Charlie Reed, 51, of Broken Bow, Okla., became the oldest angler at that time to win a Classic, with a 21-bass, 23-pound, 9-ounce creel. The 16th annual Bassmaster Classic was held Aug. 14-16, 1986, in Chickamauga, Tenn.
BASSfest begins on Lake Chickamauga in a few days, and it’s been many years since B.A.S.S. has visited the fishery. But between 1985 and 1991, we hosted five tournaments there, including the 1986 Bassmaster Classic. Some of the biggest veterans of the sport won these events; here’s how they did it.
Reed attained fishing fame in August 1986 when he won the very first Bassmaster Classic in which he competed.
No woman has ever won a co-ed event on the Bassmaster Tournament Trail, but several have come pretty close in the past few years.
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.
Finishing last in a Bassmaster Classic is no disgrace. You might be surprised at some of the last-place finishers.
Once a Bassmaster Classic champion, always a Classic champion. It's one of those things that truly can't be taken away from you. These anglers know what it means to hoist this trophy and be introduced as a world champion.
Committing full time to the Bassmaster Tournament Trail at a late stage in his life is former Classic champion Charlie Reed's biggest regret of his career.
Sure, everyone knows the first champion and the guys who have gone back-to-back, but how much do you really know about the 2012 Classic?
At the start of competition in the 41st Bassmaster Classic, 50 men are gunning for the win. Only one will wear the championship ring, of course, but all 50 have their eyes on the prize.