Season at a Glance: Bassmaster Trail 1978 – Part Six

In 1978 Bobby Murray became the second angler to win two Bassmaster Classics. Photo by Stan Fagerstrom.

In 1978 Bobby Murray became the second angler to win two Bassmaster Classics. Photo by Stan Fagerstrom.

[Editor’s note: This is the final part of a six-part series on the 1978 Bassmaster Trail. Click the following links to read Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four and Part Five.]

In the last installment of Season at a Glace – 1978 Bassmaster Trail we went over the Classic VIII contestants. Today we’re looking back at Classic VIII, an event held on Mississippi’s Ross Barnett Reservoir – or “The Rez” as it’s known to locals.

B.A.S.S. had visited The Rez numerous times before and with good reason – the lake flat produced. But by 1978, the lake was in its mid-life crisis, and not only were keepers hard to come by, there weren’t many fish at all. Top that off with the fact that the lake was 2 1/2-feet low and this seemed to be a recipe for a Classic disaster. [Read more…]

Season at a Glance: Bassmaster Trail 1978 – Part Five

1978 Bassmaster Classic Press Guide courtesy of Ken Duke.

1978 Bassmaster Classic Press Guide courtesy of Ken Duke.

[Editor’s note: This is Part Five of a six-part series on the 1978 Bassmaster Trail. Click the following links to read Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four.]

The 1978 Bassmaster Classic would feature the top-24 anglers from the Bassmaster Trail qualifiers plus one angler from the Federation. In years past, qualification was determined by a points system, 50 for 1st place, 49 for 2nd place, etc. This year, though, B.A.S.S. moved to a total weight system – one they’d use for a number of years thereafter.

In this installment of the 1978 Season at a Glance, we’re looking into the anglers who qualified for Classic VIII in the order of their Angler of the Year placement. Note that the data is taken from a 1978 Bassmaster Classic Media and Press guide provided by Ken Duke. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – KVD’s First Answer and Winner (July 29, 2013)

KVD poses with his trophy and check from his first Bassmaster win at Lake Lanier in 1991. Photo December 1991 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

KVD poses with his trophy and check from his first Bassmaster win at Lake Lanier in 1991. Photo December 1991 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Unfortunately for the fourth week in a row we’re unable to name a winner of this week’s Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! Some good answers but not the right ones. Please come back next week and try again. For the answers, read below.

Steve Price may have penned the understatement of the century when he wrote the following about Kevin VanDam’s victory in the December 1991 Bassmaster about the Top 100 on Lake Lanier:

“The victory was VanDam’s first in B.A.S.S. competition, but it probably won’t be his last.”

Indeed, KVD has gone on to win 19 more B.A.S.S events, including four Bassmaster Classic titles, and he’s probably not through yet. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – KVD’s First (July 29, 2013)

KVD poses with his trophy and check from his first Bassmaster win at Lake Lanier in 1991. Photo December 1991 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

KVD poses with his trophy and check from his first Bassmaster win at Lake Lanier in 1991. Photo December 1991 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Steve Price may have penned the understatement of the century when he wrote the following about Kevin VanDam’s victory in the December 1991 Bassmaster about the Top 100 on Lake Lanier:

“The victory was VanDam’s first in B.A.S.S. competition, but it probably won’t be his last.”

Indeed, KVD has gone on to win 19 more B.A.S.S events, including four Bassmaster Classic titles, and he’s probably not through yet. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Humble Beginnings Answer and Winner

Photo mikeiaconelli.com

Congrats to Jack M for giving the correct answer to the trivia contest this week!  Read below for the answer.

The May 1994 North Carolina Bassmaster Top 100 on Lake Norman marked the lone win in Mike Bingham’s B.A.S.S. career. It didn’t come easily to the Jackson, Mississippi pro, either. He’d been financing his fishing career by working as a mussel diver on Kentucky Lake, and had sold his boat earlier in the year when he’d determined that professional angling was a dead end. With a sudden change of heart, he got a boat at the last minute for Norman. According to Bassmaster, he’d planned to camp for the tournament but ended up rooming with a charitable Shaw Grigsby. [Read more…]

The U.S. Open 1981: An Event that Changed Bass Fishing – Part Two

Greg Hines holding $50,000 in cash on the third night of the 1981 U.S. Open. Photo Nov/Dec 1981 issue of Western Bass Magazine.

In Part One of this series we introduced the entrants of the event, talked a little about how it was a crap-shoot whether anyone would pay a $1,000 entry fee and finished by saying two anglers were spending copious amounts of time practicing for the event. Now we’ll look at the days leading up to the event along with the event itself.

 

Many months prior to the event it was quoted by a famous tournament organizer that, “There’s no way you’ll pull off a $1,000 entry tournament.” The naysayer couldn’t have been more wrong. Now the event had wheels – 161 of them to be exact – and there was no stopping the forward momentum.

An event of this magnitude, though, required a lot of planning and the folks at WBFA had their work cut out for them. The tournament would not only feature the main event itself, the tournament, but would also have a myriad of daily activities for the anglers’ wives and families. The event, as Vegas says, never slept. [Read more…]