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B.A.S.S. presents The CAST. A Bassmaster Documentary

Discover how a single cast initiated by Ray Scott birthed the cast the foundation of B.A.S.S. and transformed bass fishing into a distinguished sport. This article unravels the seminal moments and figures that grounded the foundation of B.A.S.S., providing an insightful backstory for enthusiasts eager to understand the legacy charting the course of competitive bass fishing.

The CAST” is a B.A.S.S. production documenting the history of Bassmaster and professional fishing

  • B.A.S.S. was founded by visionary Ray Scott and co-founders to transform bass fishing into a professional sport, growing from 54,000 members in 1971 to over 650,000 by the 1990s, while also contributing to conservation and the growth of the bass fishing industry.
  • The B.A.S.S. Humanitarian Award, initiated in 2020, acknowledges B.A.S.S. members for volunteer services that have positive impacts on communities, with selected individuals demonstrating outstanding community service and contribution to children with special needs and their families.
  • The Bassmaster Classic, a premier event in bass fishing since 1971, along with the advent of fishing media, have significantly fostered the sport’s popularity and community sense, while B.A.S.S.’s educational efforts and youth programs aim to inspire future generations of anglers.
B.A.S.S. presents The CAST.

The Cast Heard ‘Round the Sport

The inception of B.A.S.S. is often described as the “Cast Heard ‘Round the Sport.” A single cast that sparked a revolution, transforming bass fishing from a leisure activity into a thriving sport.

The inaugural episode of “The Cast,” a programming timeline, ushers in the creation of B.A.S.S., signifying the dawn of a fresh epoch.

The Visionaries Behind the Cast

The visionary behind this cast was none other than Ray Scott, the founder of B.A.S.S. His dream was to elevate bass fishing to the level of professional sports such as PGA golf, a vision that gave birth to B.A.S.S.

Along with Scott, other co-founders like Bob Cobb, Johnny Morris, Roland Martin, and Bill Dance contributed to the establishment of this thriving community of anglers and enthusiasts.

The First Cast That Started It All

The 1967 All-American was the pioneering event that propelled B.A.S.S. into existence. This event not only served as a platform to showcase the sport but also offered a substantial prize, thereby contributing to the growth and popularity of bass fishing as America’s most popular game fish.

The inaugural B.A.S.S. event featured 30 MLF professionals participating in a six-day competition held at Caney Creek Reservoir.

The Growth of a Sport

With time, B.A.S.S. has been pivotal in promoting bass fishing, catalyzing its recognition and growth as a mainstream sport. It has also invested in conservation practices and contributed to the economic development of the bass fishing industry.

From a meager 54,000 members in 1971, B.A.S.S. membership grew to a staggering 650,000 in the 1990s, marking a significant milestone in the history of the sport.

The Role of B.A.S.S. in Shaping Bass Fishing Culture

B.A.S.S. transcends its organizational role, serving as a driving force in morphing bass fishing into a recognized American sport. It has imparted principles such as:

  • passion
  • customer focus
  • quality
  • teamwork
  • respect
  • ingenuity

Among anglers, the growing sense of community and camaraderie is evident.

Community and Camaraderie Among Anglers

B.A.S.S. has excelled in cultivating a sense of unity and friendship within its membership. Whether it’s through fishing trips, storytelling, or community events, B.A.S.S. has created a spirit of unity and belonging among its members.

The Nation format and groups like Cen-Tex Bass Hunters further promote this camaraderie through engaging events and a dedication to conservation and sportsmanship.

Conservation as a Core Principle

B.A.S.S. moves beyond competitive sport, encompassing conservation and environmental guardianship. Through its Conservation Program, B.A.S.S. has pursued numerous initiatives, such as supporting local habitats through organizations like the Friends of Reservoirs Foundation and working in partnership with the Conservation Fund and AFTCO.

B.A.S.S. also encourages environmental stewardship among its members, offering guidance on best practices for catch and release to reduce harm to wildlife.

Making Waves: B.A.S.S.’s Work Beyond the Water

Aaron Yavorsky holding his record-breaking 8lb 15oz largemouth bass trophy

Although B.A.S.S.’s sway on the water is indisputable, its impact reaches further, beyond the confines of the fishing community. Through educational outreach programs, youth initiatives, and community involvement, B.A.S.S. is making waves not just on the water, but also in the lives of individuals and communities across the country.

Educational Outreach and Youth Programs

B.A.S.S. places education as a foundational element of its mission. Through various programs such as the Youth Angler Academy, the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame Grant Program, and the School Fishing Club Program, B.A.S.S. is committed to educating young minds about the sport of bass fishing and fostering a love for angling among the next generation.

Community Involvement and Support

B.A.S.S.’s dedication to engaging with the community is evident through its endeavors to bolster local economies and instill a sense of belonging in its members. By hosting a bass fishing tour and other bass fishing events, B.A.S.S. invites community participation and generates tourism, thereby having a significant economic impact in the cities where these events are hosted.

Furthermore, B.A.S.S. collaborates with organizations to safeguard and increase bass populations, protect land, enhance wildlife populations, and support the creation of native plant communities.

Inspiring Future Anglers

Motivating the next generation of anglers lies at the core of B.A.S.S.’s mission. From the ‘Gone Fishing’ program by Bass Pro Shops to the Bassmaster Go Out{side} lifestyle initiative, B.A.S.S. is dedicated to providing positive experiences with fishing for youth and cultivating a passion for the sport in the next generation.


In conclusion, the impact of B.A.S.S. on bass fishing and the broader community cannot be overstated. From revolutionizing the sport and shaping a robust angling community to fostering community involvement and inspiring future anglers, B.A.S.S.’s influence is profound. As we continue to cast our lines and reel in history, the legacy of B.A.S.S. serves as a testament to the enduring allure of bass fishing and the power of a community united by a shared passion.

Jason George
Jason Georgehttps://guidefishing.com
Jason George, with a remarkable career spanning over 30 years, stands as a paragon in the world of fishing journalism. Jason fishes the Bassmaster Opens as a Co Angler and is an Active Member of Outdoor Writers Association of America. Jason is edicated to sharing the joys, techniques, and news of the fishing world with all of you.

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