Bill Dance was one of the earliest bass angling superstars, at a time when not many people knew or could recognize who any of the professional bass anglers were. But one piece of apparel changed all that – the infamous orange University of Tennessee hat.
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.
These companies – Bagley’s, Burke, Creme, Flip Tail and Mann’s – all are still in business except for Burke, which was bought out by Creme.
“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.
The book covers all the basics of what a pro such as Bill likes and recommends as well as how he fishes certain situations. For example, in the section on “Equipment,” Bill covers things such as rods (5-1/2- or 6-foot pistol grips
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.
The second day of the event Thomas made a run for the Theodosia area and put eight bass in the boat for 15-14, the top daily weight of the tournament.
Tommy had eight bass, but as in the prior days, his fish were much bigger. His weight of 15-06, the biggest of the event, would give him a total of 33-07 and the win at Classic IV.