Legend Profile: Guido Hibdon

Age: 65
B.A.S.S. Events: 163
B.A.S.S. Earnings: $609,380.40
B.A.S.S. Wins: 5
Classic Appearances: 10
Classic Wins: 1 (1988)
AOY Titles: 2 (1990, 1991)

Guido Hibdon began his B.A.S.S. career with a bang, winning the first event he entered (the 1980 Missouri Invitational on Lake of the Ozarks). From there, he only got better, winning four more tournaments before retiring from B.A.S.S. competition in 2000.

Growing up on the deep, clear reservoirs of Missouri, Hibdon naturally developed his skills as a finesse angler and was widely regarded as the best in the business during his tournament career. His sight-fishing methods and skills with a spinning rod, tube jigs and finesse baits changed the way a generation of anglers fished in the spring. He qualified for 10 Bassmaster Classics, winning the 1988 championship on the James River out of Virginia and finishing in the top 10 an impressive six times.

In 1990 and 1991, Hibdon was the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year, becoming only the second person to win the title in back-to-back seasons (Roland Martin preceded him and Kevin VanDam has done it since). Seven times Hibdon finished in the top 10 of the AOY race; six times he was in the top 5.

Hibdon was inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in 2002.

Guido Hibdon and Bobby Murray are teaming up for the Bassmaster Legends tournament taking place July 31 on a private lake in Montgomery, Ala. The event is part of Toyota Trucks All-Star Week, and weigh-in will be before the final of the Evan Williams Bourbon All-Star Championshp.

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