Monday Trivia – Guido Gitzem at the St. Johns Answer and Winner (Dec 22, 2014)

Kevin VanDam. Photo Bassmaster.com.

Kevin VanDam. Photo Bassmaster.com.

Merry Christmas and congratulations to Steve Q for winning this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For the answers to this week’s contest, please read below. The next trivia contest will be posted January 5, 2015.

It’s hard to imagine that there was a time when a Kevin VanDam top-10 finish was anything other than a routine occurrence, but if you head back to 1991, the 22 year-old Michigan pro was just getting started and not quite yet a household name. Fishing his 8th B.A.S.S. event that February on Florida’s St. Johns River, Van Dam finished second to veteran Guido Hibdon, and just ahead of another legend, Roland Martin.

The 1991 Florida Invitational on the St. Johns marked VanDam’s best B.A.S.S. finish to that point, besting the 3rd-place finish he’d earned the prior September on New York’s St. Lawrence River[], a tournament in which he also fell one place behind Hibdon in the final standings. He “finally” earned his first bass victory in December of 1991 at Lake Lanier where he outlasted six former and future Classic winners in the top 10, including Denny Brauer (2nd), Rick Clunn (3rd), David Fritts (4th), Bob Hamilton Jr. (6th), Mark Davis (10th) and – you guessed it – Hibdon (7th). [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Guido Gitzem at the St. Johns (Dec 22, 2014)

Kevin VanDam. Photo Bassmaster.com.

Kevin VanDam. Photo Bassmaster.com.

It’s hard to imagine that there was a time when a Kevin VanDam top-10 finish was anything other than a routine occurrence, but if you head back to 1991, the 22 year-old Michigan pro was just getting started and not quite yet a household name. Fishing his 8th B.A.S.S. event that February on Florida’s St. Johns River, Van Dam finished second to veteran Guido Hibdon, and just ahead of another legend, Roland Martin.

The 1991 Florida Invitational on the St. Johns marked VanDam’s best B.A.S.S. finish to that point, besting the 3rd-place finish he’d earned the prior September on New York’s St. Lawrence River, a tournament in which he also fell one place behind Hibdon in the final standings. He “finally” earned his first bass victory in December of 1991 at Lake Lanier where he outlasted six former and future Classic winners in the top 10, including Denny Brauer (2nd), Rick Clunn (3rd), David Fritts (4th), Bob Hamilton Jr. (6th), Mark Davis (10th) and – you guessed it – Hibdon (7th). [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – If it Plays in Peoria Answer and Winner

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Congratulations to Bob Uhrig for winning the Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest with his correct answer!  Read below for the answer.

Jay Yelas earned a tough win in the June 1995 Bassmaster SuperStars event on the Illinois River out of Peoria. It marked the second of his five B.A.S.S. wins and also his second on a river (he’d won on the Potomac in 1993). The last of his five B.A.S.S. victories came at the 2002 Bassmaster Classic on Lay Lake – now he fishes FLW exclusively.

As the name of the tournament indicates, the 31 competitors at Peoria comprised a star-studded field. All were either Classic winners, former AOYs, or members of the list of all-time leading money winners.

In the final standings, prior Classic winners occupied 2nd through 6th places — David Fritts, George Cochran, Robert Hamilton, Guido Hibdon and Paul Elias. Other prior Classic winners included Rick Clunn, Charlie Reed, Hank Parker, Ken Cook, Tommy Martin, Larry Nixon, Bobby Murray, Bo Dowden, Stanley Mitchell and Jack Chancellor. Future Classic winners, in addition to Yelas, included Cochran (again), Denny Brauer, Kevin VanDam (four times), and Mark Davis (that same year). [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – If it Plays in Peoria

Photo Bassmaster.com

Jay Yelas earned a tough win in the June 1995 Bassmaster SuperStars event on the Illinois River out of Peoria. It marked the second of his five B.A.S.S. wins and also his second on a river (he’d won on the Potomac in 1993). The last of his five B.A.S.S. victories came at the 2002 Bassmaster Classic on Lay Lake – now he fishes FLW exclusively.

As the name of the tournament indicates, the 31 competitors at Peoria comprised a star-studded field. All were either Classic winners, former AOYs, or members of the list of all-time leading money winners.

In the final standings, prior Classic winners occupied 2nd through 6th places — David Fritts, George Cochran, Robert Hamilton, Guido Hibdon and Paul Elias. Other prior Classic winners included Rick Clunn, Charlie Reed, Hank Parker, Ken Cook, Tommy Martin, Larry Nixon, Bobby Murray, Bo Dowden, Stanley Mitchell and Jack Chancellor. Future Classic winners, in addition to Yelas, included Cochran (again), Denny Brauer, Kevin VanDam (four times), and Mark Davis (that same year). [Read more…]