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 – Folkestad’s Florida Folly Answer and Winner (August 5, 2013)

Mike Folkestad and Ray Scott talk at the 1992 Florida Invitational event. Photo mikefolkestad.blogspot.com.

Mike Folkestad and Ray Scott talk at the 1992 Florida Invitational event. Photo mikefolkestad.blogspot.com.

Well it took four weeks but we finally have a winner! Congratulations to  Al Hustosky for winning this week’s Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For his efforts he won a $25 e-coupon good for anything on the GYCB website. Monday we’ll have another trivia question for you. For the answers to this week’s questions read below.

The 1992 Bassmaster Florida Invitational  was California pro Mike Folkestad’s lone win with B.A.S.S. in 60 tries. The western legend, who was formally inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame earlier this year, finished in the top 10 on seven other occasions, including a second-place near miss at the 1997 Arizona Western Invitational on Lake Powell. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia — Skeet’s Tackle Answer and Winner (July 8, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.com

Photo Bassmaster.com

We figured this week’s Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits would be easier compared to the recent trivia questions. I guess we were wrong as no one gave the correct answers. Next week we’ll try to make it easier. For the answers, read below.

With his win earlier this year at Georgia’s West Point Lake, Skeet Reese has now earned the top spot in B.A.S.S. competition on seven different occasions – in six different states and in six different calendar years (and probably with six or seven different hairstyles). [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Above and Beyond Answer and Winner

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Congrats to Jeff Derrick for winning this week’s Bass Fishing Trivia Contest! To find out the answer, read on!

Since he first started fishing B.A.S.S. events in the late 70s, Shaw Grigsby has amassed nine victories. The most recent came in 2011 on the Harris Chain, one of five first place trophies he’s earned in his home state of Florida. Three others came at big Sam Rayburn in Texas. The only one not in Florida or Texas was the 1997 Top 100 on Lake Sinclair.

The first of those nine victories was at Rayburn, in the March 1988 Texas Invitational where he outlasted 298 other competitors in a tough event. He beat runner-up Zell Rowland by nearly six pounds on his way to $33,000 in cash and merchandise. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Above and Beyond

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Since he first started fishing B.A.S.S. events in the late 70s, Shaw Grigsby has amassed nine victories. The most recent came in 2011 on the Harris Chain, one of five first place trophies he’s earned in his home state of Florida. Three others came at big Sam Rayburn in Texas. The only one not in Florida or Texas was the 1997 Top 100 on Lake Sinclair.

The first of those nine victories was at Rayburn, in the March 1988 Texas Invitational where he outlasted 298 other competitors in a tough event. He beat runner-up Zell Rowland by nearly six pounds on his way to $33,000 in cash and merchandise. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Sight for Sore Eyes (or mouths)

The top two finishers at the February 2005 Bassmaster Tour event on the Harris Chain were Floridians Peter Thliveros and Jim Bitter. It was Peter T’s fourth win with B.A.S.S., and the $102,000 paycheck dwarfed his previous largest check, although he beat that amount in both 2006 and 2007 by winning two majors that paid $250,000 apiece.

While the Harris Chain event may be memorable to Peter T, to most fishing fans it is historically significant for other reasons. Do you remember the controversy that surrounded it?

To figure out why it was meaningful, go down to 96th place.

David Dudley’s tournament performance at the Harris Chain may not have been notable, but during practice he opened up a hornet’s nest through what he termed “defensive” fishing. Specifically, there were obvious spawning fish waiting to be caught, but he knew that with a late boat number he’d almost certainly find them gone when he arrived. Therefore, he went and stuck a couple of bass during practice to ensure that they wouldn’t bite again during the tournament. [Read more…]