Monday Trivia – BASSfest

Jacob Wheeler, the inaugural winner of BASSfest.

Jacob Wheeler, the inaugural winner of BASSfest.

This week marks the return of BASSfest. The inaugural event featuring both Elite Series as well as Open anglers was held on Lake Chickamauga in 2014. The winner of that event was Jacob Wheeler, one of the anglers from the Open side of entrants. He edged out Kevin Vandam in a final day shootout that featured both anglers topping the 20 pound mark. This year, the event moves to Kentucky Lake, with just a few minor changes. While there were again invites sent to Open anglers, that offer went out to just the top 10 in each division, and only 13 anglers accepted and paid. Additionally, the Elite Series anglers will be accumulating AOY points based upon their finish in this year’s event. Unfortunately, there was no invitation extended to last year’s winner, meaning their won’t be any chance of a repeat winner, nor of a possible “rivalry” storyline to develop. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Humble Beginnings Answer and Winner

Photo mikeiaconelli.com

Congrats to Jack M for giving the correct answer to the trivia contest this week!  Read below for the answer.

The May 1994 North Carolina Bassmaster Top 100 on Lake Norman marked the lone win in Mike Bingham’s B.A.S.S. career. It didn’t come easily to the Jackson, Mississippi pro, either. He’d been financing his fishing career by working as a mussel diver on Kentucky Lake, and had sold his boat earlier in the year when he’d determined that professional angling was a dead end. With a sudden change of heart, he got a boat at the last minute for Norman. According to Bassmaster, he’d planned to camp for the tournament but ended up rooming with a charitable Shaw Grigsby. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Humble Beginnings

Photo Bassmaster Magazine July/August 1994.

The May 1994 North Carolina Bassmaster Top 100 on Lake Norman marked the lone win in Mike Bingham’s B.A.S.S. career. It didn’t come easily to the Jackson, Mississippi pro, either. He’d been financing his fishing career by working as a mussel diver on Kentucky Lake, and had sold his boat earlier in the year when he’d determined that professional angling was a dead end. With a sudden change of heart, he got a boat at the last minute for Norman. According to Bassmaster, he’d planned to camp for the tournament but ended up rooming with a charitable Shaw Grigsby. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Terry’s Triumphs

Mike Terry with a trophy from his 2010 BFL win.

Mike Terry dominated the 1993 Top 100 on Alabama’s Lake Martin, beating runner-up David Fritts by nearly 14 pounds.

It was Terry’s only BASS victory, and certainly the highlight of his 58 tournaments on the senior circuit. That’s not to say that his career was otherwise uneventful – indeed, he finished in the top ten on seven occasions (12%) and qualified for two Bassmaster Classics. Still, Terry is probably not best remembered for his exploits on the BASS side of things. [Read more…]