Monday Trivia – Name That Angler Answer and Winner

A really young Brent Chapman holds up his catfish for a picture. Photo courtesy of Brent Chapman.

A really young Brent Chapman holds up his catfish for a picture. Photo courtesy of Brent Chapman.

This was a tough one. Congratulations to Chris Harvey for winning last week’s contest. We said we were going to let it run through Thursday but when Chris got it, there was no sense in beating the dead horse.  To read the answers, read below.

The young angler pictured here proudly hoisting his prized catfish has since gone on to a solid career casting for bass, with multiple tour level wins to his credit.

  1. In order to win this week’s trivia contest, you’ll need to answer the following four questions:What is the pro’s name?
  2. What was the site of his first B.A.S.S. win and what was the strategy he employed for the win?
  3. What lures did he use to claim his most recent B.A.S.S. victory?
  4. What other major tournament has he won?

Here are the answers.

Young Brent Chapman shows that he can catch the bass too. Photo courtesy of Brent Chapman.

Young Brent Chapman shows that he can catch the bass too. Photo courtesy of Brent Chapman.

This week’s mystery angler is 2012 Bassmaster Angler of the Year, Brent Chapman.

His first win came in the 2000 Central Invitational on the Red River, where he beat his closest competitor (Louisianan Rodney Wagley) by nearly 6 pounds. The river was high and muddy, which pressed the competitors into a few compact zones in practice, so Chapman knew that he needed to find something offbeat in order to claim the victory.

“I’d done some looking on the maps and knew that there were some places that were tough to get into,” he told Steve Waters of the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. “I happened to meet a guy on the water and we got to talking and I just asked him, `There’s this one little oxbow I can see on my map, but it doesn’t show that you can get to it. Do you know if there’s a way to get to it?'” The local then showed him how to get in. Chapman procured an aluminum boat from then-sponsor Skeeter to access the area during the tournament.

Is Chapman trying to get a job with In-Fisherman as a multi-species angler? Photo Brent Chapman.

Is Chapman trying to get a job with In-Fisherman as a multi-species angler? Photo Brent Chapman.

Not coincidentally, 2nd place finisher Wagley also entered a secluded backwater through a little bit of guile. As the B.A.S.S. press release reported, he “waded through snake-infested backwaters during practice, cutting a swath through the flooded timber with a saw so that he could reach a remote fishing area once the tournament began.”

Chapman subsequently won three more times in B.A.S.S. competition, including a Central Invitational (Lewisville) and an Elite Series tournament (Toledo Bend) in 2012 en route to winning the Angler of the Year title. At Toledo Bend, he caught many of his key fish on a no-name chrome flutter spoon. He supplemented that lure with a Carolina rig and War Eagle football jig tipped with a Tightlines UV-Hog trailer, particularly on the final day.

His best finish in FLW competition was a third place in the 2002 Championship, also on the Red River. While he never claimed victory on that tour, he did win the 2005 Cabela’s Top Gun Championship on Eagle Mountain Lake in Texas.