Congratulations to Andy Williamson for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. For the answers, pleas read below.
Despite leading on Day One of this year’s Elite Series tournament on Lake Seminole, Shaw Grigsby couldn’t close the deal, finishing 8th when the scales closed on Sunday. That didn’t leave his trophy case devoid of Seminole hardware, though – he won the Georgia Top 100 there in 1993 and the Georgia Top 150 in 2000. Those came after he earned the first three of his nine B.A.S.S. winner’s trophies on Sam Rayburn in 1988, 1990 and 1992.
While the two Seminole victories were labeled as “Georgia” tournaments, the big lake spans into Grigsby’s home state of Florida. He’d previously won a major event in the Sunshine State – the $100,000 top prize in the 1984 Red Man All American on Lake Toho – but his first B.A.S.S. win was something special. Seminole was the sight of his first bass tournament, at the age of 16.
It wouldn’t surprise most modern fishing fans to learn that sight fishing was the dominant technique in the tournament. Nor would it surprise them to learn that Grigsby, a widely-acknowledged master of the technique, excelled. At the time, however, sight fishing was largely the province of a few wily pros, like Shaw and 4th-place finisher Claude “Fish” Fishburne, while vast portions of the field avoided it at all costs.
Fishburne led the tournament after Day Three, but ultimately he ran out of fish and fell to 4th, ceding the lead to Grigsby. Day Two leader Todd Fulk fell short of Grigsby’s total by 15 ounces and finished 2nd, while Florida veteran Jim Bitter slid into 3rd. Two years later Fishburne managed to earn his first B.A.S.S. win at Seminole, while Grigsby finished 13th at roughly the same time of year.
In order to win this week’s trivia contest, answer the following four questions correctly:
- Who caught the largest limit of the tournament?
- What sort of hook did Grigsby use with many of his soft plastics that was generally associated with his name?
- In addition to sight fishing, what other typically Floridian tactic did Grigsby employ successfully during the tournament?
- For much of his career, who was Fishburne’s “title sponsor”?
Here are the answers:
Dion Hibdon caught a limit that weighed 29 pounds 14 ounces on Day One to take the lead. That held up as the largest limit of the event, but Hibdon could not sustain the pace and ultimately fell to 6th place with a four-day total of 15 bass that weighed 49-05.
Grigsby employed a wide variety of soft plastics for sight fishing, including a ringworm, a 6-inch Luck E Strike lizard and a G-4 tube jig (“Gitzit”-style lure). With each of them, he used an HP hook, currently marketed by Eagle Claw, which has a distinct bend and also a unique “quik clip” to keep your bait in place. Fishburne used the same hook.
Grigsby caught a few of his fish swimming a paddle tail worm (made by the aptly-named Paddle-Tail Fishing Lures of Perry, Florida).
Fourth-place finisher Fishburne, who fished the last of his 108 B.A.S.S. events in 1999, went on to a career as a TV host, tournament master of ceremonies and promoter. While he was on tour, though, he relied on the kindness and generosity of his grandmother, Kathryn Rounsaville, to support his aspirations. Accordingly, he proudly represented “Team Grandma” on stage. Ms. Rounsaville passed away in 2011.