These days both major tours seem to make at least one stop in Florida every year. In fact, some years a single tour will hold multiple events in the Sunshine State. That wasn’t always the case. Prior to holding a Top 150 on Toho and an Invitational on the St. Johns River on back-to-back weeks in 1999, B.A.S.S. hadn’t been held a major tournament in Florida in seven years.
The Florida residents made sure to show that they enjoyed home cooking upon their return. While Georgia pro Danny Kirk won the Top 150 on Toho, Floridians Terry Segraves and Shaw Grigsby were tied for 2nd, just 7 ounces back. The following week, at the St. Johns Eastern Invitational, Grigsby outlasted the rest of the field over two days of competition to claim his sixth B.A.S.S. victory, and the first from a tournament headquartered in Florida. He’d previously won three times in Texas, once in Georgia and once on Lake Seminole.
The first day was canceled due to fog, but on Day Two Grigsby “sight-fished” his way to a 25 pound bag, using a Texas-rigged Luck E Strike lizard (grasshopper color), a 5/16 ounce weight and his signature Eagle Claw HP Hook (4/0). On the final day of competition he only caught a little more than half that much, but it was enough to hold off fellow Floridian Jerry Stalvey Jr. by almost four pounds. The top four finishers all hailed from the home state.
In order to win this week’s trivia contest, be the first to correctly answer the following three questions about the 1999 St. Johns River Eastern Invitational and its competitors:
- Grigsby was making 60- to 70-foot casts to holes in the eelgrass to catch spawning fish on Lake George. He credited his polarized glasses with helping him to see the bare spots. What brand of sunglasses did he wear and what was special about the particular model?
- Second and third place finishers Jerry Stalvey and Terry Modlin were both in the same bass club. What was that club called?
- Who won the previous B.A.S.S. event on the St. Johns?
The answer and winner will be announced Thursday. Good Luck!