Ray Scott, a consummate promoter who helped launch skilled bass angling and have become a fishing buddy to presidents whereas popularizing the conservation apply of catching and releasing fish, has died, a longtime aide mentioned Monday.
Scott died of pure causes late Sunday at a rehabilitation middle close to Montgomery, mentioned Jim Kientz, who labored for Scott for greater than twenty years. He was 88.
A member of the Bass Fishing Corridor of Fame, Scott based the primary skilled bass fishing match within the late 1960s. Anglers may win cash based mostly on the burden of the fish they caught over a number of days on a lake or river, they usually had been penalized if a fish died.
Professional fishing caught on and Scott’s Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, or BASS, grew into what it describes because the world’s largest fishing group. Its signature match, the Bassmaster Basic, contains gear reveals that draw hundreds of spectators.
For years, Scott — with an ever-present cowboy hat and a large grin — emceed the match weigh-in reveals the place anglers pull dwell, flapping fish out of holding tanks as hundreds watched.
“He was one of many few who may simply stroll on and lightweight up a stage like no ones enterprise,” Kientz mentioned. “He was the final word showman.”
Scott’s imaginative and prescient for bass fishing created a whole business, mentioned Chase Anderson, the present chief government of BASS, which Scott bought in 1986.
“Ray’s contributions and affect on conservation and his advocacy and fervour for anglers and our sport set the usual for match fishing and are one thing we are going to at all times try to uphold,” he mentioned in an announcement.
On the top of his success, Scott had a rural unfold with a stocked fishing lake within the tiny central Alabama neighborhood of Pintlala that attracted former Presidents George H.W. Bush and son George W. Bush.
The late first woman Barbara Bush got here alongside on a New 12 months’s journey in 1990 and held up a big mounted bass in a ship as Scott laughed close by. By way of the years, Scott performed host to “a slew of different politicians and celebrities alongside life’s freeway,” Kientz mentioned.
All in favour of conservation, Scott helped popularize the now-common apply of catch-and-release fishing by which sport anglers hook a fish and return it rapidly to the water as soon as caught by way of tournaments. He additionally advocated for safer boating by requiring match members to put on life preservers and pushed for boating security legal guidelines earlier than founding an organization that sells deer-hunting provides.
Scott retired from enterprise a number of years in the past and nonetheless lived in Pintlala, Kientz mentioned. Survivors embrace his spouse, Susan, and 4 grownup youngsters, he mentioned.
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