The 1987 Florida Bassmaster Top 100 on Lake Okeechobee was the first of Ron Shuffield’s seven B.A.S.S. victories. He’d finished 158th on the Big O the year before, so the markedly improved result and its $101,000 in cash and merchandise were a welcome change.
As you can see from the standings, it was a closely packed top five, with Shuffield beating second place finisher Larry Lazoen by 15 ounces. It would be nearly seven more years until Lazoen earned his first B.A.S.S. win. In the interim, Shuffield added three more winner’s trophies to his mantle.
While the victory was no doubt important to the Arkansan’s career, it represented a major change to the B.A.S.S. tournament format.
Do you remember why the tournament itself was significant, regardless of who took home the loot?
The answer and winner will be announced on Thursday.