Classic XX; August 23-25, 1990

Rick Clunn
Rick Clunn

JAMES RIVER, Va. — Rick Clunn of Montgomery, Texas, claimed his fourth Classic crown on Aug. 25, 1990.

He charged from almost 10 pounds behind to win the 20th Bassmaster Classic with a three-day creel of 34 pounds, 5 ounces.

On the final day, Clunn weighed in 18-7, the heaviest creel brought to the scales during any of the James River Classics.

Clunn's tactic was to crank cypress trees along the mouths of four lower James tributaries, a pattern he discovered during the first Classic at this location.

His experiences during the first James River Classic led him to design a lure to use under the conditions he found — the RC1 cedar crankbait by Poe's.


•  Clunn mounted the greatest comeback in Classic history to claim his fourth championship. Going into the final day, he was in 10th place and 9-10 out of the lead.

  • BASS legend Hank Parker retired after the 1990 Classic.

Top 6 finishers

1. Rick Clunn Montgomery, Texas 34-05

2. Tommy Biffle Wagoner, Okla. 27-06

3. George Cochran N. Little Rock, Ark. 26-08

4. Woo Daves Chester, Va. 25-13

5. John Hale Lufkin, Texas 24-06

5. Larry Lazoen Port Charlotte, Fla. 24-06