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.
Hank Parker won the 19th annual Bassmaster Classic, held on the James River for the second consecutive year.
In every respect, the 1984 Bassmaster Classic must be considered one of the premier fishing events of all-time. The 14th annual Classic was held Aug. 16-18, 1984, on the Arkansas River.
Bo Dowden, caught a 6-pound, 6-ounce bass, the biggest of the tournament, which anchored his 54-10 three-day catch, and earned him the crown in the "Super Bowl of Bass Fishing." The 10th annual Classic Championship was held Sept. 24-26, 1980.
The ninth annual Bassmaster Classic was held Sept. 22-24, 1979, at Lake Texoma, Texas.
He was one of the most intense competitors in B.A.S.S. history and a power fisherman before the term was coined. Hank Parker has few equals when it comes to fishing or television.
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.
We can all count Classic wins, but who's consistently competitive on fishing's biggest stage?
Lights, camera, action! Bassmaster.com takes you behind the scenes of the 2012 Classic. Tune in to ESPN2 March 3 & 4 for more never-before-seen footage from the Red River Classic.