Rick Clunn

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Rick Clunn (born July 24, 1946) is a professional bass fisherman. He has won the Bassmaster Classic tournament four times, in 1976, 1977, 1984, and 1990, tying him with Kevin Van Dam for the most Bassmaster Classic wins.[1] Clunn is considered one of the best anglers of all time, having placed in the top 10 in over 100 tournaments, and winning seventeen of those. In 1988, he was voted Angler of the Year by the B.A.S.S. organization. In 2001, he was inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame.

On February 12, 2019, Clunn beat his own record as the oldest angler to win a Bassmaster Elite Series event at 72 years old. On the final day of competition on the St. Johns River, Clunn caught two 9-plus pound largemouths to solidify his victory.[2]

He first set the record on March 20, 2016 also on the St. Johns River. Clunn, won the tournament with a four-day total weight of 81 pounds, 15 ounces. With that win, he became the oldest person to ever win a Bassmaster tournament at 69, until breaking that record again in 2019. Clunn gained his victory with a near-record one day catch of 31 pounds, 7 ounces during Saturday’s semifinal round.[3]

Clunn has appeared on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, as well as in numerous fishing shows and bass magazines.


  • Won Bass U.S. Open Bass fishing tournament at Lake Mead, Nevada in 1983 and 1986.
  • 1976, 1977, 1984, and 1990 Bassmasters Classic World Champion (fished 32 total Bassmasters Classic World Championship tournaments).
  • 1988 B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year.
  • 28 consecutive years qualifying for the Bassmasters Classic World Championship.
  • 1985 Redman All-American Champion.
  • 1983, 1986 U.S. Open Champion.
  • 15 B.A.S.S. National Championship wins.
  • FLW Champion Ross Barnett, Mississippi Feb. 1997.
  • FLW Champion Beaver Lake, Arkansas April 2000.
  • FLW Champion Pickwick, Alabama Lake June 2000.
  • 2001 B.A.S.S. Mega-Bucks Champion.
  • All-Time leading money winner FLW Tour, over $700,000.
  • Inducted Bass Fishing Hall of Fame 2001.
  • Inducted Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame 2001.
  • 2002 B.A.S.S. Central Open Sam Rayburn Champion.
  • Won ESPN's Greatest Angler Debate in 2005.
  • Won more than $3.25 million in BASS tournaments
  • US man of the year
  • Inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, January 2017.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Melissa Clunn. They have four children: Sage, River, Brooke and Courtney.[4]

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External links[edit]

  1. ^ "Bassmaster Classic record book". Bassmaster. 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  2. ^ "$100,000 win puts Ava bass angler over $2.5 million career mark". Springfield News-Leader. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  3. ^ mouth, Grant is the Founder of AnglingAuthority com While he primarily fishes for large; Bass, Small Mouth; General, He’s Passionate About Sport Fishing in; tactics, an avid multispecies angler Learning about new; gear; species; Challenging, Conditions Is All Part of What Makes the Sport; travel, enjoyable Grant also loves to; tournaments, particularly to prime fishing destinations Grant participates in regional (2016-03-20). "Rick Clunn Wins St. Johns River". AnglingAuthority.com. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  4. ^ "Rick Clunn". Bassmaster. 2011-02-03. Retrieved 2019-02-18.