Monday Trivia – Jared the Jig Meister (Answer & Winner – Dec. 04, 2014)

Jim Jared on Lake Mead, site of his 1989 Invitational victory.

Jim Jared on Lake Mead, site of his 1989 Invitational victory.

While we had one person give it a valiant effort, they were only able to correctly guess 3 of the 4 questions, therefore we slide through this week without a winner. But we’ll be back again next Monday with another chance to win.

Jim Jared of Dolan Springs, AZ has a reputation as one of the best jig sticks in the West. With a pair of BFL victories to his credit, along with 15 other Top-10s, he was always considered a threat to win local desert tourneys. And win he did, on one of the biggest stages of bass fishing when he took the top slot at the April 1989 B.A.S.S. Nevada Invitational held on Lake Mead. His 30 pounds of bass was enough to take home the $33,000 top prize, beating out a number of big name touring pros in the process. To win this week’s trivia contest, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto’s Custom Baits, answer the following 4 questions about Jim and that event.

1.Jim had a very obvious favorite color pattern for both his jig and the trailer he so often used. Name the color(s)?
2.What famous bass angler influenced Jim’s decision to use the trailer color he did with his jigs?
3.Jim was a big believer in using scent, much more so than most anglers back then. He often said the fish “savor the flavor.” He even went so far as to manufacture his own concoction that he used on all his baits, and would sell to others. What was the name of his trademark scent formula?
4.The Arizona Inv. was also the first professional B.A.S.S. Tour event for what other West coast angler, who would later establish himself and his fishing career as one of the best in the business? [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Jared the Jig Meister

Jim Jared on Lake Mead, site of his 1989 Invitational victory.

Jim Jared on Lake Mead, site of his 1989 Invitational victory.

Jim Jared of Dolan Springs, AZ has a reputation as one of the best jig sticks in the West. With a pair of BFL victories to his credit, along with 15 other Top-10s, he was always considered a threat to win local desert tourneys. And win he did, on one of the biggest stages of bass fishing when he took the top slot at the April 1989 B.A.S.S. Nevada Invitational held on Lake Mead. His 30 pounds of bass was enough to take home the $33,000 top prize, beating out a number of big name touring pros in the process. To win this week’s trivia contest, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto’s Custom Baits, answer the following 4 questions about Jim and that event. [Read more…]

Welcome to the Big Leagues – Jay Yelas

Photo February issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Photo February issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

I’ve frequently contended that in addition to time on the water and the requisite instincts and physical skills, anyone who wants to become a great tournament angler must also have a great memory. You have to remember how to pilot through that stumpy backwater, what you were doing when the big fish hit, and of course how to apply seasonal patterns.

I was reminded of my belief recently when I asked Jay Yelas to describe his first B.A.S.S. tournament, the 1989 Nevada Invitational on Lake Mead. I hadn’t prepped him for the topic, but immediately he responded, “I think I finished 12th there.” Indeed, he was correct. The tournament was won by Arizona pro Jim Jared in his first B.A.S.S. tournament. It was Jared’s lone top 30 finish in seven events with B.A.S.S.  As my recent conversation with Yelas indicated, the tournament remains important to his professional history as well. He’s fished approximately 300 tournaments combined between FLW and B.A.S.S., but that was his introduction to the big leagues. [Read more…]