Season at a Glance: 1978 Bassmaster Trail – Part Three

Roland Martin wins his 5th AOY in 1978. Photo February 1979 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Roland Martin wins his 5th AOY in 1978. Photo February 1979 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

[Editor’s note: This is Part Three of a six-part series on the 1978 Bassmaster Trail. Click the following links to read Part One and Part Two. We’re sorry for the lack of a story yesterday – we were experiencing server problems and hope we got it figured out.]

By the beginning of May, the Bassmaster Trail was half way through the 1978 season with three Classic qualifiers completed along with the Bass Champs event. By that point the Bassmaster Angler of the Year race was getting pretty heated with Californian Dave Gliebe in the lead by 10 ounces followed by Jerry Rhyne. The top 10 was fairly stacked with anglers such as; Roland Martin (3rd), Larry Nixon (5th), Tom Mann (6th), Bobby Murray (7th) Rick Clunn (8th). See the table below for the entire top 40 in the 1978 AOY race. [Read more…]

Season at a Glance: 1978 Bassmaster Trail – Part One

Some of the headlines from 1978 concerning the new 14-inch rule that B.A.S.S. imposed. From Bassmaster Magazine.

Some of the headlines from 1978 concerning the new 14-inch rule that B.A.S.S. imposed. From Bassmaster Magazine.

[Editor’s note: This is Part One of a six-part series on the 1978 Bassmaster Trail. Over the course of the next two weeks we’ll cover the 1978 season, the Classic qualifiers and the 1978 Bassmaster Classic.]

The 1978 Bassmaster Trail season would be one to go down in tournament fishing history. First off, between the end of the ’77 season and the start of the ’78 season, B.A.S.S. president Ray Scott decided to increase the length requirement for legal tournament bass from 12 inches to 14 inches. This new rule threw a wrench into the game that many of the top pros didn’t like. Here’s what some of them had to say: [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – If it Plays in Peoria Answer and Winner

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Congratulations to Bob Uhrig for winning the Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest with his correct answer!  Read below for the answer.

Jay Yelas earned a tough win in the June 1995 Bassmaster SuperStars event on the Illinois River out of Peoria. It marked the second of his five B.A.S.S. wins and also his second on a river (he’d won on the Potomac in 1993). The last of his five B.A.S.S. victories came at the 2002 Bassmaster Classic on Lay Lake – now he fishes FLW exclusively.

As the name of the tournament indicates, the 31 competitors at Peoria comprised a star-studded field. All were either Classic winners, former AOYs, or members of the list of all-time leading money winners.

In the final standings, prior Classic winners occupied 2nd through 6th places — David Fritts, George Cochran, Robert Hamilton, Guido Hibdon and Paul Elias. Other prior Classic winners included Rick Clunn, Charlie Reed, Hank Parker, Ken Cook, Tommy Martin, Larry Nixon, Bobby Murray, Bo Dowden, Stanley Mitchell and Jack Chancellor. Future Classic winners, in addition to Yelas, included Cochran (again), Denny Brauer, Kevin VanDam (four times), and Mark Davis (that same year). [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – If it Plays in Peoria

Photo Bassmaster.com

Jay Yelas earned a tough win in the June 1995 Bassmaster SuperStars event on the Illinois River out of Peoria. It marked the second of his five B.A.S.S. wins and also his second on a river (he’d won on the Potomac in 1993). The last of his five B.A.S.S. victories came at the 2002 Bassmaster Classic on Lay Lake – now he fishes FLW exclusively.

As the name of the tournament indicates, the 31 competitors at Peoria comprised a star-studded field. All were either Classic winners, former AOYs, or members of the list of all-time leading money winners.

In the final standings, prior Classic winners occupied 2nd through 6th places — David Fritts, George Cochran, Robert Hamilton, Guido Hibdon and Paul Elias. Other prior Classic winners included Rick Clunn, Charlie Reed, Hank Parker, Ken Cook, Tommy Martin, Larry Nixon, Bobby Murray, Bo Dowden, Stanley Mitchell and Jack Chancellor. Future Classic winners, in addition to Yelas, included Cochran (again), Denny Brauer, Kevin VanDam (four times), and Mark Davis (that same year). [Read more…]