Almost since the beginning, B.A.S.S. has worked to shake things up with different tournament formats.
For winning the sixth annual Bassmaster Classic, Rick Clunn of Montgomery, Texas, earned $25,000, half of the $50,000 total payout, for his catch of 59 pounds, 15 ounces. The Classic was held Nov. 3-5, 1976, at Lake Guntersville, Ala.
With the newest six, the Fed Nation has now qualified 181 anglers for the Bassmaster Classic since the program started in 1973. They've represented 44 different states and three foreign countries.