Monday Trivia – Catch and Release (February 2, 2015)

Ray Scott and bass

Ray Scott and bass

Congrats to Ken Duke for winning this week’s trivia contest. Lots of correct guesses, his just happened to be the first correct one. Read the full post for answers and more details.

Softball, fastball or curveball – not sure which this will turn out to be for our readers, but we’ll find out soon enough. Everybody knows Ray Scott was responsible for implementing catch-and-release programs into bass tournaments, a move that some nowadays harken to be nothing short of sacred mantra among bass anglers. We want to test your knowledge of the history behind this occurrence though. To do that, and to be able to claim this week’s contest, sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, you’ll have to answer the following three questions:

  1. What year did Ray Scott begin implementing catch and release practices into his national tournaments?
  2. What was the slogan/name of the original catch and release program?
  3. Name the event  that Ray was at when this C&R epiphany dawned on him (the more exact the better).

One hint – the first two answers can be found by searching this site, among others. The last answer you might have to dig a bit for.

Answers and winner will be announced on Thursday – good luck!

1. 1972 was the correct answer. According to a story Ray did back in 1980 for Field & Stream magazine, he wrote, “The first thing we did was build a 550-gallon holding tank for the fish, which we use today. It wasn’t required, but contestants in our first couple of bass tournaments in 1972 tried their best to keep their catch alive…the livewell revolution really caught on later that year on the B.A.S.S. Tournament Trail when we began to award bonus ounces for fish weighed in alive.”

2. “Don’t Kill Your Catch” was the name given to that first catch and release program.

3. In that same 1980 Field & Stream article, Ray wrote;

“I credit trout fishermen for giving me the idea to transform our tournaments into catch-and-release contests.

The Federation of Fly Fishermen invited me to speak at their 1971 conclave…at Aspen, Colorado. In the course of the conclave, I fished for trout with some of the participants.

I was amazed at the drumbeat ritual each one went through when he caught a fish. He’d wet his hands and fondle the fish with gentle, loving care as he unhooked it. When he let the trout slip back into the water and swim away, to be caught again, the crowd on the riverbank would experience some sort of mass, total ecstasy. All over a 12-inch fish.

I thought, if they’re making such a big to-do over a little rainbow, what a thrill they’d have if we turned loose a 5-pound bass! At that moment, ‘Don’t Kill Your Catch’ bass fishing was born.”

Thanks to all for playing our trivia contest this week. Please check back on Monday for your next chance to win.