Davis, Hite, Fritts headline hall induction

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Mike Suchan
Mark Davis, Davy Hite and David Fritts pose at the BFHOF banquet.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Three anglers with stellar careers in B.A.S.S. were inducted into the National Bass Fishing Hall of Fame (BFHOF) on Thursday.

Davy Hite, David Fritts and Mark Davis, who are among the 12 anglers who have won a Bassmaster Classic and Angler of the Year titles in B.A.S.S., went into the BFHOF at Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium.

“One thing that applies to all three,” said Bassmaster TV host Tommy Sanders, who was inducted last year. “Whenever you tell anybody, or hear for the first time, they’re going into the hall of fame, you think, ‘Wait a minute, aren’t they already in there?’”

The three headlined a night that included two posthumous honors. Ed Chambers, founder of Zoom Bait Company, and illustrator Chris Armstrong filled out the 2019 induction class of five.

Fritts, 62, of Lexington, N.C., won the 1993 Bassmaster Classic on Logan Martin Lake out of Birmingham, Ala. He followed it up the next season with his AOY. Fritts also won the FLW Championship and has six victories and an AOY on that circuit. He has fished 192 Bassmaster events, recording five wins and six Classic berths while earning almost $1 million.

“I’m floored. That’s probably the biggest thing in my life,” Fritts said. “We’re all obviously getting older, and I’m thinking, ‘Boy I sure would like to get in that before I die.’ I’m shocked. I don’t believe it.”