Monday Trivia – Some Classic History Answers and Winner (February 10, 2014)

Bobby Murray, winner of Bassmaster Classic I. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Bobby Murray, winner of Bassmaster Classic I. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Congratulations to Keith for winning this week’s trivia contest! There was a slight modification to the answers that we’re going to let slip.  Ken Duke pointed out that Stan Sloan did not make the 1976 Classic and he (and others) were right. I did not count him in the original answer because Stan only fished two events in the 1976 season. For the answers, read below.

With Bassmaster Classic XLIV (that’s 44) only a couple of weeks away, we thought it would be appropriate to make the next two weeks’ trivia contests of a Classic nature. The Classic, which was born in 1971, started out as a relatively obscure event where no one other than Ray Scott, Bob Cobb, Harold Sharp and very few others knew the venues beforehand. Because of this, the turnout for the event was small for those first six Classic.

Then in 1977, Scott and team announced the venue early and the event took on a whole new life. Today Classic week has one of, if not the largest tackle and boat expos and, for the anglers, one of the largest payouts in bass fishing.

Although every angler gets a check, it truly is a winner-take-all event as a Classic win is a life-changing event for the winner and second place essentially means nothing.

So, let’s get on to some Classic trivia. Answer the following four questions correctly and you’ll be the recipient of a $25 e-coupon from Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits.

  1. What angler in Classic I weighed the most fish?
  2. What two 5-time Classic pros missed the 1976 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Guntersville?
  3. How many limits were caught in Classic II held on Tennessee’s Percy Priest Lake?
  4. After taking a 5-pound lead into the final round of Classic IV what angler lost the event on the final day of competition to Tommy Martin?

Here are the answers:

Tom Mann and Bobby Murray at the 1971 Bassmaster Classic. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Tom Mann and Bobby Murray at the 1971 Bassmaster Classic. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

1) Although Bobby Murray won the event with 17 bass that weighed 43-11, it was Tom Mann who was in the driver’s seat to win after the second day. Mann had brought in the only two limits (10 bass per day) of the event and was leading Murray by a little less than a pound. On the final day, Mann was only able to catch eight bass bringing his total to 28 fish caught during Classic I. The only person close to him numbers wise was Bobby Meador with 20.

Roland Martin and Tom Mann. Photos Bassmaster Magazine.

Roland Martin and Tom Mann. Photos Bassmaster Magazine.

2) For the first time since the Classic was conceived, Roland Martin and Tom Mann did not qualify for Classic VI. To say both 5-time qualifiers started out slow would be a big exaggeration. Martin ended up six points out of the running, missing the ’76 Classic by one spot and Mann, who never got on the fish the entire year, finished in 38th place for the year.

Don Butler and Ricky Green 1972 Bassmaster Classic. Photos Bassmaster Magazine.

Don Butler and Ricky Green 1972 Bassmaster Classic. Photos Bassmaster Magazine.

3) The second Bassmaster Classic was held on stingy Percy Priest Reservoir in Tennessee. Ricky Green was the day-1 leader with a limit (10) of bass that weighed 15-02. He was only able to catch five additional fish the next two days, finishing in second place with 25-04.

Although Don Butler didn’t come out of the gate with much momentum, at the end of the first day he found something to his liking in the Fate Sanders area of the lake. After weighing in only two fish the first day, Butler was able to put together the only other limits of the event on day two and three and beat Green by more than 13 pounds.

Roger Moore realizes he's lost Classic IV. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Roger Moore realizes he’s lost Classic IV. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

4) Classic IV was a tough event held on Alabama’s Wheeler Lake where 29 anglers over the course of three days only brought 291 bass to the scales. To show how tough it was, Roland Martin led the first day with only two fish. Then on the second day Roger Moore came in with a limit of fish (10) for 10-06 giving him a 5-pound-plus lead. Then on the last day his fish up and left. He lost the event to Tommy Martin by a little over four pounds.