The front cover of the 1975 Bass Master's Classic Press Guide. Permission B.A.S.S.

Here’s a special piece of bass fishing history for you all.  The 1975 Bass Master’s Classic Press Guide.  What makes this special is this Press Guide comes from the time when the Bass Master’s Classic was a mystery lake and very few people showed up at the event unless they were the anglers, the press corps, B.A.S.S. staff, or their families.  Very few of these guides were printed, only enough for the press, the anglers and maybe some extras for people who were lucky enough to attend.

Over the next few weeks in the leadup to Bass Master’s Classic 53, we’ll be sharing three other Press Guides from 1976, 1978 and 1979.  I would like to thank the B.A.S.S. staff, particularly Tim Carini, for allowing us to present these to you. We hope you enjoy this look back on our bass fishing history.

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