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Classic II Oct. 25-27, 1972

Ray Scott (right) presents Don Butler the trophy at the second Bassmaster Classic in 1972. 

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.

" Butler's comeback after a tough first round with only two small bass is the best in Classic history. He went from 14th place and nearly 13 pounds out to win fishing's biggest event.

" Following his Classic victory, Butler was introduced on the stage of the Grand Ol' Opry by Ernest Tubbs.

Top 6 finishers

1. Don Butler Tulsa, Okla, 38-11

2. Ricky Green Arkadelphia, Ark. 25-04
3. Tom Mann Eufaula, Ala. 21-02
4. Jim Finley Lebanon, Mo. 20-10
5. Joe Wilson Hot Springs, Ark. 19-02
6. Doug Howard Brierfield, Ala. 16-05