The Bassmaster Classic – 1991 through 2000

Ken Cook hoists the 1991 Classic trophy for winning at the Chesapeake Bay, MD. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Ken Cook hoists the 1991 Classic trophy for winning at the Chesapeake Bay, MD. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

By 1991 the Bassmaster Classic had become the event anglers aspired to win – weekend warriors through tour-level pros. The event had grown from a small gathering of anglers and media huddled together at the ramp in 1971 at Lake Mead, NV to sold-out stadiums in 1990. Although the event was centered around the anglers who qualified and the eventual winner, it grew into what we now know as Classic week filled with fan days, media events and one of if not the biggest public tackle shows in the world. [Read more…]

How They Started – Tommy Biffle

Biffle wins the 1995 Bassmaster Illinois Top 100 on the Mississippi River. Photo 1995 July/August issue of  Bassmaster Magazine.

Biffle wins the 1995 Bassmaster Illinois Top 100 on the Mississippi River. Photo 1995 July/August issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for nearly 30 years there’s no doubt you’ve heard the name Tommy Biffle. Having made a living bass fishing since his first event on the St Lawrence River in New York, Biffle is one of the stalwarts of the sport – rarely out of contention rarely going home without a check.

As Classic XLIV approached, Tommy Biffle had made the big show 18 times – Guntersville was his 19th appearance in the sport’s most-heralded championship. That’s batting 660 folks – a darn good average.

After 305 Bassmaster events, 92 FLW tournaments, and countless other tournaments with other organizations, he’s finished in the money better than 60% of the time. A consistent angler without a doubt. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Mueller, Mueller Answer and Winner (March 3, 2014)

Paul Mueller's record 5-fish limit weighed in on Day Two of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. Photo Brenda Serrano.

Paul Mueller’s record 5-fish limit weighed in on Day Two of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. Photo Brenda Serrano.

Congratulations to John Karbowski for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. For the answers read below.

Paul Mueller did B.A.S.S. Nation and the state of Connecticut proud in the recent Bassmaster Classic, finishing second to Randy Howell by a mere pound. His three-day total was 66 pounds, 8 ounces and his Day Two haul of five bass that weighed 32-03 set a record for the largest limit caught in Classic competition (in either the seven-fish or five-fish limit era). [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Mueller, Mueller (March 3, 2014)

Paul Mueller's record 5-fish limit weighed in on Day Two of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. Photo Brenda Serrano.

Paul Mueller’s record 5-fish limit weighed in on Day Two of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. Photo Brenda Serrano.

Paul Mueller did B.A.S.S. Nation and the state of Connecticut proud in the recent Bassmaster Classic, finishing second to Randy Howell by a mere pound. His three-day total was 66 pounds, 8 ounces and his Day Two haul of five bass that weighed 32-03 set a record for the largest limit caught in Classic competition (in either the seven-fish or five-fish limit era). [Read more…]

The Writers – George Kramer

George KramerEditor’s Note: This series is dedicated to those people who penned the many articles we read in order to learn more about our sport and become better anglers. Sure it was the anglers who developed the techniques, lures and equipment we use today but it was the writers’ job to make sure these bits of information got to the masses. Without the writers to communicate this, the world of bass fishing would be very different today.

For those of you outside the West, the name George Kramer may not ring a bell. For those in the West, though, the name resonates – longtime writer, longtime supporter, longtime critic. He’s the guy that came up with the California Top 40 – a ranking system that gives credit to the West’s best bass anglers each year. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – One-Time Winners Answer and Winner

Jack Chancellor. Photo Bassmaster.com

Due to no complete answer and a heavy travel schedule, please give us a day or so to determine who won this trivia contest. To see the answers, read below.

Many top pros will go through their entire careers without winning a single tour-level tournament. They may make a lot of money, or become household names, but to many fans the lack of a major win is a glaring omission on their list of credentials.

There are also quite a few pros who have experienced a single week where they .anaged to beat the best of the best. Some were never heard from again, some became legends, and others are still earning their places in the history books. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – One-Time Winners a Redo

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Editor’s Note: Unfortunately we only had one entry in last week’s trivia contest and it only received partial credit. So, in order to get all the correct answers, we’re rerunning last week’s contest again and then we’ll announce the winner on Thursday, Nov 29, 2012. Also of note, the Steve Goodwin part of this question has been a bit difficult. The full answer to that question may be eliminated depending on whether anyone gets it or not. It is out there folks – you just have to look in the right places.

Many top pros will go through their entire careers without winning a single tour-level tournament. They may make a lot of money, or become household names, but to many fans the lack of a major win is a glaring omission on their list of credentials. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – One-Time Winners a Redo

Photo Bassmaster.com

Editor’s Note: Unfortunately we only had one entry into this week’s trivia contest and it only received partial credit. So, in order to get all the correct answers, we’re giving you until next week and then we’ll announce the winner on Thursday, Nov 29, 2012. The only answer we had had missed four specific parts. If we don’t get more than that we’ll award the prize to this week’s entry.

Many top pros will go through their entire careers without winning a single tour-level tournament. They may make a lot of money, or become household names, but to many fans the lack of a major win is a glaring omission on their list of credentials. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – One-Time Winners

Jack Chancellor. Photo Bassmaster.com

Editor’s Note: This week’s trivia contest winner will be announced on Wednesday instead of Thursday in honor of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Many top pros will go through their entire careers without winning a single tour-level tournament. They may make a lot of money, or become household names, but to many fans the lack of a major win is a glaring omission on their list of credentials.

There are also quite a few pros who have experienced a single week where they managed to beat the best of the best. Some were never heard from again, some became legends, and others are still earning their places in the history books. [Read more…]

The Writers – Rich Zaleski

Zaleski hoisting a stout New England bass he caught in cold water. He was one, if not the first writer to talk about how bass bunch up in cold water. Photo courtesy of Rich Zaleski.

Editor’s Note: This series is dedicated to those people who penned the many articles we read in order to learn more about our sport and become better anglers. Sure it may have been the anglers who developed the techniques, lures and equipment we use today but it was the writers’ job to make sure these bits of information got to the masses. Without the writers to communicate this, the world of bass fishing would be very different today.

 

Over the course of time there have been a number of writers who have helped advance the sport of bass fishing not by just communicating what well-known anglers were doing but by applying the scientific approach to their own bass fishing and relating their observations to the masses. Names like Al and Ron Lindner, Doug Stange and Steve Quinn all come to mind when one thinks of the scientific approach to fishing. Another name that falls into this category is Rich Zaleski.

Rich has spent a lifetime studying and writing about the sport – in that order. During the interview for this article I asked him what he liked to write about most and his answer was, “I like to write about what I learn bass fishing. I don’t like to write someone else’s story, I want to write about my studies on the water and how they’ve made me a better angler.” [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – What Could Have Been

The 1994 Bassmaster Georgia Invitational on Lake Lanier seems to be a pretty typical Lanier derby for that time period – relatively low weights and won by local angler Mickey Bruce (his third and final BASS win and second on Lanier). That was the pre-blueback period on Lanier, so the while the spotted bass experts like Bruce, Tom Mann Jr. and Cliff Craft generally mopped up, the bass hadn’t yet grown to true spotzilla proportions.

But look down the check line a little bit and you might see a little bit of angling history…sad angling history. [Read more…]