Monday Trivia – Reed’s Classic Crown (January 27, 2014)

Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

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:

  1. Which members of the 1986 Classic field had previously won B.A.S.S. events on Chickamauga?
  2. Who led the tournament after the first day?
  3. Who led after the second day?
  4. What lures did Reed use to win the Classic?

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

  • Jency M.

    1. Denny Brauer
    2. Roland Martin
    3. Jerry Rhyne
    4. Texas rig worm (plum) and Bagley DB3 fished in a ditch through a grass mat.

  • Harold Sharp

    One thing that could have been the reason for the low catch at the 1986 Classic at Lake Chickamauga was because TVA had spray boats out everyday spraying aquatic vegetation in Lake Chickamauga.

  • Keith

    1. Denny Brauer
    2. Roland Martin
    3. Jerry Rhyne
    4. plum plastic worm and a crankbait

  • This Classic was indeed a tough bite. Roland Martin led day 1 wit a 10-4 bag, as he nailed a 5-pounder, Jerry Rhyne led Day-2 after bringing a bag just under 7 pounds. Then Charlie Reed, Mister Consistency, brought a limit in to take the victory. He used a Texas-rigged 6-inch plum-color worm for most of his catch, culling up several bass on the last day with a Bagley DB-III. In the field were previous winners Denny Brauer and Zell Rowland.

  • 1. Denny Brauer and Zell Rowland
    2. Roland Martin
    3. Jerry Rhyne
    4. 6 inch plum-color worm and a Bagley DB-III.