Congratulations to Nelson Siefkin for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For the answers, read below.
There have been lots of well-known Tuckers in the bass fishing world – not just pros like J Todd Tucker and Mark Tucker, but also the late pioneering writer Tim Tucker. One of the ones who made a name for himself over a brief career but is generally forgotten by today’s fishing fans is former Texas pro Robert Tucker. His B.A.S.S. career spanned 142 tournaments from 1986 to 2002, including the 1987 Bassmaster Classic on the Ohio River.
Prior to winning the 1989 Alabama Top 100 Super B.A.S.S. Pro-Am Tournament (say that five times fast) on Lake Martin, Tucker’s best finish in B.A.S.S. competition had been a 15th place showing the prior year at Missouri’s Truman Reservoir. In 1989, however, he came out on top, beating out runner-up Stacey King by over 2 ½ pounds to take home $45,000 in cash and prizes.
It hadn’t been an easy road to that point. He financed the early portion of his career by replacing his guiding for bass on Lake Conroe with running a saltwater charter boat off the Texas coast, which proved more lucrative. Lake Martin seemed like an unlikely place for the young Texan to break through. The tournament was plagued by horrific cold weather, as well as all kinds of precipitation and wind and Tucker was one of only two anglers to catch a seven-bass limit (25 spots, three largemouths) each day en route to his win.
Tucker earned five more top-10 finishes in B.A.S.S. competition over the remainder of his career, finishing 2nd to Fish Fishburne at the 1995 Megabucks event on South Carolina’s Lake Murray.
In order to win this week’s trivia contest, answer the following three questions correctly:
- What lure (style/brand) did Tucker rely upon to catch all of his bass on Lake Martin?
- Who caught the biggest bass of the event and what did it weigh?
- Which two anglers in the top 20 of the Amateur side at Lake Martin later fished the Pro side of Bassmaster tour-level events?
Here are the answers:
According to Tim Tucker’s report in Bassmaster, Robert Tucker caught every fish that he weighed at Lake Martin on a ¼ ounce Stanley Vibra-Shaft spinnerbait with a No. 4 nickel willowleaf and a small gold Colorado blade and a firecracker skirt.
The tournament’s biggest fish was weighed in by Washington pro Renaud Pelletier. His 9 pound 2 ounce largemouth was over two pounds heavier than the next largest bass of the event. He caught it on a spinnerbait.
The 1999 Bassmaster Classic champ formerly known as “Davis Hite” (AKA Davy Hite) finished 2nd on the amateur side at Martin. He’d finished 46th on the amateur side at the Potomac River less than three months earlier. Hite started fishing the Bassmaster Invitationals in 1992 and qualified for his first Classic in 1993. Alabama angler Gary Howington finished 15th at Martin. He had previously fished three Invitationals, and continued to do so after the Martin tournament before first embarking on the Top 100 trail in 1994.