Monday Trivia – Laissez les bon temps roulez Answer and Winner (May 18, 2015)

Kenyon Hill. Photo Bassmaster.com.

Kenyon Hill. Photo Bassmaster.com.

Congratulations to Al H. for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits!  For the answer, read below.

As the son of renowned bass biologist and product inventor Loren Hill, Kenyon Hill may have been destined to pursue a career in tournament fishing. He fished his first B.A.S.S. event in December of 1986 at the age of 22, and since then has qualified for four Bassmaster Classics and has won three events. He continues to fish the Elite Series in 2015. [Read more…]

Not so Bitter Anymore: The 1990 Golden Blend Championship

The cover of the January/February edition of Bass Fishing magazine, the publication of Operation Bass, had Jim Bitter front and center for his Golden Blend Championship win.

The cover of the January/February edition of Bass Fishing magazine, the publication of Operation Bass, had Jim Bitter front and center for his Golden Blend Championship win.

Back in November, we solicited information from readers about the history of the Operation Bass Golden Blend tournament series. We’d put together a basic outline of the circuit’s history, but we had little meat to put on those bones. Thanks to one of our great readers and supporters, Andy Williamson, we have a bit more to add.

In that original article, we mentioned Jim Bitter’s 1990 win on Lake Chickamauga. Specificially, we explained that “[t]he win marked a strong period in Bitter’s career, as he’d won MegaBucks IV on the Harris Chain two years earlier.” Left unsaid was the fact that it came on the heels of what is for many – fairly or unfairly – the defining moment of Bitter’s long career, his failure to win the 1989 Bassmaster Classic. As you may recall, Bitter had the winning fish in his hand, but when he went to re-measure it under the gaze of Tim Tucker’s camera, it slipped from his hand and back into the James River. Hank Parker ended up beating him by two ounces. Gone were not only the lasting glory of a Classic win, but also the $50,000 top prize. [Read more…]

The Bassmaster Classic – 1991 through 2000

Ken Cook hoists the 1991 Classic trophy for winning at the Chesapeake Bay, MD. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Ken Cook hoists the 1991 Classic trophy for winning at the Chesapeake Bay, MD. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

By 1991 the Bassmaster Classic had become the event anglers aspired to win – weekend warriors through tour-level pros. The event had grown from a small gathering of anglers and media huddled together at the ramp in 1971 at Lake Mead, NV to sold-out stadiums in 1990. Although the event was centered around the anglers who qualified and the eventual winner, it grew into what we now know as Classic week filled with fan days, media events and one of if not the biggest public tackle shows in the world. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Kirk Cashes In Answer and Winner (Oct 13, 2014)

Danny Kirk April 1999 Bassmaster Magazine/Gerald Crawford.

Danny Kirk April 1999 Bassmaster Magazine/Gerald Crawford.

We only had one person attempt this week’s Monday Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Although he got the first three questions right, he missed the last one. We tried to determine if the answer given was in any way attached to the correct answer but couldn’t find any evidence of such. Come back again next Monday for the next round of Monday Trivia. For the answers, please read below.

Forty-two year old Danny Kirk could only manage 8 pounds 5 ounces of Kissimmee Chain bass during the January 1999 Florida Bassmaster Top 150 event, but it was enough to outlast Florida stalwarts Shaw Grigsby and Terry Segraves for the win. He beat them both by a margin of 7 ounces, which translated into a difference of over $60,000 in cash and merchandise. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Kirk Cashes In (Oct 13, 2014)

Danny Kirk April 1999 Bassmaster Magazine/Gerald Crawford.

Danny Kirk April 1999 Bassmaster Magazine/Gerald Crawford.

Forty-two year old Danny Kirk could only manage 8 pounds 5 ounces of Kissimmee Chain bass during the January 1999 Florida Bassmaster Top 150 event, but it was enough to outlast Florida stalwarts Shaw Grigsby and Terry Segraves for the win. He beat them both by a margin of 7 ounces, which translated into a difference of over $60,000 in cash and merchandise.

He put together four limits that totaled 41-pounds even, a winning catch far below what most fans would’ve expected. It was the directly result of temperatures in the 20s that plagued Florida in early January, along with fronts that continued into the tournament. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – KVD’s First Answer and Winner (July 29, 2013)

KVD poses with his trophy and check from his first Bassmaster win at Lake Lanier in 1991. Photo December 1991 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

KVD poses with his trophy and check from his first Bassmaster win at Lake Lanier in 1991. Photo December 1991 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Unfortunately for the fourth week in a row we’re unable to name a winner of this week’s Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! Some good answers but not the right ones. Please come back next week and try again. For the answers, read below.

Steve Price may have penned the understatement of the century when he wrote the following about Kevin VanDam’s victory in the December 1991 Bassmaster about the Top 100 on Lake Lanier:

“The victory was VanDam’s first in B.A.S.S. competition, but it probably won’t be his last.”

Indeed, KVD has gone on to win 19 more B.A.S.S events, including four Bassmaster Classic titles, and he’s probably not through yet. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – KVD’s First (July 29, 2013)

KVD poses with his trophy and check from his first Bassmaster win at Lake Lanier in 1991. Photo December 1991 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

KVD poses with his trophy and check from his first Bassmaster win at Lake Lanier in 1991. Photo December 1991 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Steve Price may have penned the understatement of the century when he wrote the following about Kevin VanDam’s victory in the December 1991 Bassmaster about the Top 100 on Lake Lanier:

“The victory was VanDam’s first in B.A.S.S. competition, but it probably won’t be his last.”

Indeed, KVD has gone on to win 19 more B.A.S.S events, including four Bassmaster Classic titles, and he’s probably not through yet. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Fritts Continues to Blitz Answer and Winner (June 17, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.com

Photo Bassmaster.com

This week we had a number of readers post their answers and most all of them got at least one part correct. Unfortunately none of them got the entire answer correct and, therefore, we have no winner for this week. Come back next Monday and test your memory (or Internet search skills) when Harold Sharp hands out a three-question quiz regarding the Bass Anglers Sportsman Sociatey. For this week’s answers, read below.

As we’ve written previously on the BFA, in the early 1990s the Fritts Blitz was in full effect. Carolina cranker David Fritts, veteran of Operation Bass and a number of regional trails, didn’t fish B.A.S.S. consistently until 1988. He didn’t record his first top ten until May of 1990, when he finished 4th in the Alabama Invitational at Guntersville. At that point, he wasn’t a household name, but shortly thereafter he started to make his mark. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – What Could Have Been

The 1994 Bassmaster Georgia Invitational on Lake Lanier seems to be a pretty typical Lanier derby for that time period – relatively low weights and won by local angler Mickey Bruce (his third and final BASS win and second on Lanier). That was the pre-blueback period on Lanier, so the while the spotted bass experts like Bruce, Tom Mann Jr. and Cliff Craft generally mopped up, the bass hadn’t yet grown to true spotzilla proportions.

But look down the check line a little bit and you might see a little bit of angling history…sad angling history. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot: Slugging it Out

Terry Baksay.

The  1989 Bassmaster New York Invitational doesn’t appear to have been a remarkable or particularly memorable tournament: Mickey Bruce won the second of his three BASS victories, the only one not on Lake Lanier. Local angler Dick Garlock earned his top finish at the Invitational/Open level. The field is studded with stars, both past and future, along with more than a few never-beens and never-will-bes.

Despite the fact that it appears to be another forgettable event, this one was significant in the history of lure development. Can you guess why? [Read more…]