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 – Martin Goes Deep Answer and Winner (June 30, 2014)

Photo Bassmaster.com

Photo Bassmaster.com

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

Many modern fishing fans know Oklahoma’s Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees primarily as the site of Cliff Pace’s career-defining Bassmaster Classic victory as well as for its recent role as a host of multiple Elite Series tournaments, but the lake has a long history as a site of B.A.S.S. competition.

B.A.S.S. first visited Grand Lake in November 1991 for an Oklahoma Invitational won by Arkansas pro Ron Shuffield. The circuit returned almost exactly a year later, for a tournament won by Jim Morton. As described in a previous Bass Fishing Archives trivia contest, Morton defied heavy winds, torrential rains, and temperatures that ranged from just above freezing to well below freezing to win with an unlikely buzzbait pattern. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Martin Goes Deep (June 30, 2014)

Photo Bassmaster.com

Photo Bassmaster.com

Many modern fishing fans know Oklahoma’s Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees primarily as the site of Cliff Pace’s career-defining Bassmaster Classic victory as well as for its recent role as a host of multiple Elite Series tournaments, but the lake has a long history as a site of B.A.S.S. competition.

B.A.S.S. first visited Grand Lake in November 1991 for an Oklahoma Invitational won by Arkansas pro Ron Shuffield. The circuit returned almost exactly a year later, for a tournament won by Jim Morton. As described in a previous Bass Fishing Archives trivia contest, Morton defied heavy winds, torrential rains, and temperatures that ranged from just above freezing to well below freezing to win with an unlikely buzzbait pattern [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Gettys Gets it Done Answer and Winner (Oct 21, 2013)

Photo FLWOutdoors.comUnfortunately no one won this week’s Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. For the answers, read below and try again next week!.

Ed Gettys has only fished 12 B.A.S.S. events over the past 25 years, most recently the 2006 Northern Tour event on Kentucky Lake. His success on the circuit has been decidedly mixed, with a few bombs along with a few checks, but if you look at where he’s fished, it’s obvious that the Alabama resident has a fondness for home – nine of the tournaments have taken place on Guntersville, where he’s known as a top stick. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Get in the Back Answer and Winner

Ron Shuffield hoisting a fish in the 1987 Bassmaster Top 100 event on Lake Okeechobee. Photo Gerald Crawford Bassmaster Magazine January 1988.

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

The 1987 Florida Bassmaster Top 100 on Lake Okeechobee was the first of Ron Shuffield’s seven B.A.S.S. victories. He’d finished 158th on the Big O the year before, so the markedly improved result and its $101,000 in cash and merchandise were a welcome change.

As you can see from the standings, it was a closely packed top five, with Shuffield beating second place finisher Larry Lazoen by 15 ounces. It would be nearly seven more years until Lazoen earned his first B.A.S.S. win. In the interim, Shuffield added three more winner’s trophies to his mantle. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Get in the Back

Ron Shuffield hoisting a fish in the 1987 Bassmaster Top 100 event on Lake Okeechobee. Photo Gerald Crawford Bassmaster Magazine January 1988.

The 1987 Florida Bassmaster Top 100 on Lake Okeechobee was the first of Ron Shuffield’s seven B.A.S.S. victories. He’d finished 158th on the Big O the year before, so the markedly improved result and its $101,000 in cash and merchandise were a welcome change.

As you can see from the standings, it was a closely packed top five, with Shuffield beating second place finisher Larry Lazoen by 15 ounces. It would be nearly seven more years until Lazoen earned his first B.A.S.S. win. In the interim, Shuffield added three more winner’s trophies to his mantle. [Read more…]