Original Caption: "Denny Brauer, Camdenton, shows his "flipping" technique that helped him finish in second place in the Western Bass National Draw tournament Saturday on Truman Lake." March 1984, Springfield Leader and Press, no photo credit

In today’s historical photo, Denny Brauer demonstrates the flipping technique he used to finish second in the Western Bass National Draw Tournament that was held over 2 days in March 1984, on Truman Lake. Entry fees for the event ran $290 each, with first place paying $6400 and second place paying $3800.

Denny was leading the event after the first day with nearly 16 pounds of bass, but a slower second day, combined with a huge back-of-the-pack comeback by Chet Douthit, edged Denny by 0.6 lbs. Chet’s second day sack of 23.22 pounds included the big bass of the event weighing 8.33 pounds.

Brauer and Douthit were both flipping floating trash piles and other flooded cover in the Pomme Arm of the lake according to newspaper reports.