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?
The answers and winner will be announced Thursday. Good Luck!