Gerald Blanchard, a participant in 19 Bassmaster events and winner of the second-ever B.A.S.S. tournament in 1967, passed away at his home in North Port, Fla. Formerly of Memphis, Tenn., Blanchard was 75.
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.