B.A.S.S.: More Than a Tournament Organization Part Two

Permission Ray Scott

Editor’s Note: This is Part Two of a two-part series on what B.A.S.S. stood for in the early days of the organization. In this part, Ray Scott talks about what he did to help fight pollution and bring safer boating to the industry. To read part one, click here.

Over the course of the last six months we’ve talked a lot about B.A.S.S. and the events held in the early 70s. We’ve also delved a little bit into the rules that Ray Scott implemented in his tournaments along with the horsepower race. What we haven’t really touched on, though, is what it meant to be a part of B.A.S.S. (with the periods and all their glory) and why everyone displayed, with pride, the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society’s sticker and patch. [Read more…]

B.A.S.S.: More Than a Tournament Organization – Part One

You’re The Solution to Pollution Ad Campaign in the Fall 1970 Issue of BASS Master Magazine.

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two-part series on B.A.S.S., Ray Scott and the organization he built. Part One is an account by the Bass Fishing Archives on the early doings of B.A.S.S. with respect to pollution and the fact that the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society was more than a tournament organization. Part Two concludes with an interview with Ray Scott and his thoughts on those early days, some of the fights he took on, some of the changes he made to the boating and fishing industry and his thoughts on where B.A.S.S. has gone since he left the organization.

I don’t know if you remember this but B.A.S.S. at one time was more than just a tournament organization. Yes, Ray Scott started the BASS Anglers Sportsman Society to make competitive bass fishing a respected sport, but there was more to it than that. He had grandiose ideas that went further than competition – although those thoughts might have been born after he realized what he’d started.

Scott’s idea to hold tournaments are well documented in his book Bass Boss. In March, 1967, on a business trip to Mississippi, Scott had set aside a day to fish with his friend Lloyd Lewis. After four hours of fighting the cold rain, the two anglers gave up and headed for the dock. What, at the time, might have seemed like an unfortunate event, ended up as the cornerstone of modern competitive bass fishing. [Read more…]