CLASSIC TRIVIA: WHO ARE THE ONLY ANGLERS TO THE WIN BASSMASTER CLASSIC AND FORREST L WOOD CUP?
The 2006 Bassmaster Classic was held on Lake Toho in Florida. The winner is one of only five anglers to have won both the Bassmaster Classic and the Forrest L Wood Cup and he is the only angler in FLW history to win the FLW Cup in his rookie season. That winner was Luke Clausen and the other four are Davy Hite, David Fritts, George Cochran and Dion Hibdon- that's exclusive company.
Clausen, a native of Spokane, Washington, always wanted to be a professional angler, but as a child thought crappie fishing was way more enticing. He has been a perennial front-runner on the FLW Pro Circuit, with ten Forrest Wood Cup appearances and multiple top-10 AOY finishes. Luke switched over to the Bassmaster Elite trail in 2016, but has since returned to the MLF Bass Pro Tour. He has been a very consistent performer and a renowned 'junk fishing' specialist thanks to his versatility. Luke has notched 32 top 10 finishes in his pro career and over $2.5M in winnings.
In its first 35 years, the Bassmaster Classic had six champions who led from start to finish. Luke Clausen was lucky number seven. Clausen jumped to the lead by catching a one-day record (at that time) 29-06. He had a 5 lb. lead after Day 2 and he was facing bad weather conditions for Sunday's final on Lake Tohopekaliga. An 11 lb final day sealed the win with a then record three-day total of 56-02 Clausen's total surpassed the previous Classic record Davy Hite set in 1999 on the Louisiana Delta. Hite caught 55-10 that year.