Monday Trivia – Victorious Velvick Answer and Winner (April 20, 2015)

Byron Velvick broke the 3-day, 5-fish limit weight record in 2000 on Clear Lake. Photo May/June 2000 issue of Bass West Magazine.

Byron Velvick broke the 3-day, 5-fish limit weight record in 2000 on Clear Lake. Photo May/June 2000 issue of Bass West Magazine.

Congratulations to Adam Hinkle for winning this week’s trivia contest!!!  For the answrs read below.

Fifteen years ago this month, Byron Velvick won the 2000 Bassmaster California Western Invitational on Clear Lake by a margin of more than 11 pounds. It wasn’t like he was beating up on the Little Sisters of the Poor, either, as the three anglers directly behind him were Skeet Reese, Aaron Martens and Brett Hite. Other western/national powers like Dean Rojas (6th) and Ish Monroe (9th), as well as legends like Gary Dobyns (13th) and Mike Folkestad (16th) also made the top 20, but all fell well short of Velvick’s 83-05 total.

Velvick certainly wasn’t a newcomer to the sport, having previously won the 1990 and 1996 U.S. Open Championships, but the Clear Lake victory marked the first of his three B.A.S.S. wins to date. In winning, he also set the B.A.S.S. record for total weight in a three-day, five-fish-limit event. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Victorious Velvick (April 20, 2015)

Byron Velvick broke the 3-day, 5-fish limit weight record in 2000 on Clear Lake. Photo May/June 2000 issue of Bass West Magazine.

Byron Velvick broke the 3-day, 5-fish limit weight record in 2000 on Clear Lake. Photo May/June 2000 issue of Bass West Magazine.

Fifteen years ago this month, Byron Velvick won the 2000 Bassmaster California Western Invitational on Clear Lake by a margin of more than 11 pounds. It wasn’t like he was beating up on the Little Sisters of the Poor, either, as the three anglers directly behind him were Skeet Reese, Aaron Martens and Brett Hite. Other western/national powers like Dean Rojas (6th) and Ish Monroe (9th), as well as legends like Gary Dobyns (13th) and Mike Folkestad (16th) also made the top 20, but all fell well short of Velvick’s 83-05 total.

Velvick certainly wasn’t a newcomer to the sport, having previously won the 1990 and 1996 U.S. Open Championships, but the Clear Lake victory marked the first of his three B.A.S.S. wins to date. In winning, he also set the B.A.S.S. record for total weight in a three-day, five-fish-limit event. [Read more…]

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…]

Monday Trivia – Delta, Delta, Delta (and Delta) Answer and Winner (July 7, 2014)

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Photo Bassmaster.com

Congratulations to K Brown for winning this week’s Monday trivia  contest!  For the answers, please read below.

By the time he finished his B.A.S.S. career in 2005, Robert Lee, AKA “The General,” had won three Invitationals and a tour event with the senior circuit – all of them on the California Delta. The first of the three, in 1997, produced the lowest winning weight (51 pounds even). Nevertheless, a win is a win, and the competition was fierce in the 277-angler field. Not only did he beat a huge number of talented western pros, but the top 12 featured once-and-future national stars including Mark Tyler, Dee Thomas, Bobby Barrack, Greg Hines and Dean Rojas.

Not only was it Lee’s first B.A.S.S. win, but it was the first B.A.S.S. win for anyone in the state of California. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Delta, Delta, Delta (and Delta)

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Photo Bassmaster.com

By the time he finished his B.A.S.S. career in 2005, Robert Lee, AKA “The General,” had won three Invitationals and a tour event with the senior circuit – all of them on the California Delta. The first of the three, in 1997, produced the lowest winning weight (51 pounds even). Nevertheless, a win is a win, and the competition was fierce in the 277-angler field. Not only did he beat a huge number of talented western pros, but the top 12 featured once-and-future national stars including Mark Tyler, Dee Thomas, Bobby Barrack, Greg Hines and Dean Rojas.

Not only was it Lee’s first B.A.S.S. win, it was the first B.A.S.S. win for anyone in the state of California. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – The Buck Stops at Truman Answer and Winner (June 16, 2014)

Truman parkerThis week’s winner is Patrick Staley, even though he didn’t come up with all three of the answers I anticipated. For the answers read below. Come back next week for another round of Bass Fishing Archives Monday Trivia sponsored by GYCB.

Just 11 months after winning the 1988 Missouri Invitational, Hank Parker won the 1989 Bassmaster Classic on the James River and effectively retired from life as a touring pro, competing in just seven subsequent B.A.S.S. events. Those seven events included the subsequent Classic and three “SuperStars” events, in which he twice finished as the runner-up.

Accordingly, the 1988 tournament on Truman Reservoir was the last of Parker’s regular season victories. Fittingly given his superstar profile, he won it by more than 12 pounds over his nearest competitor, home-state angler Stacey King. In fact, Parker could have won without getting out of bed on Day Three, which was lucky because he only boxed two fish on the final day. His limit weighing 19-15 on Day One would’ve carried him to a top 25 finish even if he’d skipped the second and third days. [Read more…]

The Roots of Quantum

Look familiar?

Look familiar?

You know the names: KVD, Biffle, Grigsby, Klein, Hackney, Rojas, Swindle…there are several more. They all fish for Team Quantum, but would you recognize their first line of baitcasters if you saw them? Or could you even guess when they were introduced? Here’s what we’ve gathered on the topic. [Read more…]

A Record That Won’t Be Broken

Rip Nunnery gets help hoisting his 15-bass limit from Blake Honeycutt (L), Bill Dance (C) and Ray Scott (R). Photo Fall 1969 issue of Bassmaster Magazine. A signed copy of this picture can be seen at Bob's Fishing Tackle in Norwalk, CA along with the mounted stringer of fish.

Rip Nunnery gets help hoisting his 15-bass limit from Blake Honeycutt (L), Bill Dance (C) and Ray Scott (R). Photo Fall 1969 issue of Bassmaster Magazine. A signed copy of this picture can be seen at Bob’s Fishing Tackle in Norwalk, CA along with the mounted stringer of fish.

[Editor’s Note:  Ken Duke of Bassmaster.com wrote a fantastic article in August 2009 about Rip and his catch. To read his article, “World’s Greatest Fishing Hole,” click here. Also to read a second article on Rip, “Twig Pigs and Bush Hogs,” click here. I’d also like to thank Ken for bringing a couple of things to my attention. First, Rip’s real name is spelled with one ‘s’ (heck I just called him Rip) and two, he passed in 2007, not 2004. Thanks Ken for the heads-up!]

Everyone knows who holds the all-time one-day B.A.S.S. weight record. Dean Rojas, right? Dean had a magical day on Toho back in 2001 and brought five bass to the scales that weighed 45-02. Rojas also held the 4-day weight record (108-12) for a couple years until it was broken in 2007 by Steve Kennedy (122-14) and again by Paul Elias with an absolutely stupid mass of fish that weighed 132-08. Folks, that’s 20 fish that averaged 6.625 pounds each.

Yeah, those records are all cemented in our melons and we can spout them out like Rain Man at any moment we need. But who knows who holds the all-time one-day record for the original 15-fish limit and what it weighed? [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Red River Regrets Answer and Winner

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Congratulations to Reggie Calhoun for winning this week’s Trivia Contest! Although Braden and PJ had answers with more info, Reggie had the correct answer – albeit a short concise one –  first. For the answer read below.

Davy Hite won the 2001 Bassmaster Tour event on Lousiana’s Red River with a four day catch of 41-08, enough to outlast second place finisher Guy Eaker by over five pounds.

The victory was Hite’s fifth with B.A.S.S., and second that year. He has since added three more and continues to compete.

While it was only a little over a decade ago, much as changed at B.A.S.S. since that 2001 event. Of the top ten finishers, only Hite and Todd Faircloth compete on the Elite Series today. Between 11th and 20th, Edwin Evers and Mike McClelland are the only other Elite Series holdovers. Others have either died, retired (both voluntarily and involuntarily) or left for the FLW Tour. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia Contest – Creature Domination

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[Up until now, all of our Monday trivia contests have been “Box Scores” – brief descriptions of tournament scenarios in which you were asked to describe what made them memorable. Today, for the first time, we offer you a more straightforward query. We’re not abandoning the Box Score concept permanently, just trying something different. Please let us know whether you think this is a worthy addition to the series]

While worms, lizards and craws have played a role in tournament bass angling for many years, the multi-appendaged “creature bait” is a more recent phenomenon. The Zoom Brush Hog and Baby Brush Hog are widely considered to have popularized the category, but they haven’t been the only members of the group to contribute to tournament-winning catches. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – A Double Dose Answer and Winner

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Congratulations to Rod Yoder for winning the Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest! He nailed the first part about Hurricane Hugo, and while he didn’t quite get the second portion, he did identify an notable fact about the co-angler field. In the spirit of good sportsmanship (and recognizing that Pete’s mind is occasionally difficult to read) we will award him the prize for a stout effort. Read below for the answer.

Our Bass Fishing Archives readers have demonstrated that they are remarkably adept at figuring out my little puzzles. Accordingly, this week we’re going to try something a little bit different – instead of asking you to answer one question, you’ll have to describe two different notable aspects of the subject tournament. Herewith, our first two-parter: [Read more…]