Congratulations to Rich Johnson for winning this week’s Monday Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. For the answers, read below, and come back for next week’s edition.
A slight change of pace this week with the Monday trivia question. I’ve finished reading Jerry McKinnis’ bass fishing book and will be doing a review on that next week. As many of you know, Jerry is the current boss over at B.A.S.S. He is also probably more recognized as the host of “The Fishin’ Hole,” a long running television fishing show that ended in 2007. For all the Yamamato’s (or at least $25 worth), we’ll need to test your McKinnis trivia knowledge.
In order to win this week’s contest, be the first to correctly answer the following four questions:
- Before pursuing a fishing career, what professional sport was Jerry contemplating?
Baseball: Jerry worked his way up to the minor leagues and pitched for the Kansas City Athletics from 1955-1960. At the time, fishing was just something he did during his off days.
- A chance encounter with which fishing industry legend changed his career path?
Forrest Wood: Jerry saved up some money and hired a guide on the White River to do some trout fishing. That guide happened to be Forrest Wood, back before he started Ranger Boats. The two hit it off great, and Forrest convinced Jerry to come to Arkansas and start guiding himself.
- For how many years did the Fishin’ Hole run on television, including local and national networks?
44 years: Which also included a very long stint on ESPN; at the time, the second longest running show on the network behind only SportCenter. It started as a local TV spot called “The Fishin’ Hole, a way to boost the guiding business, and then grew from there.
- Over the years, Jerry had two dogs that appeared in a good many episodes. Name the breed of dog (they were both the same), and the names of his two dogs?
Dachshunds, Norman and Archie: Jerry’s first dog was a dachshund named ‘Norman’. Norman traveled with Jerry all over the country for 17 years. When he passed, Jerry ended up getting another “wiener dog,” and this one he named ‘Archie’. Both appeared on his shows over the years. Speaking of, here’s a clip from an episode of The Fishin’ Hole for those that might not have ever seen it before.