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.
College freshman Mark Davis earned a $1,500 scholarship from the Alabama B.A.S.S. Federation Nation, and he'll use it to study civil engineering.
Elite Series pro angler Tim Horton's Fishing For Kids charity let's the kids have All the FUN.
According to some observers, the number of college students participating in organized college bass fishing tournaments more than doubles every year.
Four Federation Nation states are recognized by BASS for their efforts in increasing membership.