Arkansas' Bobby Murray won the first ever Bassmaster Classic in 1971 held in Nevada.
Carl Lowrance revolutionized the sport with his Fish Lo-K-Tor and Tom Mann perfected it.
From the early innovations by Nick Crème and Tom Mann to the development of revolutionary techniques like the Texas rig, the plastic worm remains one of bass fishing's top options.
America's 35 most important bass waters that have figured prominently in the evolution of angling.
One of the 'bad', or sad events of 2007 was Jerry McKinnis retiring his "Fishing Hole".
The 2007 BASS Federation Nation Championship doesn't look anything like the first incarnation of the tournament in 1973.
"The Classic! Oh, man, that's a dream come true," Bobby said. "My ultimate goal since I was three years old was to make the Classic."
Read about John Powell, one of BASS' first members and Tournament Trail stars, and his 16 year professional fishing career.