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.
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.
“It looks like a pregnant guppy, has better moves than a hopped-up go-go dancer, costs even more than a prime cut New York Strip and with it, bass fishing professionals, that can find one, are winning big dollars.”
Last week I ran across this 1972 Bass Pro Shops Spring Sale ad in the 1972 March/April issue of Bass Master Magazine and thought you’d find it interesting. During the months of March and April, Johnny was hosting the first two BASS Anglers of the Year, Bill Dance and Roland Martin along with future legend Billy Murray. Wallace Lea, who was a considerable threat in those early days would also be there to visit.
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.”
Roland Martin would make his Bass Master tournament debut – which almost didn’t happen after he saw the weights posted at the Eufaula National in 1969. It took some cajoling from Ray Scott to get Martin to test the waters that year – Martin never looked back.