James Niggemeyer – The Move to Fork

James Niggemeyer talks about his move to Texas and a successful, yet, financially taxing 2005 season. Photo Brenda Serrano.

James Niggemeyer talks about his move to Texas and a successful, yet, financially taxing 2005 season. Photo Brenda Serrano.

A couple weeks ago we posted a video about James Niggemeyer and the first pivotal tournament of his career, the one that actually kept him in competitive fishing. Today we have another video on James’ career – how he packed up and left southern California to move to Lake Fork Texas and started a new path towards being a professional angler. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – The Stone Pony Answer and Winner (August 11, 2014)

Marty Stone. Photo Bassmaster.com

Marty Stone. Photo Bassmaster.com

Editor’s Note.  In light of the fact that no one answered the questions correctly today, we would normally not have a winner. But, since Steve M got both parts of Question 4 correct and we didn’t catch the incorrect answers for 1, until we already posted he won, we’re going to give it to him this time. For the answers to this week’s contest, read below.

In a B.A.S.S. career that spanned the years from 1993 through 2010, Marty Stone earned two wins, the first of which came during a challenging event on Alabama’s Lake Wheeler in March of 1999. While Wheeler today is known for producing large quantities of bass, even if they’re not typically as big as those in neighboring Guntersville, it was a stingy fishery during the 1999 Bassmaster Top 150. After inclement weather forced the cancellation of Day One, it took less than 16 pounds over two days to make the top 40 and the money. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – The Stone Pony (August 11, 2014)

Marty Stone. Photo Bassmaster.com

Marty Stone. Photo Bassmaster.com

In a B.A.S.S. career that spanned the years from 1993 through 2010, Marty Stone earned two wins, the first of which came during a challenging event on Alabama’s Lake Wheeler in March of 1999. While Wheeler today is known for producing large quantities of bass, even if they’re not typically as big as those in neighboring Guntersville, it was a stingy fishery during the 1999 Bassmaster Top 150. After inclement weather forced the cancellation of Day One, it took less than 16 pounds over two days to make the top 40 and the money. [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 – Tak on Top Answer and Winner (October 28, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.

Photo Bassmaster.

Well, another week and no winner for the week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Come back next week for another try. For the answer, read below.

Takahiro Omori wasn’t the first native of Japan to win a B.A.S.S. event. That honor went to Norio Tanabe. Nor was Tak the most recent — Morizo Shimizu’s 2006 win came later than Omori’s last one. Nevertheless, Omori’s five wins from the front of the boat are by far the most of any of his countrymen.

The first of those five came in April of 1996, when he outlasted over 300 other pros to claim $35,000 in cash and merchandise as the winner of the Missouri Bassmaster Central Invitational. Omori’s closest follower was former Bassmaster Classic winner Guido Hibdon, who’d been an Ozarks-region force before making a name for himself on the national stage. Hibdon’s son Dion, who’d win a Classic of his own the following year, was also a Lake of the Ozarks expert, and he finished fourth. In between the father and son was third place finisher Mark Tucker, another top local stick. He’d yet to fish a Classic but ultimately participated in eight of them. He also won the 2011 Central Open on Lake Lewisville in Texas. Jim Bitter finished fifth. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Tak on Top (October 28, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.

Photo Bassmaster.

Takahiro Omori wasn’t the first native of Japan to win a B.A.S.S. event. That honor went to Norio Tanabe. Nor was Tak the most recent — Morizo Shimizu’s 2006 win came later than Omori’s last one. Nevertheless, Omori’s five wins from the front of the boat are by far the most of any of his countrymen.

The first of those five came in April of 1996, when he outlasted over 300 other pros to claim $35,000 in cash and merchandise as the winner of the Missouri Bassmaster Central Invitational. Omori’s closest follower was former Bassmaster Classic winner Guido Hibdon, who’d been an Ozarks-region force before making a name for himself on the national stage. Hibdon’s son Dion, who’d win a Classic of his own the following year, was also a Lake of the Ozarks expert, and he finished fourth. In between the father and son was third place finisher Mark Tucker, another top local stick. He’d yet to fish a Classic but ultimately participated in eight of them. He also won the 2011 Central Open on Lake Lewisville in Texas. Jim Bitter finished fifth. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Tidewater Trivia Answer and Winner (October 7, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.com

Photo Bassmaster.com

Congrats to Al Hustoski for winning this week’s BFA Trivia Contest.  For the answers read below.

Denny Brauer has won exactly 100 percent of the tour-level events that B.A.S.S. has held on North Carolina’s Neuse and Trent Rivers.

To be precise, he won the 1998 North Carolina Bassmaster Top 100, the only B.A.S.S. tour-level event to occur there. He beat 2nd place finisher Alton Jones by three ounces to earn the $75,000 top prize, which was $42,000 more than Jones took home in cash and merchandise – in other words, $14,000 an ounce. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Tidewater Trivia (October 7, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.com

Photo Bassmaster.com

Denny Brauer has won exactly 100 percent of the tour-level events that B.A.S.S. has held on North Carolina’s Neuse and Trent Rivers.

To be precise, he won the 1998 North Carolina Bassmaster Top 100, the only B.A.S.S. tour-level event to occur there. He beat 2nd-place finisher Alton Jones by three ounces to earn the $75,000 top prize, which was $42,000 more than Jones took home in cash and merchandise – in other words, $14,000 an ounce. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Singing the Eufaula Blues Answer and Winner (August 19, 2013)

 

 

Photo Bassmasster.com

Photo Bassmasster.com

Unfortunately no one won this week’s Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! Donna Menendez came close but missed question #2. To see the correct answers, read below.

The 1993 Alabama Invitational at Lake Eufaula was one of the low points in that storied reservoir’s tournament history. In a field of over 320 anglers, well over 100 blanked all three days that February as a result of the cold, muddy water. Of course the major tours have held other events there, both before and since, with mixed results. Indeed, in the first B.A.S.S. tournament held on Eufaula just under 25 years earlier, John Powell won with 44 bass for 132 pounds, including a lunker of 9-06. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Missing Persons Answer and Winner (June 24, 2013)

David Wharton. Photo Bassmaster.com

David Wharton. Photo Bassmaster.com

Congratulations to Greg Driskell for winning this week’s Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. For his efforts he won a $25 GYCB e-coupon good for anything on the Yamamoto website. For the answer, please read below.

David Wharton’s win at the 2003 Bassmaster Tour event on Toledo Bend marked the fourth and final victory of his B.A.S.S. career. Sixteen years earlier he’d won a Texas Invitational on his home lake, Sam Rayburn, and he’d notched two subsequent victories on South Carolina’s Lake Murray, before earning this final trophy close to home – even though the 2003 event went out of Louisiana, the big border lake is essentially a sister lake to Rayburn, only about an hour from his home near the banks of Big Sam.

Wharton attributed his victory not only to his general angling skills, but also to his experience on the Bend: “What a lot of people don’t realize is how long I’ve fished Toledo Bend,” he told BassFan shortly thereafter, noting that he’d been “fishing the lake since it was created in the late ’60s. I’ve caught a lot of fish out of that lake. I’ve fished it plenty in rising-water situations so that probably helped me more than anything. Even though I’d never fished in La Nana Creek, I knew what to expect when the water started coming up.” [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Missing Persons (June 24, 2013)

 

 

Photo Bassmaster.com

David Wharton. Photo Bassmaster.com

[Editor’s Note: In observance of the 4th of July Holiday the Bass Fishing Archives staff will be taking July 4th and 5th off to spend with their families and friends. We will post the answer to the trivia question Thursday, July 4th, but there will be no other feature posted until Monday July 8th.]

David Wharton’s win at the 2003 Bassmaster Tour event on Toledo Bend marked the fourth and final victory of his B.A.S.S. career. Sixteen years earlier he’d won a Texas Invitational on his home lake, Sam Rayburn, and he’d notched two subsequent victories on South Carolina’s Lake Murray, before earning this final trophy close to home – even though the 2003 event went out of Louisiana, the big border lake is essentially a sister lake to Rayburn, only about an hour from his home near the banks of Big Sam.

Wharton attributed his victory not only to his general angling skills, but also to his experience on the Bend: “What a lot of people don’t realize is how long I’ve fished Toledo Bend,” he told BassFan shortly thereafter, noting that he’d been “fishing the lake since it was created in the late ’60s. I’ve caught a lot of fish out of that lake. I’ve fished it plenty in rising-water situations so that probably helped me more than anything. Even though I’d never fished in La Nana Creek, I knew what to expect when the water started coming up.” [Read more…]