Scorecard Snapshot – Fritts Continues to Blitz Answer and Winner (June 17, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.com

Photo Bassmaster.com

This week we had a number of readers post their answers and most all of them got at least one part correct. Unfortunately none of them got the entire answer correct and, therefore, we have no winner for this week. Come back next Monday and test your memory (or Internet search skills) when Harold Sharp hands out a three-question quiz regarding the Bass Anglers Sportsman Sociatey. For this week’s answers, read below.

As we’ve written previously on the BFA, in the early 1990s the Fritts Blitz was in full effect. Carolina cranker David Fritts, veteran of Operation Bass and a number of regional trails, didn’t fish B.A.S.S. consistently until 1988. He didn’t record his first top ten until May of 1990, when he finished 4th in the Alabama Invitational at Guntersville. At that point, he wasn’t a household name, but shortly thereafter he started to make his mark.

In October of 1991, he finished 2nd on the Potomac River. The next week, he won at Buggs Island using some Poe’s 400 crankbaits he’d faded by leaving them in the windshield of his tow vehicle. Over the remainder of 1991, through mid-March of 1994, he amassed nine more top ten finishes with B.A.S.S., including a victory at the 1993 Bassmaster Classic on Logan Martin.

Seven months after his Classic victory, he won the Georgia Top 100 on Lake Seminole, a venue where he’d finished 7th in 1993.

Answer the following two questions about his Seminole victory correctly and you’ll claim this week’s prize:

  1. Why was the win meaningful in B.A.S.S. history?
  2. Why was the win atypical for Fritts?

Here are the answers:

A Zoom Junebug Lizard helped Fritts take the Seminole event and set the 4-day, 5-fish limit record.

A Zoom Junebug Lizard helped Fritts take the Seminole event and set the 4-day, 5-fish limit record.

Fritts dominated at Seminole in 1994, outlasting second place finisher Mickey Bruce by over 7 pounds. He didn’t eclipse the century mark, or even set the all-time tournament record for B.A.S.S., but he did set a four-day B.A.S.S. record for the five bass limit era with 91-03. That’s an average of over 4 ½ pounds per fish.

The Bleedin' Shiner Rattle Trap also played a role in Fritts' win on Seminole.

The Bleedin’ Shiner Rattle Trap also played a role in Fritts’ win on Seminole.

While Fritts had made his name with a deep-diving crankbait, and continues to do well in tournaments that way 20 years later, he caught his fish at Seminole in other ways. He mixed a Texas-rigged junebug Zoom lizard with a ¾ ounce Rat-L-Trap (bleeding shiner, red and gold), both fished on 20-pound Stren High Impact line.

“It feels good to win on something besides a big crankbait,” he told Bassmaster’s Tim Tucker. “I can catch fish a lot of different ways. I’m noted for (fishing) a big crankbait and sure, that’s my strong suit. But plastics are my second best suit and I was throwing a crankbait without a lip. So I was doing the two best things I do.”