We figured this week’s Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits would be easier compared to the recent trivia questions. I guess we were wrong as no one gave the correct answers. Next week we’ll try to make it easier. For the answers, read below.
With his win earlier this year at Georgia’s West Point Lake, Skeet Reese has now earned the top spot in B.A.S.S. competition on seven different occasions – in six different states and in six different calendar years (and probably with six or seven different hairstyles).
This week’s trivia question is pretty straightforward, and can be easily won by anyone with a good memory, an extensive collection of Bassmaster Magazines, or a deft touch with Google. Here it is:
Where did Skeet earn his first six B.A.S.S. wins, and what was the primary lure or lures that he used to claim each victory?
Here are the answers:
In March of 2000, a 30 year-old Reese, already fishing the Top 150 trail, won the Bassmaster Western Invitational on Arizona’s Lake Powell, using multiple jigs tipped with Yamamoto double-tail grubs, pitched to brush adjacent to bluff walls. His older brother Jimmy finished 3rd.
In January of 2003, he won his first tour-level event on Florida’s Harris Chain of Lakes. It was a typically tough January event, and he averaged just over 12 pounds a day primarily by cranking and flipping – a Lucky Craft Flat CB for the former and junebug Terminator SnapBack worms and finesse worms for the latter.
His next win came four years later on the tidal Potomac, where he made a long run to Nanjemoy Creek for most of his catch. He cranked a little (with a Lucky Craft BDS 2), but primarily used plastics – a Berkley PowerHawg and Berkley Sabertail Burly Bug.
Two years later, he earned the 2009 Classic Crown on Louisiana’s Red River, flipping a Berkley Chigger Craw and winding a Lucky Craft Redemption spinnerbait through pad stems.
Reese began the 2010 Elite Series season on an absolute tear, finishing in the top-five in five consecutive events and winning two of them. The first one was at Virginia’s Smith Mountain Lake, where he beat his nearest competitor, Jason Williamson, by almost 15 pounds. In a tournament where most anglers sight-fished or used finesse tackle. Reese did some of the former, using a Berkley PowerBait Heavyweight Sinkworm, but his key lure was a 6-inch Jerry Rago SKT Swimmer swimbait. Byron Velvick had used a similar lure just a few weeks earlier to win at Clear Lake, on the other side of the continent.
His second 2010 win came at Lake Guntersville, where he was the only angler to eclipse the century mark. He used a mop jig for some of his final day catch, but like much of the field he spent most of the event cranking a Lucky Craft 3.5DD.
There you have it: six wins, lots of Berkley and Lucky Craft, a smattering of other tools when warranted.