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Classic II — Oct. 25-27, 1972

Updated: February 8, 2007, 11:05 AM ET
ESPNOutdoors.com — Feb. 1, 2007

PERCY PRIEST, Tenn. — Don Butler of Tulsa, Okla., claimed the Bassmaster Classic for his first tournament win, and a $10,000 check.

Butler finished 13 pounds ahead of his nearest challenger — with 22 bass total weighing 38 pounds, 11 ounces. Butler used a Small Okiebug, a spinnerbait he designed, to catch his winning weight.

Of note •  Don Butler's 13-pound, 7-ounce margin of victory was the Classic's biggest until Rick Clunn lapped the field in the 1984 Classic.

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