Photos: Precht’s career at B.A.S.S.

Dave Precht, VP of Publications and Communications for B.A.S.S., has announced his retirement after 40 years of service.
Photo: Dave Precht, VP of Publications and Communications for B.A.S.S., has announced his retirement after 40 years of service. - Dave Precht, VP of Publications and Communications for B.A.S.S., has announced his retirement after 40 years of service.
Precht was hired in 1979. He is pictured here (left) with Ray Scott, Pooley Dawson and then-Governor of Texas, George Bush.
Photo: Precht was hired in 1979. He is pictured here (left) with Ray Scott, Pooley Dawson and then-Governor of Texas, George Bush. - Precht was hired in 1979. He is pictured here (left) with Ray Scott, Pooley Dawson and then-Governor of Texas, George Bush.
Precht had the honor of interviewing Bush when he made his first presidential run.
Precht had the honor of interviewing Bush when he made his first presidential run.
Precht took over Bassmaster Magazine from Bob Cobb in 1984, and remained the editor of the “Bible of Bass Fishing” until 2003.
Photo: Precht took over Bassmaster Magazine from Bob Cobb in 1984, and remained the editor of the “Bible of Bass Fishing” until 2003. - Precht took over Bassmaster Magazine from Bob Cobb in 1984, and remained the editor of the “Bible of Bass Fishing” until 2003.
Pictured here with his youngest son, Joseph, the pair were inspiration for the illustration that would appear on the 35th Anniversary cover of Bassmaster.
Photo: Pictured here with his youngest son, Joseph, the pair were inspiration for the illustration that would appear on the 35th Anniversary cover of Bassmaster. - Pictured here with his youngest son, Joseph, the pair were inspiration for the illustration that would appear on the 35th Anniversary cover of Bassmaster.
Here is how the 35th Anniversary cover turned out.
Photo: Here is how the 35th Anniversary cover turned out. - Here is how the 35th Anniversary cover turned out.
Dave also appeared on the cover in June 2007.
Photo: Dave also appeared on the cover in June 2007. - Dave also appeared on the cover in June 2007.
Of course, Precht was able to do a lot of research during his 40 years at B.A.S.S. Here is a nice largemouth he caught at Mexico’s Lake El Salto.
Photo: Of course, Precht was able to do a lot of research during his 40 years at B.A.S.S. Here is a nice largemouth he caught at Mexico’s Lake El Salto. - Of course, Precht was able to do a lot of research during his 40 years at B.A.S.S. Here is a nice largemouth he caught at Mexico’s Lake El Salto.
Research from a Florida lake when B.A.S.S. was headquartered there.
Photo: Research from a Florida lake when B.A.S.S. was headquartered there. - Research from a Florida lake when B.A.S.S. was headquartered there.
And back to El Salto to research with current Bassmaster editor, James Hall.
Photo: And back to El Salto to research with current Bassmaster editor, James Hall. - And back to El Salto to research with current Bassmaster editor, James Hall.
Precht really believed in research.
Photo: Precht really believed in research. - Precht really believed in research.
And sometimes redfish were involved.
Photo: And sometimes redfish were involved. - And sometimes redfish were involved.
Fishing with the B.A.S.S. owners Jim Copeland and Don Logan, B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin and Jimmy Yarbrough.
Photo: Fishing with the B.A.S.S. owners Jim Copeland and Don Logan, B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin and Jimmy Yarbrough. - Fishing with the B.A.S.S. owners Jim Copeland and Don Logan, B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin and Jimmy Yarbrough.
Occasionally, that research led him to the deer woods. This buck was harvested while hunting with legendary boat builder Earl Bentz.
Photo: Occasionally, that research led him to the deer woods. This buck was harvested while hunting with legendary boat builder Earl Bentz. - Occasionally, that research led him to the deer woods. This buck was harvested while hunting with legendary boat builder Earl Bentz.
As VP of Publications, Precht led the editorial team at B.A.S.S. Pictured with him are Ronell Smith (back), James Hall and Ken Duke.
Photo: As VP of Publications, Precht led the editorial team at B.A.S.S. Pictured with him are Ronell Smith (back), James Hall and Ken Duke. - As VP of Publications, Precht led the editorial team at B.A.S.S. Pictured with him are Ronell Smith (back), James Hall and Ken Duke.
Precht hired the late Chris Armstrong in the ‘80s. Armstrong would go on to be the most prolific outdoor illustrator in the country.
Photo: Precht hired the late Chris Armstrong in the ‘80s. Armstrong would go on to be the most prolific outdoor illustrator in the country. - Precht hired the late Chris Armstrong in the ‘80s. Armstrong would go on to be the most prolific outdoor illustrator in the country.
As VP of Communications, Precht led the effort to get press coverage for the B.A.S.S. tournament trails.
Photo: As VP of Communications, Precht led the effort to get press coverage for the B.A.S.S. tournament trails. - As VP of Communications, Precht led the effort to get press coverage for the B.A.S.S. tournament trails.
He was a fixture at the Bassmaster Classic. Here, he is pictured with Ron Guidice on the Classic stage prior to weigh-in.
Photo: He was a fixture at the Bassmaster Classic. Here, he is pictured with Ron Guidice on the Classic stage prior to weigh-in. - He was a fixture at the Bassmaster Classic. Here, he is pictured with Ron Guidice on the Classic stage prior to weigh-in.
B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin and Precht fly over a Classic venue in a helicopter.
Photo: B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin and Precht fly over a Classic venue in a helicopter. - B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin and Precht fly over a Classic venue in a helicopter.
The Bassmaster Classic media relations staff joins Dave on the Classic stage.
Photo: The Bassmaster Classic media relations staff joins Dave on the Classic stage. - The Bassmaster Classic media relations staff joins Dave on the Classic stage.
To recognize his incredible contribution to the sport of bass fishing, Precht was inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame. Ray Scott introduced him.
Photo: To recognize his incredible contribution to the sport of bass fishing, Precht was inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame. Ray Scott introduced him. - To recognize his incredible contribution to the sport of bass fishing, Precht was inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame. Ray Scott introduced him.
There have only been three editors of Bassmaster Magazine. Precht, Bob Cobb and James Hall.
Photo: There have only been three editors of Bassmaster Magazine. Precht, Bob Cobb and James Hall. - There have only been three editors of Bassmaster Magazine. Precht, Bob Cobb and James Hall.
Cheers to 40 years of dedicated service!
Photo: Cheers to 40 years of dedicated service! - Cheers to 40 years of dedicated service!