TV and Magazine exposure from tournament fishing created a new breed of hero in today's culture. A whole generation of youth has grown up idolizing and more importantly learning from these legends.
Necessity is the mother of invention, and necessity created the first B.A.S.S. seminar. Trying to appease an unhappy community he was holding a tournament in, Ray Scott decided to hold a free fishing seminar featuring pros from his circuit.
One of those unforgettable moments in Classic history, Jim Bitter caught a small bass that was barely a keeper. While he was measuring the fish, it slipped out of his hand and back into the water.
From the early innovations by Nick Crème and Tom Mann to the development of revolutionary techniques like the Texas rig, the plastic worm remains one of bass fishing's top options.
After the appearance of outboard motors it didn't take long for people to start racing them. By the 1950's stock outboard racing was in its heyday.
In 1992, at the Bassmaster Classic on Logan Martin, Guido Hibdon met the tomato lady. During the competition Guido commented on how nice her garden looked. The next day when he arrived to fish the dock he found a paper sack filled with tomatoes.
Bill Dance, Jimmy Houston, Roland Martin and Hank Parker have all successfully built television careers from their past tournament triumphs. Are they as competitive with each other on the TV screen as they were on the tournament circuit?
Virgil Ward was the pioneer of outdoor television and his efforts are still recognized today.
Tournament bass fishing began with the notion of a "good ole boy's club". Women just didn't compete. The sport stayed that way until 1991 when the Corp of Engineers forced B.A.S.S. into having a woman compete on Missouri's Truman Lake.
It's the ever running the debate, what's more important the Angler of the Year title or the Bassmaster Classic Championship?