Davy Hite won the 29th Classic with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 55 pounds, 10 ounces; 9-15 more than runner-up Denny Brauer. The Classic was held July 29-31, 1999, in Louisiana Delta, La.
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.
Hank Parker of Denver, N.C., won the 19th annual Bassmaster Classic, held on the James River for the second consecutive year.
This year's Elite event marks BASS' seventh professional tournament on Bull Shoals Reservoir and the first since a WBT event in 2006. It's been more than 20 years (1991) since the top BASS pros competed there. That event (the 1991 Arkansas Bassmaster Top 100) was won by Ron Shuffield.
This year's Elite event marks B.A.S.S.' seventh professional tournament on Bull Shoals Reservoir.
Spinning gear usually takes a back seat to casting tackle on the Elite Series trail, but on Bull Shoals there could be a place for finesse.
Read how despite the weather, Luke Clausen of Washington state had a rare wire-to-wire victory in the 36th annual Bassmaster Classic on Lake Tohopekaliga.
These springtime hot spots won't necessarily hold winning strings of bass, but they should produce when things turn tough