In Memory – Charlie Reed

Charlie Reed hoists his 1986 Bassmaster Classic trophy. Photo November 1986 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Charlie Reed hoists his 1986 Bassmaster Classic trophy. Photo November 1986 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

One of the driving points for doing this site is to remember those who have been a part of forging this sport into what it is today. The problem with that is there are so many founding fathers to talk with, it makes it nearly impossible to talk to them all – and carry a normal day job. The other problem is, who do you call first and who do you wait to call. Unfortunately, they’re all getting older and it seems that every month we lose someone else who played a role in the industry.

Unfortunately last Friday we lost another person who made a mark on professional bass fishing – Charlie Reed. Reed is known as the angler who caught the only 21-fish limit in the 1986 Bassmaster Classic and also the lowest winning weight for a classic win at the time. To add to that list, he was the oldest angler to have ever won a Classic at age 51.

Among his other accomplishments he fished four more Classics, had 44 top-50 finishes, six top 10s and a second and third-place finish over a career that spanned from 1979 to 1997. Over that time he fished 127 Bassmaster tournaments including 12 Megabucks events.

Reed didn’t start fishing full time until the 1984 season. Prior to that he fished one or two events a year. He made the classic his junior year and won it on his first try.

Thank You Charlie for helping forge our sport. You’ll be missed.