Places like Zimbabwe and Japan have even had participants qualify for the Classic. Truly making the competition a world championship.
Like with most businesses there was a learning curve to running B.A.S.S.
In 2001, Mark Davis became the fourth professional fisherman in history to win the B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year title three times. A remarkable achievement when you consider that just a year earlier Mark believed that his fishing career might be over
Ray Scott called them his "minute men", stouthearted souls that will raise their voice and fight for a cause. One of those causes was the Wallop/Breaux bill. A bill that expanded an excise tax on boats and fishing equipment.
Roland Martin almost never fished bass tournaments. Ray Scott managed to change his mind and in doing so he changed B.A.S.S. history forever.
Nobody remembers the guy who finished second, a fact that Tommy Biffle and Dalton Bobo are all too familiar with.
In 1971 the very first Super Bowl of bass fishing was held, the only problem was that nobody knew where it would be. By design, Ray Scott kept the location secret until all the competitors were on a chartered jet in-route to the chosen lake.
From bananas in the boat to lucky underwear, the professional bass tour has its share of superstition.
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.