with 6lb. 11ozs.

  • Jeff Hahn

    1. He caught largemouth by fishing laydowns up the Chattahoochee River instead of catching Spots on the main lake.
    2. He caught those largemouth using a strike King spinnerbiat
    3. Big Bass = Dave Wharton = 6 lbs. 11 ozs.

  • Here are some clues:

    Q1) I would accept any of these answers.
    Q2) You all have that he caught his fish on a spinnerbait but none of you have the right brand.
    Q3) None of you have the right angler or the right weight.

    Another clue – if you can find it. There is a typo in the problem. All of these answers can be found in the MARCH 1992 issue of Bassmaster Magazine. I may scan the article and post it here tomorrow just to show you all that we aren’t messing with you.