Florida angler Tom Jurkewicz competed in 28 B.A.S.S. events between 1980 and 1992, making the money 15 times, including five Top 10 finishes. He also qualified for the 1982 and 1983 Bassmaster Classics, finishing 14th and 27th respectively.
In both of those tournaments, he finished second to up-and-coming pros who would go on to become living legends – Larry Nixon and Ken Cook. For Nixon, it was the fifth win of his B.A.S.S. career. For Cook, then 35, it was the first B.A.S.S. win of his now-concluded career (not including his Federation Championship win in 1980), although he had already fished the 1981 and 1982 Classics. Cook relied on an electric blue metalflake Snatrix worm for his victory. The lure was developed by Loren Hill, father of current Elite Series pro Kenyon Hill, and he cruised to the victory by an even two pounds.
Nixon’s victory margin was larger than Cook’s – two pounds, two ounces, a huge gap in a tournament where it took exactly 5 pounds to finish in the top 40, and in which nearly half of the approximately 280 anglers blanked for the whole event.
When the tournament ended, though, Jurkewicz was the big story, at least temporarily. Do you remember why?
The answer and winner will be revealed Thursday. Good Luck!