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Classic Countdown: 24

Updated: January 28, 2009, 9:50 AM ET
By Ken Duke | Senior Editor, BASS Publications

Twenty-five anglers qualified for the first Bassmaster Classic back in 1971. It was to be the "test of the best," and 25 seemed like just the right the number of anglers to invite to the tournament, herd onto a jet bound for who-knows-where and start a new era of professional bass fishing with its first true championship.

But today's story is about the number 24, not 25.

And although 25 anglers were invited to fish that first Classic, only 24 showed up. Then 35-year-old Johnny Adams ...

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