LAKE LOGAN MARTIN, Ala. Robert Hamilton Jr., of Brandon, Miss., caught a total of 21 bass weighing 59 pounds, 6 ounces, the third-highest Classic creel ever.
The weight enabled him to win the $50,000 top prize.
Hamilton fished less noticeable underwater humps and brushpiles in well-known places.
His main tactic was finding humps 15 to 25 feet on top that dropped sharply to 30 feet or deeper and changing lures repeatedly as he fished.
His primary lures included a 9A Bomber, the Cordell Super Spot, Norman's DD-22 deep diving crankbait, a 3/4-ounce Stanley spinnerbait, a 7/16-ounce Stanley Jig with either a Berkley Power Craw or Hale's Craw Worm, and a Luck "E" Strike Razor Worm.
He fished on 8-pound-test Trilene XT. He also used Real Craw scent to help attract fish to his lures.
More than 17,000 fans crowded into the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center to see a remarkable 73 limits that produced 696 bass and a total weight of 1,276 pounds, 1 ounce, the heaviest poundage ever caught in a Classic.
• Classic champ Robert Hamilton had a homecoming of sorts at Lake Logan Martin. He lived in nearby Birmingham between 1984 and 1987 but had seldom fished the Classic waters.
Top 6 finishers
1. Robert Hamilton Jr. Brandon, Miss. 59-06
2. Denny Brauer Camdenton, Mo. 51-13
3. Chet Douthit Clewiston, Fla. 48-01
4. Rick Clunn Montgomery, Texas 46-06
5. Paul Elias Laurel, Miss. 44-10
6. Gary Klein Weatherford, Texas 43-05