Monday Trivia – Name That Writer (Answer & Winner – January 19, 2015)

Can you name this famous writer?

Can you name this famous writer?

There were a lot of great guesses this week in our contest, but congratulations goes to Jay Davis for correctly answering the trivia contest this week!  For the answers please read below.

Once again I’ll take a slightly different path with our weekly contest just to keep everyone on their toes. Here at the Bass Fishing Archives, we’ve covered a lot of books and articles from some pretty famous writers. In this week’s contest, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, we’re going to turn the tables a bit. The picture above is of another famous outdoor writer/journalist. As a bit of a hint, this picture dates back to 1971. And, this person’s work has been featured in some of the most popular bass and outdoor magazines of the past 30 years. To win this week’s contest, simply answer the following three questions: [Read more…]

Book Review – 20 Years of KVD in Print

The cover of the original 1994 version of KVD's Bass Strategies.

The cover of the original 1994 version of KVD’s Bass Strategies.

While Kevin VanDam’s career has gained steam over time with the addition of Angler of the Year titles and Bassmaster Classic trophies, it’s hard to remember a period in his career when he was a “typical rookie” or an “up-and-coming pro.” That’s because he seemed to jump onto the scene as almost a fully-formed, ready-for-prime-time superstar. I recall veteran outdoor writer Craig Lamb telling me that he interviewed KVD at one of the angler’s earliest B.A.S.S. tournaments (possibly the 1990 New York Invitational on the St. Lawrence, where KVD finished 3rd) and he could already give a superlative interview, unlike most twenty-something anglers. For that matter, he was probably better than most of the veterans. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Lazoen Lights it Up Against a Cast of Characters Answer and Winner (Nov 10, 2014)

Larry Lazoen. Photo Bassmaster.com.

Larry Lazoen. Photo Bassmaster.com.

Congratulations to Adam Hinkle for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. This make three for Adam in the short period of about 5 weeks. For the answers, please read below.

As we’ve previously noted on the Bass Fishing Archives, Florida pro Larry Lazoen was one of the many one-time winners in Bassmaster tournament history, a fate that is of course far better than never winning at all, but still leaves most competitive anglers feeling that they “coulda been a contender” more frequently.

Perhaps not surprisingly, his one victory came in the 1994 Maryland Bassmaster Invitational on the Potomac River, where grass fishing ruled the day. As Lazoen told Bassmaster’s Louie Stout: “It had all the qualities I like – clear, shallow water and grass. I don’t think people fish shallow enough on this river. To me, 4 feet is deep.” [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Lazoen Lights it Up Against a Cast of Characters (Nov 10, 2014)

Larry Lazoen. Photo Bassmaster.com.

Larry Lazoen. Photo Bassmaster.com.

As we’ve previously noted on the Bass Fishing Archives, Florida pro Larry Lazoen was one of the many one-time winners in Bassmaster tournament history, a fate that is of course far better than never winning at all, but still leaves most competitive anglers feeling that they “coulda been a contender” more frequently.

Perhaps not surprisingly, his one victory came in the 1994 Maryland Bassmaster Invitational  on the Potomac River, where grass fishing ruled the day. As Lazoen told Bassmaster’s Louie Stout: “It had all the qualities I like – clear, shallow water and grass. I don’t think people fish shallow enough on this river. To me, 4 feet is deep.” [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – The Stone Pony Answer and Winner (August 11, 2014)

Marty Stone. Photo Bassmaster.com

Marty Stone. Photo Bassmaster.com

Editor’s Note.  In light of the fact that no one answered the questions correctly today, we would normally not have a winner. But, since Steve M got both parts of Question 4 correct and we didn’t catch the incorrect answers for 1, until we already posted he won, we’re going to give it to him this time. For the answers to this week’s contest, read below.

In a B.A.S.S. career that spanned the years from 1993 through 2010, Marty Stone earned two wins, the first of which came during a challenging event on Alabama’s Lake Wheeler in March of 1999. While Wheeler today is known for producing large quantities of bass, even if they’re not typically as big as those in neighboring Guntersville, it was a stingy fishery during the 1999 Bassmaster Top 150. After inclement weather forced the cancellation of Day One, it took less than 16 pounds over two days to make the top 40 and the money. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Menendez Mows ‘Em Down Answer and Winner (May 12, 2014)

Photo MarkMenendez.com

Photo MarkMenendez.com

Congratulations to Andy Williamson for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by GYCB! For the answers, please read below.

In early 1998, Mark Menendez was a 34 year-old Kentucky pro with a spotty record over seven years of B.A.S.S. competition. He’d qualified for the 1997 Bassmaster Classic, but had only a single Top-10 finish to his credit, just eight months earlier. He turned that around in March with a victory in the Alabama Top 100 on Pickwick and Wilson Lakes.

While the majority of the field stayed in Pickwick, Menendez locked through to Wilson each day where he jerkbaited his way to three consecutive limits totaling 60-03, a tiny bit over 4 pounds per fish. Most were smallmouths, although he did land a few largemouths.

Despite the winner’s impressive catch, the weights fell off relatively quick thereafter and it took only 36-08 to make the top ten. The difficulty in catching better limits was caused largely by heavy winds, up to 30 miles per hour at times, that made navigation and positioning difficult if not treacherous. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Gluszek’s Glory Answer and Winner (March 17, 2014)

Pete Gluszek Bassmaster.com

Pete Gluszek Bassmaster.com

Congratulations to Keith for winning this week’s Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For the answers, please read below.

New Jersey pro Pete Gluszek is known as a master of northeastern fisheries. His most recent win with B.A.S.S. was the 2012 Northern Invitational at Cayuga. His most recent wins with FLW were the 2006 Stren on Lake Champlain and the 2007 Stren on the Hudson River. Despite that Yankee pedigree, the first major win of his professional career took place in the heart of Dixie 15 years ago when he won the B.A.S.S. Invitational on Alabama’s Lake Martin.

Gluszek used a Carolina rigged finesse worm, a jig and a spinnerbait to catch three limits that totaled 41-11. He caught over 10 pounds of spots each day, then culled up with a largemouth or two, surprising most locals and pundits, who figured that it would take primarily largemouths to win.

He may have been far from home, and fishing for a species (spotted bass) that you can’t catch in New Jersey, but he applied his regional strategies to earn the victory. “The crystal clear water reminded me of our lakes back home,” he told Bassmaster’s Louie Stout. “The spotted bass act a lot like smallmouths, so everything fell into place for me.” [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Gluszek’s Glory (March 17, 2014)

Pete Gluszek Bassmaster.com

Pete Gluszek Bassmaster.com

New Jersey pro Pete Gluszek is known as a master of northeastern fisheries. His most recent win with B.A.S.S. was the 2012 Northern Invitational at Cayuga. His most recent wins with FLW were the 2006 Stren on Lake Champlain and the 2007 Stren on the Hudson River. Despite that Yankee pedigree, the first major win of his professional career took place in the heart of Dixie 15 years ago when he won the B.A.S.S. Invitational on Alabama’s Lake Martin.

Gluszek used a Carolina rigged finesse worm, a jig and a spinnerbait to catch three limits that totaled 41-11. He caught over 10 pounds of spots each day, then culled up with a largemouth or two, surprising most locals and pundits, who figured that it would take primarily largemouths to win. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Storming Crankbaits Answer and Winner

Photo Bassmaster Magazine Dec 1996.

Congrats to Jerry Rapp for answering not only the first question correctly but also the second one too!  To find out what the answers were, read below.

OK, BFA fans, here’s another two-parter to test how well you know your professional fishing trivia. You must get both questions right in order to win. Have at it!

The 1996 Virginia Bassmaster Eastern Invitational at Lake Gaston marked the lone win for David Ashcraft in 45 B.A.S.S. events. In fact, he only finished in the top twenty four other times, and never again after his victory, before calling it quits in 1999. [Read more…]

The Writers – Dave Precht

Dr. Mike Allen, biology professor at the University of Florida, took this photo of Precht and his almost-10 pounder. Fishing with a variety of great people has been a highlight of Precht’s career. Photo courtesy of Dave Precht.

Editor’s Note: This series is dedicated to those people who penned the many articles we read in order to learn more about our sport and become better anglers. Sure it was the anglers who developed the techniques, lures and equipment we use today but it was the writers’ job to make sure these bits of information got to the masses. Without the writers to communicate this, the world of bass fishing would be very different today.

For nearly 45 years novice and experienced anglers have turned to the pages of Bassmaster Magazine to learn about their craft. And, over the years many gifted writers have blessed the pages of that hallowed magazine, transcribing the words of the pros into something anyone can read and understand. Writers like Steve Price, Matt Vincent, Mark Hicks and the late Tim Tucker have all played a part in relaying information from the boat and on to the pages of Bassmaster Magazine – all in an effort to help us, the angler, get better. [Read more…]