ARKANSAS RIVER, Ark. — In every respect, the 1984 Bassmaster Classic must be considered one of the premier fishing events of all-time.
Two future presidents of the United States, then-Vice President George Bush and then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, assisted at the weigh-in, and several Classic records were broken.
Rick Clunn became a three-time Classic champion — weighing in a 21-fish stringer of 75 pounds, 9 ounces — and the 40 Classic anglers weighed in 462 bass weighing 930-4.
Clunn's strategy was to look for something subtle and close to home. He found it less than three miles from the launch ramp: a short, steep drop-off apparently crawling with good-sized largemouths.
He alternated between crankbaits with a wide wobble and, when the fish tired of that action, a more subdued wiggle.
Clunn led all three-days, weighing in totals of 24-12, 23-8 and 27-5.
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• Clunn's catch in the 1984 Classic is the best ever in Classic competition.
• Clunn won his third Classic as his father, Holmes, lay in a Houston hospital bed in a near coma. Rick believed his father would have wanted him to fish. After his victory, an emotional Clunn dedicated the win to his father, who eventually recovered from his illness.
Top 6 finishers
1. Rick Clunn Montgomery, Texas 75-09
2. Greg South Richmond, Va. 50-01
3. Hank Parker Denver, N.C. 43-02
4. Denny Brauer Camdenton, Mo. 35-13
5. Larry Lazoen Pt. Charlotte, Fla. 34-08
6. Larry Williams Lakeview, Ohio 32-07