“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?”
We organized the Chattanooga Bass Club as the first affiliated club in B.A.S.S., we had weekly club tournaments and if you caught a bass 6 pounds or over the club had it mounted for you. So now I had two mounted bass, the one from Smith Lake and one from Chickamauga Lake.
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
“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.
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.
The Alabama Rig ® would bring to the forefront of bass fishing a ton of controversy both on the water and in the courts – some of which has been settled and a lot of which hasn’t.
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.