Classic records

The top 52 anglers in the world are primed to take on the waters of Lake Hartwell for the 48th Annual GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, March 16-18.

This will be the third time in 11 years that the world championship of bass fishing has been held on the South Carolina/Georgia reservoir.

No Classic records were broken during the first two tries, but the 2018 version of Lake Hartwell could find its way into the Classic record book.

Here is an overview of the Classic records as compiled by B.A.S.S.:

LIGHTEST WINNING CATCH

WeightAnglerYear
12-15 Kevin VanDam 2005 
15-5 George Cochran 1987 
18-1 Larry Nixon 1983 
23-9 Charlie Reed 1986 
27-7 Rick Clunn 1977
27-13 Woo Daves 2000 
31-0 Hank Parker 1979 
31-6 Hank Parker 1989 
31-14 George Cochran 1996 
32-5 Kevin VanDam 2001



HEAVIEST TOURNAMENT WEIGHT FIVE-BASS LIMIT

WeightAnglerYear
69-11 Kevin VanDam 2011 
67-8 Randy Howell  2014
66-8 Paul Mueller 2014 
65-11 Edwin Evers 2014 
63-6 Ott DeFoe 2014 
62-12 Randall Tharp  2014
62-1 Jordan Lee 2014 
61-1 Todd Faircloth 2014 
60-7 David Kilgore 2014 
60-7  Edwin Evers 2016
60-3 Doug Thompson 2014



HEAVIEST DAILY CATCH – FIVE-BASS LIMIT

WeightAnglerVenueYearDay
32-3 Paul MuellerLake Guntersville, Ala. 2014  2
29-6 Luke ClausenKissimmee Chain, Fla. 2006 1
29-3 Edwin EversGrand Lake, Okla. 2016 3
29-2  Randy HowellLake Guntersville, Ala. 20143
29-1  Preston Clark Kissimmee Chain, Fla. 20061
28-13 Boyd Duckett Louisiana Delta, La. 20113
28-6  Terry Scroggins Kissimmee Chain, Fla. 20062
28-0 Kevin VanDam Louisiana Delta, La.2011 3
27-8  Randall TharpLake Guntersville, Ala. 20141
27-4 Jordan Lee Lake Conroe, Texas 2017 3
26-13  Edwin Evers Lake Guntersville, Ala. 20141
26-5 Derek RemitzLouisiana Delta, La. 2011 3



SMALLEST MARGIN OF VICTORY 

MarginChampion/Second PlaceYearVenue
0-1 Dion Hibdon/Dalton Bobo 1997Lake Logan Martin, Ala. 
0-2 Hank Parker/Jim Bitter  1989 James River, Va.
0-3 Ken Cook/Randall Romig 1991 Chesapeake Bay, Md. 
0-4 Bryan Kerchal/Tommy Biffle  1994 High Rock Lake, N.C.
0-6  Guido Hibdon/Woo Daves 1988 James River, Va.
0-6 Kevin VanDam/Aaron Martens 2005 Three Rivers, Pa. 
0-6 Boyd Duckett/Skeet Reese 2007Lay Lake, Ala.



LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY

MarginChampion/Second PlaceYearVenue
25-8 Rick Clunn/Greg South 1984Arkansas River, Ark. 
13-7 Don Butler/Ricky Green  1972Percy Priest Rsvr., Tenn.
10-11 Kevin VanDam/Aaron Martens 2011 Louisiana Delta, La. 
10-9 Bo Dowden/Roland Martin 1980 St. Lawrence River, N.Y. 
10-5 Edwin Evers/Jason Christie 2016 Grand Lake, Okla.



HEAVIEST BASS

WeightAnglerVenueYearDay
11-10 Preston Clark Kissimmee Chain, Fla. 20061
10-10 Rick Clunn Kissimmee Chain, Fla. 20061
9-12 Brent Ehrler Lake Conroe, Texas 20171
9-12 Mark Tucker Kissimmee Chain, Fla. 20061
9-9 Ott DeFoe Lake Conroe, Texas 20173
9-5 Terry Scroggins Kissimmee Chain, Fla. 20062
9-3  Fred Roumbanis Lake Guntersville, Ala. 20141
9-1 Skylar Hamilton Lake Conroe, Texas 20172
8-15 Edwin Evers Kissimmee Chain, Fla. 20061
8-15 Boyd Duckett Louisiana Delta, La. 20113



MOST WINS

AnglerWinsYears
Rick Clunn 41976, 1977, 1984, 1990 
Kevin VanDam 42001, 2005, 2010, 2011
George Cochran 21987, 1996 
Bobby Murray 2 1971, 1978
Hank Parker21979, 1989



CUMULATIVE CLASSIC WEIGHTS

838-5 Kevin VanDam 
772-2 Rick Clunn 
609-8 Gary Klein 
596-7 Aaron Martens 
549-15 Michael Iaconelli 
512-15 Todd Faircloth



MOST APPEARANCES

32 Rick Clunn
30 Gary Klein 
27 Kevin VanDam 
25 Roland Martin, Larry Nixon
21 Denny Brauer, George Cochran 
20 Mark Davis 
19 Tommy Biffle, Tommy Martin, Aaron Martens, Alton Jones, Michael Iaconelli 
18 Skeet Reese 
17 Woo Daves, Gerald Swindle, Edwin Evers 
16 Paul Elias, Zell Rowland, Jay Yelas, Shaw Grigsby, Todd Faircloth, Randy Howell



MOST CONSECUTIVE APPEARANCES

Angler(s)Years
28 Rick Clunn 1974-2001 
24 Kevin VanDam 1991-2014
18 Larry Nixon 1977-1994 
17 Gary Klein 1984-2000
17 Michael Iaconelli 2002-2018*
16 Jay Yelas 1991-2006 
15 Aaron Martens 2004-2018 
14 Ricky Green 1972-1985
14 Tommy Martin 1978-1991 
13 Hank Parker 1978-1990 
12 Todd Faircloth 2007-2018 
11 Roland Martin 1977-1987 
11Kevin Wirth 2002-2012 
11Bobby Lane 2008-2018 
11Greg Hackney 2003-2013 
10 Woo Daves 1985-1994
10Tim Horton 2000-2009
10Gary Klein 2002-2011 
10 Terry Scroggins 2005-2014

*Active streak