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.
Classic V had three 5-time Classic qualifiers: Roland Martin, Tom Mann and I’ll let you guess who the third was.
“I also have to include ‘Lunker’ Bill Murphy and his belief in his big-fish system. I did a lot of articles with him and he said he always liked the fact I’d conduct my interviews on the phone with him.
Campbell walked away – or was that walked the dog – with the event, weighing in 55-15 (25 fish).
Editor’s Note: This is Part Two of the 1974 Bass Master Trail and covers the second half of the 1974 season. Part Three will dive into the 1974 Federation Nationals and the angler who got a birth into the 1974 Bass Master Classic. Part Four will cover the 1974 Classic […]
Roland went on to say, “The guys think I have all this free time and nothing else to do but pre-fish tournaments. If they think that’s my advantage, great. But it’s obviously not.”
Later at the podium themselves, Murray stated that he “didn’t have the time to pre-fish all the qualifying tournaments like Roland does. Sure, he wins Bass Angler-of-the-Year. He works for that title when the rest of us can’t.” Clunn expressed very similar sentiments.
The picture is the cover of Japan’s most revered magazine – Basser. The issue date is 1986 vol. 5 no. 2. In this issue Basser sent over writers to cover the 1986 Bass Master Classic and the 1986 U.S. Open, then run by US Bass.
Homer Circle and Ricky Green won the Classic “greased pig contest.” I say we bring that one back. Wouldn’t you love to see G-Man and James Overstreet wrasllin’ a hawg prior to the weigh-in?
The final day turned out to be a nail-bitter for Breckenridge. He would only bring seven fish to the scales that would weigh 12-07. He was one of the first anglers to weigh in so he had to wait it out for the rest of the competitors to come to the scales. His total weighed 52-08.