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?
A hint that will help answer all three questions. Look West and pay attention to the italicized words in question three. The answer and winner will be announced Thursday. Good Luck!