Davy Hite won the 2001 Bassmaster Tour event on Lousiana’s Red River with a four day catch of 41-08, enough to outlast second place finisher Guy Eaker by over five pounds.
The victory was Hite’s fifth with B.A.S.S., and second that year. He has since added three more and continues to compete.
While it was only a little over a decade ago, much as changed at B.A.S.S. since that 2001 event. Of the top ten finishers, only Hite and Todd Faircloth compete on the Elite Series today. Between 11th and 20th, Edwin Evers and Mike McClelland are the only other Elite Series holdovers. Others have either died, retired (both voluntarily and involuntarily) or left for the FLW Tour.
At the time, though, the tournament’s historical significance centered on another current Elite Series star, one who didn’t even make the money that week.
Do you remember what happened?