Monday Trivia – Martin Goes Deep (June 30, 2014)



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:

  1. 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?
  2. Which Oklahoma pro led after the first day of competition?
  3. What was Martin’s heaviest winning weight in B.A.S.S. competition?

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

  • Dell Morgan

    1- Carolina Rigged Lizzard.
    2- Tommy Biffle
    3- 52.5 lbs

  • Tim Royall

    1. Carolina rig, Bass Assasin Lizard
    2. Ken Cook
    3. 81.10

  • Steve Quinn

    Tommy Martin Carolina-rigged Zoom and Bass Assassin Lizards up a steep break to catch big prespawn bass.

    Tommy Biffle led Day-1.

    Tommy’s biggest bag was at the Louisiana Invitational at Toledo Bend in 1981, when he brought in 35-12. This stood as the BASS 7-fish record for about a year until Ron Shearer broke it.

  • Steve Quinn

    On #3, I misread. His total winning weight was 81-10. and It was the Texas Invitational, not Louisiana.