Thirty-five years ago this week Roland Martin and Tommy Martin competed on Ross Barnett Reservoir for the first time. They were back this week for the Bass Pro Shops Central Open #3.
If you're a bass fisherman and you don't have a Zara Spook in your box, you don't know what you're missing.
Sure, you know how to watch a bass tournament, but this isn't just any bass tournament. It's the Bassmaster Classic, and things are very different.
The Bassmaster Classic is a tournament where heroes are made and winners become household names. But what about the other guys?
For every Rayo Breckenridge, Jack Hains or Jack Chancellor (who all won a Classic yet are mostly unknown to young fans), there's a Roland Martin, Bill Dance or Jimmy Houston who have earned almost all the accolades but never picked up the big hardware.
You don't have to qualify for more than one Bassmaster Classic to leave your mark on the sport's greatest championship. These anglers did it even though they were one and done.
The eighth annual Bassmaster Classic Championship was held Oct. 25-27, 1978, at the Ross Barnett Reservoir, in Mississippi.
The "Mystery Lake" concept is an important part of B.A.S.S.' rich history. The first six Bassmaster Classics were held at mystery locations; Classic qualifiers had boarded a plane en route to the secret fishery before they ever found out where they'd be fishing.
The numbers may not hold much drama, but they can definitely help to put any tournament into perspective. Here are some of the key numbers of the 2012 Classic.
After a successful debut in 2011, Toyota Trucks All-Star Week is back in 2012, this time in Decatur, Ill., Sept. 20-23.