Tournament Director Trip Weldon asked if any competitors in the field fished the coldest event in B.A.S.S. history. Qualifiers including Shaw Grigsby, Alton Jones, Kevin VanDam and Mark Davis raised their hands.
It was here on Grand Lake, in 1991. On one competition morning the mercury read 9 degrees. Weldon had just started at B.A.S.S. but was absent from the tournament to fish another event he’d qualified for on Kentucky Lake, where it was a balmy 15 degrees at blast-off. The 1991 Invitational here was won by Ron Shuffield.
The next year B.A.S.S. returned and it was only slightly warmer – Jim Morton won that tournament with a buzzbait, a seemingly unconventional technique given the conditions. Do you think any of this week’s competitors have a buzzer in their boats? How many are likely to throw one?