Bill Dance proudly poses with 13 bass that weighed 56 pounds. Most of the fish were caught between 7 A.M. and 8:30 A.M. on the last day of the Eufaula National Tournament. They were taken from water 12 feet deep.
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Blake honeycutt, left, champion of Eufaula National. Bill Dance, right, took 2nd place at Eufaula.
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Jerry McKinnis with Day Two catch from Lake Eufaula.
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Guy Eaker was among the eight angling legends to compete in Montgomery during All-Star Week.
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Eaker had a distinguished career in B.A.S.S., fishing in 296 tournament and making the Classic 10 times.
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Recently retired Ken Cook has six B.A.S.S. victories, including the 1991 Classic on Chesapeake Bay.
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Cook, who now manages his big-game Tar Bone Ranch in Oklahoma, fished 300 events in his career.
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Rick Clunn is a true legend among those who will compete in the Bassmaster Legends event during All-Star Week.
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Clunn's four Classic titles were recently matched by Kevin VanDam, but Clunn still holds the most weight caught at 10,393 pounds.
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Martin won the Bassmaster Classic in 1974.
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Martin, who could always catch big fish, compete in the Central Opens this year.
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It's hard to imagine, but Bill Dance's career might have catapulted even further if he hadn't lost a fish late in the 1973 Classic.
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Colt, Ruger and Sheila Beam stand with Bill Dance.
Photo: Steve King
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Jerry McKinnis attemps to unhook a bass as his faithfull dog Archie watches.
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Jerry McKinnis now is a co-owner of B.A.S.S.
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Guido Hibdon and his big catch snapshot.
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Bobby Murray had his entire life redirected with his victory in the first Classic.