On November 9, the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame (BFHOF) celebrated its grand opening in its new home in the Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium with the induction of five new members.
The BFHOF exhibit, a gift from Johnny Morris, the Springfield, Missouri museum’s owner and the founder of Bass Pro Shops, features more than 60 members including Bill Dance, Jimmy Houston, Roland Martin and former President George H. W. Bush.
The location is the organization’s first ever permanent home and features artifacts and memorabilia including rods, reels, lures and historical photos, some going back to the 1960s.
As part of the grand opening event, there were numerous items donated from many companies and organizations for a silent auction. A shout-out goes to Hall of Fame board member and ASA’s Communications Committee chairman, John Mazurkiewicz, for highlighting the Pitch It campaign.
Pitch It is an angler education program under the Keep America Fishing umbrella that encourages anglers to properly discard used soft plastic baits and other tackle.
The new Hall of Fame inductees are:
Wade Bourne – a senior writer at Bassmaster for more than 40 years before his death in 2016. He wrote six books, more than 3,000 articles and was the host of the In-Fisherman radio show.
Shaw Grigsby – fished his first national tournament in 1977 and turned pro in 1984. He has achieved 60 top ten finishes and is the 20-year-plus host of the One More Cast television show.
Morris Sheehan – a 20-year army veteran and owner of American Bass Anglers, the largest tournament trail for weekend bass enthusiasts. It attracts more than 35,000 anglers.
Louie Stout – began his career in daily newspapers before specializing in bass fishing as a freelancer from 1987. He has covered every Bassmaster Classic since 1979, co-authored three books with Kevin VanDam and received the Homer Circle Fishing Communicator Award in in 2013 in conjunction with the American Sportfishing Association and the Professional Outdoor Media Association.
Bob Sealy – created the sport’s largest amateur bass tournament, the Big Bass Splash. His events have paid out $30 million and raised $2.3 million for charities.
The content for this article is courtesy of Angling International.