When Georgia pro Stanley Mitchell won the 1981 Bassmaster Classic, outlasting second place finisher Harold Allen by just under a pound, he became the youngest Classic winner. It was just the 21 year old’s first Classic and his 10th overall B.A.S.S. event, and the first time he’d finished better than 12th. He’d missed qualifying for the Classic the year before by 10 pounds, while his lesser-known older brother Steve had missed the world championship by just 2 pounds. Steve unfortunately missed the big dance again in 1981 by a mere 5 pounds.
The 1981 Classic wasn’t the first to be held in Alabama – Wheeler and Guntersville had hosted in 1974 and 1976, respectively – but it was the first one hosted by Montgomery, home of the tournament organization.
Stanley, the youngest of the Mitchell clan, had done well on other circuits, twice qualifying for the Grand Prix of American Bass and seemingly winning the United Bass Classic on Lake Eufaula at the age of 18, until tournament officials called him shortly thereafter to tell him that they’d made a mathematical error and he’d have to give the trophy back.
Mitchell went on to win two more events in his B.A.S.S. career before calling it quits after the 2001 Megabucks event on Douglas Lake, although he continued fishing in FLW Tour competition through 2004.
In order to win this week’s trivia contest, be the first to answer the following three questions correctly:
- What lures did Mitchell use to earn his Classic victory?
- Second place finisher Harold Allen continues to compete today, primarily in Texas and the surrounding states. He also briefly worked for the Bass Zone website. What nickname did that website’s founder give him?
- The Classic was held in the same location the next year. Who won it and what technique did his victory popularize?
The answer and winner will be announced on Thursday. Good Luck!