During ESPNs Greaest Angler Debate in 2005, fans voted legendary angler Rick Clunn the greatest bass fisherman of all time. Given Clunn's 31 Bassmaster Classic appearances, 14 BASS victories (including four Classics), and nearly $2 million in winnings, he's certainly earned the title.
He's not flashy, he's not outspoken, and when really cornered to answer how he catches so many bass, 33-year-old Greg Hackney freely admits he can't explain it.
$166,250 in cash and merchandise to the top 30 pro anglers and valuable points towards qualifying for the Bassmaster Classic and Bassmaster Elite Series. The top 30 co-anglers will compete for $69,700 in prizes. This is the first event of the Bassmaster Southern Opens.
(Editor's note: Following is a feature interview with Terry McWilliams, who eventually placed fourth in the Bassmaster Classic. On Friday, a post-event feature will be published on Bassmaster.com.)
Bassmaster Elites kick off season at Lake Amistad
Elite series lives up to ambitious billing
Boyd Duckett of Demopolis put himself in position to end a Bassmaster Classic jinx with an impressive catch Friday.
Alabama hasn't claimed a Bassmaster Classic winner in 22 years but it now at least has a couple of pro fishermen with big targets on their backs.
Boyd Duckett became the first angler in Bassmaster Classic history to win the title in his home state, taking the $500,000 top prize by 6 ounces Sunday with a three-day total of 48 pounds, 10 ounces.