Monday Trivia – Victorious Velvick Answer and Winner (April 20, 2015)

Byron Velvick broke the 3-day, 5-fish limit weight record in 2000 on Clear Lake. Photo May/June 2000 issue of Bass West Magazine.

Byron Velvick broke the 3-day, 5-fish limit weight record in 2000 on Clear Lake. Photo May/June 2000 issue of Bass West Magazine.

Congratulations to Adam Hinkle for winning this week’s trivia contest!!!  For the answrs read below.

Fifteen years ago this month, Byron Velvick won the 2000 Bassmaster California Western Invitational on Clear Lake by a margin of more than 11 pounds. It wasn’t like he was beating up on the Little Sisters of the Poor, either, as the three anglers directly behind him were Skeet Reese, Aaron Martens and Brett Hite. Other western/national powers like Dean Rojas (6th) and Ish Monroe (9th), as well as legends like Gary Dobyns (13th) and Mike Folkestad (16th) also made the top 20, but all fell well short of Velvick’s 83-05 total.

Velvick certainly wasn’t a newcomer to the sport, having previously won the 1990 and 1996 U.S. Open Championships, but the Clear Lake victory marked the first of his three B.A.S.S. wins to date. In winning, he also set the B.A.S.S. record for total weight in a three-day, five-fish-limit event. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Delta, Delta, Delta (and Delta) Answer and Winner (July 7, 2014)

Photo Bassmaster.com

Photo Bassmaster.com

Congratulations to K Brown for winning this week’s Monday trivia  contest!  For the answers, please read below.

By the time he finished his B.A.S.S. career in 2005, Robert Lee, AKA “The General,” had won three Invitationals and a tour event with the senior circuit – all of them on the California Delta. The first of the three, in 1997, produced the lowest winning weight (51 pounds even). Nevertheless, a win is a win, and the competition was fierce in the 277-angler field. Not only did he beat a huge number of talented western pros, but the top 12 featured once-and-future national stars including Mark Tyler, Dee Thomas, Bobby Barrack, Greg Hines and Dean Rojas.

Not only was it Lee’s first B.A.S.S. win, but it was the first B.A.S.S. win for anyone in the state of California. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Delta, Delta, Delta (and Delta)

Photo Bassmaster.com

Photo Bassmaster.com

By the time he finished his B.A.S.S. career in 2005, Robert Lee, AKA “The General,” had won three Invitationals and a tour event with the senior circuit – all of them on the California Delta. The first of the three, in 1997, produced the lowest winning weight (51 pounds even). Nevertheless, a win is a win, and the competition was fierce in the 277-angler field. Not only did he beat a huge number of talented western pros, but the top 12 featured once-and-future national stars including Mark Tyler, Dee Thomas, Bobby Barrack, Greg Hines and Dean Rojas.

Not only was it Lee’s first B.A.S.S. win, it was the first B.A.S.S. win for anyone in the state of California. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Padgett Prevails Answer and Winner (Nov 4, 2013)

Bobby Padgett. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Bobby Padgett. Photo Bassmaster Magazine.

Congratulations to John Karbowski for winning this week’s Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest!  For the answers, please read below.

Bobby Padgett of Columbus, Georgia won the second B.A.S.S. tournament he fished, the 1996 Alabama Invitational on Lake Eufaula. In fact, he ran away with the victory, beating second place finisher Kevin VanDam by 11 ½ pounds.

While it was one of only three top ten B.A.S.S. finishes for Padgett in 21 attempts, he has long been well-known as a top stick in the area, with many lower-level wins to his credit. After the tournament, Colin Moore wrote that Padgett had “finished first or second in every summer tournament at Eufaula he entered during the past four years, including three consecutive wins on the Red Man trail.” [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Lure of the Rising Sun

A bevy of BASS winners past and future fished the 1998 Bassmaster New Mexico Western Invitational on Elephant Butte Reservoir. Included among their ranks were Ish Monroe (4th), Skeet Reese (11th), Mike Reynolds (21st), Aaron Martens (25th), Mike Folkestad (T31st ), John Murray (42nd), Byron Velvick (53rd), James Niggemeyer (90th) and Robert Lee (T135th). The field was also full of western studs like Larry Hopper, Gary Yamamoto, Bill Siementel, Greg Hines, Rich Tauber and Don Iovino.

Despite the fact that it was a stacked field, this was one of the rare Bassmaster tournaments where a local won. On a stingy lake that produced only five cumulative catches over 20 pounds in the course of three days, Elephant Butte, NM resident Dennis Hoy claimed the crown, beating runner-up Rich Iannolo by over four pounds.

It was Hoy’s only Top 20 finish with BASS, but it was significant to the history of tournament fishing for another reason. Do you know what it was? [Read more…]