B.A.S.S. and Bassmaster Classic trivia

What is the heaviest winning catch in Bassmaster Classic history?

In 1984, Rick Clunn won the Classic on the Arkansas River with 75-9.

What is the smallest winning catch in Bassmaster Classic history?

In 2005, Kevin VanDam won the Classic on Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers with a three-day catch weighing just 12-15.

Who are the only two reigning Angler of the Year winners to win the Classic?

Mark Davis in 1995. Kevin VanDam in 2010.

Who is the only B.A.S.S. Nation qualifier to win the Classic?

Bryan Kerchal in 1994.

What angler has posted the most consecutive Classic appearances?

Rick Clunn, 28 (1974-2001).

Which state has the most Bassmaster Classic berths?

Texas with 333 berths.

What angler has posted the most top five Classic finishes?

Rick Clunn, 11.

What is the narrowest margin of victory in Classic history?

In 1997, Dion Hibdon edged Dalton Bobo by a single ounce. Bobo had a 4-ounce dead fish penalty; otherwise, he would have beaten Hibdon by 3 ounces. The previous year’s dead fish penalty had been just 2 ounces enough to give Bobo a 1-ounce victory.

Which College Classic qualifier has the highest finish in Classic history?

Jordan Lee finished sixth in 2014 Classic after winning the College Classic bracket in 2013.

What is the largest bass caught in Classic competition?

Preston Clark’s Day 1 lunker at the 2006 Classic on Florida’s Kissimmee Chain of Lakes weighed 11 pounds, 10 ounces and stands as the biggest bass ever caught in the Classic.

How many rods and reels were anglers permitted to carry at the 1971 Classic?


What is the heaviest single day catch in Classic history?

On the second day of the 1976 Classic, Rick Clunn brought in a 10 fish limit that weighed 33-5. Although, Paul Mueller owns the heaviest five-fish limit weighed in Classic history with 32-3 on Day 2 during the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.

What is the largest margin of victory in Classic history?

Rick Clunn bested the field in 1984 and won the Classic by 25 pounds, 8 ounces.

Who is the Classic’s youngest champion?

Stanley Mitchell was 21 years old when he won the 1981 Classic.

Who is the Classic’s oldest champion?

Woo Daves was 54 years old when he won the 2000 Classic.

This is the Classic’s second visit to Knoxville’s Tennessee River. Who won the previous Knoxville Classic?

Ott DeFoe won the 2019 Classic on the Tennessee River with 49-3.

Who was the first Bassmaster Angler of the Year?

Bill Dance, 1970.

Who has won the most AOY titles?

Roland Martin, nine (1971-73, 1975, 1978-79, 1981, 1984-85).

Which AOY winners have never won a B.A.S.S. event?

Scott Canterbury, the 2019 AOY. Clark Wendlandt, the 2020 AOY.

Who was the first foreign-born angler to win a B.A.S.S. event?

Norio Tanabe of Tokyo won the Kentucky Invitational on Kentucky Lake, April 7-9, 1993.

Who has won the most B.A.S.S. events?

Kevin VanDam, 25.

Five of the first seven B.A.S.S. tournament winners were from the same city. What was it?

Memphis, Tenn. Bill Dance won three of the tournaments. The others were won by Gerald Blanchard and Carl Dyess. Stan Sloan of Nashville won the first B.A.S.S. event, giving the Tennesseans six of the first seven championships.

What state produced the most 2023 Elite Series anglers?

Alabama with 14 Elite pros.

Who was the last angler to win back-to-back AOYs?

Kevin VanDam, 2010 and 2011.

What was B.A.S.S.’s first catch-and-release tournament?

The Florida National, March 9-11, 1972, on Lake Kissimmee. Tom Mann won the event.