In a B.A.S.S. career that spanned the years from 1993 through 2010, Marty Stone earned two wins, the first of which came during a challenging event on Alabama’s Lake Wheeler in March of 1999. While Wheeler today is known for producing large quantities of bass, even if they’re not typically as big as those in neighboring Guntersville, it was a stingy fishery during the 1999 Bassmaster Top 150. After inclement weather forced the cancellation of Day One, it took less than 16 pounds over two days to make the top 40 and the money.
Stone managed three limits of fish that totaled 41-06 to claim the victory, beating runner up Alton Jones of Texas by over 6 pounds, with two other Texans (Randy Dearman and Lendell Martin) in 3rd and 4th, respectively. A limit that weighed 19-15 on Day Two, the largest of the tournament, propelled him to the win.
Both Stone and Jones concentrated primarily on the famed Decatur Flats area of the lake.
Stone later won the 2004 Bassmaster Tour event on the Harris Chain of Lakes, beating runner-up Scott Rook by a little over a pound. Once again, a group of Texans gave him a run for his money with five of them (Tommy Martin, Bud Pruitt, Alton Jones, David Wharton and Takahiro Omori) making the top 12. Before calling it quits, he returned exclusively to the FLW Tour for a season in 2012. Despite qualifying for four Forrest Wood Cups and four Bassmaster Classics, finishing a personal-best 9th on Lake Wylie in 2004, his goal of earning an Angler of the Year title eluded him – he finished as the runner-up on the FLW Tour in 1997 and on the Bassmaster Tour in 2005. Today he largely confines his tournament fishing efforts to local events.
In order to win this week’s trivia contest, be the first to answer the following four questions about Stone and the 1999 Wheeler event:
- What brand/model of lure produced Stone’s winning catch?
- Stone qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup four times, but only fished it three times. Why did he skip the 1997 Championship in Mississippi?
- What is Stone’s current primary profession?
- What future Bassmaster Classic qualifier fished the amateur side of the Wheeler event?
The answers and winner will be announced Thursday. Good Luck!