Monday Trivia – The First Megabucks

Roger Farmer Classic photo

Roger Farmer Classic photo

In 1986, Ray Scott held a tournament that had the potential to change the way people would watch fishing tournaments, adding spectators into the mix. Billed as “Megabucks”, this April event on the Harris Chain Of Lakes, FL, had a $2,200 entry fee, and the promise of three-quarter million dollars in cash and prizes with the winner netting $101,000. Starting with over 200 anglers willing to shell out that kind of money, anglers competed for 3 days in typical format style to whittle the field down to the Top 10 anglers overall. From there, they would move to a smaller venue for the final two days, the lake sectioned off into “holes,” with each angler getting a chance to fish each hole, rotating throughout the day. Along with the format uniqueness, spectators were able to take up positions along the shorelines, roads and bridges of the final course to watch anglers compete, similar to the way spectators get to watch golfers play from hole to hole. Local news reports put the total number of spectators at roughly 3,000 for this first event, and the finals were covered for later television coverage on the Nashville Network (TNN).

Roger Farmer of Dalton, GA won that initial event with 68-00 pounds of bass, his only win on tour despite fishing more than 100 events and 4 Classics during his career. To win this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, you’ll have to answer the following 4 questions about the winner. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – January Bassmaster Events (Answers & Winner; April 13, 2015)

The Sunshine State is a popular January B.A.S.S. stop.

The Sunshine State is a popular January B.A.S.S. stop.

Unfortunately, nobody won this week’s Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto’s Custom Baits. For more about this week’s correct answers, read below.

When you think of Bassmaster tournament events, January isn’t necessarily the first month that comes to mind. While schedules have varied over the years, the winter has usually been considered kind of an off-season. As it turns out, there have been more than 2 dozen professional level events held by B.A.S.S. over the years that at least had one or more event days falling during some part of the month. Not surprisingly, nearly all of them were held in Florida. To win this week’s trivia contest, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, you’ll have to brush up a bit on your January tourney knowledge and answer the following four questions correctly. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – January Bassmaster Events

The Sunshine State is a popular January B.A.S.S. stop.

The Sunshine State is a popular January B.A.S.S. stop.

When you think of Bassmaster tournament events, January isn’t necessarily the first month that comes to mind. While schedules have varied over the years, the winter has usually been considered kind of an off-season. As it turns out, there have been more than 2 dozen professional level events held by B.A.S.S. over the years that at least had one or more event days falling during some part of the month. Not surprisingly, nearly all of them were held in Florida. To win this week’s trivia contest, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, you’ll have to brush up a bit on your January tourney knowledge and answer the following four questions correctly.

1. There were only two B.A.S.S. January events not held in Florida. Name the two events and their locations/year.

Despite visiting the Sunshine State so many times during the month of January, you might be surprised to know that there have only ever been two repeat winners over more than 45 years of event history.

2. Name the only 2 time winner of January Florida B.A.S.S. events.

3. Name the only 3 time winner of January Florida B.A.S.S. events.

4. What is amiss about the old Florida Invitational tourney patch in regards to this post?

Answers and winner will be announced Thursday.

Season at a Glance: 1978 Bassmaster Trail – Part Two

Larry Nixon, in his second season of Bassmaster competition was proving he was th real deal. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Larry Nixon, in his second season of Bassmaster competition was proving he was th real deal. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

[Editor’s note: This is Part Two of a six-part series on the 1978 Bassmaster Trail. Over the course of the next two weeks we’ll cover the 1978 season, the Classic qualifiers and the 1978 Bassmaster Classic. To read Part One, click here.]

The first Bass Champs event was held in 1977 and pitted the top 10 from the previous Bassmaster Classic against 10 of the top anglers (2nd through 11th) from the B.A.S.S. Federation Championship – the 1st-place angler would go to the Bassmaster Classic. It was an event that didn’t count for much – there were no points towards AOY or Classic qualification – other than a decent pay day for the winner through 10th place and the thrill provided the amateurs of fishing against the toughest pros in competitive bass fishing. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Dopp Delivers Answer and Winner (Mar 23, 2015)

Jim Dopp. Photo Bassmaster.

Jim Dopp. Photo Bassmaster.

Sorry for the late response on this week’s contest. We only had one person take a shot and unfortunately they only got two of the three answers correct. Com back next week for more. For the answers, please read below.

Jim Dopp finished 13th in the 1999 Bassmaster Central Invitational on Table Rock Lake, and he’d competed in the 1998 Red Man All-American, so he was no rookie when he launched his boat for the 2000 Central Invitational on Table Rock. Indeed, the 48 year-old had fished the Ozarks-region lakes since he was a kid.

If he was nervous, it didn’t show. He was tied for 4th with eventual runner-up Mike McClelland after Day One, but then sacked 14-12 – the heaviest bag of the event – on Day Two to take a lead that he would not relinquish. McClelland made a late charge, but ultimately fell 22 ounces short of victory. He’d won back-to-back Invitationals in 1996, but would not win another B.A.S.S. tournament until the 2005 Open Championship. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Dopp Delivers (Mar 23, 2015)

Jim Dopp. Photo Bassmaster.

Jim Dopp. Photo Bassmaster.

Jim Dopp finished 13th in the 1999 Bassmaster Central Invitational on Table Rock Lake, and he’d competed in the 1998 Red Man All-American, so he was no rookie when he launched his boat for the 2000 Central Invitational on Table Rock. Indeed, the 48 year-old had fished the Ozarks-region lakes since he was a kid.

If he was nervous, it didn’t show. He was tied for 4th with eventual runner-up Mike McClelland after Day One, but then sacked 14-12 – the heaviest bag of the event – on Day Two to take a lead that he would not relinquish. McClelland made a late charge, but ultimately fell 22 ounces short of victory. He’d won back-to-back Invitationals in 1996, but would not win another B.A.S.S. tournament until the 2005 Open Championship. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Bull Shoals Lake Events (Answers and Winner; March 2, 2015)

Rick Garlough discusses his win at Bull Shoals as Ray Scott presents his trophy. Photo February 1977 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Rick Garlough discusses his win at Bull Shoals as Ray Scott presents his trophy. Photo February 1977 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

We had two guesses this week, and both were correct. However, the first to reply wins, so congrats to JKarbo214 for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. To winning answers appear at the end of this post.

Bull Shoals Lake in Arkansas is one of the more famous Ozark impoundments, and B.A.S.S. has stopped there over half a dozen times throughout its history. This week’s trivia question will deal with some of that history surrounding this famous lake. In order to win this week’s contest, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, you’ll need to answer the following three questions correctly. Good luck! [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Catch and Release

Ray Scott and bass

Ray Scott and bass

Softball, fastball or curveball – not sure which this will turn out to be for our readers, but we’ll find out soon enough. Everybody knows Ray Scott was responsible for implementing catch-and-release programs into bass tournaments, a move that some nowadays harken to be nothing short of sacred mantra among bass anglers. We want to test your knowledge of the history behind this occurrence though. To do that, and to be able to claim this week’s contest, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, you’ll have to answer the following three questions: [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Name That Writer (Answer & Winner – January 19, 2015)

Can you name this famous writer?

Can you name this famous writer?

There were a lot of great guesses this week in our contest, but congratulations goes to Jay Davis for correctly answering the trivia contest this week!  For the answers please read below.

Once again I’ll take a slightly different path with our weekly contest just to keep everyone on their toes. Here at the Bass Fishing Archives, we’ve covered a lot of books and articles from some pretty famous writers. In this week’s contest, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, we’re going to turn the tables a bit. The picture above is of another famous outdoor writer/journalist. As a bit of a hint, this picture dates back to 1971. And, this person’s work has been featured in some of the most popular bass and outdoor magazines of the past 30 years. To win this week’s contest, simply answer the following three questions: [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Name That Writer

Can you name this famous writer?

Can you name this famous writer?

Once again I’ll take a slightly different path with our weekly contest just to keep everyone on their toes. Here at the Bass Fishing Archives, we’ve covered a lot of books and articles from some pretty famous writers. In this week’s contest, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, we’re going to turn the tables a bit. The picture above is of another famous outdoor writer/journalist. As a bit of a hint, this picture dates back to 1971. And, this person’s work has been featured in some of the most popular bass and outdoor magazines of the past 30 years. To win this week’s contest, simply answer the following three questions: [Read more…]

Monday Trivia: “Get Shorty” Answer and Winner (January 5, 2015)

Shorty Evans. B.A.S.S. photo

Shorty Evans. B.A.S.S. photo

Happy New Year and congratulations to Andy Williamson for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For the answers to this week’s contest, please read below. Try again next Monday for your chance to win.

From what I’ve heard, “Get Shorty,” starring John Travolta, Danny DeVito and Rene Russo, among others, was a pretty good movie. But this week’s trivia contest is about a different “Shorty.” L.F. “Shorty” Evans of Houston, MO, who fished 78 B.A.S.S. events over his career and weighed in more than 1,100 pounds of bass, was an early personality on the professional bass fishing circuit, partly due to his stature, and partly to his personality. However, his bass fishing skills weren’t too shabby either, winning the 1978 Kentucky Invitational where he weighed 56 pounds, 13 ounces of large-mouth bass over a three-day period, besting the field by nearly 10 pounds. He also secured second and third place finishes under his trail belt, and a resume’ that went all the way back to the earliest days of B.A.S.S., competing in the 1969 Eufala Team  event as well as the 1970 All-American.

In honor of this angling veteran who passed away back in 2002, and to win this week’s contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, you’ll have to correctly answer the following 3 questions about “Shorty.”

  1. About that 1978 Invitational win, a newspaper write-up of the event stated the following; “For his double victory, Evans won more than $10,000 in cash and two bass-fishing boats, equipped with depth finders and trolling motors.” What was that “double victory.”
  2. Shorty was a business man, and it’s been stated that he was involved with over 58 different ventures over the years, including everything from auto sales to Shorty’s Sport Buckets, and even trolling motor propellers. However, what was his career by trade.
  3. Last I checked, Shorty Evans still holds two B.A.S.S. all-time records. What are those two records he holds?

The answers to this week’s contest follow below: [Read more…]

Monday Trivia: “Get Shorty”

Shorty Evans. B.A.S.S. photo

Shorty Evans. B.A.S.S. photo

[Editor’s note: To start the year off, we’re changing the rules of the Monday Trivia Contest a bit. The old rules stated you could only win three times and then you were done. We’ve now relaxed that rule a bit so you can now win three times per year. So come on all you past 3-time winners, you’ve got more chances to win!]

From what I’ve heard, “Get Shorty,” starring John Travolta, Danny DeVito and Rene Russo, among others, was a pretty good movie. But this week’s trivia contest is about a different “Shorty.” L.F. “Shorty” Evans of Houston, MO, who fished 78 B.A.S.S. events over his career and weighed in more than 1,100 pounds of bass, was an early personality on the professional bass fishing circuit, partly due to his stature, and partly to his personality. However, his bass fishing skills weren’t too shabby either, winning the 1978 Kentucky Invitational where he weighed 56 pounds, 13 ounces of large-mouth bass over a three-day period, besting the field by nearly 10 pounds. He also secured second and third place finishes under his trail belt, and a resume’ that went all the way back to the earliest days of B.A.S.S., competing in the 1969 Eufala Team  event as well as the 1970 All-American.

In honor of this angling veteran who passed away back in 2002, and to win this week’s contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, you’ll have to correctly answer the following 3 questions about “Shorty.”

  1. About that 1978 Invitational win, a newspaper write-up of the event stated the following; “For his double victory, Evans won more than $10,000 in cash and two bass-fishing boats, equipped with depth finders and trolling motors.” What was that “double victory.”
  2. Shorty was a business man, and it’s been stated that he was involved with over 58 different ventures over the years, including everything from auto sales to Shorty’s Sport Buckets, and even trolling motor propellers. However, what was his career by trade.
  3. Last I checked, Shorty Evans still holds two B.A.S.S. all-time records. What are those two records he holds?

Answers and winner to this week’s contest will be announced on Thursday.