Apart from being a supporter of BASS and bass conservation, Butler was also a fine fisherman. In 1972, he won the Bassmaster Classic in dramatic fashion.
"The fishing should be good, as it usually is," said Rick Ash, an Elite Series pro who also is a guide on Oneida. "It's such a good lake. And July makes for really good fishing on Oneida.
The art of the deal is not lost on these Lure Collectors.
Biographies of the three men for which the Bassmaster Majors tournaments are named
"The Majors are the way we need to go to increase exposure for the sport ... everything is headed in the right direction," said Rick Clunn, a 29-time Classic qualifier.
Here are some highlights from the last 35 years of Classics that you can WOW your fishing buddies with.