Monday Trivia – Baldwin’s Havasu Win Answers and Winner (May 4, 2015)

Mike Baldwin. Photo Inside Line.

Mike Baldwin. Photo Inside Line.

Unfortunately there was no winning to this week’s contest. Come back next week for a shot at a $25 Yamamoto e-coupon.

With B.A.S.S. headed back to Lake Havasu this week for the first time since 2003, it seems like an opportune time to revisit Mike Baldwin’s 1998 Western Invitational win on the Colorado River impoundment. While we’re expecting reasonably solid weights from the Elites, Baldwin’s victory was anything but a slugfest – he weighed in 10 fish for 22-11 to beat out fellow local Larry Locatis by a little bit over 3 pounds. It only took 6-08 to make the money.

Baldwin had landed in fourth place after Day One with 8 pounds, fishing a nail-weighted straight-tailed worm up the river. Heavy wind on Day Two made it difficult to present the lightly-weighted soft plastic properly. His second day partner suggested that they go down lake and crank – a recommendation that may have salvaged his victory as he managed three fish for 6-04, before slamming the door with 8-07 on the third day to close it out. [Read more…]

Revisiting Lake Havasu – 1985

Rick in the Champions jacket, awaiting the signing of the check. photo by Rodney Boyd/FLW Outdoors.

Rick in the Champions jacket, awaiting the signing of the check. photo by Rodney Boyd/Operation Bass.

When the Bassmaster Elite Series anglers take off Thursday morning on Day 1 of the second arm of their Western series swing, this time on Lake Havasu, there will likely be some strong memories for several of the anglers. One of those will certainly be Rick Clunn. It was 30 years ago when Rick won the RedMan All-American, and the resulting $100,000 prize, his first such six-figure check. Back then, even the Bassmaster Classic only paid $50,000.

The magazine of Operation Bass at the time was called CAST Magazine, and they covered this event in their January/February 1986 issue at great length. Anglers took off each day from under the London Bridge – THE London Bridge from childhood song. The story of the bridge itself is rather fascinating. According to a Lake Havasu tourism website; [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Baldwin’s Havasu Win (May 4, 2015)

Mike Baldwin. Photo Inside Line.

Mike Baldwin. Photo Inside Line.

With B.A.S.S. headed back to Lake Havasu this week for the first time since 2003, it seems like an opportune time to revisit Mike Baldwin’s 1998 Western Invitational win on the Colorado River impoundment. While we’re expecting reasonably solid weights from the Elites, Baldwin’s victory was anything but a slugfest – he weighed in 10 fish for 22-11 to beat out fellow local Larry Locatis by a little bit over 3 pounds. It only took 6-08 to make the money.

Baldwin had landed in fourth place after Day One with 8 pounds, fishing a nail-weighted straight-tailed worm up the river. Heavy wind on Day Two made it difficult to present the lightly-weighted soft plastic properly. His second day partner suggested that they go down lake and crank – a recommendation that may have salvaged his victory as he managed three fish for 6-04, before slamming the door with 8-07 on the third day to close it out. [Read more…]