Hometown: Ava, Missouri
Birth Date: July 24, 1946
- 1976,1977,1984, and 1990 Bass Masters Classic World Champion.
- 1988 B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year.
- 28 consecutive years qualifying for the Bass Masters Classic World Championship.
- Qualified for 33 Bass Masters Classic World Championships.
- 1st Angler to win a million dollars in competitive bass fishing.
- 1985 Redman All-American Champion.
- 1983,1986 U.S. Open Champion.
- 14 B.A.S.S. National Championship wins.
- Holds the Bass Master Classic World Championship all-time catch Record of 75#9.
- FLW Champion Ross Barnett, Mississppi 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.
- 2005 Voted All-Time Greatest Bass Angler by fans (ESPN ALL-TIME GREATEST ANGLER DEBATE)