With the 2013 Bassmaster Classic field nearly filled, it’s about time for the competitors to start thinking about how they’ll fish Grand Lake in February. The weather has the potential to be miserable – everything from heavy snow to crippling ice to bitter cold. Fortunately, B.A.S.S. has a history on Grand during inclement weather to look back upon.
The 1992 Oklahoma Invitational, held from November 4-6 of that year, marked the sole B.A.S.S. win of Jim Morton’s career. The promotions manager for Storm Lures had only fished seven previous B.A.S.S. tournaments, never finishing higher than 79th. After Grand, he fished 70 more tournaments with the circuit, and only cracked the top twenty one more time, in June of 1993 at a SuperStars tournament on the Illinois River (only 28 anglers competed).
Morton’s moment in the sun was hard-earned. The Grand Lake tournament was marked by horrible weather – heavy rains and winds on the first two days, along with 40 degree temperatures, and clearer skies but much lower temperatures on Day Three. The three hundred plus anglers managed a total of 32 six-fish limits over three days, with no single angler limiting out each day. Third place finisher Charlie Reed led the pack with 16 fish, while Morton and second place finisher Shaw Grigsby were the only two to tally 15. In the end, though, Morton won by over 6 pounds. In fact, he more than doubled the check weight.
Do you remember the lure he threw to win at Grand?