The fifth annual Bassmaster Classic Championship was held Oct. 29-31, 1975, in Currituck Sound, North Carolina.
The Bassmaster Classic is a tournament where heroes are made and winners become household names. But what about the other guys?
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.
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.
Blowouts, big bass and the beginning of one of the sport's greatest careers are just a few of things that make "the Bend" special to fishing fans.
The numbers may not hold much drama, but they can definitely help to put any tournament into perspective. Here are some of the key numbers of the 2012 Classic.
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.
Rookies have been a part of the Bassmaster Classic since the very beginning -- 1971, when all the anglers were rookies. In 2011, there will be 15 Classic rookies competing. It seems like a big number, but it's actually quite average.
Bassmaster.com takes a closer look at the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series schedule. Battle on the Bayou: Toledo Bend Reservoir
An Insider's look at the 2010 Bassmaster Classic numbers