With the help of B.A.S.S. founder Ray Scott; Fred Young and his hand carved crankbait called the Big O became an overnight success.
It's been said that Rick Clunn's 28-year streak of consecutive Bassmaster Classic qualifications could be the most remarkable achievement in all of sports.
Carl Lowrance revolutionized the sport with his Fish Lo-K-Tor and Tom Mann perfected it.
In 1970, Harold Sharp joined up with the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society.
Bryan Kerchal is the only Federation bass club member to win the Classic.
Roland Martin almost never fished bass tournaments. Ray Scott managed to change his mind and in doing so he changed B.A.S.S. history forever.
Nobody remembers the guy who finished second, a fact that Tommy Biffle and Dalton Bobo are all too familiar with.
Necessity is the mother of invention, and necessity created the first B.A.S.S. seminar. Trying to appease an unhappy community he was holding a tournament in, Ray Scott decided to hold a free fishing seminar featuring pros from his circuit.
One of those unforgettable moments in Classic history, Jim Bitter caught a small bass that was barely a keeper. While he was measuring the fish, it slipped out of his hand and back into the water.
From the early innovations by Nick Crème and Tom Mann to the development of revolutionary techniques like the Texas rig, the plastic worm remains one of bass fishing's top options.