Larry Nixon is generally thought of as the king of the Bassmaster “Megabucks” format. He won four Megabucks events, one in 1988 and one in 1991, sandwiched around two such victories in 1990. Two of those wins came on Florida’s Harris Chain of Lakes, but in the 1986 and 1987 hole course events on that same waterway Nixon did not come out on top.
Roger Farmer won the 1986 Megabucks event on the Harris Chain with 68 pounds of bass over four days to earn his lone B.A.S.S. win. In 1987, Lonnie Stanley claimed the Megabucks crown with Nixon finishing 21st before starting his Megabucks tear in 1988.
The 1987 tournament was a war of attrition, with two practice days and six competition days through which the field was ultimately winnowed down to a winner. Not surprisingly, the final round was jam-packed with Floridians as well as past and future Classic winners including Ken Cook, Hank Parker, Rick Clunn and Guido Hibdon – but Stanley fell into neither of those categories. He’d previously made the top 10 in B.A.S.S. competition on four occasions, but the closest he’d come to earning a title was at the 1982 Louisiana Invitational at Lake Bistineau, where he finished 3rd, with Larry Nixon, the future king of Megabucks, coming out on top.
As we’ve documented previously on the Bass Fishing Archives, the Harris Chain has had an up and down history. Five years after Stanley’s win, Mike Folkestad won the 1992 Florida Invitational with a three-day total of 12 fish that weighed 14-10 (fishing with a seven-fish limit). The fishing wasn’t quite that tough in ’87, but it wasn’t easy, either. With weights zeroed out heading into the final two-day hole course session, Stanley tallied 12 fish for 16-06 to claim the win. No one else caught more than nine fish, and on the last day in particular, when heavy winds descended upon central Florida, several anglers caught either nothing or one fish.
In order to win this week’s trivia contest, answer the following three questions correctly:
- Stanley’s second B.A.S.S. win came 10 years after his first, in that same late February time period. The second win came closer to his Texas home, at Sam Rayburn. What lures did he use to claim that victory?
- Who was the only angler to make the final round in both the 1986 and 1987 Megabucks events?
- Who caught the tournament’s big bass in 1987 and what lure did he catch it on?
The answers and winner will be announced on Thursday. Good Luck!