Patches – Dan Basore

Dan Basore poses with a number of his 1970s tournament patches.

Dan Basore poses with a number of his 1970s tournament patches. Photo Brenda Serrano.

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.

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Dan Basore. Photo Brenda Serrano.

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.

Dan Basore's first pro staff position was with the Mann's Bait Company. This back patch is all original and pretty cool.  Photo Brenda Serrano.

Dan Basore’s first pro staff position was with the Mann’s Bait Company. This back patch is all original and pretty cool. Photo Brenda Serrano.

 

 

  • Brian

    An Indianapolis, Indiana native, growing up “just down the street” from me in the Speedway, Indiana area. I grew up reading fishing reports and such from Dan in the Indpls Star and News (newspaper). One of the earliest local bass “pros” from this area, and also one of the first people Ray Scott asked to fish his trail in the early days. Also owns one of the (if not “THE”) most impressive old lure collections in the world.

    • And why haven’t we heard about him before now Brian? 🙂

  • Delbert Davis Jr

    I have had the privilege to have known Dan for many years; and count him as a friend!
    One reason you have not heard about him, in my opinion, is that he is one of the most modest persons I know when it comes to talking about his accomplishments. They are many!
    He was, and still is, one of the most accomplished bass fishermen I know!