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Fulfilling The Commission

May 15, 2008

One cold December day in 1968, while I was fishing at Lake Eufaula, Ala., I met Mr. Tom Scott at Chewalla Marina. He was in an 18-foot Skeeter boat with a 70-horsepower — the biggest boat and motor I had ever seen. I knew him from his days as a student at Auburn University; I was just a kid, and he and a cousin of mine used to take me squirrel hunting.

Why I Quit The Railroad

May 15, 2008

When BASS got started, my fishing was mostly on Chickamauga and Nickajack lakes in 1967. Fishing was very good on all these lakes, and it got much better in the early 1970s with the arrival of aquatic vegetation.

My Personal Moby Bass

May 15, 2008

Wayne Barksdale became a Charter Member of BASS in 1969, and is still a member to this day.

Fishing Has Always Been Great

May 15, 2008

First, let me say that you that I turned 81 years old this past Christmas Day and there are a lot of things I may not remember. I was given a certificate as a charter member of BASS in 1968.

Remembering The Early Years

May 15, 2008

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!"

70-Year-Old Tackle

May 15, 2008

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.

Treated Like A Lady

May 15, 2008

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."

Fastest Rig On The Water

May 15, 2008

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 Bass That Changed My Life

May 15, 2008

The Story of how one bass caught in 1969 changes a man's future.

BASS Federation: 2008 Western Divisional

May 15, 2008

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.

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