Original Caption: Hard work pays off as Shannon Ivey pulls in a hefty bass during a Texas tournament. Mar 1991, Rapid City Journal, no photo credit

“City man hopes to cast himself into fishing’s super bowl,” read the headlines on the front page of the Outdoor column in 1991.  Today’s Friday Finale historical photo is of Shannon Ivey, a then B.A.S.S. regular trying to qualify for his first Bassmaster Classic and make a name for himself in the world of professional fishing.

As the only pro at the time from South Dakota, Ivey had spent nine years working for local marine dealers.  A job offer from Arkansas moved him to Greers Ferry Lake, where he took up bass fishing and joined a local club, participating in the Federation program.  Local success got him to fish some of the B.A.S.S. events beginning in 1986, where he met with some success.

His highest finish was 9th in the 1990 B.A.S.S. Megabucks event at Guntersville, AL.  He followed that with a 10th place showing in the next event, the 1991 Florida Invitational on lake Okeechobee out of Clewiston, FL.  Those two finishes accounted for nearly half of his total winnings as a touring pro at the time. He ended up fishing 40 B.A.S.S. events between 1986 and 1992, cashing 11 checks and pocketing over $20,000, unfortunately, he never did make the Classic.