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.
In the February ’75 issue of Bassmaster Magazine, B.A.S.S. not only gave the Classic report, the magazine also dedicated a substantial number of pages to the Classic qualifiers with respect to their bios. We’re going to go through these bios and touch on the anglers’ accomplishments up to this point in time.
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 […]
This is part one of a five-part series on the 1974 Bass Master Trail. Part One will cover the first half of the season, Part Two will cover the second half, Part Three will cover the Federation Nationals and Part Five will cover the 1974 Bass Master 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 Classic was an awesome event. I learned a lot about the upcoming Classic from Stan (Sloan) and Bobby (Murray) because they’d both fished the first Classic. We only had one day of practice and were limited to 10 pounds of tackle.
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.
The January/February 1974 Issue of Bass Master Magazine not only had the tournament report for the ’73 Classic, it had a very in-depth look at the Classic contenders – the first time B.A.S.S. had done this.
The significance of Martin’s three consecutive AOY wins would never really be understood until later. In fact, it wouldn’t be duplicated again until 2010 when KVD would take his third AOY title in a row, amidst some goofy point-scoring rules.