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.
In 1971 the very first Super Bowl of bass fishing was held, the only problem was that nobody knew where it would be. By design, Ray Scott kept the location secret until all the competitors were on a chartered jet in-route to the chosen lake.
From bananas in the boat to lucky underwear, the professional bass tour has its share of superstition.
TV and Magazine exposure from tournament fishing created a new breed of hero in today's culture. A whole generation of youth has grown up idolizing and more importantly learning from these legends.
Necessity is the mother of invention, and necessity created the first B.A.S.S. seminar. Trying to appease an unhappy community he was holding a tournament in, Ray Scott decided to hold a free fishing seminar featuring pros from his circuit.
One of those unforgettable moments in Classic history, Jim Bitter caught a small bass that was barely a keeper. While he was measuring the fish, it slipped out of his hand and back into the water.
From the early innovations by Nick Crème and Tom Mann to the development of revolutionary techniques like the Texas rig, the plastic worm remains one of bass fishing's top options.
After the appearance of outboard motors it didn't take long for people to start racing them. By the 1950's stock outboard racing was in its heyday.