CHESAPEAKE BAY, Md. Ken Cook of Meers, Okla., moved from ninth to fourth to first to win the 1991 Bassmaster Classic with a 15-bass limit weighing 33 pounds, 2 ounces.
Just 3 ounces separated Cook from pre-tournament favorite Randy Romig, who lives two hours north of Chesapeake Bay.
Third went to Woo Daves, who claimed his fourth top-5 Classic finish in five years.
Cook fished a portion of the Elk River all three days, particularly a short stretch of riprap protecting the entrance to a marina and a set of grassbeds nearby.
The first day, he used a Storm Short Wart crankbait to boat five keeper bass as fast as he could cast.
From there, Cook moved to a quarter-mile stretch of broken grass clumps he had found during his pre-practice scouting visit.
Fishing the inside edge of the greenery with a Hart Throb Spinnerbait, a lure he designed, he was able to cull to a final five-bass limit weighing 9-11.
He weighed another limit the second day for a two-day total of 20-8.
With the second-best string of the final round, a 12-10 limit assured victory and a $50,000 payout.
• Weather threatened the 21st Classic. Hurricane Bob loomed off the East coast, but ultimately missed the site.
• 1991 marked the Classic debut of both Kevin VanDam and Jay Yelas.
Top 6 finishers
1. Ken Cook Meers, Okla. 33-02
2. Randall Romig Spring City, Penn. 32-15
3. Woo Daves Spring Grove, Va. 32-05
4. Zell Rowland Montgomery, Texas 31-08
5. Carroll Hagood Auburndale, Fla. 29-15
6. Mark Davis Mt. Ida, Ark. 29-13