The First Season of the Red Man Trail

Red Man Tournament Trail Patch.

Red Man Tournament Trail Patch.

Many of us who immersed ourselves into the world of competitive bass fishing in the 1990s or after the turn of the century tend to assume that there were always stable nationwide organized circuits for the weekend angler. We may have known that what are now the BFLs were previously the Red Man circuit, but we don’t have a sense of when and where the Red Mans were born.

As Terry has detailed previously, old issues of CAST Magazine are a treasure trove of information about that era, and provide an incredible look back at the origins of the BFLs. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Carving up the St. Johns Answer and Winner (January 12, 2015)

Kim Carver. Photo FLWOutdoors.com.

Kim Carver. Photo FLWOutdoors.com.

[Editor’s note: Remember, the rules have changed for the Monday trivia contest. You are now allowed to win three times per calendar year rather than three times only.]

We had two people answer the trivia contest this week and by virtue of answering first, congratulations to Steve Quinn for winning!  For the answers please read below.

Kim Carver may not be a household name to many of the more recent vintage of bass fishing fans, but the Georgia pro has had a solid career on the water. Among those who follow the sport closely, he’s probably best known for his $100,000 victory in the 1998 Red Man All-American on the Mississippi River out of Lacrosse, Wisconsin, where the leaderboard included a who’s-who list not only of Red Man superstars, but also current Elite Series pros Skeet Reese (6th), Jeff Kriet (13th), David Walker (17th), Steve Kennedy (23rd), Stephen Browning (24th) and John Murray (39th). He’d been the runner up in the prior year’s All-American in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Along the way, he’s notched six other Red-Man/BFL wins, including three Regionals, with the most recent victory coming on his home lake, Sinclair, in May of 2014. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Carving up the St. Johns (January 12, 2015)

Kim Carver. Photo FLWOutdoors.com.

Kim Carver. Photo FLWOutdoors.com.

[Editor’s note: Remember, the rules have changed for the Monday trivia contest. You are now allowed to win three times per calendar year rather than three times only.]

Kim Carver may not be a household name to many of the more recent vintage of bass fishing fans, but the Georgia pro has had a solid career on the water. Among those who follow the sport closely, he’s probably best known for his $100,000 victory in the 1998 Red Man All-American on the Mississippi River out of Lacrosse, Wisconsin, where the leaderboard included a who’s-who list not only of Red Man superstars, but also current Elite Series pros Skeet Reese (6th), Jeff Kriet (13th), David Walker (17th), Steve Kennedy (23rd), Stephen Browning (24th) and John Murray (39th). He’d been the runner up in the prior year’s All-American in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Along the way, he’s notched six other Red-Man/BFL wins, including three Regionals, with the most recent victory coming on his home lake, Sinclair, in May of 2014. [Read more…]

Looking for Operation Bass Golden Blend Info

Golden Blend was a title sponsor for Operation Bass' attempt to give B.A.S.S. some competition. Unfortunately the circuit didn't last long and there's little information out there regarding it.

Golden Blend was a title sponsor for Operation Bass’ attempt to give B.A.S.S. some competition. Unfortunately the circuit didn’t last long and there’s little information out there regarding it.

Many modern fans of professional fishing assume that the FLW Tour was the first major competitor to B.A.S.S. Of course, that is not quite correct – over time, there were several national trails that tried to make a run at being the dominant circuit, or at least supplementing it. The truth is that the FLW Tour, founded under the Operation Bass umbrella, wasn’t even the first attempt by that organization to create some competition for Ray Scott’s baby.

Starting in the late 1980s, and running into the early ‘90s, Operation Bass operated the Golden Blend series of tournaments. They built upon the success of the original Red Man events, which catered to the “working man” – one-day weekend tournaments with low entry fees and a chance to qualify for the high payout All-American. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Garrett Finds Gold in Texas Answer and Winner (July 14, 2014)

Doug Garrett photo Bassmaster.com

Doug Garrett photo Bassmaster.com

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

Some pros just seem to shine a little brighter on the big stage. The best example of this might be Rick Clunn, who has won four Bassmaster Classics. There’s also Larry Nixon, whose 14 B.A.S.S. victories included not just the 1983 Classic, but also four Megabucks titles – in 1988, two in 1990 and again in 1991.

Arkansas pro Doug Garrett also excelled in the Megabucks format, winning the “war of attrition” in both 1997 and 1998. The first of those two wins took place on two Texas waters, Richland-Chambers Reservoir and White Rock Lake. Garrett was no stranger to winning big events , as he’d won the 1993 Red Man All-American on Alabama’s Black Warrior River, a $100,000 payday. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Garrett Finds Gold in Texas (July 14, 2014)

Doug Garrett photo Bassmaster.com

Doug Garrett photo Bassmaster.com

Some pros just seem to shine a little brighter on the big stage. The best example of this might be Rick Clunn, who has won four Bassmaster Classics. There’s also Larry Nixon, whose 14 B.A.S.S. victories included not just the 1983 Classic, but also four Megabucks titles – in 1988, two in 1990 and again in 1991.

Arkansas pro Doug Garrett also excelled in the Megabucks format, winning the “war of attrition” in both 1997 and 1998. The first of those two wins took place on two Texas waters, Richland-Chambers Reservoir and White Rock Lake. Garrett was no stranger to winning big events , as he’d won the 1993 Red Man All-American on Alabama’s Black Warrior River, a $100,000 payday. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – The Great Grigsby Goes to Georgia Answer and Winner (March 31, 2014)

Shaw Grigsby Jr., Photo Bassmaster.com.

Shaw Grigsby Jr., Photo Bassmaster.com.

Congratulations to Andy Williamson for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. For the answers, pleas read below.

Despite leading on Day One of this year’s Elite Series tournament on Lake Seminole, Shaw Grigsby couldn’t close the deal, finishing 8th when the scales closed on Sunday. That didn’t leave his trophy case devoid of Seminole hardware, though – he won the Georgia Top 100 there in 1993 and the Georgia Top 150 in 2000. Those came after he earned the first three of his nine B.A.S.S. winner’s trophies on Sam Rayburn in 1988, 1990 and 1992.

While the two Seminole victories were labeled as “Georgia” tournaments, the big lake spans into Grigsby’s home state of Florida. He’d previously won a major event in the Sunshine State – the $100,000 top prize in the 1984 Red Man All American on Lake Toho – but his first B.A.S.S. win was something special. Seminole was the sight of his first bass tournament, at the age of 16. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – The Great Grigsby Goes to Georgia (March 31, 2014)

Shaw Grigsby Jr., Photo Bassmaster.com

Shaw Grigsby Jr., Photo Bassmaster.com

Despite leading on Day One of this year’s Elite Series tournament on Lake Seminole, Shaw Grigsby couldn’t close the deal, finishing 8th when the scales closed on Sunday. That didn’t leave his trophy case devoid of Seminole hardware, though – he won the Georgia Top 100 there in 1993 and the Georgia Top 150 in 2000. Those came after he earned the first three of his nine B.A.S.S. winner’s trophies on Sam Rayburn in 1988, 1990 and 1992.

While the two Seminole victories were labeled as “Georgia” tournaments, the big lake spans into Grigsby’s home state of Florida. He’d previously won a major event in the Sunshine State – the $100,000 top prize in the 1984 Red Man All American on Lake Toho – but his first B.A.S.S. win was something special. Seminole was the sight of his first bass tournament, at the age of 16. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Above and Beyond Answer and Winner

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Congrats to Jeff Derrick for winning this week’s Bass Fishing Trivia Contest! To find out the answer, read on!

Since he first started fishing B.A.S.S. events in the late 70s, Shaw Grigsby has amassed nine victories. The most recent came in 2011 on the Harris Chain, one of five first place trophies he’s earned in his home state of Florida. Three others came at big Sam Rayburn in Texas. The only one not in Florida or Texas was the 1997 Top 100 on Lake Sinclair.

The first of those nine victories was at Rayburn, in the March 1988 Texas Invitational where he outlasted 298 other competitors in a tough event. He beat runner-up Zell Rowland by nearly six pounds on his way to $33,000 in cash and merchandise. [Read more…]

Breaking Though – OT Fears

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“Breaking Through” is an occasional series on BFA in which long-time professional bass anglers recount the details of their first major win – how they accomplished the victory and how it impacted their careers. This entry chronicles the 25th anniversary of the first major victory for Oklahoma pro OT Fears III, with present-day input from Fears.

 

While the Red Man All-American tournament (known today as the BFL All-American) is now an established national level tournament, in 1987 it was still a relatively new enterprise. One thing about it, though – despite having first been held in 1983, it was a potential kingmaker, as the $100,000 top prize was double what was awarded to that year’s Bassmaster Classic champion. [Read more…]