In 1971, Bobby Murray won the first Bassmaster Classic. This put Murray on the bass fishing map, and has kept him there for 40 years. At 25, Bobby won the sport’s first world championship on Nevada’s Lake Mead in the fall of 1971. At this time, no one really knew where the sport was going or where it might take them.
That first Classic was a milestone for Murray. The winner-take-all format would give him $10,000, and helped jump start Murray into a career in the fishing industry — first as a tournament professional, but later as a tackle industry representative, television host and public relations professional. 40 years later, Murray is still a top name and brand in the industry
Bobby didn’t just win the first Classic, but also the 1978 championship on Mississippi’s Ross Barnett Reservoir.
He finished in the top 10 in the Classic four different times and in the top 10 of the AOY race seven times.
Being inducted in 2001, Murray was a first ballot hall of famer, — the very first year of the organization’s existence.