Congratulations to Adam Hinkle for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. This make three for Adam in the short period of about 5 weeks. For the answers, please read below.
As we’ve previously noted on the Bass Fishing Archives, Florida pro Larry Lazoen was one of the many one-time winners in Bassmaster tournament history, a fate that is of course far better than never winning at all, but still leaves most competitive anglers feeling that they “coulda been a contender” more frequently.
Perhaps not surprisingly, his one victory came in the 1994 Maryland Bassmaster Invitational on the Potomac River, where grass fishing ruled the day. As Lazoen told Bassmaster’s Louie Stout: “It had all the qualities I like – clear, shallow water and grass. I don’t think people fish shallow enough on this river. To me, 4 feet is deep.”
He further explained that the best areas had milfoil. “A mixture of milfoil and hydrilla was good, but plain hydrilla wasn’t as productive,” he told Stout. “When the tide was up, the fish suspended above the hydrilla, which grew shorter than the milfoil and hid beneath the milfoil that grew near the surface.”
It was a tightly packed top three, with Lazoen outlasting Jay Yelas by 4 ounces and beating Rick Morris by 6 ounces. While Lazoen fished grass, Yelas concentrated on hard cover, specifically Fox Ferry Point, the spot that had led him to a win in 1993 and a runner-up finish the year before. As we’ve noted previously, local guide Ken Penrod described the spot above the Wilson Bridge 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 begin to tell you how many boats have lost their lower unit and worse at this obstruction.”
Today’s trivia contest focuses not on Lazoen, the winner, but rather on the cast of characters in the top ten, some of them still competing today while others are lesser known. Most of us know, for example, that Kevin Wirth (5th), had previously been a professional jockey, but some of the others had lesser-known professions. In order to win, be the first to correctly answer the following four questions in the comments section below:
- As we noted previously, Lazoen used a 1/8 ounce Cav-I-Tron buzzbait for most of his fish on Days One and Three. At the time, the lure was distributed by a fellow pro. Who was it?
- At the time, third place finisher Rick Morris was fishing just his 11th B.A.S.S. event. What did he do to make a living before becoming a bass pro?
- Seventh place finisher Carlos Sellers qualified for the 1990 Bassmaster Classic on the James River through the Federation. What was his full-time profession?
- Eighth place finisher Jack Bell also qualified for a James River Classic, the 1988 edition, as well as the 1997 FLW Championship. What did he do in his hometown of Kane, Pennsylvania when he wasn’t fishing?
Here are the answers:
1) The Cav-I-Tron Buzzbait, currently distributed by MegaStrike Fishing Products, was previously sold by See You on the Water Fishing Products of Hartford, Connecticut, a company run by longtime bass pro Lee Bailey, winner of the 1997 Missouri Central Invitational.
2) Prior to joining the Bassmaster circuit full-time, Morris worked as a glass artist with his brother Ivan. Ivan continues to run the highly successful Glass Baron business in Virginia Beach, Virginia selling their goods both nationally and internationally.
3) In addition to being a frequent competitor at the Invitational and Federation levels, at the time of his Classic appearance Sellers was a Sargeant Major in the United States Army stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. As seen at the 17:45 mark in this video, as he competed in the Classic, there was a chance he’d have to leave to go to the Middle East. According to this newspaper article, he received orders to relocate to Saudi Arabia just prior to the start of the tournament, but was able to complete the event.
4) For longtime readers of the Bass Fishing Archives with good memories, this one was a gimme. As we’ve described previously, Bell is the owner of Bell’s Meat and Poultry in Kane. Here’s an article giving the full story.