Okay folks, we’ve been making these a bit too hard we think. Questions 2 and 3 were a bit ambiguous so we’re gonna give it to the only person who made a correct “guess” as to who the angler is and where he worked before he became a full-time pro. The winner this week is Jojo Norwood! For the answer we were looking for, read below.
Despite the appearances of this 1966 photograph, the young angler pictured here did not go on to fame and fortune chasing crappie, or any other panfish for that matter. He’s a top bass pro today, with multiple major circuit wins to his credit.
In order to win this week’s prize you’ll need to answer the following three questions about the subject of the picture:
- What entity did he work for before joining the tour as a full-time pro?
- Where and when did he earn his first top ten on the circuit he now fishes?
- Where was his first tour level win (with either B.A.S.S. or FLW) and what lure/s did he use to claim the victory?
Here’s the answer.
Kevin Short, who has aged a bit (but not too much) over the past 46 years, took a long road to tour-level fishing. While he was a top stick in various local Arkansas events and trails, he retained his job as an operations manager for the Arkansas Farm Bureau until he was in his 40s.
Short dipped his toe in the B.A.S.S. waters for the first time in 1998, when he was already well into his late thirties. He fished the amateur side of that April’s Megabucks, finishing 35th, then once again signed up to fish as a co-angler that October on the Louisiana Delta. In a tournament won by Kenyon Hill, Short was paired with Mike Bingham (69th), Tom Mann Jr. (81st) and Rick Clunn (21st) en route to a 3rd place finish.
He won for the first time as a pro nearly five years later at the first Central Open of the 2003 season, held on the Tennessee. While Short said his earlier experience fishing behind Clunn proved “why he is very much The Master,” he beat the elder statesman by 13 slots. He used a variety of crankbaits to win in 2003, but his first tour-level victory didn’t come until June of 2009, when he claimed the trophy at the Elite Series River Rumble on the Mississippi River. He employed a variety of baits to take the title, including a Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw, a Strike King Coffee Tube, a Strike King Premier Elite spinnerbait, and perhaps most notably his now-famous WEC E1 crankbait (in the chartreuse classic pattern).