Monday Trivia – When the “Big G” Wasn’t So Big (January 20, 2014)

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What does it take to win a three-day bass tournament in the spring on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville?

What if you were allowed a seven fish limit?

Given the lake’s big bass reputation, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to believe that it might take a hundred pounds or more to get the job done. With a five fish limit in the upcoming Bassmaster Classic, many pundits and fans predict that nothing less than 70 pounds will get the job done.

Things weren’t always that way, though. Guntersville’s numbers of bass, and the quality thereof, are attributable largely to the lake’s massive grass beds, and under the Tennessee Valley Authority’s weed reduction program in the early 1990s, the fishery suffered substantially. When George Cochran weighed in 21 bass for just over 55 pounds (approximately a 2 ½ pound average) in the April 1992 Alabama Invitational on Guntersville, the overall weights were disappointing, but not necessarily surprising. It was the second win of his B.A.S.S. career, coming a little less than five years after his first Classic win, when he’d tallied a tad over 15 pounds on the Ohio River to outlast second place finisher Rick Clunn by 2 ½ pounds.

Gentleman George won five more times in his B.A.S.S. career, but didn’t surpass the 55-01 total from 1992 until his final victory in 2004. That win was also at Guntersville, but it was a far different event. His 20 bass missed pushing the scales to triple digits by 6 ounces, as he beat second-place finisher Stacy King’s 90-01 total by over 9 ½ pounds.

In order to win this week’s trivia contest, answer the following three questions about Cochran’s wins:

  1. What lures did he use to win at Guntersville in 1992?
  2. Which member of the field caught the biggest one-day limit at the 1992 Alabama Invitational?
  3. What lures did he use to win at Guntersville in 2004 and what media controversy surrounded his catch?

The answer and winner will be announced Thursday. Good Luck!

  • #1. In ’92 at G’ville, Chochran claimed to have employed two lures in shallow stumpfields, a pumpkinseed-chartreuse tube bait on a #2 Hp Hook, and a 1/4-ounce Strike King Jig with Strike King’s Bo-Hawg pork rind trailer.

    #2 George has the largest limit and he lead the event wiore-to-wire.

    #3 For his 2004 win at G’ville, Cochran claimed to have use a “jerkbait,” a Strike King Series 3 crankbait,and a Strike King Diamond Shad rattlebait. The media controversy was whether he actually used those Strike King products, orinstead used a Bagley’s crankbait and a Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap