My first encounter with Dan Basore was at the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame induction dinner. He came up to Bassmaster record holder Blake Honeycutt and thanked him for helping him with his Humminbird Transducer. You see, Honeycutt was part of the three-man team that started Humminbird and knew a little about the equipment. Basore and I then talked briefly but I didn’t really get a good idea who he was or what he did.
It wouldn’t be until the first day of the Bassmaster Classic Expo that I’d get to talk with him more – and essentially get an education of his life. He’s been there – done that and has the patches to prove it – along with the jumpsuits, hats and tournament vests.
Here’s a short glimpse of part of Basore’s patch collection – a collection he’s earned over the years. I say earned because a lot of the Bass Caster’s Association tournament patches are from his tournament placings back in the early 70s. Also, the big Mann’s Jelly Worm Patch was Basore’s first sponsorship patch from around 1970 and you’ll also notice the Tom Mann Humminbird Patch – distinctly showing Tom Mann’s part in Humminbird.
We’ll be talking more with Basore in the near future along with asking him to get use good up-close pictures of all his patches.