[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!
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?