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Rick Clunn Becomes Oldest Bassmaster Tournament Winner at Florida Elite Event

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The legendary Rick Clunn isn’t done yet, as he adds a recent victory to his mantle.

Some 40 years after winning the Bassmaster Classic for the first time, Rick Clunn secured victory at the Bassmaster Elite event this past weekend on Florida’s St. Johns River.

The 69-year-old became the oldest to win a B.A.S.S. tournament with a weight of 81-15 caught over the four-day event. On Saturday alone, he managed a 31-7 catch.

“I was certainly feeling some pressure after having such a big weight yesterday,” said Clunn on Sunday as quoted in the Florida Times-Union.

Overall it was Clunn’s 15 B.A.S.S. win, to go along with his four Bassmaster Classic victories. He’s among the most decorated professional bass fishermen in history, but hadn’t won an event since 2002.

“Never accept that all of your accomplishments are in the past,” Clunn told B.A.S.S. reporters. “Most of us go through a peak period. But when you start to lose that, you start to wonder. Maybe I don’t have as many great moments ahead, but I still have great moments to look forward to.”

The first place winnings earned Clunn $100,000.

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Rick Clunn Becomes Oldest Bassmaster Tournament Winner at Florida Elite Event