Thirty-five years ago this week Roland Martin and Tommy Martin competed on Ross Barnett Reservoir for the first time. They were back this week for the Bass Pro Shops Central Open #3.
If you're a bass fisherman and you don't have a Zara Spook in your box, you don't know what you're missing.
Sure, you know how to watch a bass tournament, but this isn't just any bass tournament. It's the Bassmaster Classic, and things are very different.
The Bassmaster Classic is a tournament where heroes are made and winners become household names. But what about the other guys?
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.
You don't have to qualify for more than one Bassmaster Classic to leave your mark on the sport's greatest championship. These anglers did it even though they were one and done.
The eighth annual Bassmaster Classic Championship was held Oct. 25-27, 1978, at the Ross Barnett Reservoir, in Mississippi.
The numbers may not hold much drama, but they can definitely help to put any tournament into perspective. Here are some of the key numbers of the 2012 Classic.
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.
So this is my final blog talking about my top 10 most favorite fishing buddies. Anglers that I have spent lots of time with in a boat.