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?
The answer and winner will be posted Thursday. Good Luck!