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.
“As I got in the back of the cove, I saw some fallen brush and stick-ups, He said. “This was too much, it looked just like Eufaula Oklahoma, ‘Spinnerbait Heaven.’ Without any hesitation, I picked up the S.O.B. (Small Okiebug) and for the next two hours had a ball.”
To summarize Martin’s achievements for the 1972 season, he placed in the Top-4 in each of six events, he won two events, he won his second AOY in a row and in doing it, he accumulated 203 out of a possible 210 points. He made his 17th straight check from B.A.S.S. and bumped his all-time earnings up to $21,175 – second only to Bill Dance’s $21,490.
Scott made a decree at the beginning of ‘72 that all B.A.S.S. events would be “Catch and Release” events. He invested in the production of a 525-gallon aerated livewell, which he coined “Big Blue,” and each fish that came to the dock would be promptly weighed and placed into Big Blue so they could later be released.
We’ve got the best bass fishermen in the world on this plane. You wouldn’t expect the World Series to be played on a Little League ball yard. Neither would you expect the World Championship of Bass Fishing to be held in a fish hatchery.
“Pete Henson is the most famous hole fisherman of all. He stayed on one spot so long, a barge boat driver mistook him for a channel marker. Pete moved the third day of the tournament, and the channel boat operator ran aground.”
The 1971 Bassmaster season, or as they used to call it, “The Society’s Tournament Trail,” became the second such season where an angler would be recognized for consistency throughout the year. This title, as called out in the 1971 Nov/Dec issue of Bassmaster Magazine, was the Point Scoring Crown, known today as the Angler of the Year award.