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. The 16th annual Bassmaster Classic was held Aug. 14-16, 1986, in Chickamauga, Tenn.
Reed attained fishing fame in August 1986 when he won the very first Bassmaster Classic in which he competed.
No woman has ever won a co-ed event on the Bassmaster Tournament Trail, but several have come pretty close in the past few years.
For every Rayo Breckenridge, Jack Hains or Jack Chancellor (who all won a Classic yet are mostly unknown to young fans), there's a Roland Martin, Bill Dance or Jimmy Houston who have earned almost all the accolades but never picked up the big hardware.
Once a Bassmaster Classic champion, always a Classic champion. It's one of those things that truly can't be taken away from you. These anglers know what it means to hoist this trophy and be introduced as a world champion.
Committing full time to the Bassmaster Tournament Trail at a late stage in his life is former Classic champion Charlie Reed's biggest regret of his career.
Sure, everyone knows the first champion and the guys who have gone back-to-back, but how much do you really know about the 2012 Classic?
At the start of competition in the 41st Bassmaster Classic, 50 men are gunning for the win. Only one will wear the championship ring, of course, but all 50 have their eyes on the prize.
A lost Manhattan tourist approaches a New York City local and asks him "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" The grizzled native responds, "Practice, practice, practice."
Rookies have been a part of the Bassmaster Classic since the very beginning -- 1971, when all the anglers were rookies. In 2011, there will be 15 Classic rookies competing. It seems like a big number, but it's actually quite average.