Today Kentucky angler Ron Shearer may be best known for his TV endeavors, but in the 1980s he was a solid competitor on the B.A.S.S. trail, with two wins to his credit and five Classic appearances. In fact, he made the Classic five times in six years between 1980 and 1985, missing only the 1983 championship.
His rise in the sport was quick – according to an article by Bob Cobb, in the mid-70s Shearer quit his job in a factory after reading an article about Roland Martin’s career. He started fishing B.A.S.S. events in 1978, and two years later led a tournament on Guntersville before faltering on the final day and finishing 6th in the first of Basil Bacon’s two career B.A.S.S. victories.
The first of Shearer’s two wins came in the 1982 Florida Invitational on Lake Okeechobee where he outlasted 277 competitors to take the trophy. Right behind him in the standings were a past Classic winner, Tommy Martin, and the following year’s winner, Larry Nixon.
In order to claim this week’s prize, answer the following two questions:
- What record of Martin’s did he break en route to his victory?
- What lure did he switch to on Day Two to boost his success?
The answer and winner will be announced Thursday. Good Luck!