Monday Trivia – The First Megabucks (Answers & Winner; April 27, 2015)

Roger Farmer Classic photo

Roger Farmer Classic photo

Congrats to Al H. for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto’s Custom Baits. For full details on the winning answers, read below. 

In 1986, Ray Scott held a tournament that had the potential to change the way people could watch fishing tournaments, adding spectators into the mix. Billed as “Megabucks”, this April event on the Harris Chain Of Lakes, FL, had a $2,200 entry fee, and the promise of three-quarter million dollars in cash and prizes with the winner netting $101,000. Starting with over 200 anglers willing to shell out that kind of money, anglers competed for 3 days in typical format style to whittle the field down to the Top 10 anglers overall. From there, they would move to a smaller venue for the final two days, the lake sectioned off into “holes,” with each angler getting a chance to fish each hole, rotating throughout the day. Along with the format uniqueness, spectators were able to take up positions along the shorelines, roads and bridges of the final course to watch anglers compete, similar to the way spectators get to watch golfers play from hole to hole. Local news reports put the total number of spectators at roughly 3,000 for this first event, and the finals were covered for later television coverage on the Nashville Network (TNN).

Roger Farmer of Dalton, GA won that initial event with 68-00 pounds of bass, his only win on tour despite fishing more than 100 events and 4 Classics during his career. To win this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, you’ll have to answer the following 4 questions about the winner. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – The First Megabucks

Roger Farmer Classic photo

Roger Farmer Classic photo

In 1986, Ray Scott held a tournament that had the potential to change the way people would watch fishing tournaments, adding spectators into the mix. Billed as “Megabucks,” this April event on the Harris Chain Of Lakes, FL, had a $2,200 entry fee, and the promise of three-quarter million dollars in cash and prizes with the winner netting $101,000.

Starting with over 200 anglers willing to shell out that kind of money, anglers competed for 3 days in typical format style to whittle the field down to the Top 10 anglers overall. From there, they would move to a smaller venue for the final two days, the lake sectioned off into “holes,” with each angler getting a chance to fish each hole, rotating throughout the day. Along with the format uniqueness, spectators were able to take up positions along the shorelines, roads and bridges of the final course to watch anglers compete, similar to the way spectators get to watch golfers play from hole to hole. Local news reports put the total number of spectators at roughly 3,000 for this first event, and the finals were covered for later television coverage on the Nashville Network (TNN). [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – January Bassmaster Events (Answers & Winner; April 13, 2015)

The Sunshine State is a popular January B.A.S.S. stop.

The Sunshine State is a popular January B.A.S.S. stop.

Unfortunately, nobody won this week’s Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto’s Custom Baits. For more about this week’s correct answers, read below.

When you think of Bassmaster tournament events, January isn’t necessarily the first month that comes to mind. While schedules have varied over the years, the winter has usually been considered kind of an off-season. As it turns out, there have been more than 2 dozen professional level events held by B.A.S.S. over the years that at least had one or more event days falling during some part of the month. Not surprisingly, nearly all of them were held in Florida. To win this week’s trivia contest, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, you’ll have to brush up a bit on your January tourney knowledge and answer the following four questions correctly. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – January Bassmaster Events

The Sunshine State is a popular January B.A.S.S. stop.

The Sunshine State is a popular January B.A.S.S. stop.

When you think of Bassmaster tournament events, January isn’t necessarily the first month that comes to mind. While schedules have varied over the years, the winter has usually been considered kind of an off-season. As it turns out, there have been more than 2 dozen professional level events held by B.A.S.S. over the years that at least had one or more event days falling during some part of the month. Not surprisingly, nearly all of them were held in Florida. To win this week’s trivia contest, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, you’ll have to brush up a bit on your January tourney knowledge and answer the following four questions correctly.

1. There were only two B.A.S.S. January events not held in Florida. Name the two events and their locations/year.

Despite visiting the Sunshine State so many times during the month of January, you might be surprised to know that there have only ever been two repeat winners over more than 45 years of event history.

2. Name the only 2 time winner of January Florida B.A.S.S. events.

3. Name the only 3 time winner of January Florida B.A.S.S. events.

4. What is amiss about the old Florida Invitational tourney patch in regards to this post?

Answers and winner will be announced Thursday.

A Big Bass Pioneer

L.J. Brasher’s Big Bass Wall of Fame, from Bassmaster Jan./Feb. 1980

I was surfing across the web the other night when I stumbled upon a story featuring L.J. Brasher. L.J. was one of the first, or at least one of the more well publicized strictly big bass chasers, tromping around the backroads of Florida looking for off the beaten path potholes harboring overlooked giant bass. He would fish for days at a time, chunking giant musky Jitterbugs all night long.   The year was 1980. Hank Parker had just won BASSMASTER Classic IX using a hot new technique called flipping developed out on the west coast. Lake San Vincente and the San Diego area in California was the talk of the big bass world, where a then 39 year old big bass angler named Bill Murphy spent hours developing a lead-core trolling method with repainted Rapala’s in rainbow trout color, plying the deep open waters during the winter. [Read more…]