Nearly three decades after his Bassmaster Classic win, the late Charlie Reed remains one of the least well-known Classic champions. By the time he qualified for his first Classic in 1986, he was already past the half-century mark, and the victory that week in Chattanooga marked the high point of a B.A.S.S. career that lasted just 11 more years. His last event was a 1997 tournament on Lake Neely Henry. He finished 5th.
As detailed by John Neporadny Jr. in a “Where are they now?” piece about Reed for Bassmaster.com in early 2012, Reed expressed regret that he started his professional efforts so late in life, waiting to become financially secure. By ’97, “it wasn’t fun,” he told Neporadny, so he quit competing, though he continued to fish three or four days a week.
Today Chickamauga may be the hottest lake in the country, as evidenced by Casey Martin’s four-day catch of 103-03 to win $125,000 in this past season’s FLW Tour event there, but in August of 1986 times were tough. Reed was the only one of the 41 competitors to weigh in a seven-bass limit each of the three days.
In order to win this week’s trivia contest, answer the following four questions about the 1986 Bassmaster Classic:
- Which members of the 1986 Classic field had previously won B.A.S.S. events on Chickamauga?
- Who led the tournament after the first day?
- Who led after the second day?
- What lures did Reed use to win the Classic?
The answers and winner will be announced Thursday. Good Luck!