Denny Brauer’s victory in the 1984 Bassmaster Texas Invitational was the first of his 17 wins with B.A.S.S. Over the next three decades, he achieved just about every milestone possible, including a Megabucks win, a Superstars win and a Classic win. He even won at Rayburn again, just two years later, but that was his last B.A.S.S. victory in the Lone Star State. He liked the Nation of Texas enough to retire there upon leaving the Elites and managed an EverStart Texas Division victory on Toledo Bend earlier this year.
Brauer’s first win at Rayburn set his career on fire, and he overcame tough conditions to truly earn it. The winds blew so hard that Harold Sharp was quoted as saying that if they’d persisted “we’d have had to delay the start of the tournament for the first time in our history.” On Big Sam, 50 mph gusts can be deadly. Using a Basil Bacon Super Jig tipped with a No. 1 Uncle Josh Pork Frog, Brauer totaled 17 bass (out of a possible 21 – a three-day, seven-fish limit) for 55-11, to outlast second place finisher Jimmy Houston by nearly four pounds.
How tough was it? Larry Nixon (4th place) was the only angler to weigh in a limit each day and four anglers cashed a check while averaging three or fewer fish per day.
Amongst these tough conditions, Rayburn still showed that it had a few big fish. While the double-digits that regularly show up these days during the pre-spawn were absent, the big bass of the tournament weighed 7-11. To win this week’s trivia contest, tell us who caught it, what made the catch notable, and what the angler in question did for a living.
The answer and winner will be announced on Thursday. Good Luck!