Classic XXVI — Aug. 8-10, 1996

Updated: February 13, 2007, 10:50 PM ET
ESPNOutdoors.com — Feb. 14, 2007

LAY LAKE, Ala. — The scouting report on Alabama's Lay Lake predicted bass would be holding deep along river ledges, to escape the brutal summer heat.

But George Cochran knew better. Just as he had done to win the Classic nine years earlier, Cochran went against conventional wisdom in the 1996 Bassmaster Classic.

Fishing a shallow, stump-filled pool in Bulley Creek, the Arkansas pro brought a winning total 31 pounds, 14 ounces.

Cochran ranked fifth after the first day with ...

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