Monday Trivia – Laissez les bon temps roulez Answer and Winner (May 18, 2015)

Kenyon Hill. Photo Bassmaster.com.

Kenyon Hill. Photo Bassmaster.com.

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

As the son of renowned bass biologist and product inventor Loren Hill, Kenyon Hill may have been destined to pursue a career in tournament fishing. He fished his first B.A.S.S. event in December of 1986 at the age of 22, and since then has qualified for four Bassmaster Classics and has won three events. He continues to fish the Elite Series in 2015. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Laissez les bon temps roulez (May 18, 2015)

Kenyon Hill. Photo Bassmaster.com.

Kenyon Hill. Photo Bassmaster.com.

As the son of renowned bass biologist and product inventor Loren Hill, Kenyon Hill may have been destined to pursue a career in tournament fishing. He fished his first B.A.S.S. event in December of 1986 at the age of 22, and since then has qualified for four Bassmaster Classics and has won three events. He continues to fish the Elite Series in 2015. [Read more…]

Not so Bitter Anymore: The 1990 Golden Blend Championship

The cover of the January/February edition of Bass Fishing magazine, the publication of Operation Bass, had Jim Bitter front and center for his Golden Blend Championship win.

The cover of the January/February edition of Bass Fishing magazine, the publication of Operation Bass, had Jim Bitter front and center for his Golden Blend Championship win.

Back in November, we solicited information from readers about the history of the Operation Bass Golden Blend tournament series. We’d put together a basic outline of the circuit’s history, but we had little meat to put on those bones. Thanks to one of our great readers and supporters, Andy Williamson, we have a bit more to add.

In that original article, we mentioned Jim Bitter’s 1990 win on Lake Chickamauga. Specificially, we explained that “[t]he win marked a strong period in Bitter’s career, as he’d won MegaBucks IV on the Harris Chain two years earlier.” Left unsaid was the fact that it came on the heels of what is for many – fairly or unfairly – the defining moment of Bitter’s long career, his failure to win the 1989 Bassmaster Classic. As you may recall, Bitter had the winning fish in his hand, but when he went to re-measure it under the gaze of Tim Tucker’s camera, it slipped from his hand and back into the James River. Hank Parker ended up beating him by two ounces. Gone were not only the lasting glory of a Classic win, but also the $50,000 top prize. [Read more…]

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 – The FLW Cup; Answers & Winner (August 18, 2014)

Congratulations to Adam Hinkle for winning this week’s Monday Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. For the answers, read below, and come back for next week’s edition.

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Photo: FLW Outdoors

I don’t know about you, but I think yesterday’s Day 4 of the Forrest Wood Cup held on Lake Murray was one of the most exciting in recent memory. Steve Kennedy’s 20 pound sack to make a run at the title from 10th place, not to mention the one ounce difference between victory and 2nd place, a $440,000 difference! And Scott Canterbury gets second again – what a heartbreaker. Congrats to hometown winner Anthony Gagliardi.

With the event fresh in our minds, this week we focus our trivia question on past Forrest Wood Cups. To win all the Yamamoto’s this week, you’ll need to brush up on your FLW history and answer these 4 questions. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Roland’s Revenge Answer and Winner (April 28, 2014)

Roland Martin. Photo Bassmaster.com.

Roland Martin. Photo Bassmaster.com.

Well this week we had four contestants (really three) and none of them got the right answer. The closest was RichZ but he missed the Producto worm answer in question 2. Come back next week for another round and a chance to win a $25 e-coupon to GYCB! For the answers, read below.

When B.A.S.S. visited Lake Champlain for the first time in September of 1997, the lake’s riches were largely yet unknown to all but a few northeasterners. When the competitors left after the three-day tournament, however, it was a secret no more. The 111 pros didn’t set the Top 100 record for the number of limits in a Top 100 event, but the field did set a weight record for that series with 4,248 pounds, eclipsing the previous record by over 600 pounds. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Roland’s Revenge (April 28, 2014)

Roland Martin. Photo Bassmaster.com.

Roland Martin. Photo Bassmaster.com.

When B.A.S.S. visited Lake Champlain for the first time in September of 1997, the lake’s riches were largely yet unknown to all but a few northeasterners. When the competitors left after the three-day tournament, however, it was a secret no more. The 111 pros didn’t set the Top 100 record for the number of limits in a Top 100 event, but the field did set a weight record for that series with 4,248 pounds, eclipsing the previous record by over 600 pounds.

Roland Martin came out on top that week on the “Sixth Great Lake.” He tallied 56 pounds 15 ounces of bass over three days of competition to edge out 1997 Bassmaster Classic winner Dion Hibdon by 6 ounces. It marked the 19th victory of Martin’s career, and as of this date his last one. The native son of Maryland, a longtime Florida resident, must’ve found something he liked in the northeastern waters, because his prior win, in the 1994 Connecticut Top 100, was in that portion of the country as well. In fact, three of his last four B.A.S.S. wins were in the northeast, with the third such tournament being the 1984 Hudson River Invitational, which he won by nearly 13 pounds. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – The Great Grigsby Goes to Georgia Answer and Winner (March 31, 2014)

Shaw Grigsby Jr., Photo Bassmaster.com.

Shaw Grigsby Jr., Photo Bassmaster.com.

Congratulations to Andy Williamson for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. For the answers, pleas read below.

Despite leading on Day One of this year’s Elite Series tournament on Lake Seminole, Shaw Grigsby couldn’t close the deal, finishing 8th when the scales closed on Sunday. That didn’t leave his trophy case devoid of Seminole hardware, though – he won the Georgia Top 100 there in 1993 and the Georgia Top 150 in 2000. Those came after he earned the first three of his nine B.A.S.S. winner’s trophies on Sam Rayburn in 1988, 1990 and 1992.

While the two Seminole victories were labeled as “Georgia” tournaments, the big lake spans into Grigsby’s home state of Florida. He’d previously won a major event in the Sunshine State – the $100,000 top prize in the 1984 Red Man All American on Lake Toho – but his first B.A.S.S. win was something special. Seminole was the sight of his first bass tournament, at the age of 16. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Hibdon’s Classic Victory Answers and Winner (February 3, 2014)

Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Unfortunately no one won this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Steve Quinn made a great effort and came up one question shy of the win. Read below for the answers.

When B.A.S.S. traveled to Richmond, Va. 25 years ago for the first of three consecutive Bassmaster Classics on the James River, the pros didn’t know much of what to expect from the tidal fishery. Classic XVIII was expected to favor the local tidal water river rats like Woo Daves of nearby Chester, who ended up missing the Classic crown by a mere 6 ounces. He came close again the next two years but didn’t win his Classic trophy until B.A.S.S. visited Chicago (Lake Michigan) in 2000. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Tak on Top Answer and Winner (October 28, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.

Photo Bassmaster.

Well, another week and no winner for the week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Come back next week for another try. For the answer, read below.

Takahiro Omori wasn’t the first native of Japan to win a B.A.S.S. event. That honor went to Norio Tanabe. Nor was Tak the most recent — Morizo Shimizu’s 2006 win came later than Omori’s last one. Nevertheless, Omori’s five wins from the front of the boat are by far the most of any of his countrymen.

The first of those five came in April of 1996, when he outlasted over 300 other pros to claim $35,000 in cash and merchandise as the winner of the Missouri Bassmaster Central Invitational. Omori’s closest follower was former Bassmaster Classic winner Guido Hibdon, who’d been an Ozarks-region force before making a name for himself on the national stage. Hibdon’s son Dion, who’d win a Classic of his own the following year, was also a Lake of the Ozarks expert, and he finished fourth. In between the father and son was third place finisher Mark Tucker, another top local stick. He’d yet to fish a Classic but ultimately participated in eight of them. He also won the 2011 Central Open on Lake Lewisville in Texas. Jim Bitter finished fifth. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Tak on Top (October 28, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.

Photo Bassmaster.

Takahiro Omori wasn’t the first native of Japan to win a B.A.S.S. event. That honor went to Norio Tanabe. Nor was Tak the most recent — Morizo Shimizu’s 2006 win came later than Omori’s last one. Nevertheless, Omori’s five wins from the front of the boat are by far the most of any of his countrymen.

The first of those five came in April of 1996, when he outlasted over 300 other pros to claim $35,000 in cash and merchandise as the winner of the Missouri Bassmaster Central Invitational. Omori’s closest follower was former Bassmaster Classic winner Guido Hibdon, who’d been an Ozarks-region force before making a name for himself on the national stage. Hibdon’s son Dion, who’d win a Classic of his own the following year, was also a Lake of the Ozarks expert, and he finished fourth. In between the father and son was third place finisher Mark Tucker, another top local stick. He’d yet to fish a Classic but ultimately participated in eight of them. He also won the 2011 Central Open on Lake Lewisville in Texas. Jim Bitter finished fifth. [Read more…]

The Making of Stars – The Hibdons

The 1978 BCA Lake of the Ozarks Top 5. Guido Hibdon (winner) and Basil Bacon (3rd-place). Photo November/December issue of BCA The Lunker Hole.

The 1978 BCA Lake of the Ozarks Top 5. Guido Hibdon (winner) and Basil Bacon (3rd-place). Photo November/December issue of BCA The Lunker Hole.

Earlier this week I posted a piece where I credited a friend of mine, Clyde Drury with sending me some magazines. In that piece I talked about him sending me some Bass Caster’s Association magazines called ‘the Lunker Hole.” In a previously written piece here I’d also mentioned the magazine and asked if anyone here had ever heard of or even had subscribed.

Well, Clyde was kind enough to send me a year’s worth of them and so far they’ve turned out to be pretty cool. Right now I have the November/December 1978 through November/December 1979 issues – seven in all – and we’ll be featuring a number of pieces from them in the near future.

In the meantime I’d like to share with you a couple of pictures I found in the Lake of the Ozarks tournament report from the Nov/Dec 1978 issue. [Read more…]