Legend Profile: Guy Eaker

Age: 71
B.A.S.S. Events: 286
B.A.S.S. Earnings: $673,668.40
B.A.S.S. Wins: 1
Classic Appearances: 10
Classic Wins: 0
AOY Titles: 0

Guy Eaker has taught several generations what it means to be a professional bass angler. With style, grace and class, he fished at the highest levels of the sport for nearly 40 years, until most men his age were relaxing on their sofas, retired.

Eaker refused the retirement option until the end of the 2010 Bassmaster Elite Series season, repeatedly telling media and friends, "What will I do when I retire, fish?"

In his trademark black dress pants and freshly pressed tournament shirts, Eaker fished 286 BASS events over the years (8th most all-time), including 10 Bassmaster Classics. In 10 of those seasons, he ranked among the top 25 in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year race, finishing third in 1991. And though he never won the Classic, he was third in 1987 in one of the toughest Classics ever on the Ohio River.

As the second-oldest angler in the Legends tournament (only Jerry McKinnis is older), Eaker will still be tournament ready. After all, he was still among the sport's best in the Elite Series a year ago.

He was inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in 2011.

Guy Eaker and Ken Cook 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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