SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Shaw Grigsby stands tied at fourth on the active list of B.A.S.S. winners, he’s among a select group to top $2 million in Bassmaster earnings and he, his smile and mustache are popular on the Elite Series.
Grigsby has hosted “One More Cast with Shaw Grigsby” for more than two decades, which also had a little something to do with him being inducted last week into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame.
But ask the 61-year-old his top moment of fishing? What single instance of fishing has given him the most satisfaction?
“Probably taking my grandson and seeing the smile on his face when he catches a big one on his own,” he said. “It lights you up. I’ve had plenty of accolades of my own, but it’s gotta be taking my kids and my grandkids fishing.”
Passing the fishing torch was a big message at Thursday’s BFHOF induction ceremony at Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium. Morris, who was honored with the Ray Murski Lifetime Achievement Award, told the crowd that outdoorsman should help preserve and share the lifestyle. He closed the evening with a video showing himself with a Make-A-Wish youth who landed a big fish.
Grigsby, who has adhered to that same mission, was certainly proud to be a part of the class of 2017, which was comprised of him, fishing tour operators Bob Sealy and Morris Sheehan, and writers Wade Bourne and Louie Stout.
“I always dreamed of (the hall of fame) -- I didn’t know when it would happen, or if it would happen,” Grigsby said. “To make a living doing something I love to do, I’m just extremely blessed.
“I can’t say how honored I am. This is truly a special moment. I didn’t think I’d choke up, but I probably am.”
On his show, Grigsby takes viewers on varied fishing excursions in public waters, with bass and inshore saltwater species near his Gainesville, Fla., home a specialty. He shares his tactics to help the angling experience of others.
His competitive resume includes nine wins in B.A.S.S., tying him for fourth on the active winners list with Aaron Martens. Since he fished his first Bassmaster event 40 years ago, Grigsby has earned $2.15 million to rank 13th on the all-time money list.