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  1. Davis' Dream Season

    Ken Duke

    Ask any BASS pro to describe his fantasy season and the first two items on the list will always be winning the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year award and winning the Bassmaster Classic.

    Story | Conversation | November 04, 2008
  2. Clunn Routs Field at 1984 Classic

    Ken Duke

    By 1984 Rick Clunn was no stranger to Bassmaster Classic success.

    Story | Conversation | June 10, 2008
  3. The Youngest Classic Champ

    Ken Duke

    Stanley Mitchell didn't get a lot of attention coming into the 1981 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Montgomery in Alabama.

    Story | Conversation | May 23, 2008
  4. Roland Martin Wins 3 in a Row

    Ken Duke

    In the annals of BASS competition a few accomplishments stand out.

    Story | Conversation | May 19, 2008
  5. Looking Back on a Legend

    Ken Duke

    Bill Dance was professional bass fishing's first superstar.

    Story | Conversation | May 07, 2008
  6. Clunn Goes Back-to-Back

    Ken Duke

    The 1977 Bassmaster Classic was different from any that preceded it in several ways.

    Story | Conversation | April 23, 2008
  7. Clunn's first step toward immortality

    Ken Duke

    Note: Video will open in Windows Media Player It's hard to believe now, but one of the most common complaints about the early Bassmaster Classics is that they were won by nobodies. While the bass fishing world waited in vain for Roland Martin, Bi...

    Story | Conversation | April 04, 2008
  8. The Brave New World of Flippin'

    Ken Duke

    April 4, 1975, was a groundbreaking day. Among bass historians, it ranks with July 4, 1776, or December 7, 1941. That was the day Dee Thomas, a Newark, Calif., grocery store produce manager, won the Arkansas Invitational on Bull Shoals Lake. But it ...

    Story | Conversation | March 27, 2008
  9. California Sends Notice

    Ken Duke

    On June 2, 1932, George W. Perry caught a 22-pound, 4-ounce largemouth bass in Georgia, and, for four decades, the record seemed completely unassailable. All that changed forever on June 23, 1973, when Dave Zimmerlee pulled in a 20-pound, 15-ounce l...

    Story | Conversation | March 25, 2008
  10. One Legend to Another

    Ken Duke

    Sometimes it's hard to know the players, even with a scorecard. In the early 1970s, Bill Dance, Roland Martin and Rick Clunn were just good fishermen proving themselves on the BASS Tournament Trail. This was before television and the Bassmaster Clas...

    Story | Conversation | March 14, 2008
  11. Catch-and-Release Comes to Bass Fishing

    Ken Duke

    Today bass anglers practice catch-and-release at a national rate that probably exceeds 80 percent. In tournaments, that rate is well over 90 percent, and in BASS events it's roughly 99 percent. But it wasn't always that way. Before 1972, instead of ...

    Story | Conversation | March 10, 2008
  12. The First Classic

    Ken Duke

    Tournaments have always been a big part of BASS' success and prominence. From the All-American on Beaver Lake, Ark., in 1967 to the Bassmaster Elite Series, tournaments have shone the brightest light on some of the brightest stars of the fishing worl...

    Story | Conversation | February 12, 2008
  13. World's Greatest Fishing Hole

    Ken Duke

    Rip Nunnery is not exactly a household name among bass fishing fans. Among his contemporaries — Bill Dance, Roland Martin, Jimmy Houston and Tom Mann — all had more illustrious careers. But on July 10, 1969 at Lake Eufaula, Nunnery had the...

    Story | Conversation | February 05, 2008
  14. The Great American Fisherman Debuts

    Ken Duke

    On January 29, 1970, Roland Martin fished his first BASS tournament, the Toledo Bend Invitational. It was the start of one of the greatest bass fishing careers in history. Ironically, the Toledo Bend event was not the first that Martin attended. He ...

    Story | Conversation | January 29, 2008
  15. Bassmaster Magazine: The Worldwide Authority on Bass Fishing

    Ken Duke

    With BASS formally up and running in early 1968, founder Ray Scott knew he needed more than just his tournament series to keep existing members interested and new members sending in checks. He needed a tool to keep everyone together and on the same ...

    Story | Conversation | January 24, 2008
  16. BASS is born

    Ken Duke

    A lot of fishing fans believe that BASS began with the first modern fishing tournament on Beaver Lake, Ark., in the summer of 1967. But that's not quite accurate. The truth of the matter is that Ray Scott, the Alabama insurance salesman who would go...

    Story | Conversation | January 22, 2008