Legend Profile: Ken Cook

Age: 64
B.A.S.S. Events: 300
B.A.S.S. Earnings: $804,908.20
B.A.S.S. Wins: 6
Classic Appearances: 14
Classic Wins: 1 (1991)
AOY Titles: 0

Ken Cook was one of the early professionals to come out of the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation. The former Oklahoma fisheries biologist turned pro after winning the 1980 Bassmaster Chapter Championship on Grand Lake.

Cook became the first professional bass angler to break the $100,000 mark in prize money for a single year in 1983. He went on to qualify for 14 Bassmaster Classics, winning the 1991 championship on the Chesapeake Bay and finishing in the top 10 three times.

He was a regular contender for the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year award, finishing in the top 25 eleven times and the top 10 six times. In 1984 he was narrowly edged out for the award by Roland Martin.

Cook's 300 B.A.S.S. tournaments rank him sixth all-time behind only Rick Clunn, Gary Klein, Denny Brauer, Paul Elias and Tommy Martin. He retired after the 2009 Bassmaster Elite Series season and was inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in 2010.

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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