Unfortunately no one won this week’s Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! Donna Menendez came close but missed question #2. To see the correct answers, read below.
The 1993 Alabama Invitational at Lake Eufaula was one of the low points in that storied reservoir’s tournament history. In a field of over 320 anglers, well over 100 blanked all three days that February as a result of the cold, muddy water. Of course the major tours have held other events there, both before and since, with mixed results. Indeed, in the first B.A.S.S. tournament held on Eufaula just under 25 years earlier, John Powell won with 44 bass for 132 pounds, including a lunker of 9-06.
For Texas pro Gary Klein, however, the fishing was fine in 1993. He weighed in only 10 bass over three days of competition, but they averaged nearly four pounds apiece and he outlasted Bob Hamilton, the prior year’s Classic winner, by over four pounds to claim the title. It was the sixth of his eight wins in his ongoing career.
For the rest of the field, the event was tough, but still memorable in some cases. Accordingly, we’ll give you two questions to show how bad it was, and two questions that might indicate a boost to an angler’s career:
- How many seven-bass limits were weighed in?
- Who led the tournament going into the final day?
- Which future Bassmaster Classic winner earned his first B.A.S.S. check at Eufaula?
- What was notable about three of the fish Oklahoma pro O.T. Fears caught on the final day?
Here’s the bad news:
Despite a talented field, exactly zero limits were weighed in that week. In fact, only eight anglers weighed in seven or more bass combined over the three days.
Texas pro Zell Rowland had a six-pound lead over Hamilton heading into the final day, but he failed to weigh in a fish and ended up third. It would be six more years until he won again with B.A.S.S.
And now for the good news:
The Eufaula tournament was only the 5th B.A.S.S. event in Takahiro Omori’s fledgling career, but the $3,800 he earned for finishing 8th, plus the $1,000 he earned for the Day-Three big fish (8 lbs 12 ounces) marked his first check. He placed in the money again two months and two events later at Kentucky Lake, then didn’t hit the check line again until September of 1995. He didn’t qualify for his first Classic until 2001.
While most of the top finishers used jigs and soft plastics, 7th place finisher O.T. Fears of Oklahoma went far up the Chattahoochee River to crank current with a Norman Deep Little N on Day Three. The result was five bass for 22-07, vaulting him up the leaderboard. Three of those fish were not largemouths, but lesser-known Shoal Bass, including a 5-13 monster.