Reader Letters – Dan Basore on Ray Scott and B.A.S.S.

Dan Basore, Charter Member of B.A.S.S. and bass fishing historian.

Dan Basore, Charter Member of B.A.S.S. and bass fishing historian.

[Editor’s Note: Dan Basore has been around competitive bass fishing since its inception. He’s won on a national level in 1970 and since that time has devoted his life to the sport as a historian, collector and teacher of the sport. Dan recently sent in this letter to us here regarding Ray Scott and B.A.S.S. and felt it was worthy of publishing.]

As one of the early Charter/Life members of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, and a fan of bass fishing and tournaments, I like many in attendance at the FLW CUP were happy and moved to see the tributes to Forrest L. Wood and the participation by he and wife Nina in so many events. He was and is a tremendous force in our sport.

As a former trade association Chief Operations Officer we found it’s customary, a good business practice, and courteous to honor the pioneers that formed the entity that birthed and nurtured the organizations we hold so dear at the annual meetings of businesses and associations. It sets the tone for the events and those that follow.

Therefore it strikes me as very curious that the same recognition provided by FLW for Forrest Wood isn’t provided at the Bassmaster Classics for the founder of B.A.S.S. – Ray Scott. Ray is there, as an exhibitor, signing books and greeting members old and newer. Why isn’t he on the stage handing out those big checks and trophies like Forrest does? Why not encourage him to give a stem winding welcome inviting those to join and remain active members?

Is this an over sight? Is it on purpose? Who is responsible for this and why is there this obvious slight to our founder? Ray Scott is 81 years old now. B.A.S.S. still needs his enthusiasm and personality to inspire, motivate, attract and retain members. Don’t we all believe, “Honor thy father and thy mother?” Let’s correct this starting now and especially at the next and future Classics!

Dan Basore
Life/Charter B.A.S.S. member

Follow this link (FLW On Demand Video – FLW TV, Fishing Tips and More) to see the introduction FLW used for Forrest Wood at the FLW Cup. Why not a video like this to introduce Ray Scott at the Bassmaster Classics?

  • Ferd

    I agree with the writer’s opinion. BASS has consistently ignored Ray Scott, the founder of BASS. It is a shame that past differences can’t be put aside for the betterment of BASS and bass tournament fishing.

  • Harold Sharp

    Dan Basore’s article on how Ray Scott was ignored by B.A.S.S. at the Bassmaster Classic hit the nail right on the head. Ray Scott and Bob Cobb have been ignored by B.A.S.S. for the past two Classics. The last Classic was within an hour drive of the home of B.A.S.S. and Ray Scott was never introduced or recognized by the owners of B.A.S.S.

    Jerry McKinnis has known Ray Scott since before Ray’s first tournament at Beaver Lake in 1967. He received a press release from Ray in February 1968 headlined “Bass Fisherman’s Society Formed.” This was Ray’s announcement that he was forming B.A.S.S. while Jerry McKinnis was involved with others trying to
    form a Bass Fishing Organization, which never happened. Is this the reason that B.A.S.S. is ignoring Ray Scott? Without Ray Scott and Bob Cobb’s effort to get the world’s Bass anglers organized, many people would be without a good job. It’s past time for B.A.S.S. to stop ignoring the one that made it all happen.