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BASS trivia

11/14/2006

What is the heaviest winning catch in Bassmaster Classic history?

In 1984, Rick Clunn won the Classic on the Arkansas River with 75-9.

What is the smallest winning catch in Bassmaster Classic history?

In 2005, Kevin VanDam won the Classic on Pittsburgh's Three Rivers with a three-day catch weighing just 12-15.

Who is the only reigning Angler of the Year to win the Classic?

Mark Davis in 1995.

Who is the only Federation qualifier to win the Classic?

Bryan Kerchal in 1994.

What angler has posted the most consecutive Classic appearances?

Rick Clunn, 28 (1974-2001).

Which anglers have the longest active consecutive Classic streak?

Kevin VanDam and Jay Yelas, 15 consecutive Classics.

What angler has posted the most Top 5 Classic finishes?

Rick Clunn, 11.

What angler has qualified for the most Classics without ever winning?

Roland Martin, 25.

What is the narrowest margin of victory in Classic history?

In 1997, Dion Hibdon edged Dalton Bobo by a single ounce. Bobo had a 4 ounce dead fish penalty; otherwise he would have beaten Hibdon by 3 ounces. The previous year's dead fish penalty had been just two ounces — enough to give Bobo a one-ounce victory.

What is the largest bass caught in Classic competition?

Ricky Green's Day 2 lunker at the 1976 Classic on Alabama's Lake Guntersville weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and stands as the biggest bass ever caught in the Classic. Ironically, Rick Clunn caught the Classic's second best bass (7-13) on the same day.

What is the only state to have sent an angler to each and every Classic?

Arkansas.

How many rods and reels were anglers permitted to carry at the 1971 Classic?

Four.

What is the heaviest single day catch in Classic history?

On the second day of the 1976 Classic, Rick Clunn brought in a 10 fish limit that weighed 33-5.

Who is the Classic's youngest champion?

Stanley Mitchell was 21 years old when he won the 1981 Classic.

Who is the Classic's oldest champion?

Woo Daves was 54 years old when he won the 2000 Classic.

This is the Classic's second visit to Florida's Lake Tohopekaliga. Who won the previous Toho Classic?

Rick Clunn won the 1977 Classic on Lake Toho with 27-7. It was the lightest winning Classic weight up to that time.

Who was the first Bassmaster Angler of the Year?

Bill Dance, 1970.

Who has won the most AOY titles?

Roland Martin, 9 (1971-73, 1975, 1978-79, 1981, 1984-85).

Which AOY has never won a BASS event?

Gerald Swindle, the 2004 AOY.

Who was the first foreign-born angler to win a BASS event?

Norio Tanabe of Tokyo won the Kentucky Invitational on Kentucky Lake, April 7-9, 1993.

Who has won the most BASS events?

Roland Martin, 19.

Five of the first seven BASS tournament winners were from the same city. What was it?

Memphis, Tenn. Bill Dance won three of the tournaments. The others were won by Gerald Blanchard and Carl Dyess. Stan Sloan of Nashville won the first BASS event, giving the Tennesseans six of the first seven championships.

Who are the only anglers to win three consecutive BASS events?

Roland Martin and Kevin VanDam. Martin won three tournaments in a row in 1980-81. VanDam won two Elite 50s and the Classic in 2005.

What state produced the most 2006 Elite Series anglers?

Eleven Elite Series pros call Texas home. California, Florida and Oklahoma all have 10 pros in the Series.

Who was the last angler to win back-to-back AOYs?

Guido Hibdon, 1990-91.

What was BASS' first catch-and-release tournament?

The Florida National, March 9-11, 1972, on Lake Kissimmee. Tom Mann won the event.