This is part one of a three-part series on the 1973 Bass Master Tournament trail. Part One will cover the first half of the season, Part Two will cover the second half and Part Three will cover the 1973 Bass Master Classic.
The 1973 B.A.S.S. tournament schedule was released in early 1973 and was touted by Ray Scott as, “(T)he greatest in history.” Scott “deliberately set” the February event on the St. John’s River in Florida in order to produce big bags and hopefully break the current B.A.S.S. all-time big bass weight of 9-09.
The season was also scheduled around the hot summer months in order to promote the live-release of fish, something that Scott was adamant about. In the year prior, Scott had implemented the Don’t Kill Your Catch mantra to the world of bass fishing and had had a “bad event” at Ross Barnett where nearly all bass had died due to heat and the fact there was a “problem” with the Mississippi Fish and Game Commissioner. For those interested in reading about that story, see Ray Scott’s book, Bass Boss, pages 164-66 [Read more…]