Many modern fishing fans know Oklahoma’s Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees primarily as the site of Cliff Pace’s career-defining Bassmaster Classic victory as well as for its recent role as a host of multiple Elite Series tournaments, but the lake has a long history as a site of B.A.S.S. competition.
B.A.S.S. first visited Grand Lake in November 1991 for an Oklahoma Invitational won by Arkansas pro Ron Shuffield. The circuit returned almost exactly a year later, for a tournament won by Jim Morton. As described in a previous Bass Fishing Archives trivia contest, Morton defied heavy winds, torrential rains, and temperatures that ranged from just above freezing to well below freezing to win with an unlikely buzzbait pattern
B.A.S.S. returned again in 1995, this time for an April tournament in the heart of the spawn. Veteran Texas pro Tommy Martin, who’d first made a national name for himself over 20 years earlier by winning the 1974 Bassmaster Classic on Wheeler, won the 1995 Oklahoma Invitational. It marked the fifth win of his B.A.S.S. career, and might be his last if he doesn’t make a move soon. Martin continues to compete and fished the 2013 Central Opens.
We’ve previously featured Tommy Martin in the trivia contest this year, but Martin and Grand Lake have so much history that we’re going back to that well again.
In order to win this week’s trivia contest, be the first to answer the following three questions correctly in the comments section:
- While most of the other top finishers bed-fished, Martin used a different technique. What was it and what was his primary style of lure?
- Which Oklahoma pro led after the first day of competition?
- What was Martin’s heaviest winning weight in B.A.S.S. competition?
The answers answer and winner will be announced Thursday. Good Luck!