Ask BIll Dance, Roland Martin, Rick Clunn or Jimmy Houston who inspired and taught them, and you’ll get the same answer, Jason Lucas.
To my surprise, the average age for the 1975 Classic field was 3.7 years younger than the average age of the combined BASS/MLF AOY anglers.
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.
“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.
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.
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 […]