Wayne Barksdale became a Charter Member of BASS in 1969, and is still a member to this day.
In this article, you can read how in his book, Them Ol' Brown Fish, Billy Westmorland related the story of the rescue of Johnny Morris and Robert Craddock, his partner, out of the lake at the BASS Arkansas Invitational on Beaver Lake.
The 2007 BASS Federation Nation Championship doesn't look anything like the first incarnation of the tournament in 1973.
Read about John Powell, one of BASS' first members and Tournament Trail stars, and his 16 year professional fishing career.
Rayo Breckenridge of Paragould, Ark., out fished the field of 26 fishermen to earn a $15,000 paycheck. The third annual Bassmaster Classic was held Oct. 24-26, 1973, at Clarks Hill, in South Carolina.