There were two people that submitted answers for this week’s Bass Fishing Archives Monday Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. One of them had a more correct answer and that was John Karbowski. Congrats John on winning! For the answer read below.
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?
Here are the answers:
Shearer’s victory came in the days of the seven-bass limit. On the first day of competition, he weighed in a mere 13-08 but on Day Two he brought in a full bag that totaled 36-08 (after dead fish penalties) – including two bass over 8 pounds and two over 6 pounds. That beat the B.A.S.S. seven-bass limit record of 35-02 set by Martin in his Texas Invitational victory a year earlier at Toledo Bend.
Martin had stomped the field in his 1981 Toledo Bend win, beating runner-up Harold Allen by almost 18 pounds, but Shearer wasn’t so dominant in 1982. After amassing an even 50 pounds the first two days, he found his best area covered up with locals on Day Three and managed to scratch out three bass for 7 pounds to beat Martin by 4 pounds.
He’d used a plastic worm and a Rat-L-Trap on the first day of competition, but when overcast conditions moved in on Day Two he switched to a ½ ounce Johnson Silver Minnow with a white skirt.
“I was cranking it real slow,” he told Cobb. “Just wallowing it through the grass. When the big fish hit, they swallowed it. I had to take needle-nose pliers to get it out of their throats.”