Yamaha Pro Justin Hamner is the 2024 Bassmaster Classic Champion

Hamner became only the 10th angler in the 54-year history of the event to lead all three days.

TULSA, Okla.–Yamaha Pro Angler Justin Hamner caught a total of 58 pounds, 3 ounces on Grand Lake to capture a wire-to-wire victory at the 2024 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Classic®. The fourth year Bassmaster Elite Series pro from Northport, Ala., said openly that he “just had a feeling” coming into this year’s Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Classic presented by Jockey Outdoors that he was going to win. In three days on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, he turned that feeling into a hard-core reality.

Hamner completed an assault on B.A.S.S. history with a Championship Sunday limit of five bass that weighed 15 pounds, 13 ounces. He became only the 10th angler in the 54-year history of the event to lead all three days.

“I have no idea what’s been going on, but this past month has been pretty dang good,” said Hamner, who earned $300,000 and the coveted Ray Scott trophy. “I can’t explain it, but I really did feel like I had a good chance to win.”

Despite being in the most visible spot a professional angler can hold, Hamner said he never got nervous until around 1 p.m. on Championship Sunday. At that point, he said he lost four big bass, but he couldn’t say if nerves caused him to lose the fish or if losing the fish caused the nerves.

“The first two didn’t bother me at all,” he said. “I still had that calm feeling. But around 1 o’clock, the fish changed and wouldn’t even react. I don’t know what caused what. There’s just no telling what was going through my mind because the pressure was finally starting to get to me.”

Hamner said he hadn’t thought about where he’ll put the massive Ray Scott trophy. Instead, he said he’s more worried about moving out of the double-wide trailer he’s living in — something that should be easier to do with the $350,000 he’s won over the past two months.

“My father taught me not to talk about myself, so it’s gonna be hard for me to get used to calling myself the Bassmaster Classic champion,” said Hamner, who finished 14th and third in the first two Elite Series events of the year in February. “But it’s been an amazing month.”

Hamner also earned the $20,000 Yamaha Power Pay award for being the highest-placing eligible entrant. Yamaha Pros took five of the Top 10 spots in the 2024 Bassmaster Classic: Lee Livesay finished 5th with 49 pounds, 11 ounces; Kyle Patrick finished 7th with 49 pounds, 4 ounces; Shane LeHew finished 9th with 48 pounds, 15 ounces; and Taku Ito finished 10th with 48 pounds, 5 ounces.

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