Congratulations to Art Miller for winning the Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest. Since we can’t confirm the Miles Hair answer, we’re going to give it to him. Read below for the answer.
The 1996 Bassmaster Top 100 on South Carolina’s Lake Murray marked Stacey King’s first B.A.S.S. win after a decade of attempts. The King of Table Rock went on to win again six years later at a Central Invitational on Toledo Bend.
The Murray event was unusual for another reason – while B.A.S.S. had previously canceled single tournament days, a long-lingering front forced the cancellation of two competition days. What was set to be a four-day event was cut in half.
Fortunately for King, when the winds subsided he went to town on a very fertile and still grass-laden Lake Murray. On the first day the field actually got to fish, he sacked a 33-02 five-fish limit, a haul which to that point had been exceeded only in another South Carolina event – when OT Fears caught 34-04 at Santee two years earlier. His limit included a 9-04 largemouth.
King proved himself to be a true pro that week, if there had been any doubt, but the key to this week’s trivia contest lies in the co-angler standings. Examine them closely and you’ll see the names of two amateur fishermen.
Can you name the two co-anglers I’m thinking of and tell me a little bit about the three other professional sports they competed in? [Hint: One of their names is misspelled here]
Here’s the answer:
As detailed in an October 1978 issue of People magazine, third-place co-angler Bobby Delvecchio (not Bobby Vecchio as the website has it) was born in the Bronx but went on to become a champion bull rider. He won the 1981-82 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Reserve World Championship, the 1983 PRCA Texas Circuit Championship and qualified for the National Finals six times. In 2006 he was inducted into the Professional Bull Riders Ring of Honor and five years later he was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Delvecchio fished several more B.A.S.S. tournaments, but never again made a run at the first place trophy.
Our second moonlighting angler is eighth place finisher Tim Goad. The University of North Carolina graduate played defensive line in the NFL for nine years. He amassed 14.5 sacks while playing with the Patriots, Browns and finally the Ravens before retiring back to North Carolina.
Goad fished several more B.A.S.S. events (mostly Invitationals), but never again finished this high. He continues to fish local tournaments.
So what was the third professional sport?
Goad wasn’t content to be just a defensive tackle and a semi-pro angler. He also served as a jackman on a NASCAR pit crew. His efforts were later detailed in the New York Times.
“It’s competition,” Goad told the Times. “When I played football, I was competing against one other team over there. On Sunday, you’re competing against 42 other teams. It’s just something I had to do to feed my competitive nature.”