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.
Youth anglers in the New Jersey B.A.S.S. Nation got a real treat earlier this month when Bassmaster Elite Series pro Mike Iaconelli came to visit.
Swindle welcomes Facebook fan and contest winner, Heath Stokes, to the 2012 Toyota Trucks All-Star Championship.
Long-time B.A.S.S. member takes passion for competitive bass fishing to another level.
The Barrasso-Heller amendment would undermine Army Corps authority to enforce Clean Water Act, eroding water quality and diminishing valuable fish and wildlife habitat.
Don Logan, an owner of B.A.S.S., was named the Distinguished American Sportsman for 2011 by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
Deion Sanders and Michael Iaconelli have mutual respect for each others abilities in professional sports.