Bassmasters show not afraid to show real conflict on the water.
With his start-to-finish win at this past weekend’s Toyota Texas Bass Classic — bringing his total of TTBC trophies to three — Keith Combs may have established himself as the greatest tour level pro in Texas…ever.
Denny Brauer of Camdenton, Mo., adds to recorded finishes of second, third, fourth and fifth places in his 15 previous Classics. Classic XXVIII (28) was held Aug. 6-8, 1998, in High Rock Lake, N.C.
The scouting report on Alabama's Lay Lake predicted bass would be holding deep along river ledges, to escape the brutal summer heat. But George Cochran knew better. The 26th annual Bassmaster Classic was held Aug. 8-10, 1996.
Even though the poundage was down from the previous Classic on the same lake, no one could say this Classic was a humdrum affair. Classic XXIII (23) was held Aug. 12-14, 1993, in Lake Logan Martin, Ala.
Rick Clunn of Montgomery, Texas, claimed his fourth Classic crown on Aug. 25, 1990, in James River, Va.
After three days of dogged determination, Guido Hibdon, the runner-up in the year's Bassmaster Angler of the Year race, won with a three-day catch weighing 28 pounds, 8 ounces to obtain the crown for the 18th Classsic. The tournament was held Aug. 25-27, 1988.
Fishing just a long cast away from the launch ramp, George Cochran caught 14 bass that weighed 15 pounds, 5 ounces, the second lowest winning poundage in Bassmaster Classic history. The 17th annual Classic was held Aug.13-15, 1987, in Ohio River, Ky.
You don't have to qualify for more than one Bassmaster Classic to leave your mark on the sport's greatest championship. These anglers did it even though they were one and done.
We can all count Classic wins, but who's consistently competitive on fishing's biggest stage?