Unfortunately no one won this week’s trivia contest – although they came close. For the answers, look below.
Gary Klein has resided in Texas longer than many Bass Fishing Archives readers have been alive, so it’s easy to forget that his roots were in California. Specifically, he developed his skills early on at Lake Oroville, a typical deep western impoundment.
By the time his 30th birthday rolled around, he’d already won two B.A.S.S. tournaments, the 1979 Arizona Invitational on Lake Powell and the 1985 Georgia Invitational on Lake Lanier. The former, of course, is a western impoundment and the latter, with its deep clear water and spotted bass fishery, behaves like a western lake in many ways. In both cases he outlasted a legend of the sport to claim the victory – Bill Dance in Arizona and then Hank Parker in Georgia.
The day after his birthday marked the start of the 1988 Arkansas Invitational on Bull Shoals, and Klein celebrated in grand style, earning his third B.A.S.S. victory. The group immediately behind him wasn’t quite as distinguished as Dance and Parker, but there was a past-Classic winner in the top ten (Tommy Martin) along with two future winners (Ken Cook and George Cochran). Klein only caught one largemouth that week – most of his bag, and most of the fish weighed, consisted of spotted bass and smallmouths.
He was the only angler to catch a six-fish limit all three days. In fact, the rest of the field combined only produced three limits. He averaged exactly 10 pounds a day and it took less than 3 pounds a day to get a check (50th out of 300+) in this tough event.
In order to win this week’s prize, answer the following three questions:
- What was the technique Klein used to win on Bull Shoals called?
- Who made the lures that Klein utilized that week?
- What was the last major tournament Klein had won prior to the Bull Shoals event?
Here are the answers:
With his win, Klein introduced many anglers in the central and eastern parts of the country to “doodling.” Other top pros were utilizing it, too, but the deep-water light-line technique had not yet been well-publicized. He wasn’t vertically doodling, according to Bassmaster’s Tim Tucker. Instead he targeted inactive fish on the bottom in a painfully slow manner, fishing the worm behind the boat.
“Making a short pitch-cast, Klein would strip off line until the worm hit the bottom and was some distance behind his drifting boat,” Tucker wrote. “By letting so much line out and drifting away from the lure, the angle at which he manipulated the plastic worm was lessened, which allowed him to give it action without pulling it up off the bottom. When he lifted his rod tip and shook it, the worm did its dance while sliding across the bottom instead of rising upward and away from the finicky bass.”
He fished a four-inch straight-tailed worm known as the “Don Iovino Doodle King” to catch suspended bass along a bluff end where the water dropped from 35 to 120 feet. He used a 1/0 hook and a 3/16 ounce weight with the little worm.
While Klein’s most recent B.A.S.S. victory prior to Bull Shoals had been three years earlier, just two months earlier he won the U.S. Open on Lake Mead. He weighed a total of 34.75 lbs. over four days in Nevada, using very similar tactics, to beat his nearest competitor by over 4 pounds. The two wins earned him a combined $83,000 in cash and merchandise.