Berkley Pro Boyd Duckett Wins 2007 Bassmaster Classic

Third Classic win in five years for a Berkley Pro

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — In his first-ever appearance in the event, Berkley pro Boyd Duckett used his knowledge of the water and a big first day weight to win the 37th Bassmaster Classic, winning the event on Sunday with a total weight of 48 pounds, 10 ounces in Birmingham. In addition to winning the sport's most prestigious event and pocketing $500,000, the local fishing hero became the first angler to win the event in his home state — much to the delight of the packed arena at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center.

Fishing Lay Lake near Birmingham, Duckett, from Demopolis, Ala., spent the entirety of the tournament jockeying for the lead. He finished the first day in the lead with a five-fish limit weighing 19 pounds, 4 ounces before falling to fourth after day two with five fish that weighed 10 pounds, 15 ounces.

Duckett entered the final day of the three-day tournament trailing two-time champion and tournament leader Kevin VanDam by 2 pounds, 2 ounces. Though a large storm front passed through the area overnight, Duckett was able to relocate fish using a PowerBait Chigger Craw and crankbaits to land his final day total of 17 pounds, 13 ounces — enough to secure his first-ever Bassmaster Classic victory and cement his place in professional bass fishing history.

"I worked so hard this week and I wanted to bring it home for the hometown team and I did," Duckett said. "This is every fisherman's dream to just get here."

With Duckett's win, the 37th Bassmaster Classic becomes the third Classic won by a Berkley pro in the last five years. Berkley pro Skeet Reese also improved on his previous best finishes at the Bassmaster Classic, both eighth-place finishes in 2005 and 2001 by coming in second.

Duckett was one of many Berkley pros competing in the 2007 Bassmaster Classic, including five Berkley pro staff members who finished in the Top 10.

Berkley is located in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Included in the Berkley brand are Trilene, Vanish and FireLine fishing lines as well as Gulp! and Power Bait soft baits.

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