In 1970, Harold Sharp joined up with the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society.
Anglers don't really know what type of special magic is out there that sets someone on a hot streak but they all seem to agree that it is there and each of them strives to achieve it.
Bryan Kerchal is the only Federation bass club member to win the Classic.
Places like Zimbabwe and Japan have even had participants qualify for the Classic. Truly making the competition a world championship.
Like with most businesses there was a learning curve to running B.A.S.S.
In 2001, Mark Davis became the fourth professional fisherman in history to win the B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year title three times. A remarkable achievement when you consider that just a year earlier Mark believed that his fishing career might be over
Ray Scott called them his "minute men", stouthearted souls that will raise their voice and fight for a cause. One of those causes was the Wallop/Breaux bill. A bill that expanded an excise tax on boats and fishing equipment.
Roland Martin almost never fished bass tournaments. Ray Scott managed to change his mind and in doing so he changed B.A.S.S. history forever.
B.A.S.S. was the first to require lifevests and kill switches in tournaments. Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris recounts a story about being thrown from his boat and sitting in 40 degree water 45 minutes before being pulled out by Billy Westmorela.
Nobody remembers the guy who finished second, a fact that Tommy Biffle and Dalton Bobo are all too familiar with.