LSHOF PROFILE: Years after hooking his sport’s top prize, Dowden comes home to Hall | 103.7 The Game | Acadiana’s Sports Station

Bo Dowden holds up the 1980 Bassmaster Classic trophy after winning the event on the St. Lawrence River in New York.  Dowden
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Bo Dowden holds up the 1980 Bassmaster Classic trophy after winning the event on the St. Lawrence River in New York. Dowden’s wife Gladys is also pictured. Dowden will be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame later this month. — Photo courtesy of LSHOF

By Raymond Partsch III

Written for the LSWA

Bo Dowden’s joyous scream that day along the choppy St. Lawrence River in upstate New York could be heard all the way back in Natchitoches.

The professional angler had just hauled in a 6-pound, 6-ounce largemouth bass for his fifth and final fish on a blustery, rough day on the waters, which secured him his first professional bass fishing tournament victory

His first win also just so happened to be at the sport’s most prestigious event — the 1980 Bassmaster Classic.

“I was really happy when I stuck my thumb in that fish’s mouth,” Dowden said. “When I grabbed it, I knew that I had won the durn tournament. There was no way that anybody could catch…

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