GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — When Randy Howell won the 2014 Bassmaster Classic Sunday, the words he said afterward struck an odd chord with many in Guntersville.
“I listened to what he said, and he said a lot of nice things and good things,” said Kathryn Baucom, co-owner of Crawmamas in Guntersville. “But it was all about Birmingham. Birmingham is not where it was at.”
Baucom says what really upset her was the trophy given to Howell reading Birmingham on it, with no mention of Guntersville.
“It was discouraging. And it was frustrating. And it hurt a lot of people’s feelings because we didn’t get the recognition we deserved,” said Baucom. “Those were our fish.”
Neena Drake, who runs the Courthouse Grill, agreed.
“I really think it’s sort of a slap in the face for Guntersville, because we had so many people that worked so hard and so many long hours,” said Drake.
WHNT News 19 reached out to Bassmaster officials. They released a statement that said they were “sorry about the injured feelings. We very much appreciate all that Guntersville did for us. But Birmingham was the host city.”