Wednesday, January 31, 2007 Updated: February 8, 11:05 AM ET
Classic I Oct. 20-22, 1971
ESPNOutdoors.com Feb. 1, 2007
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Bobby Murray shows off his catch during the first Bassmaster Classic at Lake Mead, Nev., in 1971.
LAKE MEAD, Nevada Bobby Murray of Hot Springs, Ark., won the inaugural Bassmaster Classic with a catch of 17 bass weighing 43 pounds, 11 ounces.
The tournament winning weight earned Murray the $10,000 prize in the winner-take-all event.
Roland Martin landed a 6-pound, 9-ounce fish to claim big bass honors.
Murray ran from cove to cove fishing a 1/4-ounce Zorro Aggravator tandem-blade spinnerbait as far as he could heave it. He cranked the lure back through any cover lodged or sprouting in the narrow cut.
Murray was catching bass 2 feet deep in the lake, which has depths to 589 feet.
• Florida's Johnny Adams qualified for the first Classic, but chose not to use vacation time from his job to fish the event. He qualified again in 1981 and finished 37th.
• The inaugural Classic competitors fished from Rebel Fastback bass boats powered by 90 horsepower. MerCruiser inboard-outboards and could run as fast as 37 mph. The rig retailed for $4,000.
• Competitors in the first Classic were limited to four rods and reels and 10 pounds of lures.
• Daily big bass winners at the first Classic earned $100 per pound and cashed in their prizes at the Union Plaza Hotel Casino.
Top 6 finishers
1. Bobby Murray Hot Springs, Ark. 43-11
2. Tom Mann Eufaula, Ala. 37-13
3. George Oates Memphis, Tenn. 34-01
4. Roland Martin Montgomery, Ala. 30-03
5. Bobby Meador Baton Rouge, La. 28-03
6. Don Butler Tulsa, Okla. 24-07