The anglers had no idea where they'd be headed for the first championship.
One number that may haunt Martin is 25. That's how many times he qualified to fish the Bassmaster Classic and how many times he didn't win it.
Two future presidents of the United States assisted at the weigh-in, and several Classic records were broken.
Jelani "JJ" Hennessey hopes to fish all nine events in three Opens events as soon as his birthday comes around in January.
In fact, Paul Chamblee may have been the best professional angler who never won a BASS event. He was that good.
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.
Elias fished deep running crankbaits near the bottom, holding his rod with all but the handle under the water, to force the diving plugs even deeper.
In 2003 when a landowner fired at him with a rifle, Klein turned around and found a safer area rather than risk his life and the life of his cameraman.
Stanley Mitchell of Fitzgerald, Georgia, is the Classic's youngest champion at 21, winning the 11th Bassmaster Classic.
If an athlete has set any records, you remember him and his golden number. This is about Rick Clunn's.