Congratulations to Jeff Hahn for winning this week’s Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. There were actually two people that got the right answer but Jeff’s was first and that makes him the winner. For the answer, read below.
The 1993 Bassmaster Megabucks tournament on South Carolina’s Lake Murray was significant to the sport primarily because Larry Nixon didn’t win it. He’d already placed four Megabucks trophies on his mantle – February 1988 at the Harris Chain, February 1990 at the Harris Chain, 1990 at Guntersville and 1991 at Chickamauga. It only seemed natural that he’d add “one for the thumb” as the Pittsburgh Steelers used to say.
Nixon made a valiant charge, but ultimately Tommy Biffle was able to hold him off by 2 pounds 7 ounces in the final round to claim the $70,000 top prize. It was the then-35 year-old Oklahoman’s first B.A.S.S. win after a second at the 1990 Bassmaster Classic and two third place finishes.
“Check the records and you’ll probably see that I’ve led more tournaments without winning than anyone who has ever fished this circuit,” he told Louie Stout of Bassmaster. “I was beginning to wonder if I’d ever win, and I imagine other people were wondering the same thing.”
Not surprisingly, Biffle did a lot of his damage with a jig, in particular a green pumpkin ½ ounce Denny Brauer Rattle Back model with a matching Gene Larew Salt Craw. He fished it on a Quantum Tour Edition Flipping Stick, a Quantum baitcasting reel and 17 lb. test Stren Super Tough. The jig wasn’t his only weapon that week, though.
After last week’s tough trivia contest, we’ll make this one easy:
What hard bait did Biffle use in the reduced field hole course to catch four key fish?
Here’s the answer:
When the field dropped down to the championship round, Biffle caught both fish he weighed the first day, and two of his five fish the second day, on a chartreuse Gilmore Jumper topwater prop bait. He told Stout that he’d outfished a friend with it during practice by a ratio of three to one. The cold front during the qualifying rounds forced him to turn to the jig, but by the time the championship rounds started he turned back to the topwater.
“I started using the Jumper about six years ago,” he said. “It’s been a very good big bass bait for me, especially during the fall. I thought it could be my ace in the hole if I made the finals.”
Floating worms, as well as some other hard-bodied topwaters, played a large role for the top finishes as they rotated from hole to hole every 50 minutes, but it’s a pretty safe bet that Biffle was the only one using the Jumper.
The Gilmore Tackle Company still operates out of Pelsor, Arkansas.