Congrats to Glenn Ross for winning this week’s Monday Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. For the answer, read below.
Missouri pro Chad Brauer went almost 14 years between B.A.S.S. victories, earning his first title in the 1996 Tennessee Bassmaster Top 100 on Old Hickory in 1996 and adding a second in the 2010 Central Open on the Red River.
Brauer, the son of 1998 Bassmaster Classic champion Denny Brauer, was just 24 when he won at Old Hickory, over 10 years younger than dad was when he earned his first B.A.S.S. win at Sam Rayburn in 1984 (the elder Brauer had just turned 35).
The son may have won even earlier had mom and Dad not strongly recommended that he finish college before embarking on a career as a pro angler. While he may have gotten an earlier start than dad and ended his pro bass career at an earlier age, Chad won at Old Hickory in the truest family tradition – fishing boat docks – and he did it decisively, beating runner-up Rick Clunn by nearly 8 pounds, earning two of the three daily big bass awards.
In order to win this week’s trivia contest, answer the following four questions about Chad Brauer:
- What college did Brauer attend?
- What was his primary lure that week at Old Hickory?
- What two lures did he depend on when he won at the Red River in 2010?
- What career did he pursue after leaving the sport?
Here are the answers.
Brauer obtained a degree in fisheries and wildlife management from the University of Missouri at Columbia. As he told Strike King: “When I finished high school, I had the choice of starting to bass fish professionally or going to college. I actually chose to go to college for four years and get my degree so I would have something to fall back on….Mom and dad made a deal with me; if I got my degree, they would be my first sponsor and help me out when I started. That agreement made the decision easy.”
At the Central Open on the Red River, Brauer used a Strike King Rodent (black/blue) and a Strike King 4S crankbait (chartreuse/black). He fished a backwater that he had nearly to himself and increased his weight each day en route to beating runner-up Craig Schuff by over 16 pounds.
Brauer fished his last tour-level event in 2011. Then, after completing the final season of the father/son “bass battle” television show, he took a position teaching physics and coaching basketball at Camdenton (Mo.) High School, his alma mater.
“The first year was exactly like a lot of seasoned teachers told me it would be,” he told BassFan earlier this year. “There were times when I was scrambling because (a lesson plan) only took half as much time as I’d thought it would, and other times I had to figure out how I was going to catch up because something else took three times as long. But I enjoyed it overall and this upcoming year should go a lot smoother.”