The phone call I received early one evening in 1967 remains etched in my memory. The voice on the other end said, "I'm Ray Scott. Your name was given to me by W.A. Bill Cox Jr. He said you worked with him on a spotted bass article. I'm hoping you'll be able to help me. I recently organized a bass tournament that was held on Beaver Lake in Arkansas. The tournament was a success and I am excited!"
In the mid-'60s, I fished from the bank, or a small aluminum johnboat, mostly small ponds and lakes close to home. I fished with minnows some when I was a kid.
I had been fishing for a lot of years before BASS came along. I read about it in Field & Stream magazine, and I said, "I gotta get in on that. Anything that had to do with fishing, I wanted to be part of it."
When BASS was founded, it sounded like a good thing to me, so I joined. Ray Scott and BASS taught us how to have tournaments. There was a lot of cheating in those days. There'd be "runaway tournaments" ; you'd go get your check and find out they were bankrupt.
The Story of how one bass caught in 1969 changes a man's future.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — Temperatures swung upwards more than 30 degrees between practice and the first day of the BASS Federation Nation Western Divisional on Coeur d'Alene Lake, but anglers still managed to drop 10 stringers over 20 pounds onto the scales. After the first day's weigh-in concluded on May 14, Arizona's Murray White was leading the board with 23 pounds, 2 ounces.
In this photo gallery you will see images of the 2008 elite series Carolina Clash on Lake Murray. It is the first days launch.
In this photo gallery you will see the 2008 elite series Carolina Clash on Lake Murray in South Carolina. It is registration day.
Both Davy Hite and Casey Ashley are hoping to cash in on their history on Lake Murray.
The news, when it happens, is nearly always the same: a 15- to 20-pound bass, caught in California, on a swimbait.