Congratulations to Andy Williamson for winning this week’s trivia contest! For the answers read below.
As Terry has previously outlined, the 1974 Bassmaster Classic field was chock-full of anglers who became legends in the sport of bass fishing. Of the 29 competitors, though, only a few are still actively competing in tournaments for a living. Some, like Billy Westmorland, Rayo Breckenridge and Stan Sloan, have passed away. Others, including Johnny Morris, Al Lindner, Bill Dance and Bobby Murray, have pursued other opportunities in the industry. Meanwhile, even as relative contemporaries like Denny Brauer and George Cochran have retired, 40 years later Roland Martin, Rick Clunn and winner Tommy Martin keep on going strong.
Tommy Martin, one of the old “Hemphill Gang” continues to fish the FLW Tour at age 73.
Rick Clunn went on to win the 1976 and 1977 Classics (as well as the 1984 and 1990 iterations), but that still leaves Tommy Martin as the earliest Classic winner who is still fishing tournaments for a living – despite having been elected to the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in 2003. While he never won the Bassmaster Angler of the Year title, finishing 2nd in 1982 (to good friend and fellow former Toledo Bend guide Larry Nixon) and 1989 (to Gary Klein), his Classic title, five Bassmaster wins and 317 career B.A.S.S. events (along with a subsequent and ongoing stint with FLW) make him a legend.
In order to win this week’s trivia contest, answer the following four questions about Tommy Martin and the 1974 Bassmaster Classic:
- Who led the 1974 Classic after the first day?
- Who led the event after the second day?
- What beer company sponsored the tournament?
- Martin used both crankbaits and spinnerbaits to amass his winning catch. What spinnerbait did he rely upon and why is that lure significant in Classic history?
Here are the answers:
Roland Martin led the 1974 Classic after Day One, before falling to 6th place at tournament’s end, 12 pounds behind Tommy Martin. It was the fourth of Roland’s 25 Classic appearances. He’s finished in the top ten on eight occasions, finishing as a runner-up to Bo Dowden in 1980.
Roger Moore (not the same one who starred as James Bond) led after the second day. It was the first of his four consecutive Classic appearances and the best result. Martin beat him by 4 pounds, 6 ounces.
The tournament was sponsored by Miller Brewing Company and the brewery’s logo was splashed throughout the television programming, the weigh-in site, and on the competitors’ garb. Moore even joked on stage after Day Two that he planned to have six beers that evening and go to bed. Maybe that’s why he turned his five-plus pound lead into a four-plus pound deficit. A little over a decade ago, some anglers and fans complained that the involvement of Busch with B.A.S.S. was bad for the sport. More recently the same arguments were made about Keystone’s sponsorship of FLW. That’s in the eye of the beholder, but beer companies’ sponsorships of fishing tournaments are nothing new.
Martin reported that he caught his fish on Bagley Balsa B and Rebel Super-R crankbaits, along with a Fleck Weed Wader spinnerbait. Both Jack Hains (1975) and Rick Clunn (1976) credited the Fleck lure with contributing to their Classic-winning catches.
Martin still guides for bass and deer throughout Texas.
To watch the television program documenting the 1974 Classic, go to http://www.bassmaster.com/video/bassmaster-classic-vault. The show was written, produced and directed by fly fishing legend Lee Wulff.