B.A.S.S. has been coming to West Point Lake for about as long as there's been a West Point Lake to come to. It was impounded in 1974, and B.A.S.S. held Alabama Invitationals there in 1977 and 1978. They were called "Alabama" Invitationals and not "Georgia" Invitationals because the host city for the first two events was Lanett, Ala. The next two invitationals on West Point were held out of LaGrange, Ga., and were therefore Georgia Invitationals. Lanett hosted its last B.A.S.S. professional event on West Point in 2005. LaGrange has hosted both of the Elite events on the reservoir.
The first B.A.S.S. event on West Point was won by the legendary Roland Martin, and Rick Clunn caught the biggest bass on the final day (a 5-7 largemouth). Of course, Clunn is competing in the Elite tournament on West Point this week — an amazing connection to an event that was almost 36 years ago.