Matt Greenblatt would have loved to been competing in the 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic, but as it turns out, the Florida pro managed to haul home the event’s biggest bass without ever making a cast when he was graciously presented a replica mount of the 10-pound 13 ounce-giant he caught 11 months earlier at Falcon Lake to win Carhartt’s Biggest Bass of the year Award.
“It’s awesome, the sort of trophy I’ll stare at for the rest of my life,” said an appreciative Greenblatt, who was presented the fiberglass mount at Classic week’s “Night of Champions” banquet.
Greenblatt caught the fish in March 2013 during Bassmaster Elite Series competition from one of Falcon’s thousands of thorny bushes in about 1 foot of water using a 3/8-ounce Bass Assault spinnerbait featuring two willowleaf blades and a silver shad colored skirt.
Camron Brewer and his team at Bass Pro Shops’ Wildlife Creations studio took careful notes of all the details surrounding the catch and replicated the scene in art-like form. A second replica of the fish will be displayed for fans to see firsthand in the Carhartt booth throughout the 2014 Bassmaster Elite Series season.
Carhartt is the title sponsor of the Bassmaster College Series, and awards Carhartt Big Bass cash bonus to anglers at several levels of B.A.S.S. competition for wearing their durable apparel. Elite Series anglers like Greenblatt win $1,500 at each regular season Elite if they weigh in the Carhartt Big Bass of the tournament while wearing Carhartt clothing, and $2,500 at the Bassmaster Classic, which Oklahoma’s Fred Roumbanis won this year when he caught a 9-pound, 2-ounce Guntersville giant. Plus, in addition to his fiberglass replica, Greenblatt received an additional $2,000 for having landed the Carhartt Big Bass of the Year.