The Bassmaster Classic – 1981 through 1990

In 1981 Stanley Mitchell became the youngest angler to win a Bassmaster Classic. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

In 1981 Stanley Mitchell became the youngest angler to win a Bassmaster Classic. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Yesterday we posted the first piece of this look back in Bassmaster Classic history – starting with the very first Classic held on Lake Mead, NV and ending with Classic X on the St. Lawrence River, NY. Today we continue with Classic XI and will move through Classic XX held in 1990.

1981: Bassmaster Classic XI – Lake Montgomery, AL

The second decade of the Bassmaster Classic started off in the hometown of B.A.S.S., Montgomery, AL. Forty-two anglers, including five from the Federation, would vie for the championship, including 21-year-old Stanley Mitchell of Fitzgerald, GA. Mitchell, the youngest angler to compete in Classic XI would not only claim that fact, he’d also become the youngest angler to ever win a Bassmaster Classic. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Quit While You’re Ahead? Answer and Winner (Sept 29, 2014)

Robert Byrd weighs a stout fish in his only Bassmaster win in 1989. Photo July/August 1989 issue of Bassmaster Magazine. Gerald Crawford.

Robert Byrd weighs a stout fish in his only Bassmaster win in 1989. Photo July/August 1989 issue of Bassmaster Magazine. Gerald Crawford.

Unfortunately no one won this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Duke Jenkle made a good effort and got 2 of 3 answers right. For the answer, please read below.

Twenty five years ago, professional bass fishing was well-enough established that there were full-time pros and those who aspired to be like them. But for one week in May of 1989 Robert Byrd made it look easy to come from nowhere and beat the best of the best. Well, it wasn’t quite out of nowhere. The 52 year-old Texas guide had a substantial knowledge base, but it was nevertheless impressive that he won the first B.A.S.S. event he entered, the Alabama Invitational on Lake Guntersville. Byrd caught 60 pounds 7 ounces of Guntersville bass over three days to beat runner-up Charlie Reed by over 6 pounds. The money line (50th place out of 325 contestants) was 37-07. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Quit While You’re Ahead? (Sept 29, 2014)

Robert Byrd weighs a stout fish in his only Bassmaster win in 1989. Photo July/August 1989 issue of Bassmaster Magazine. Gerald Crawford.

Robert Byrd weighs a stout fish in his only Bassmaster win in 1989. Photo July/August 1989 issue of Bassmaster Magazine. Gerald Crawford.

Twenty five years ago, professional bass fishing was well-enough established that there were full-time pros and those who aspired to be like them. But for one week in May of 1989 Robert Byrd made it look easy to come from nowhere and beat the best of the best. Well, it wasn’t quite out of nowhere. The 52 year-old Texas guide had a substantial knowledge base, but it was nevertheless impressive that he won the first B.A.S.S. event he entered, the Alabama Invitational on Lake Guntersville. Byrd caught 60 pounds 7 ounces of Guntersville bass over three days to beat runner-up Charlie Reed by over 6 pounds. The money line (50th place out of 325 contestants) was 37-07.

Byrd almost didn’t enter the event. He’d planned to participate in the entire season that spanned the latter half of 1989 and the first half of 1990, but when he found out that there was still space in the last tournament of the prior season (the Guntersville tournament), he decided to fish that one, too. [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 – Reed’s Classic Crown Answer and Winner (January 27, 2014)

Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Congratulations to Steve Quinn for winning this week’s Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. For the answers, please read below.

Nearly three decades after his Bassmaster Classic win, the late Charlie Reed remains one of the least well-known Classic champions. By the time he qualified for his first Classic in 1986, he was already past the half-century mark, and the victory that week in Chattanooga marked the high point of a B.A.S.S. career that lasted just 11 more years. His last event was a 1997 tournament on Lake Neely Henry. He finished 5th. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Reed’s Classic Crown (January 27, 2014)

Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Nearly three decades after his Bassmaster Classic win, the late Charlie Reed remains one of the least well-known Classic champions. By the time he qualified for his first Classic in 1986, he was already past the half-century mark, and the victory that week in Chattanooga marked the high point of a B.A.S.S. career that lasted just 11 more years. His last event was a 1997 tournament on Lake Neely Henry. He finished 5th. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Bass Wars Edition Answer and Winner (November 18, 2013)

Bass Wars; A Story of Fishing, Fame and Fortune

Bass Wars; A Story of Fishing, Fame and Fortune

Congratulations to Jeff Hahn for winning this week’s Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For the answers, please read below.

Two weeks ago Brian penned a great piece about Nick Taylor’s book “Bass Wars” on the 25th anniversary of its publication – including input from the author and from longtime pro angler Randy Blaukat. It’s a book I reread nearly every year and each time through I’m amazed by some little snippet or factoid that I’d forgotten.

This week’s trivia contest is a test of your reading comprehension skills. In order to win, all you need to do is answer the following four questions about minutiae from Taylor’s book: [Read more…]

In Memory – Charlie Reed

Charlie Reed hoists his 1986 Bassmaster Classic trophy. Photo November 1986 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Charlie Reed hoists his 1986 Bassmaster Classic trophy. Photo November 1986 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

One of the driving points for doing this site is to remember those who have been a part of forging this sport into what it is today. The problem with that is there are so many founding fathers to talk with, it makes it nearly impossible to talk to them all – and carry a normal day job. The other problem is, who do you call first and who do you wait to call. Unfortunately, they’re all getting older and it seems that every month we lose someone else who played a role in the industry.

Unfortunately last Friday we lost another person who made a mark on professional bass fishing – Charlie Reed. Reed is known as the angler who caught the only 21-fish limit in the 1986 Bassmaster Classic and also the lowest winning weight for a classic win at the time. To add to that list, he was the oldest angler to have ever won a Classic at age 51. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Another Female First Answer and Winner (July 15, 2013)

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Unfortunately no one won this week’s Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. So come on back next week and try again for the chance at winning a $25 e-couple good for anything on the GYCB website! For the answer, read below.

As we’ve discussed previously here on the Bass Fishing Archives, Vojai Reed, wife of 1986 Bassmaster Classic champion Charlie Reed, was the first woman to compete in a Bassmaster Tournament Trail event. She finished 37th in the 1991 Missouri Invitational and went on to compete in a total of seven B.A.S.S. events.

The Invitationals consisted of a pro-on-pro format, and existed concurrently with tour-level pro-ams. That leads to this week’s question: [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Another Female First (July 15, 2013)

Female Symbol2[Answer this week’s Trivia Contest correctly and receive a $25 Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits e-coupon, good for anything on the GYCB website. Answers and winner to each week’s contest are revealed on Thursday the same week.]

As we’ve discussed previously here on the Bass Fishing Archives, Vojai Reed, wife of 1986 Bassmaster Classic champion Charlie Reed, was the first woman to compete in a Bassmaster Tournament Trail event. She finished 37th in the 1991 Missouri Invitational and went on to compete in a total of seven B.A.S.S. events. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Chilling in Oklahoma Answer and Winner

Jim Morton unhooks a Grand Lake largemouth from his 3/8-ounce Spunky Bug buzzbait at the 1992 Oklahoma Invitational. Photo 1993 February issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Congratulations to Duke Jenkel for winning the Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest. Read below for the answer.

 

With the 2013 Bassmaster Classic field nearly filled, it’s about time for the competitors to start thinking about how they’ll fish Grand Lake in February. The weather has the potential to be miserable – everything from heavy snow to crippling ice to bitter cold. Fortunately, B.A.S.S. has a history on Grand during inclement weather to look back upon. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Chilling in Oklahoma

Jim Morton unhooks a fish at the 1992 Oklahoma Invitational on Grand Lake. Photo February 1992 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

With the 2013 Bassmaster Classic field nearly filled, it’s about time for the competitors to start thinking about how they’ll fish Grand Lake in February. The weather has the potential to be miserable – everything from heavy snow to crippling ice to bitter cold. Fortunately, B.A.S.S. has a history on Grand during inclement weather to look back upon.

The 1992 Oklahoma Invitational, held from November 4-6 of that year, marked the sole B.A.S.S. win of Jim Morton’s career. The promotions manager for Storm Lures had only fished seven previous B.A.S.S. tournaments, never finishing higher than 79th. After Grand, he fished 70 more tournaments with the circuit, and only cracked the top twenty one more time, in June of 1993 at a SuperStars tournament on the Illinois River (only 28 anglers competed). [Read more…]