Bobby Padgett of Columbus, Georgia won the second B.A.S.S. tournament he fished, the 1996 Alabama Invitational on Lake Eufaula. In fact, he ran away with the victory, beating second place finisher Kevin VanDam by 11 ½ pounds.
While it was one of only three top ten B.A.S.S. finishes for Padgett in 21 attempts, he has long been well-known as a top stick in the area, with many lower-level wins to his credit. After the tournament, Colin Moore wrote that Padgett had “finished first or second in every summer tournament at Eufaula he entered during the past four years, including three consecutive wins on the Red Man trail.”
His 77-09 was the heaviest winning weight in B.A.S.S. competition at Eufaula since Bill Adair won the 1970 Henshall Memorial with a three-day weight of 116-06 – although Padgett was fishing with a five-fish limit while Adair weighed in 33, including 14 in a single day.
In the most recent B.A.S.S. competition at Eufaula, Ryan Ingram won a 2006 Southern Open with a three day weight of 41-08, with current Elite Series pros Terry Scroggins, J Todd Tucker, Cliff Pace, Boyd Duckett, Marty Robinson, James Niggemeyer and Chris Lane finishing in the top 20.
In order to win this week’s trivia contest, answer the following four questions about Padgett’s win:
- What B.A.S.S. record did Padgett set during the event and who was the previous record-holder?
- Who subsequently beat Padgett’s record?
- Padgett’s primary lure was a Mann’s 20+ crankbait in a special color. What was it?
- In addition to the crankbait, Padgett caught some of his fish on a jig. What was the particular jig that he used called?
The answers and winner will be announced Thursday. Good Luck!