'Day of a lifetime': Randy Howell wins Bassmaster Classic

Randy Howell of Springville, Ala., holds up two bass that helped him win the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Guntersville.  

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Alabama angler Randy Howell won the Bassmaster Classic on Sunday, finishing with a three-day total of 67 pounds, 8 ounces on Lake Guntersville.

Howell, from Springville, earned $300,000.

He had a final-day total of 29-2, with the largest of his five keepers at 7-3.

''It was the best day I've ever had in 21 years of professional bass fishing, a day of a lifetime,'' Howell said. ''I've had this dream so many times, and it's happening now. I can't believe I won the Bassmaster Classic.''

Howell edged Paul Mueller of Naugatuck, Conn., by a pound.

Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla., was third at 65-11.