1986 Bassmaster Classic Tennessee River - Chattanooga, TN, Aug 14 - 16, 1986

1986 Bassmaster Classic XVI

Charlie Reed, 51, became the oldest angler at that time to win a Classic

CHICKAMAUGA, Tenn. — Charlie Reed, 51, of Broken Bow, Okla., became the oldest angler at that time to win a Classic, with a 21-bass, 23-pound, 9-ounce creel.

He collected $50,000 for the championship, his biggest tournament paycheck ever.

With fishing conditions made difficult by low oxygen levels from a summer-long drought, only ounces separated the top positions.

In the final round, Reed fished a small cove with plum-colored worms to piece together a limit of small bass.

Seeking to upgrade his catch, he switched to a deep diving crankbait and began scouring the bottom of a 10-foot hole in the creek.

 

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Of note

•  Danny Correia's second-place finish was the best ever by a Federation qualifier at that time.

•  While being backed down the launch ramp to begin the opening round, defending champion Jack Chancellor had a rude awakening when his driver stopped short and accidentally launched Chancellor's rig on the concrete.

Top 6 finishers

1. Charlie Reed, Broken Bow, Okla. 23-09

2. Danny Correia, Marlboro, Mass. 22-12

3. Woo Daves, Chester, Va. 22-08

4. Gary Klein, Oroville, Calif. 22-01

5. David Yarbrough, Gadsden, Ala. 20-14

6. Jerry Rhyne, Denver, N.C. 20-03

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