Bass Master Trail Winners and Records Through 1973

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Photo Bass Master Magazine 1973.

In the January/February Issue of Bass Master Magazine was a compiled list of the all-time tournament winners and records up through 1973. It’s a great list that we’re adding to the upper menu bar of the site. In time, as we go through the years, more data will be added. We don’t want to do that right now because there might be some piece of trivia we’ll want to use in future trivia games.

In all, by the end of 1973, B.A.S.S. had held 39 events and gone from a 15-fish one day limit to a 10-fish one day limit. Also, the record for total weight had been broken four times for a 15-fish limit and once for a 10-fish limit. An interesting fact is the first 10-fish limit event that was held, Lake Eufaula, OK in 1970, set that total weight bar and it wouldn’t be broken until 2 1/2 years later at the St. John’s River event.

I won’t go too much more into the weeds here because there may be some stats in this table we’d want to use in the future.

Bass Master Tournament Trail Winners and Records
Tournament
Date
Winner
Weight
1. All-American, Beaver Lake, AR
6/6-8/67
Stan Sloan
37-08
2. Dixie Invitational, Smith Lake, AL
10/20-22/67
Gerald Blanchard
42-00
3. Seminole Lunker, Lake Seminole, GA
2/22-24/68
Carl Dyess
39-08
4. Rebel Invitational, Ross Barnett, MS
4/18-20/68
Bill Dance
72-11
5. Eufaula National, Lake Eufaula, AL
6/20-22/68
John Powell
132-00
6. All-American, Sam Rayburn, TX
10/3-5/68
Bill Dance
72-13
7. Dixie Invitational, Smith Lake, AL
11/14-16/68
Bill Dance
48-03
8. Seminole Lunker, Lake Seminole, GA
2/20-22/69
Joe Verbeck
62-09
9. Texas National, Sam Rayburn, TX
4/10-12/69
Harold Hays
105-04
10. Rebel Invitational, Ross Barnett, MS
5/22-24/69
Pete Henson
124-03
11. Eufaula National, Lake Eufaula, AL
6/10-12/69
Blake Honeycutt
138-06(1)(2)
12. All-American, Lake Ouachita, AR
9/25-27/69
Bill Dance
36-04
13. Eufaula Team, Lake Eufaula, AL
11/13-15/69
Bobby Murray (43-10)
Bill Dance (35-14)
Forrest Wood (21-00)
Bob Ponds (19-14)
120-06
14. Toledo Bend Invitational, TX
1/29-31/70
Mike Bono
94-04
15. Seminole Lunker, Lake Seminole, GA
3/19-21/70
Roland Martin
53-14
16. Rebel Invitational, Ross Barnett, MS
4/30 - 5/2/70
Bill Dance
75-12
17. Henshall Memorial, Walter F. George Lake, GA
6/11-13/70
Bill Adair
116-06
18. Oklahoma National, Lake Eufaula, OK(3)
8/5-7/70
John Hadad III
82-15
19. Texas National, Sam Rayburn, TX
9/24-26/70
Bill Dance
62-06
20. All-American, Table Rock, MO
11/12-14/70
Bill Dance
52-06
21. Seminole Lunker, Lake Seminole, GA
3/18-20/71
Tom Mann
62-14
22. Table Rock National, Table Rock, MO
4/29 - 5/1/71
John Powell
59-13
23. Texas National, Sam Rayburn, TX
6/17-19/71
John Powell
61-06
24. All-American, Ross Barnett, MS
9/30 - 10/2/71
Roland Martin
54-13
25. Bass Masters Classic I, Lake Mead, NV
10/20-22/71
Bobby Murray
43-11
26. Florida National, Lake Kissimmee, FL
3/9-11/72
Tom Mann
47-15
27. South Carolina National, Lake Keowee, SC
4/13-15/72
Glin Wells
28-10
28. Arkansas National, Lake Ouachita, AR
5/18-20/72
Bobby Murray
48-06
29. Tennessee National, Watts Bar, TN
6/22-24/72
Roland Martin
37-06
30. Rebel Invitational, Ross Barnett, MS
8/24-26/72
Ricky Green
44-03
31. All-Americcan, Lake Eufaula, OK
9/28-30/72
Roland Martin
62-13
32. Bass Masters Classic II, Percy Priest, TN
10/25-27/72
Don Butler
38-11
33. Florida Invitational, St John's River, FL(5)
2/7-9/73
Larry Hill
108-02(4)
34. Arkansas Invitational, Beaver Lake, ARDon Butler
56-14
35. Rebel Invitational, Ross Barnett, MS
4/4-6/73
Roland Martin
72-07
36. Seminole Lunker, Lake Seminole, GA
4/2-4/73
Roland Martin
54-14
37. Carolina Invitational, Lake Keowee, SC
5/30 - 6/1/73
Junior Collis
23-15
38. All-American, Watts Bar, TN
9/26-28/73
Roland Martin
21-06(6)
39. Bass Masters Classic III, Clark Hill, SC
10/24-26/73
Rayo Breckenridge
52-08

Notes:

  • (1) The all-time record for total weight in a 15-fish per day tournament. Blake Honeycutt (34 fish weighed).
  • (2) The all-time record for one-day 15-fish limit. Rip Nunnery (98-15).
  • (3) First 10-fish daily limit tournament.
  • (4) B.A.S.S.’s record for total weight in a 10-fish per day tournament. Larry Hill (29 fish weighed).
  • (5) All-time biggest bass weighed in a Bass Master Tournament. Bob Tyndall (12-13).
  • (6) All-time smallest weight to win a Bass Master tournament. Roland Martin (21-06).

 


  • Harold Sharp

    Number 17 on this list is The Henshall Memorial on Lake Walter F. George in Georgia. Some may not know this is still Lake Eufaula, Alabama where Blake Honeycutt and John Powell set records. This tournament was conducted on the Georgia side of this border lake and it’s known as Walter F. George Lake in Georgia and Lake Eufaula in Alabama.

    Rip Nunnery set a record with 98-15, we were told he boated 30 Bass out of 31 strikes that day and also used a method that no one else used, he cast a plastic worm, let it sink to the bottom and pointed his rod tip at the worm and slowly cranked it back to the boat. When a bass picked it up, Rip just kept cranking until the bass hooked itself and started fighting back. Then Rip just raised the rod and cranked it in the boat, he never set the hook, the bass hooked itself.

  • Harold Sharp

    Terry; Here’s an interesting record, I don’t have a copy of BassMaster and the BASS web page does not list the total weights for the 1969 Lake Eufaula,AL. tournament won by Blake Honeycutt with 138.06. If you have a copy of Bassmaster that list these total weights, look at the Top 5 in this event .Blake Honeycutt, Bill Dance,Rip Nunnery,Gerald Blanchard and John Powell, total their total weight for a BASS Top 5 record. Blake had 138.06, I believe Dance had 96 on the day Nunnery had 98.15 and Blanchard was paired with Nunnery the day he set the record and John Powell always did well on this lake. Total these Top 5 to see if it’s not a BASS Top 5 record, they could weigh 15 per day and it was in June, the best month for Eufaula

  • Harold Sharp

    Hi Terry; Here’s something to compare the 1969 Lake Eufaula Top 5 against, the 1968 Lake Eufaula event was won by John Powell with 132.2, here’s the Top 5, John Powell 132.02, MJ Watkins 130.01, Pete Henson 97.02, Ray Murski 94.01 & Don Stasser 83.12…Total 539.15. Again it was 15 per day limit in June.

    • http://www.bassfishingarchives.com Terry

      Thanks Harold! Unfortunately, I don’t have those issues of BassMaster. :-( A close friend of mine is sending me the Fall 69 Issue of BM in the next couple of weeks that has the write up of Rip. Rip was a close friend of mine and my friend. Jon also has a picture of Rip with Bill Dance, Roland Martin and I think Honeycutt after Rip weighed his record weight.

      If anyone has pre-70s Bassmaster magazines I would really like to borrow them. I will return them after I scan them within a week.

  • Monte

    Can someone tell me the date of the last Bassmaster tournament Bill Dance competed in? It’s scary how dominant he was in the early days.