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.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Riding along the Alabama River Friday, chasing competitors in the Toyota Trucks Championship Week and filing reports on the practice fishing for www.bassmaster.com, I was overwhelmed with memories of past days and events on this river.
In the toughest Classic to date, Larry Nixon outpaced a frustrated field. The Ohio River produced only five 6-bass limits over the three competition days.
If an athlete has set any records, you remember him and his golden number. This is about Rick Clunn's.
It's a good thing that the fish were still biting at 30 degrees at the sixth Bassmaster Classic in the Deep South. 30 being a record low temerature.
The 1974 Bassmaster Classic's winner Tommy Martin won a Classic and a BASS tournament his first year on the trail.
The 1973 Bassmaster Classic was the first year that BASS Federation sent an angler to the Classic.
1973 Bassmaster Classic winner Don Butler held the largest margin of victory until 1984.