For every Rayo Breckenridge, Jack Hains or Jack Chancellor (who all won a Classic yet are mostly unknown to young fans), there's a Roland Martin, Bill Dance or Jimmy Houston who have earned almost all the accolades but never picked up the big hardware.
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.
A lost Manhattan tourist approaches a New York City local and asks him "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" The grizzled native responds, "Practice, practice, practice."
These are the 31 champions in the history of the Bassmaster Classics along with additional facts of the competitions.
In this article, you can read how according to Robert Hamilton who won the 1992 Bassmaster Classic on Alabama's Logan Martin Lake, his Classic win was almost totally dependent on shad.
As Brauer enjoyed the view from atop bass-fishing's highest mountains, a wild wave smashed into his boat while he competed in a 1999 tournament on Lake St. Clair near Detroit.