Greenville, SC-Four fishing sports legends inductees to the Bassmaster Hall of Fame for their contributions to fishing and the industry. Fishing will never be the same thanks to these gentlemen:
1. Harold “The Legend” Allen Bassmaster Pro and Toledo Bend Guide and one of the original members of the Hemphill Gang. Harold fished in 263 B.A.S.S. tournaments, winning one and in the Top 5 in four of the 15 Bassmaster Classics in which he qualified. 115 times Harold finished in the money, including 61 events in the Top 20. He still competes in FLW tournaments. Pioneered deep-water structure fishing and expert plastic worm fishing mentoring thousands of anglers during his guided fishing trips, seminars and videos.
2. Stacey King Bassmaster Pro and FLW Tour Pro. Stacy has been fishing since he was old enough to hold a rod and reel and guided on Table Rock his favorite body of water. When Ray Scott started B.A.S.S. Stacy became even more involved in bass fishing tournaments and qualified for 12 Bassmaster Classics and or FLW Outdoors and has qualified or four Forrest Wood Cups. King has served on the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame and the Professional Anglers Assocition board of directors. He won BFHOH tournament on Lake Ouchita in 2001 and the PAA tournament on Table Rock in 2011. King also makes appearances on many TV fishing shows, especially The Bass Pros.
3. William ‘Bill’ Huntley industry entrepreneur, Bumble Bee Baits and T-H Marine. Bill and his wife began Bumble Bee Baits in 1967 by making spinnerbaits and jigs from their kitchen table. Bill began manufacturing parts he needed for his boats and began a small machine shop-a power trim switch for outboards that mounted on the throttle/gear shift handle. The second part a foot pedal operated trolling motor control switch. The company is one of the largest marine manufacturer of boat accessories in the industry. At 81, Bill is still competing in local bass fishing tournaments and active in T-H Marine.
4. Don Wirth Bassmaster Senior writer, he is known for his writing, pictures ad articles on bass fishing and his work shows up regularly in Bassmaster, B.A.S.S. Times, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, In-Fisherman, North American Fisherman, along with other publications. Don’t has won many awards for his writing, photography and video-work in his 40-year plus career after selling his first article in 1970.
How do you get to fish in the 45th 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic, practice, practice, practice. It took a whole lot of fishing to get here. Then you have to win an Elite Series, Open tournaments or do well in a Wild Card tournament,or the Angler of the Year points. It’s been one hell of a season and this is the last bang of the gong to get it on. Gentlemen start your engines.
· Brett Hite Phoenix, AZ gained 2015 Bassmaster Classic berth by winning 2014 Dick Cepak Tires Bassmaster Elite at Lake Seminole,
· Chris Lane Guntersville, AL gained entrance into the “ 2015 Classic’ by winning 2014Bassmaster Elite at St. Johns River,
· Mike McClelland Bella Vista, Arkansas won the 2014 A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Table Rock Lake,
· Jacob Powroznik Port Haywood, VA t first place at the Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elitie at Toledo Bend Reservoir,
· Jason Christie Park Hill, OK won the 2014 Bassmaster Elite on Lake Dardanell to gain 2015 Bassmaster Classic berth,
· Jacob Wheeler Indianapolis, IN won the 2014 Bassmaster BASSfest on Chicimauga Lake,
· Micheal Iaonconelli Pittsgrove, NJ won the 2014 Bassmaster Elite at Delaware River,
· Greg Hackney, won the 2014 A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite on Cayuga Lake,
· Cliff Pace Petal, Mississippi won the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, due to a serious hunting leg injury, he was automatically berthed from 2014 to 2015.
· 2014 Bassmaster Classic Champion Randy Howell Springville, AL gained berth by winning 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic,
· Van Soles Haines City, FLA won the first 2014 Bass Pro Shops Southern Open,
· David Kilgore Jasper, AL was winner of the second 2014 Bass Pro Shops Southern Open,
· Andy Montgomery Blacksburg, SC winner of the 2014 third Bass Pro Shops Southern Open,
· Andrew Young Mound, Minnesota winner of the first 2014 Bass Pro Shops Central Open,
· Stephen Browning Hot Springs, Arkansas winner of the Bass Pro Shops second Central Open,
· Ott DeFoe Knoxville, TN won the Bass Pro Shops first Northern Open,
· Shinichi Fukae Palestine, TX He was the winner of the second Northern Open,
· Chad Pipkens Holt, MI won the third Bass Pro Shops Northern Open,
· Brett Preuett Monroe, LA 2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Classic on Chatuge Reservoir,
· Todd Faircloth Hasper, TX came in second place in Angler of the Year,
· Aaron Martens Leeds, AL placed fourth in Angler of the Year points,
· Mark Davis Mt.Ida, Arkansas came in fifth place for Angler of the Year points.
· Keith Combs Huntington, TX placed sixth in Angler of the Year points,
· Skeet Reese Auburn, CA placed seventh in Angler of the Year points,
· Jared Lintner Arroyo Grande, CA eighth place in Angler of the Year points,
· Dean Rojas Lake Havasu, AZ ninth in Angler of the Year,
· Casey Ashley Donalds, SC tenth place in Angler of the Year points,
· Justin Lucas Guntersville, AL 11th place in Angler of the Year,
· Randall Tharp Port St. Joe, FL 13th place in Angler of the Year,
· Gerald Swindle Warrior, AL 14th place in Angler of the Year,
· Matt Herren Trussville, AL 16th place Angler of the Year,
· Brandon Palaniuk Hayden, ID 17th place in Angler of the Year points,
· Chad Morgenthaler Coulterville, IL 18th in Angler of the Year,
· John Crews Salem, VA 19th Angler o the Year,
· David Walker Seiverville, TN 20th place Angler of the Year,
· Scott Rook Little Rock, Arkansas 21st place Angler of the Year
· Edwin Evers Talala, OK 22nd place Angler of the Year,
· Paul Elias Laurel, Mississippi 23rd place Angler of the Year,
· Cliff Pace Pierre Part, LA 24th place Angler of the Year,
· James Niggemeyer Van, Texas 27th Angler of the Year,
· Brandon Lester Fayetteville, TN 28th place Angler of the Year,
· Morizo Shimizu Osaka, Japan 30th place Angler of the Year,
· Bill Lowen Brookville, IN 32nd place Angler of the Year,
· Bobby Lane Lakeland, FL 33rd place Angler of the Year,
· Brian Snowden Reeds Spring, MO 34th place Angler of the Year,
· Cliff Pirch Payson, AZ 36th place Angler of the Year,
· Takahiro Omori Emory, TX 38th place Angler of the Year,
· Kevin Short Mayflower, Arkansas 39th Angler of the Year,
· Cliff Prince Palatka, FL 40th Angler of the Year
· Paul Mueller Naugatuck Connecticut 2014 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship and Eastern Division winner on Ouchita River and St. Lawrence River,
· Colby Carden Shelby, AL 2014 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship Classic Fishing Team,
· Jeff Lugar McGaheysville, VA 2014 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship Classic Fishing Team, B.A.S.S Nation Mid-Atlantic Division Winner Buggs Island Reservior,
· Teb Jones Hattiesburg, Mississippi B.A.S.S. Nation Central Division winner, member Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Classic Fishing Team,
· Steve Lund Glendale, AZ B.A.S.S. Nation Western Division Noxon Reservoir, member Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Classic Fishing Team,
· Troy Diede Sioux Falls, SD Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Division winner on Lake Monroe,
· Bradon Gray Nullock, NC Toyota Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship won on DeGray Lake.