The meeting of the Tulsa Bass Club on Jan. 5, 1968, was getting unruly as Ray Scott was giving a boisterous pep talk to the members about his idea to start an organized society for bass fishermen. Understandably, the idea was met with skepticism because Scott was talking big: He would make bass fishing a professional sport like golf and make anglers wealthy through his tournaments.
Sure, anyone on any given day can catch a trophy bass, but it takes a dedicated conservationist to resist the temptation of keeping that once-in-a-lifetime catch and taking it to the taxidermist.
Scientists explain why therre have bee more shark attacks this year in the Gulf of Mexico.
For the most part, spectators on Lake Wylie were courteous, but their boats muddy the waters.
The annual Washington State BASS Federation Jamboree has had a long run since the early '70s, which is remarkable in a state better known for its salmon-trout-steelhead passions. However, the Jamboree, put on by the state Federation, does a lot to change that, bringing bass clubs from all over the state to Banks Lake in central Washington every Memorial Day weekend.
Kevin VanDam thought he knew what to expect after winning the BASS Masters Classic. He'd qualified for the Classic 11 years in a row, and he was well-acquainted with previous champions, like Denny Brauer and Davy Hite, who related their experiences after winning.
Texas immigrant Dean Rojas wields heavy tackle whenever bedding bass will tolerate it, as they did when he caught a Bassmaster record of 108 pounds, 12 ounces in 2001 at Florida's Lake Toho. His primary outfit there was a flippin' rod and 25-pound Izorline.
In this article, you can read about the various areas of controversy regarding bed fishing.
Just after dawn on the morning of June 5, 1967, when Bill Dance cast a blue Fliptail plastic worm across a sunken roadbed in Beaver Lake and caught what is generally considered to be the first-ever largemouth taken in BASS competition, he unknowingly turned a century-old industry into an overnight success.