The chatter began as soon as Alabama’s Lake Guntersville was announced as the site for the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, with plenty of folks speculating that this year’s championship would break every Bassmaster Classic record. After all, Guntersville is a big bass lake, and February is trophy time.
The much-anticipated Guntersville Bassmaster Classic is drawing very near – Feb. 21-23 – so we’ll soon know whether any pro can unlock the perfect pattern, use the best bass lure, and execute in the right way to bring in more than 25 pounds per day. The bar was set when the daily limit was seven fish (21 over three days, as opposed to 15), which makes a record catch a tougher proposition. That said, the top catch from the five-fish era ranks second all-time and less than six pounds shy of the No. 1 catch. So it certainly is possible.
Weather – not only during the competition but during preceding weeks – will play a big part at Guntersville, and no one knows what the pros will find. This winter has been unusually cold for Alabama, and much of Guntersville’s plentiful grass is gone. That’s not necessarily bad. It just changes things. Weather stability, whether warm or cold, could play a big part.
While we don’t know what kind of weights this year’s Classic will bring, we can look back on the heaviest catches in Bassmaster Classic history. We’ll start at No. 10 and count down to the all-time Classic record catch.
- <h2>1973: Clarks Hill, SC, Rayo Breckenridge, 52-8</h2>The 10th biggest Classic catch of all time reaches all the way back to Classic III and is benefited by the 10-fish daily limit that existed at the time. Arkansas pro Rayo Breckenridge caught 27 fish that totaled 52 pounds, 8 ounces to beat out runner-up Bill Dance. Breckenridge earned $15,000 for winning the Bassmaster Classic in 1973. Every 2014 competitor is guaranteed $10,000. <br><br> Image courtesy B.A.S.S.
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