Monday Trivia – The Last Class from the West Answer and Winner (February 9, 2015)

The July-August 2002 cover of Bass West magazine showing the four anglers who made the Bassmaster Classic from the Western Opens. Back row from left to right are Mike O'Shea and Aaron Martens. Kneeling in front are Luke Clausen and Jack Gadlage.

The July-August 2002 cover of Bass West magazine showing the four anglers who made the Bassmaster Classic from the Western Opens. Back row from left to right are Mike O’Shea and Aaron Martens. Kneeling in front are Luke Clausen and Jack Gadlage.

Congrats to Andy Williamson for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! JKarbow also had the right answers but came in a little late on time. For the answers, please read below. 

As we prepare for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic this month, it’s easy to overlook how the landscape for professional anglers from the western United States has changed over the past few decades. The full-time pros in this year’s Classic field include Brett Hite (Arizona), Jared Lintner (California), Justin Lucas (Alabama, but originally from California), Aaron Martens (same as Lucas), James Niggemeyer (Texas, but originally from California), Brandon Palaniuk (Idaho), Clifford Pirch (Arizona), Dean Rojas (California) and Skeet Reese (California). While Brian Snowden is typically associated with the Ozarks region, he too cut his bass-fishing teeth in California. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – The Last Class from the West (February 9, 2015)

Bass West cover from the July-August 2002 issue.

Bass West cover from the July-August 2002 issue.

As we prepare for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic this month, it’s easy to overlook how the landscape for professional anglers from the western United States has changed over the past few decades. The full-time pros in this year’s Classic field include Brett Hite (Arizona), Jared Lintner (California), Justin Lucas (Alabama, but originally from California), Aaron Martens (same as Lucas), James Niggemeyer (Texas, but originally from California), Brandon Palaniuk (Idaho), Clifford Pirch (Arizona), Dean Rojas (California) and Skeet Reese (California). While Brian Snowden is typically associated with the Ozarks region, he too cut his bass-fishing teeth in California.

In the past, most western pros who wanted to make a run at the mostly-southeastern Bassmaster Tour moved to the east, like Gary Klein and Jay Yelas. There were a few holdouts, like Rich Tauber, Dave Gliebe, and Mike Folkestad, but they never approached the numbers that compete on the tours today. [Read more…]

History – Some of it is New

Boats lined up on the main deck. Photo Brenda Serrano

Boats lined up on the main deck. Photo Brenda Serrano

With Media Day over I thought I’d post some pictures of the event, which was held at Regions Field – home of Birmingham’s double-A baseball team the Barons. It was a nice venue as the luncheon was held in a large meeting room on the second deck and the boats were scattered along the main deck under the upper-level seats. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – How Many Classics Answer and Winner (March 25, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.com

Photo Bassmaster.com

Congratulations to Chris Harvey for winning this week’s Monday Trivia Contest! For the answers please read below.

Today’s Monday Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits is one Harold Sharp came up with. It’s a deviation from the past Trivia Contests and we hope you have some fun with it.

The 2013 Bassmaster Classic, held at Grand Lake, OK, is in the books. Cliff Pace, an 8-year veteran of Tour-level competition, made his 5th Classic count by winning the event in a pretty dramatic fashion, beating Tour sophomore Brandon Palaniuk by a little over 3 pounds on the final day of competition. Palaniuk, who’s in his third year of Tour level fishing has made the Classic 3 years – his first appearance from the Federation ranks in 2011. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – How Many Classics (March 25, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.com.

Photo Bassmaster.com.

Today’s Monday Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits is one Harold Sharp came up with. It’s a deviation from the past Trivia Contests and we hope you have some fun with it.

The 2013 Bassmaster Classic, held at Grand Lake, OK, is in the books. Cliff Pace, an 8-year veteran of Tour-level competition, made his 5th Classic count by winning the event in a pretty dramatic fashion, beating Tour sophomore Brandon Palaniuk by a little over 3 pounds on the final day of competition. Palaniuk, who’s in his third year of Tour level fishing has made the Classic 3 years – his first appearance from the Federation ranks in 2011. [Read more…]