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.
Robert Hamilton Jr., caught a total of 21 bass weighing 59 pounds, 6 ounces, the third-highest Classic creel ever. The 22nd annual Clasic Championship was held July 30-Aug.1, 1992, on Lake Logan Martin.
Hank Parker of Denver, N.C., won the 19th annual Bassmaster Classic, held on the James River for the second consecutive year.
After three days of dogged determination, Guido Hibdon, the runner-up in the year's Bassmaster Angler of the Year race, won with a three-day catch weighing 28 pounds, 8 ounces to obtain the crown for the 18th Classsic. The tournament was held Aug. 25-27, 1988.
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.
I just finished reading Pete Robbins’ column, “Seeing into the future.” As always, Pete gives us incredible insight into bass fishing, going down a path few people ever venture.
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.
Throughout the years many anglers have earned the respected title 'Angler of the Year,' but only a select few have held it more than once.
The race is on, but the end is in sight. There's just one more Elite event left in 2012, and it looks like we'll be crowning a brand new champion. Here are the past winners and a look at the anglers who still have a chance to win this year.