Dave
Precht

Biography

Dave Precht is the Editor in Chief of Bassmaster Magazine. To read more from Precht, follow his column "Back Deck" in Bassmaster Magazine. 

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Bush, the Bassmaster

Bush, the Bassmaster

By Dave Precht

“Bush used Teddy Roosevelt’s ‘bully pulpit’ to promote sportfishing and the protection of aquatic resources.”Numerous tributes were published in the outdoor media following the passing of President...

Swapping teammates

Swapping teammates

By Dave Precht

“The camaraderie in these events seems intensified by the competition, and vice versa.”Fifty years ago, when B.A.S.S. began conducting tournaments, some people opposed them, saying, “Fishing ought...

No more survival mode

No more survival mode

By Dave Precht

Cliff Pirch and his teammate had just won the Angler of the Year trophy from Arizona’s most competitive team trail.At the time — in his early 20s and a rising star in Western bass circles — Pirch...

A reason to lose

<b>1974</b><br>Bill Dance was back on top in 1974 with pure consistency. In claiming his second crown, he was the first AOY champion who didn't win an event that season.

A reason to lose

By Dave Precht

Millions of fishing fans know Bill Dance as the host of The Bill Dance Outdoors TV show, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Others remember him as one of the fiercest competitors in...

The hot zone

The hot zone

By Dave Precht

We must be in the vicinity of fish because we're in the vicinity of guys who are catching them today. In short order we watched Josh Bertrand, third with 45-7, and then Jesse Wiggins, sixth with 41...

Finally, five for KVD

Finally, five for KVD

By Dave Precht

Kevin VanDam has tried a variety of tactics to fill out his limit, and the latest switch finally paid off. The 3 1/2-pounder latched onto a hardbait, one with Kevin's name on it, most likely. The...

A keeper for KVD

A keeper for KVD

By Dave Precht

Kevin VanDam's patience finally paid off with what looks like a 4-pound smallmouth. He played it for maybe 5 minutes, tiring the it out in the current before scooping it out of the water. During...

Pirch’s practice

Pirch’s practice

By Dave Precht

If the goal was to tag along in practice with someone who would likely finish high in this week’s Huk Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence River presented by Black Velvet, Cliff Pirch of Payson, Ariz.,...

The aughts and ESPN

The aughts and ESPN

By Dave Precht

Late in 1999, two topics came up in frequent conversation: the “Y2K” problem, and what to call the decade of 2000-2009.Some feared the global economy would crash because computer programs...

The Western swing

The Western swing

By Dave Precht

Well into the 1990s, B.A.S.S. and its tournament trail were Southern to the core. Bass tournament fishing, like stock car racing in the early days, was dismissed outside the Southeast as a redneck...

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