At 88 years of age, Ray Scott, the Founder of the Bassmaster Tournament Trail and the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday 8 May.
Scott’s dedication to bass fishing spawned a massive bass fishing industry worth more than US$125 billion a year that employs more than 800,000 people in the U.S.A. alone, while bass fishing has spread to many other countries in the world, including southern African countries, Europe and Japan.
Chase Anderson, B.A.S.S. CEO says that Scott’s legacy continues to influence B.A.S.S., the world’s largest fishing membership organization with more than 650 000 members . His contributions and impact on conservation, his advocacy and passion for anglers and the competitive bass fishing sport set the standard for tournament fishing.
Under Scott’s guidance professional bass fishing has encouraged innovation and technological advancements in bass boats, outboard engines, fishing tackle, lures and electronics.
Scott is also accredited with promoting the modern-day practice of ‘catch and release’ fishing when he introduced the “Don’t Kill Your Catch” campaign in 1972 and mandated that all tournament competitors’ boats feature an aerated livewell to keep their bass alive.
*Acknowledgement: Dave Precht; www.bassmaster.com/