Over the years, B.A.S.S. has fished a variety of events out west, and I always find it interesting to look back at those events because of the mix of styles and personalities that would occur. A perfect example of this would be the tourney held on Elephant Butte Reservoir, New Mexico , April 2-4, 1998. Pete covered this event almost a year ago to the day for Bass Fishing Archives (see link), but I thought it was worth revisiting while the television coverage is still available online. Additionally, we’ve added a lot of new readers since that time, so it never hurts to revisit some of the more interesting topics we’ve covered.
This is an interesting tourney for several reasons, not the least of which is just watching the TV coverage by the BASSmaster cameras and Bob Cobb. As Pete mentioned, the mix of western studs entered into this event alone is worth revisiting. However, the irony of the Day 2 & 3 pairings are nothing short of special. On Day 2, eventual winner Dennis Hoy gets paired with Seiji Kato, then designer for Lucky Craft lures. Seiji not only kicks Dennis’ butt from the back of the boat, but it’s how he does it. This might be the first national television exposure for both the Pointer Minnow as well as the drop shot technique. In the immediately preceding years, Seiji worked with Team Daiwa, and their jerkbait (TD Minnow) gets mentioned, also. Dennis arguably wouldn’t have won that event if not for that fateful pairing, as you’ll see.
Just as cool is the Day-3 pairing of leader Hoy along with the #2 angler in the standings after Day 2, Ish Monroe – a very young and polished Ish Monroe. Back in the days when there was no such thing as co-anglers, it was pure random chance or luck-of-the-draw as to who and where you’d get paired. What are the odds that the final day’s pairing had the two top anglers in the event sharing a boat and water. This was just the 4th event that Ish had ever fished with B.A.S.S., and his Top-5 showing was a sign of things to come.
Sit back and enjoy some old TV coverage of this event while you witness a couple great days in the history of our sport at the same time.