From BASS Reporter’s Notebook (Feb. 3, 2009) NOTABLE CLASSIC FINISHES: Everyone who knows bass fishing knows that reigning Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year Kevin VanDam took his third Bassmaster Classic title Feb. 21. It’s said that only first counts in the Classic, that no one remembers other finishes. But there were notable accomplishments by other pros that day in Alabama:
Rookie threat: Three of the nine Classic rookies made the top 25. Cliff Crochet of Pierre Part, La., ended 13th; sole woman Pam Martin-Wells of Bainbridge, Ga., was 22nd; and 2009 Elite Rookie of the Year Billy McCaghren of Mayflower, Ark., was 24th.
Sole woman: Martin-Wells, the second woman in history to be in a Classic, held her own throughout. She caught early limits — unofficially, she had the first limits of the entire field on the first two days — made the top-25 cut for the final day, then ended 22nd.