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.
Born into current, riverine brown bass are aggressive strikers, powerful fighters and explosive acrobats. Every angler wants in on that action. But to be a successful river fisherman, you must learn to adapt.
I left southern Ohio for the James River the week before the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open is slated to happen there.
University of West Georgia organizes a tournament to help victims of the massive tornadoes in Oklahoma.
Gerald Adrian knows all about hydrilla, an invasive non-native aquatic plant that bass anglers often target as cover for fish.
Both Houses of Congress passed the Freedom to Fish Act, which will remove unnecessary access restrictions to recreational fishing along the Cumberland River in Tennessee and Kentucky.
B.A.S.S. writer Don Barone addresses an open letter to Brandon Palaniuk on the eve of competition at Bull Shoals Lake, Ark., site of Palaniuk's first Elite Series win.
Young co-angler goes full circle with Randy Howell.
A group of outdoor organizations, including B.A.S.S., banded together to encourage President Obama to make funding of conservation programs a priority in the federal budget and to protect fish and wildlife habitats as part of his environmental policy.
Find out where college anglers will compete for the championship — and a spot in the 2014 Classic.