Congrats to Al Hustoski for winning this week’s BFA Trivia Contest. For the answers read below.
Denny Brauer has won exactly 100 percent of the tour-level events that B.A.S.S. has held on North Carolina’s Neuse and Trent Rivers.
To be precise, he won the 1998 North Carolina Bassmaster Top 100, the only B.A.S.S. tour-level event to occur there. He beat 2nd place finisher Alton Jones by three ounces to earn the $75,000 top prize, which was $42,000 more than Jones took home in cash and merchandise – in other words, $14,000 an ounce.
Takahiro Omori won the co-angler side of the tournament, but it wasn’t his first Bassmaster win: he’d won the 1996 Missouri Invitational on Lake of the Ozarks. His margin of victory in North Carolina wasn’t quite as narrow as Brauer’s – he beat his nearest follower by 5 ½ pounds.
The tournament launched in the city of New Bern, where the rivers join, and although they’re tidal there’s very little tidal impact on that portion of the river.
In order to win this week’s trivia contest, you’ll need to answer the following four questions about Brauer and Omori and the 1998 North Carolina Top 100:
- How many B.A.S.S. tournaments did Brauer win in his career on tidal waters?
- What is Omori’s best finish in a regular season B.A.S.S. event on tidal water from the front of the boat?
- What color was the jig that Brauer employed for most of his catch in North Carolina?
- Who caught the big bass of the tournament?
Brauer earned 17 B.A.S.S. wins in his stellar professional fishing career, including the 1998 Bassmaster Classic on North Carolina’s High Rock Lake, held four months prior to his win in New Bern. Because the Neuse/Trent event was the last of the season prior to the Classic, his win on the Potomac (the first event of the season, held on another tidal river) just three weeks after his Classic victory lap, marked three wins in a row. Although he’d won 9 events prior to that streak, none were on tidal rivers. He’d won the 1993 SuperStars event on the Illinois River, but that body of water has no tidal influence. After the Potomac, he never won on a tidal river again, although he finished a distant 2nd to Davy Hite at the 1999 Classic on the tidal Louisiana Delta.
While Omori has fished numerous professional tournaments on tidal rivers, his best tidal B.A.S.S. result in the regular season was a 4th place finish in the Top 150 held on the Louisiana Delta in 2000. He finished 2nd in the 2004 Busch Shootout, part of which was held on the James River near Williamsburg, VA, just three months after his Classic win.
Brauer’s jig was a ½ ounce version of his signature Strike King Pro Model in the electric blue color. On the last day, he added a ¼ ounce Strike King spinnerbait and a ¼ ounce Strike King buzzbait to help him prevail as he moved from cypress trees to milfoil to deal with rising water caused not by tide but by wind.
Virginia pro David Dudley caught the 7 pound 4 ounce big bass of the event on the final day of competition, beating out Charlie Ingram’s 6-10 from Day One. The four amateur big bass were all between 4-05 and 4-12.
In addition to catching the big fish that week, three years earlier, at the age of 20, Dudley won a Top 100 on the tidal James River out of Richmond, VA, fishing the famous Barge Pits for the win. In 2003, he won the FLW Major known as the Jacobs Cup, also on the James, which put another $500,000 in his pocket. Despite that success, along with several top finishes on the Potomac, Dudley told BassFan after the 2003 win that he’s no tidal expert: “Everyone thinks I’m supposed to be a local and a big threat, that I’m supposed to be ‘the man’ or something. I grew up in Vriginia, but the last time I was on this place was the last day of that BASS tournament [in 1995] and before that I may have been on the James maybe 5-6 times for one Red Man tournament.”