|Awarded for the biggest, most expensive, or most spectacular damage to boat, motor, or tow vehicle for the year|
Backing his boat/trailer over a dropoff on a hill which took two 4-wheel drive trucks nearly a hour to pull out.
Hitting a rock and taking out his dad's lower unit and prop at Divisionals.
Breakdowns of his old Tracker (power head etc.).
Hitting two different rocks in the same day (Green Lake) and took out a piston on the first and the lower unit on the second.
Throwing a blade off of his prop during prefishing for the State Tournament at Gull Lake. Thought for a while that he had blown a powerhead because it was shaking and vibrating so much.
Driving his boat in the trees on the Illinois River during Divisionals requiring several guys to push it back into the water.
Hitting a rock on O'Dowd
Spun prop while prefishing Gull for a Fishers of Men tournament and had to spend $300 for a new prop for the tourney the next day.
Hitting a rock on O'Dowd and then hitting rocks on Waconia pre-fishing.
Taking out his lower unit ($6000) on the Horseshoe Chain while fishing a tournament with Bill.
Sheared off lower unit in Mississippi River Pool 2 (Grey Cloud)
Bent prop by running into "alleged" stump on Lake Vermilion
|Awarded to the angler for the largest bass caught in a Sportsmen tournament for the year|
|1995||Dale Richardson||4.87 pounds|
|1996||Brad Eller||4.63 pounds|
|1997||Don Knutson||4.69 pounds|
|1998||Brad Eller||5.56 pounds|
|1999||Mike Daloia/Kevin Siefering||4.38 pounds|
|2000||Carey Nordling||5.21 pounds|
|2001||Jim Haynes||5.05 pounds|
|2002||Brad Longerbone||4.70 pounds|
|2003||Jeff Smith||6.26 pounds|
|2004||Paul Nord||5.26 pounds|
|2005||Mike Daloia||6.00 pounds|
|2006||Mike Daloia||6.20 pounds|
|2007||Brent Schwab||5.22 pounds|
|2008||Chris Glaze||5.40 pounds|
|2009||Brent Schwab||4.70 pounds|
|2010||Mike Daloia||5.64 pounds|
|2011||Terry Aten||5.80 pounds|
|2012||Mike Daloia||5.80 pounds|
|2013||Mike Daloia||5.75 pounds|
|2014||Craig Belbeck||4.56 pounds|
|Awarded for the most boat, motor, or tow vehicle breakdowns for the year|
Inspired the creation of the award for a full year of problems with his brand new Triton and Mercury Optimax 200. First incident was the motor breaking down at the Classic Bass Invitational in May. Final incident was a blown lower unit at the Sportsmen Hawg Hunt and had to be towed in by Dale and Mike McD. Bad luck continued with Bill's loaner boat for the last club tournament (Tonka) breaking down.
Blowing his powerhead for the second year in a row at Okoboji. The boat was promptly sold and replaced with a new Ranger 518.
Blowing up his Yamaha motor during the Le Homme Dieu tournament.
"Brain box" on Suzuki dies and had to order a new one directly from Japan.
During the spring trip in Stockton, Dale's driving Mike McDonough's Champion and it breaks down and Dale gets towed in by his old Champion by Rob and Mickey.
Evinrude motor issues all season. Takes out lower unit on Rush during Frankies Tourney. Motor blows during club's Gull tournament. Motor acts up at Fishers of Men Regional Championship (Table Rock) and visits two marine dealers.
|Awarded to the Sportsmen who pulled the biggest bonehead or embarrassing stunt for the year|
Trying for several hours to cut a hook out of his hand, rather than let his partner use the widely known and highly successful technique of looping a piece of line around the hook and popping it out.
For not securing his jacket on the boat during State Tournament at Whitefish. Jacket blew overboard (including keys). With no spare, he had to call a locksmith.
|1999||Dale Richardson/Mike McDonough
Caught by the DNR for using the wrong type of bait and techniques while fishing for “sunnies” the day before bass season opened.
While culling a bass during a club tournament, accidentally throwing the culled fish and the bigger fish both back in the lake, thus having four bass in the livewell.
While shopping Bass Pro Shops (Springfield, Missouri), running around an aisle corner and straight into Ray Scott, founder of B.A.S.S. and Earl Benz, Triton boats, knocking both of them on their butts.
Purchasing a ticket to fly in from Washington DC to attend a Sportsmen meeting to win Mr. Bass award. Only to fly back to DC the next morning and leave his ticket at home requiring his wife to bring his to the airport.
Hooks himself in the face with a Pop-R.
- drives to Gull lake but has to drive back home to return his purse to his wife
- when unhooking boat it rolls back and new prop meets Days Inn pillar at Quincy, Illinois for Fishers of Men Regionals
- while prefishing N/S Center, he and Matt McConnell cannot find the rear butt seat...another boater tells them a seat is floating in North Center
- gets boat stuck on sandbar in Clearwater
- hooks a nice bass on Tonka while fishing with Mike Daloia and thinks he is caught in the buoy...ends up being a 5-pound bass
- some Illinois boy takes Paul's boat slip during a rain storm and gets his power cords dumped to the bottom of Pomme De Terre
- leaves Jim Battin's truck lights on and causes a dead battery
- pulls drain plug during Horseshoe tourney but forgets to tell his partner, Paul Nord, to get his fish out
Sticking his tongue to a flagpole during February's CastingKids event.
Running out of gas at end of Chisago tournament with President Paul Becka and being towed back by Dave Saterbak.
Getting Bill Rineveld's boat and truck stuck at the Pelican Lake boat ramp.
|Awarded to the Sportsmen with the most overall points (including participation points) for the year|
|1996||Brad Eller||146.63 points|
|1997||Dale Richardson||161.00 points|
|1998||Dale Richardson||167.41 points|
|1999||Bill Young||172.99 points|
|2000||Kevin Siefering||208.33 points|
|2001||Dale Richardson||179.40 points|
|2002||Bill Young||170.34 points|
|2003||Brad Longerbone||204.54 points|
|2004||Cal McCracken||192.97 points|
|2005||Dale Richardson||197.71 points|
|2006||Cal McCracken||213.50 points|
|2007||Pat Bisek||190.69 points|
|2008||Craig Belbeck||163.39 points|
|2009||Bill Young||174.80 points|
|2010||Bill Young||199.38 points|
|2011||Mike Daloia||195.06 points|
|2012||Mike Daloia||226.08 points|
Sportsmen of the Year
|Our most coveted award--awarded to the Sportsmen who best exhibits the qualities of Sportsmen Bassmasters|
|Awarded to the top angler (tournament points) for the year|
|1996||Brad Eller||40.63 pounds|
|1997||Dale Richardson||39.15 pounds|
|1998||Dale Richardson||44.78 pounds|
|1999||Mike Daloia||59.18 pounds|
|2000||Kevin Siefering||86 points|
|2001||Bill Young||95 points|
|2002||Rob Amos||130 points|
|2003||Brad Longerbone||130 points|
|2004||Brad Longerbone||129 points|
|2005||Clay Hulegaard||96 points|
|2006||Cal McCracken||105.5 points|
|2007||Dan Bonneson||114 points|
|2008||Dale Richardson||84.5 points|
|2009||Dan Bonneson||98.5 points|
|2010||Phil Burton||122 points|
|2011||Mike Daloia||108 points|
|2012||Mike Daloia||98.5 points|
|2013||Mike Daloia||96 points|