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Many top pros will go through their entire careers without winning a single tour-level tournament. They may make a lot of money, or become household names, but to many fans the lack of a major win is a glaring omission on their list of credentials.
There are also quite a few pros who have experienced a single week where they .anaged to beat the best of the best. Some were never heard from again, some became legends, and others are still earning their places in the history books.
The following are nine such one-time winners:
- Steve Goodwin, 1977 Florida Invitational, St. Johns River
- Jack Chancellor, 1985 Bassmaster Classic, Alabama River
- Don Leach, 1991 Bassmaster Maryland Invitational, Potomac River
- Norio Tanabe, 1993 Bassmaster Invitational, Kentucky Lake
- Larry Lazoen, 1994 Bassmaster Top 100, Potomac River
- Bryan Kerchal, 1994 Bassmaster Classic, High Rock Lake
- Larry Laymon, 1996 Bassmaster Georgia Invitational, Lake Hartwell
- Derek Remitz, 2007 Bassmaster Elite Series Battle of the Border, Lake Amistad
- Kota Kiriyama, 2008 Bassmaster Elite Series Empire Chase, Lake Erie
We’ve given you when and where they won, now you tell us the lure that was the primary tool in their victories. Some should be “gimmes” but others will require either a long memory or a little bit of research.
You don’t necessarily need to offer every little detail (weight and color), although that would be welcomed, but in order to win you’ll need to give us not only the category of lure (e.g,. grub, spinnerbait), but also the name brand.
Here are the answers.
Goodwin, whose lone Classic appearance was in 1977, fished his final B.A.S.S. tournament in 1984. The 1977 St. Johns event featured atypical Florida weather. Bassmaster reported that the temperature dropped to 24 degrees (with a wind chill of zero) and an inch of snow accumulated on the river banks. Goodwin used seven-inch Fliptail Worms in black and chocolate, but it was his rigging that made the difference – he pegged the ¼ ounce sinker 12 inches in front of the worm to create a light Carolina Rig, a technique that was not yet in vogue nationwide.
- Chancellor’s lone win on the Bassmaster circuit was a big one, the world championship. Like Goodwin, he used a Carolina Rig to earn his victory, but instead of rigging it with a single line and a pegged sinker, he used a 17 pound main line and a lighter leader. He also used a 1-ounce sinker. The worm of choice was a twin-hooked four-inch “Do-Nothing” worm of his own manufacture. While Lloyd Deaver of North Carolina is often credited with first selling this sort of worm commercially, Chancellor obtained a mold and poured his own.
- Other than his win in Maryland, Leach never finished better than 39th in 15 career B.A.S.S. events. For one magical week, though, he dominated, beating runner-up David Fritts by over 2 pounds. His preferred water was in Nanjemoy Creek, where Skeet Reese would catch most of his winning creel 16 years later. Leach used a 3/8 ounce Guido’s Trailer Hitch spinnerbait from Luck-E-Strike. The lure’s defining characteristic was its screw-lock attachment for plastic trailers.
- Tanabe became the first foreign-born B.A.S.S. winner as a result of his 1993 win, but he did it by beating his American competitors at their own game in a tournament that was shortened by one day due to inclement weather. The top four all used suspending jerkbaits. Tanabe’s tool of choice, according to Bassmaster, was a weighted, clown-colored Smithwick Magnum Rogue.
- Lazoen had challenged for the win before, finishing 2nd at both the 1987 Florida Top 100 (Okeechobee) and the 1990 Texas Invitational (Rayburn), but the grassy Potomac provided his only career win. He squeaked by perennial favorite Jay Yelas by a mere 4 ounces. Lazoen’s primary lure was a 1/8 ounce Cavitron buzzbait, a lure that is still manufactured today but was at the time relatively unknown. He had a limited supply and by the end of the event his lure was so beaten up that he joked that the fish didn’t want to eat it, they just wanted to kill it so it wouldn’t reproduce.
- Kerchal’s career was tragically cut short due to a plane crash, but during the 1994 Classic he seemingly could do no wrong, as he was the only competitor to weigh in a limit each day. During practice he’d found a red shad Culprit worm floating near the docks that he would ultimately fish during the tournament, so he took that as a sign and used the same worm to amass his winning catch and beat runner-up Tommy Biffle by 4 ounces.
- This was Laymon’s only top 20 showing in 25 career B.A.S.S. tournaments. He and first day partner Bob Hale (this was back when Invitationals featured pro-on-pro draws), both caught all of their fish on ¼ ounce chrome blue back Rat-L-Traps. They finished first and second overall, although Laymon beat his runner up by over 13 pounds, and nearly lapped 3rd place finisher Ray Sedgwick, whose 28-00 was not much more than half of Laymon’s 50-06.
- Remitz blasted into tour-level competition with a vengeance, winning the year’s first tournament on Lake Amistad and finishing second two weeks later on the California Delta. While many top competitors flipped bushes or threw swimbaits relatively shallow, Remitz caught pre-spawn fish on bluff walls that were 25-35 feet on top before plunging into 50-90 feet. His primary lure was a ¾ ounce Omega Custom Tackle football head jig (Ozark Special) with a 5” Yamamoto Hula Grub (green pumpkin candy) as a trailer.
- Kiriyama’s victory helped to cement his reputation as an expert at catching deep-water Great Lakes smallmouths. He achieved it in grand style, with no limit smaller than 20-15 and two over 25 pounds. Most of his fish were suspended in 40 to 65 feet of water over depths of up to 90 feet, and he caught them by dropshotting a Jackall Cross Tail Shad (watermelon) marinated in Berkley Gulp! Alive scent.