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.
Jack Chancellor, from Phenix City, Ala., won the Classic and $50,000 with a three-day total of 19 bass weighing 45 pounds. The 15th annual Bassmaster Classic was held Aug. 15-17, 1985, on the Arkansas River.
Stanley Mitchell of Fitzgerald, Ga., recorded a final weight of 35 pounds, 2 ounces to win the 11th Bassmaster Classic. The Classic was held Oct. 15-17, 1981, on the Alabama River.
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.
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.
Think you know something about Classic history? Read this to learn even more.
He won only one B.A.S.S. tournament, but Jack Chancellor’s lone victory is the one all Bassmaster competitors dream about winning.
Peter Thliveros, an expert on the Carolina rig, talks about its history and how using the rig has helped him to win much of nearly $2 million as a professional angler.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Riding along the Alabama River Friday, chasing competitors in the Toyota Trucks Championship Week and filing reports on the practice fishing for www.bassmaster.com, I was overwhelmed with memories of past days and events on this river.
With fishing conditions made difficult by low oxygen levels from a summer-long drought, only ounces separated the top positions.