Ray W. Scott turns 80 years old Saturday, Aug. 24. In observing this milestone, I think it’s appropriate to celebrate the evolution of the sport of bass fishing and Scott’s impact on it. Born Aug. 23, 1933, in Montgomery, Ala., Scott was just 33 years old when he got the wild idea to hold a big-time, high-stakes bass fishing tournament on Beaver Lake, Arkansas. He was 34 when he began organizing the bass fishermen of America into a cohesive, powerful force for the good of the sport. He called his group B.A.S.S., the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society.
B.A.S.S. has grown from a wild idea to an organization with more than 500,000 members worldwide and magazines read by 4.3 million people a month.
Veteran angler Shaw Grigsby talks river fishing and breakfast.
Jim Rogers, one of the original 106 anglers who fished in the first All American Bass tournament, on Beaver Lake, Ark., in 1967, has passed away at the age of 80.
B.A.S.S. anglers and staff recently combined efforts in support of the second annual H.O.O.K. (Helping Out Our Kids) Charity Fishing Tournament on Beaver Lake, Ark.
Images from the second anual H.O.O.K. (Helping Out Our Kids) Charity Bass Tournament.
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