College Bassin’ Back in My Day

The front cover of the Bass Fishing Institute manual.

The front cover of the Bass Fishing Institute manual.

If you read and follow any of the major Tours or media outlets covering the sport, you know that college bassing has started to take on a life of its own. When you mention “growing the sport”, this and the high school level is where it’s going to happen. But before the current crop of college level competition came to be, and well before the Bass University (Ike, Gluszek) was around, there were other college bass fishing programs in place, sort of. Here’s a couple I was involved in that were right here in Indiana. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Lillegard Wins Again Answer and Winner (Dec 8, 2014)

Rick Lillegard. Photo Bassmaster.com.

Rick Lillegard. Photo Bassmaster.com.

Well, again we have no winner for this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! Are we making it too difficult? Well, maybe next week we’ll make it a little easier. For the answers to this week’s contest, please read below.

The 1997 New York Eastern Invitational on the St. Lawrence River was the second of Rick Lillegard’s two Bassmaster wins. A little less than two years earlier, he’d won the Maryland Eastern Invitational on the Potomac by a massive 11 pound 7 ounce margin over second-place finisher Pete Gluszek. In New York, the gap wasn’t quite that large, but he still managed to beat runner up Clark Wendlandt by more than four pounds.

The tournament was only 17 years ago, but while many of the anglers in the field still fish at the highest levels, the only member of the top 10 who fished in Elite Series competition is South Carolina’s Ray Sedgwick, who last fished the Elites in 2008. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Lillegard Wins Again (Dec 8, 2014)

Rick Lillegard. Photo Bassmaster.com.

Rick Lillegard. Photo Bassmaster.com.

The 1997 New York Eastern Invitational on the St. Lawrence River was the second of Rick Lillegard’s two Bassmaster wins. A little less than two years earlier, he’d won the Maryland Eastern Invitational on the Potomac by a massive 11-pound 7-ounce margin over second-place finisher Pete Gluszek. In New York, the gap wasn’t quite that large, but he still managed to beat runner up Clark Wendlandt by more than four pounds.

The tournament was only 17 years ago, but while many of the anglers in the field still fish at the highest levels, the only member of the top 10 who fished in Elite Series competition is South Carolina’s Ray Sedgwick, who last fished the Elites in 2008.

One member of the top 10 continues to attend every Elite Series event, though. It’s fourth place finisher Mark Zona, fishing the fifth of nine B.A.S.S. events in which he competed. His inaugural Bassmaster tournament was on the same waterway in 1995, and he finished a dismal 101st, so the 1997 event marked a substantial improvement in his performance. It wasn’t his best Bassmaster effort, though. In his final event (as far as we know) in 2005, he finished 3rd in a Northern Open on Lake Champlain. If you look down the standings sheet you’ll see that he did not yet call Michigan home – his address was listed as “Homewood, Illinois.” [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Another War of Northern Aggression Answer and Winner (March 24, 2014)

Nick Prvonozac from flwoutdoors

Nick Prvonozac from flwoutdoors

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

In last week’s Monday Trivia contest, we discussed New Jersey pro Pete Gluszek’s win at Alabama’s Lake Martin in February of 1999. The following week the northern anglers once again took out their aggression on their southern counterparts. This time they moved almost 600 miles to the southwest, to Sam Rayburn – and when the Central Invitational was over the top three spots were occupied by anglers from outside the deep south:

  • 1st – Kevin VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • 2nd – Nick Prvonozac, Warren, Oh.
  • 3rd – Lee Bailey Jr., Amston, Conn. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Another War of Northern Aggression (March 24, 2014)

Nick Prvonozac from flwoutdoors

Nick Prvonozac from flwoutdoors

In last week’s Monday Trivia contest, we discussed New Jersey pro Pete Gluszek’s win at Alabama’s Lake Martin in February of 1999. The following week the northern anglers once again took out their aggression on their southern counterparts. This time they moved almost 600 miles to the southwest, to Sam Rayburn – and when the Central Invitational was over the top three spots were occupied by anglers from outside the deep south:

  • 1st – Kevin VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • 2nd – Nick Prvonozac, Warren, Oh.
  • 3rd – Lee Bailey Jr., Amston, Conn. [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…]