JAMES RIVER, Va. Rick Clunn of Montgomery, Texas, claimed his fourth Classic crown on Aug. 25, 1990.
He charged from almost 10 pounds behind to win the 20th Bassmaster Classic with a three-day creel of 34 pounds, 5 ounces.
On the final day, Clunn weighed in 18-7, the heaviest creel brought to the scales during any of the James River Classics.
Clunn's tactic was to crank cypress trees along the mouths of four lower James tributaries, a pattern he discovered during the first Classic at this location.
His experiences during the first James River Classic led him to design a lure to use under the conditions he found the RC1 cedar crankbait by Poe's.
• Clunn mounted the greatest comeback in Classic history to claim his fourth championship. Going into the final day, he was in 10th place and 9-10 out of the lead.
• BASS legend Hank Parker retired after the 1990 Classic.
Top 6 finishers
1. Rick Clunn Montgomery, Texas 34-05
2. Tommy Biffle Wagoner, Okla. 27-06
3. George Cochran N. Little Rock, Ark. 26-08
4. Woo Daves Chester, Va. 25-13
5. John Hale Lufkin, Texas 24-06
5. Larry Lazoen Port Charlotte, Fla. 24-06