Monday Trivia – Lillegard Wins Again Answer and Winner (Dec 8, 2014)

Rick Lillegard. Photo Bassmaster.com.

Rick Lillegard. Photo Bassmaster.com.

Well, again we have no winner for this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! Are we making it too difficult? Well, maybe next week we’ll make it a little easier. For the answers to this week’s contest, please read below.

The 1997 New York Eastern Invitational on the St. Lawrence River was the second of Rick Lillegard’s two Bassmaster wins. A little less than two years earlier, he’d won the Maryland Eastern Invitational on the Potomac by a massive 11 pound 7 ounce margin over second-place finisher Pete Gluszek. In New York, the gap wasn’t quite that large, but he still managed to beat runner up Clark Wendlandt by more than four pounds.

The tournament was only 17 years ago, but while many of the anglers in the field still fish at the highest levels, the only member of the top 10 who fished in Elite Series competition is South Carolina’s Ray Sedgwick, who last fished the Elites in 2008. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Lillegard Wins Again (Dec 8, 2014)

Rick Lillegard. Photo Bassmaster.com.

Rick Lillegard. Photo Bassmaster.com.

The 1997 New York Eastern Invitational on the St. Lawrence River was the second of Rick Lillegard’s two Bassmaster wins. A little less than two years earlier, he’d won the Maryland Eastern Invitational on the Potomac by a massive 11-pound 7-ounce margin over second-place finisher Pete Gluszek. In New York, the gap wasn’t quite that large, but he still managed to beat runner up Clark Wendlandt by more than four pounds.

The tournament was only 17 years ago, but while many of the anglers in the field still fish at the highest levels, the only member of the top 10 who fished in Elite Series competition is South Carolina’s Ray Sedgwick, who last fished the Elites in 2008.

One member of the top 10 continues to attend every Elite Series event, though. It’s fourth place finisher Mark Zona, fishing the fifth of nine B.A.S.S. events in which he competed. His inaugural Bassmaster tournament was on the same waterway in 1995, and he finished a dismal 101st, so the 1997 event marked a substantial improvement in his performance. It wasn’t his best Bassmaster effort, though. In his final event (as far as we know) in 2005, he finished 3rd in a Northern Open on Lake Champlain. If you look down the standings sheet you’ll see that he did not yet call Michigan home – his address was listed as “Homewood, Illinois.” [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Mann Up Answer and Winner (August 25, 2014)

Tom Mann Jr. Photo FLWOutdoors.com.

Tom Mann Jr. Photo FLWOutdoors.com.

Unfortunately no one won this week’s trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Come back Monday for another shot. In the meantime you can read this week’s answers below.

By 1987, Tom Mann Jr. must’ve felt like he’d never get ahead of the pack. He’d been fishing a few B.A.S.S. events since 1983, including the 1984 Bassmaster Classic, but everywhere he went he’d been preceded by another angler of the same name – lure maker Tom Mann, to whom he was not related. The elder Tom had won two Bassmaster tournaments in Florida in 1971 and 1972, edging out Roland Martin both times.

He wasn’t even the second angler named “Mann” to fish the Classic, as the elder Tom’s brother Don had fished the 1975 and 1976 championships. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Mann Up (August 25, 2014)

Tom Mann Jr. Photo FLWOutdoors.com.

Tom Mann Jr. Photo FLWOutdoors.com.

By 1987, Tom Mann Jr. must’ve felt like he’d never get ahead of the pack. He’d been fishing a few B.A.S.S. events since 1983, including the 1984 Bassmaster Classic, but everywhere he went he’d been preceded by another angler of the same name – lure maker Tom Mann, to whom he was not related. The elder Tom had won two Bassmaster tournaments in Florida in 1971 and 1972, edging out Roland Martin both times.

He wasn’t even the second angler named “Mann” to fish the Classic, as the elder Tom’s brother Don had fished the 1975 and 1976 championships. [Read more…]

Sunken Brush Piles – It’s Not Even an ‘80s Thing

Tom Mann Jr. was planting brush on Lake Sidney Lanier before it was all the rage. Photo Pro Bass magazine November, 1983.

Tom Mann Jr. was planting brush on Lake Sidney Lanier before it was all the rage. Photo Pro Bass magazine November, 1983.

I have a close friend who’s a pretty stout stick on Lanier. So stout, in fact, he won the 2006 Tour Open on Lanier. Yeah, some say because he’s a guide he should have won but there were a number of stout “locals” that he beat in the process – a lot of them who knew the lake as well as he does.

I talked with him shortly after his win and he credited it to a couple of things; knowing the fish seasonal movements, two techniques he’d been refining (drop shotting and the tail spin) and, most importantly, sunken brush piles located throughout the lake.

The last topic being the subject of this piece – sunken brush. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – KVD’s First Answer and Winner (July 29, 2013)

KVD poses with his trophy and check from his first Bassmaster win at Lake Lanier in 1991. Photo December 1991 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

KVD poses with his trophy and check from his first Bassmaster win at Lake Lanier in 1991. Photo December 1991 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Unfortunately for the fourth week in a row we’re unable to name a winner of this week’s Bass Fishing Archives Trivia Contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! Some good answers but not the right ones. Please come back next week and try again. For the answers, read below.

Steve Price may have penned the understatement of the century when he wrote the following about Kevin VanDam’s victory in the December 1991 Bassmaster about the Top 100 on Lake Lanier:

“The victory was VanDam’s first in B.A.S.S. competition, but it probably won’t be his last.”

Indeed, KVD has gone on to win 19 more B.A.S.S events, including four Bassmaster Classic titles, and he’s probably not through yet. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – KVD’s First (July 29, 2013)

KVD poses with his trophy and check from his first Bassmaster win at Lake Lanier in 1991. Photo December 1991 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

KVD poses with his trophy and check from his first Bassmaster win at Lake Lanier in 1991. Photo December 1991 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Steve Price may have penned the understatement of the century when he wrote the following about Kevin VanDam’s victory in the December 1991 Bassmaster about the Top 100 on Lake Lanier:

“The victory was VanDam’s first in B.A.S.S. competition, but it probably won’t be his last.”

Indeed, KVD has gone on to win 19 more B.A.S.S events, including four Bassmaster Classic titles, and he’s probably not through yet. [Read more…]

Monday Trivia – Name That Angler Answer and Winner

Youth Image

This little kid holding the stringer of crappie is none other than the Pink Dude – or KPink as hes known on the Elite Series. Photo courtesy of Kevin Short.

Okay folks, we’ve been making these a bit too hard we think. Questions 2 and 3 were a bit ambiguous so we’re gonna give it to the only person who made a correct “guess” as to who the angler is and where he worked before he became a full-time pro. The winner this week is Jojo Norwood! For the answer we were looking for, read below.

Despite the appearances of this 1966 photograph, the young angler pictured here did not go on to fame and fortune chasing crappie, or any other panfish for that matter. He’s a top bass pro today, with multiple major circuit wins to his credit.

In order to win this week’s prize you’ll need to answer the following three questions about the subject of the picture: [Read more…]