AN AMERICAN IN AFRICA: A Bass Angler exclusive with Ray Scott

Ray Scott, the founder of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS) and professional bass fishing in the USA (and the world!), passed away on Sunday, 8 May at 88 years old. For our December 2018 issue of The Bass Angler, George Robey conducted this exclusive interview with Scott, reputedly the last interview Scott ever gave. It is republished here to commemorate this bass fishing world icon. – Ed.
Ray Scott, founder of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS) and architect of worldwide competitive bass tournament fishing and the annual BASS Classic, needs no introduction. Every angler knows the BASS boss, but few know of his deeply rooted connection to Africa.
A couple months ago, I spoke with the celebrated American icon about the formation of BASS, his contributions to fishing and conservation and, of course his association with Africa. It is difficult to imagine Africa bass tourney fishing of any sort without Ray Scott.

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