Original Caption: “Ray Scott, left, admires first-round leader Randy Blaukat's largest catch of the day.” photo: Mickey Welsch/Staff. The Montgomery Advertiser (AL), Dec. 1989

Not two months after his first win on the Bassmaster Tournament trail, Randy Blaukat would find himself leading the very next event after Day 1. It was early December, and Randy weighed in 15 pounds, 7 ounces to top the leaderboard at the $230,000 Super Top 100 B.A.S.S. Pro-Am on Lake Martin.

No surprise he had again found an isolated area to capitalize on. The news story reported, “I found a place that is very isolated in the first two hours of practice on Sunday. I bent the hooks back on my baits, got a few strikes and left it alone until today.”

“I went there the first thing today and just stayed put. I kept on casting and working the brush and finally caught a limit at 1 this afternoon. Then I got out of there.”

Blaukat’s largest bass was a 4-pound, 6-ounce largemouth that he holds in the news picture. He would go on to catch another six bass limit weighing 13 pounds, 2 ounces on the second day and remain in the top spot. He would drop to fifth on Day 3 after muddy water and strong currents moved into his upriver secluded spot. He would ultimately fall to 18th place on the final day of the event, which was won by Robert Tucker, who edged out Stacey King, Guido Hibdon and Rick Clunn (2nd through 4th respectively).

A closer look at the patches on his shirt gives an interesting look into his sponsors at the time. Of course, Ranger Boats on the hat, but Hondex Marine which was the (fishing) electronics arm of Honda; Team Evinrude (outboard); Team Lucky Strike (soft plastics); Prime Plus/Stren (fishing line); and Sparkle Scales/Fish Formula.