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Back Deck: 20 Years Ago Today

Updated: January 3, 2008, 5:09 PM ET
By Dave Precht | BASSMASTER Magazine, January 2008

Forty years ago this month, Don Butler paid Ray Scott $100 to become the first member— and first lifetime member— of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS). Simultaneously, the first issue of Bassmaster Magazine rolled off the presses.

Throughout this year, we'll be celebrating the birth of BASS, including a special collector's issue in June.

As I reflected on the first four decades of BASS fishing recently, I thought back to the first anniversary issue I edited. The 20th ...

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