“Let me get this straight. You have a load of boats that you own and you don’t know where you’re taking them and someone is going to call and tell you but you don’t know who that is?”
Then the rumors started to run rampant as Chamblee started up the docks – he’d blanked. No one in the crowd could believe it, including Hains. Then, when Chamblee came up with an empty bag, it was for certain. Jack Hains was the 1975 Bassmaster Classic Champion and first rookie to with the Bass Masters Classic.
Then one morning I got a call from Ray Scott. He said, “I hear you’re starting a bass club in Chattanooga.” I replied, “You’ve been talking to Bob Cobb,”
Classic V had three 5-time Classic qualifiers: Roland Martin, Tom Mann and I’ll let you guess who the third was.
In 1975, though, B.A.S.S. changed up the rules and instead of inviting the top overall angler to the Classic, the top angler on the winning team would get to go
Lonnie Stanley changed the bass fishing industry through his tackle company by creating baits such as the original Stanley Jig, Stanley Wedge and Vibra Shaft Spinnerbaits and more recently, the Stanley Ribbit.
“Daves grew up on Kerr where his folks operate a dock at Palmer Point. Last year he almost led the Virginia State BASS Federation team to the national championship, but Lady Luck spoiled it.
Cobb describes Dance as being, “one of those 10-percent guys.” In other words, one of the 10-percent of the angler population who catches 90-percent of the fish.
In the lead-in picture, there’s Rip and Gerald Blanchard holding his day-one record limit as well as the combined boat record of 180 pounds.
Rip Nunnery of Huntington Park, California shocked everyone with a stringer that required assistance to get from the boat to the weigh-in area. Nunnery’s bass weighed 98 pounds and 15 ounces.