I recently received some photos from long-time outdoor writer, videographer and angler Bob McNally. Within the 20 or so photos he sent were five photographs taken at the 1975 Bassmaster Classic held at Currituck Sound, NC. We previously wrote about the 1975 Classic, in which rookie Bassmaster Tour angler Jack Hains won by six pounds over Marvin Baker.
Paul Chamblee, a local North Carolina pro fishing his second Classic, led the competition the first two days by what appeared to be an insurmountable weight. But bad weather rolled in and made it nearly impossible for anglers to get around. Chamblee, who had a 6-pound lead, blanked and dropped to third place. Hains, who had jumped from 10th place to second place on day two, brought in six fish for over 12 pounds, putting him in first. Marvin Baker ended up finishing in third.
McNally’s pictures take you back to that event and reveal a number of the anglers who helped start the sport. You’ll see anglers such as Marvin Baker, Tom and Don Mann, Roger Moore John Powell as well as Fishing Facts editor Spence Petros, Bassmaster Tournament Director Harold Sharp and Bassmaster Magazine editor Bob Cobb. The photos a great look back into the history of the Bassmaster Classic and the sport in general.
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