Dion Hibdon's final day tally of 11 pounds, 12 ounces was enough to give him a 1-ounce victory over B.A.S.S. Nation angler Dalton Bobo. Classic XXVII (27) was held Aug. 7-9, 1997, at Logan Martin Lake, Ala.
Bryan Kerchal, 23, of Newton, Ct., ignored the odds to become the only "amateur" to claim the coveted Bassmaster Classic champion title and the $50,000 prize that accompanied it. The 24th annual Classic was held July 28-30, 1994, in High Rock Lake, N.C.
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.
The name is Hibdon. Two of the titles (Classic championships) belong to Guido, 1988 on the James River, and Dion, 1997 on Logan Martin Lake. Guido’s grandson and Dion’s son, Payden, has a Junior title. He won the Junior Bassmaster World Championship on the Harris Chain of Lakes in 2006.
The Bassmaster Classic is the Super Bowl of bass fishing, and like the Super Bowl it's sometimes a nail biter and sometimes a blowout.
Baseball had the Curse of the Bambino and still has the Curse of the Billy Goat. In fishing, there's the Curse of the Bassmaster Classic Local Favorite.
You probably already know who's won the most Bassmaster Classics, but take a look at some of the other (and lesser known) records for the biggest tournament in fishing.
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.
As part of one of fishing's most famous families, Jill Hibdon was wife of one Classic champ, daughter-in-law to another and mother of a Junior champion.
There have been father and son duos competing at fishing's top level. In this article, you can read about Kevin VanDam and his 22-year-old nephew, Jonathon taking on the 2011 Elite Series together, making them competitors.