The Making of Stars – The Hibdons

The 1978 BCA Lake of the Ozarks Top 5. Guido Hibdon (winner) and Basil Bacon (3rd-place). Photo November/December issue of BCA The Lunker Hole.

The 1978 BCA Lake of the Ozarks Top 5. Guido Hibdon (winner) and Basil Bacon (3rd-place). Photo November/December issue of BCA The Lunker Hole.

Earlier this week I posted a piece where I credited a friend of mine, Clyde Drury with sending me some magazines. In that piece I talked about him sending me some Bass Caster’s Association magazines called ‘the Lunker Hole.” In a previously written piece here I’d also mentioned the magazine and asked if anyone here had ever heard of or even had subscribed.

Well, Clyde was kind enough to send me a year’s worth of them and so far they’ve turned out to be pretty cool. Right now I have the November/December 1978 through November/December 1979 issues – seven in all – and we’ll be featuring a number of pieces from them in the near future.

In the meantime I’d like to share with you a couple of pictures I found in the Lake of the Ozarks tournament report from the Nov/Dec 1978 issue.

What you see in the first picture is the top 5 anglers for the event including winner Guido Hibdon and 3rd-place angler Basil Bacon. I checked Bassmaster to see when Hibdon had started fishing Bassmaster and it wasn’t until the year 1980. Another piece I found of interest was Hibdon didn’t qualify for the 1978 BCA Grand National, which makes me wonder if this was one of the first events he fished with BCA.

Guido and his son Dion pose with the 1st-place plaque and Bass Cat boat for winning the LOZ BCA event. Photo BCA The Lunker Hole Nov/Dec 1978.

Guido and his son Dion pose with the 1st-place plaque and Bass Cat boat for winning the LOZ BCA event. Photo BCA The Lunker Hole Nov/Dec 1978.

In any event, Hibdon went on to destroy the field of 279 anglers by over 12 pounds in two days of competition. Hibdon would then go on to fish B.A.S.S. in 1980, winning his first event at Lake of the Ozarks, thus qualifying him for his first Classic. Not a bad record.

In all, he would fish 10 Classics and win four more Bassmaster events en route to earning over $600,000 in Bassmaster winnings.

The other picture that I thought really brought it all together was Guido posing with his son Dion and the boat he’d won for his efforts. Little did the world know at that time that “little Dion” would soon be casting with the best and making sure the Hibdon name would continue to be respected amongst all those who fish the black bass.

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