Monday Trivia – Not so Bitter (September 30, 2013)



Eight years after the end of his career with B.A.S.S., Jim Bitter is probably best remembered for a snippet from his low-light reel – watching the winning fish flop out of his hands at the 1989 Bassmaster Classic on the James River, thereby ceding the title to Hank Parker. That’s unfortunate, because the Florida pro produced results that many other competitors would envy. He totaled nearly $850,000 in B.A.S.S. winnings, qualified for seven Bassmaster Classics and won five events.

Three of those wins came in 1995, when he won the Texas Invitational at Sam Rayburn, the Minnesota Top 100 at Minnetonka and the New York Top 100 on the Hudson River.

Sam Rayburn

Sam Rayburn

At Rayburn, Bitter overcame cold, muddy water and an apparent local advantage (2nd through 8th places were all occupied by Texans) to claim the win.

In order to win this week’s trivia contest, answer the following three questions about Bitter’s Rayburn win:

  1. What modification did Bitter make to one of his key lures to one of his three key lures in order to earn the win?
  2. After Bitter and 2nd place finisher Randy Dearman (who won the 1993 Texas Invitational on Rayburn) who was the next highest-placing finisher who won a B.A.S.S. tournament on Rayburn at another point in his career?
  3. Who caught the big fish of the event and what state did he hail from?

The answers and winner will be announced Thursday. Good Luck!

  • Duke Jenkel

    1. He sprayed his spinnerbait red.
    2. Denny Brauer – 1984 Texas Invitational
    3. Stan Gerzsenyi, who at the time was from California

  • John Karbowski

    1. Added red to his spinnerbait
    2. 12th place finisher Denny Brauer
    3. Randy Dearman from Texas

  • Keith

    1. added red on his spinnerbait
    2. Denny Brauer
    3. Kevin Stephenson from Wisconsin