There's an old saying about the Bassmaster Classic that you can't win it in one day, but you can surely lose it. Just ask Basil Bacon, who blanked on the first day of the 1979 Classic then came roaring back to finish second, just three pounds - one good fish - behind Hank Parker.
The Bassmaster Classic is a tournament full of tradition and lore. With the 41st Classic this weekend, it's a good time to explore some of the old bromides about fishing's greatest championship.
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These are the 31 champions in the history of the Bassmaster Classics along with additional facts of the competitions.
Rick Clunn has been involved in many of the Classic Countdowns, and this one is for rebounding to win the 1976 Bassmaster Classic with a one day catch of 33 pounds, 5 ounces.
1973 Bassmaster Classic winner Don Butler held the largest margin of victory until 1984.
Arkansas' Bobby Murray won the first ever Bassmaster Classic in 1971 held in Nevada.
>One hundred and six anglers played a big part in the success of my first All-American tournament at Beaver Lake in 1967 but especially one man, Don T. Butler. He would have a profound effect on the history of B.A.S.S. and my life.