It’s probably not much of a hint to tell you that the future pro pictured here is seen on the dock of his family’s resort in Minnesota in the mid- to late-1970s. He’s not typically associated with the Golden Gopher state (in other words, it’s not Derek Remitz), and if we told you where he currently calls home it might give it away completely.
Since we’re not providing any hints, we’ll make the questions themselves easy. In order to win this week’s trivia contest, answer the following three questions correctly:
- Who is the angler in the picture?
- What is his nickname on tour?
- Who was his Day Three co-angler in his first B.A.S.S. win?
Here are the answers:
The pictured angler is California resident Jared Lintner, known to fishing fans at “The Milkman” in honor of his family’s multi-generation milk distribution business. Even as he has pursued a career at the highest level of the sport, with four Bassmaster Classic appearances, Lintner has continued to haul milk as his schedule allows.
He fished individual Open events in both 1999 and 2004, before committing to the full slate of Western events in 2005. That season he finished in the top seven in all three Western Opens, including a win at the middle event on Clear Lake where he outlasted his closest competitor by 2 pounds 11 ounces.
His Day Three co-angler was Chris Zaldain, who also went on to win the event, albeit by a margin of over 9 pounds. Zaldain took a break from fishing B.A.S.S. tournaments from 2006 through 2010, but he returned with a vengeance in 2011, winning the Central Open points title and qualifying for the Elite Series. He and Lintner did not know each other prior to being paired together, but Lintner took note of his future competition: “As soon as he made the first cast, I knew this kid could fish,” he recalled recently. “He caught them right behind me. It was obvious that he had lots of talent and knew what he was doing.”