Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Five inducted into Bass Fishing HOF
By David Hunter Jones
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. On Tuesday, February 16, five men were inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame. The event was held in conjunction with the 2010 Bassmaster Classic, three days before the event.
Those inducted in the 2010 ceremony include Irwin Jacobs, Woo Daves, Steve Price, Tim Tucker and John Powell. For more on the 2010 inductees, click here.
Jacobs, of Minneapolis, Minn., is most well known for his ownership of Genmar, Inc., and FLW Outdoors. Genmar is parent company to Ranger boats and FLW is one of the largest professional fishing organizations.
"I'm honored to be a part of this Hall of Fame," Jacobs said. "We need to keep working twice as hard to keep this sport as successful as it is and to keep the level of competition as high as it is."
Woo Daves, of Spring Grove, Va., is a household name among anglers. He is one of the most relentless promoters of bass fishing and travels the country putting on seminars. Daves is also an accomplished angler, having won four BASS events, including the 2000 Bassmaster Classic.
"Being inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame is one of the greatest honors of my life," Daves said. "To be elected by my peers into the Hall of Fame makes it extra special, and this is something I'll always cherish."
Steve Price of Benton, La., is one of the most recognized and accomplished outdoor journalists today. He has penned thousands of magazine articles on fishing, hunting and outdoor photography, and his work has been featured in Southern Living, National Geographic and others.
"I'm honored to be inducted tonight because that counts me among the most distinguished people in our sport," he said. "Thank you. I truly believe I'm the luckiest man in the world."
Unfortunately, Tim Tucker's induction is posthumous. Through his stories and photos, Tucker has educated millions of anglers thousands of times over. He was killed in a car crash near his Gainesville, Fla., home in 2007. Long-time friend Gary Giudice accepted the award on his behalf. Giudice read a letter penned by Tim's widow.
"I can't begin to express what an honor this is for our family," she wrote. "Tim loved to give back to the industry that has given us so much. It's very comforting to know that Gary is the one accepting the award on Tim's behalf."
Also receiving a posthumous induction is John Powell. Powell grew up in Elmore County, Ala. Powell had a close relationship with BASS founder Ray Scott, who encouraged Powell to fish in BASS' early events. Powell would fish in six Bassmaster Classics and win three BASS events. Powell's widow, Grace, accepted on his behalf.
"I'm no speaker and no fisherman, but John was," Mrs. Powell said. "I know he's looking down at us in awe and with the greatest appreciation. Thank you."
Sammy Lee, president of the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame, presided over the event, while 2009 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year Kevin VanDam gave a short introduction. An invocation was given by 2008 Bassmaster Classic winner Alton Jones. These five inductees join dozens of legendary figures in the bass fishing industry who have furthered the sport. For more on the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame, click here.