Counting bonus money for daily lunker prizes, Tommy Martin of Hemphill, Texas, pocketed $15,400 for winning the Classic. The fourth annual Bassmaster Classic was held Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 1974, at Wheeler Lake, Alabama.
The first Bassmaster Classic was held in Lake Mead, Nevada, in 1971. Bobby Murray of Hot Springs, Ark., won the inaugural Bassmaster Classic with a catch of 17 bass weighing 43 pounds, 11 ounces.
The 1974 Bassmaster Classic's winner Tommy Martin won a Classic and a BASS tournament his first year on the trail.