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…]

Monday Trivia – Dove in Flight Answer and Winner (November 25, 2013)

Mark Dove. Photo Bassmaster.com

Mark Dove. Photo Bassmaster.com

Congratulations to Al Hustosky for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits!  For the answers, read below.

Indiana angler Mark Dove recently finished fifth overall at the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on Lake Dardanelle in Arkansas with a three day total of 37-04. It was enough to beat his closest competitor in the Northern Division, Monty Fralick of South Dakota, by over 3 pounds and thereby earn his third trip to the Bassmaster Classic. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Red River History Answer and Winner (June 3, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.com

Photo Bassmaster.com

Unfortunately no one won this week’s trivia contest as Pete seems to have put up a few pretty difficult questions. We promise not to make them this hard in the future. For the answers please read below.

When 50 Wrangler Anglers launched on the Red River near Shreveport, Louisiana in May of 1997 for the Federation national championship, the river had not yet been established as the frequent major tournament venue that it is today.

Indeed, at that time the dammed river was known to many as an egregious example of government waste and pork-barrel politics. Many considered it a “navigation project to nowhere,” a $2 billion boondoggle engineered by the Louisiana Congressional delegation despite little need for the project. “We only see a barge every couple of days or so,” the manager of one of the locks told the Washington Post a few years later. “It gets kind of boring up here. You sure get a lot of time to think.” [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Red River History

Red River mapWhen 50 Wrangler Anglers launched on the Red River near Shreveport, Louisiana in May of 1997 for the Federation national championship, the river had not yet been established as the frequent major tournament venue that it is today.

Indeed, at that time the dammed river was known to many as an egregious example of government waste and pork-barrel politics. Many considered it a “navigation project to nowhere,” a $2 billion boondoggle engineered by the Louisiana Congressional delegation despite little need for the project. “We only see a barge every couple of days or so,” the manager of one of the locks told the Washington Post a few years later. “It gets kind of boring up here. You sure get a lot of time to think.” [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Geography Lesson Answer and Winner

Photo December 1992 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Sorry folks, I lost track of the day.  Anyway, congratulations to Bob Uhrig for providing the correct answer to this week’s trivia game! Read below for the answer.

The most notable tournament of Jim Bitter’s career, at least to the general public, might be the one that got away – the 1989 Bassmaster Classic in which the winning fish, already in the boat, slipped out of his hands and back into Virginia’s James River. He never finished out his limit that final day and Hank Parker beat him by two ounces to take the crown. It was the first of Bitter’s seven Classic appearances and only once more did he crack the top ten.

Despite that apparent black cloud hanging over his legacy, Bitter had a more-than-solid career with B.A.S.S., notching five victories, including three over an eight month stretch in 1995. Those last three victories came on a diverse set of waterways – Sam Rayburn (February), Minnetonka (August) and the Hudson River (September). [Read more…]