BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Bobby Murray gave an unexpected rousing start to the annual Bass Fishing Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Murray won the first Bassmaster Classic in 1971, and on Thursday evening he donated the trophy to the future facility, to be built in Cullman, Ala. "I've been shining this thing for 43 years like it was Aladdin's lamp," Murray said. "It's brought lots of good luck to me. That's why I want to turn it over to the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame."
Conservation leaders from around the country will descend on Birmingham, Ala., for the 2014 Conservation Summit.
Rayo Breckenridge of Paragould, Ark., out fished the 1973 Classic field of 26 fishermen to earn a $15,000 paycheck. The third annual Bassmaster Classic was held Oct. 24-26, 1973, at Clarks Hill, in South Carolina.
Brekenridge, Berrryman, Hannon, and Honeycutt are the class of 2014.
Once a Bassmaster Classic champion, always a Classic champion. It's one of those things that truly can't be taken away from you. These anglers know what it means to hoist this trophy and be introduced as a world champion.
Rookies have been a part of the Bassmaster Classic since the very beginning -- 1971, when all the anglers were rookies. In 2011, there will be 15 Classic rookies competing. It seems like a big number, but it's actually quite average.
In this article, read about the significance of the number 8 in Bassmaster Classic history.