As we get ready for the 45th Bassmaster Classic, let's take a look back to the very first one, in 1971.
Scootin' down the road on an errand and there it sat! Even from far away I could see the Bassmaster Classic decal standing out against a red hull. I saw it was an inboard-outboard and sensed that it was old.
The first Bassmaster Classic was held in Lake Mead, Nevada, in 1971. Bobby Murray of Hot Springs, Ark., won the inaugural Bassmaster Classic with a catch of 17 bass weighing 43 pounds, 11 ounces.
The anglers had no idea where they'd be headed for the first championship.
In 1971 the very first Super Bowl of bass fishing was held, the only problem was that nobody knew where it would be. By design, Ray Scott kept the location secret until all the competitors were on a chartered jet in-route to the chosen lake.