This week’s trivia question may prove to be a tough one for most of you. Only the most die-hard fans of professional fishing should be able to get it. The Elite Series pro pictured above with a big panfish has since moved on to bass, but in order to get the answer you’ll need to recognize that he’s a multi-species guy at heart.
If you don’t recognize that first picture, we’ll try to give you another hint with a later picture of him hoisting a bass.
In order to win this week’s contest, you’ll need to answer the following five questions:
- Who is our mystery angler?
- What profession was he involved in before joining the professional ranks full time?
- What sort of franchise did he buy into in order to supplement his fishing income?
- What is his top finish in Elite Series competition?
- What is his top finish in B.A.S.S. competition?
Here are the answers.
The angler pictured above at various points in his youth is Roanoke, Louisiana’s Dennis Tietje. As befits his Cajun country background, before heading out on tour full time he harvested rice and crawfish on 500 acres of Louisiana farmland. Just a few years ago he was producing somewhere between 200,000 and 300,000 pounds of mudbugs a year, he told me in an interview for Wired2Fish in 2010.
As a career on the Elite Series became likely, Tietje and his wife invested in a Mr. Gatti’s Pizza franchise. “[T]hat takes care of my family, thank goodness,” he told Don Barone in 2011.
He spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons on the Elite Series before taking an excused absence in 2012. During the two years of competition, his top finish was a 41st on Toledo Bend, which he considers his home lake. Not coincidentally, his top finish overall in B.A.S.S. competition came in the 2009 Central Open on the Bend – he ended up 7th. While he’s taken some of the competition’s money at the big border lake, it’s not all bad news for those who fish against him there. Usually he hosts a big crawfish feast and invites just about anyone to partake. Even those who aren’t invited typically find out about it and end up joining in the festivities. “All you need to do is mention the word ‘crawfish’ and it draws attention whether you meant to or not,” he told me in the Wired2Fish interview.