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Chicago Classic winner Daves tabbed for hall

January 22, 2010 at 11:55 AM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Chicago Bassmaster Classic winner Woo Daves is one of five tabbed for induction to the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame this year.

The five – among them a pioneer of professional fishing, a current champion angler, an industry leader and two veteran outdoors writers—have been selected as the eighth class to be inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame on February 16, before the kickoff of the 28th Bassmaster Classic.

They include early veteran BASS competitor John Powell of Montgomery, Alabama; Daves of Spring Grove, Virginia; FLW fishing circuit innovator Irwin Jacobs of Minneapolis, Minnesota; prolific fishing writer Tim Tucker of Cross Creek, Florida, and writer/editor/photojournalist/broadcaster Steve Price of Benton, Louisiana were selected by Hall of Fame members from a long list of nominees.

Powell and Tucker will be inducted posthumously.

Induction ceremonies for The Class of 2010 will be Tuesday night, Feb. 16, at the Bassmaster Classic in Birmingham, Ala., in the Sheraton Civic Center Hotel.  Five-time Bassmaster Angler of the Year and future hall of famer Kevin VanDam will be the keynote speaker at the banquet. 

“We’re thrilled to honor such a diverse class and highlight the outstanding accomplishments of these men,” said Sammy Lee, president of the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame. “This group has established themselves over the years on the water with rods and lures, with key decisions in the board room and to readers on the pages of magazines, newspapers and the Internet to help build our sport to what it is today.”

Tickets for the 2010 Hall of Fame induction banquet are $35 per person and $1,000 for a corporate table. They may be purchased through http://www.bassfishinghof.com or by calling 1-888-690-2277.  The new inductees will join 35 other men and women honored for their contributions to the sport.

“Numerous people have made an impact over the years to help improve and grow the sport of bass fishing we love so dearly,” Lee said. “We applaud these men in the Class of 2010 and our previous honorees for their great innovations, strong dedication and intense passion.”

Nominations for induction are accepted and added to the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame master list, and then considered by the membership. Inductees must receive enough votes to be among the top five and ratified by the Board of Directors. Additional nominees above the top five vote recipients also may be considered by the board for inclusion or special honor.

Established in 1999, the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame, headquartered in Hot Springs, Ark., is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. It‘s dedicated to promoting the sport of bass fishing through participants and fans and establishing a shrine to the men, women and companies who have supported and elevated this sport to anglers around the world.

Biographical information on the Class of 2010:

John Powell—Montgomery, Alabama
Powell grew up on a “rawhide” farm in Elmore County, Ala., northeast of Montgomery. He fished commercially until joining the Army Air Corps in 1947. After a 22-year service in the Air Force, Powell continued his love of fishing to a new tournament circuit organization established in his hometown, the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. He was a longtime friend of B.A.S.S. founder Ray Scott and borrowed a V-hull plywood boat to fish the second Bassmaster tournament, on Smith Lake in Alabama in 1967. Scott loaned him a canoe-like Chrysler boat to fish additional events, which he used to win the first tournament on Lake Eufaula with a stunning catch of 132 pounds. After a tour in Vietnam, he retired from service and began fishing professionally, becoming the first to win consecutive tournaments, in 1971 on Sam Rayburn and Table Rock lakes. Powell qualified for six Bassmaster Classic championships. He was an early innovator of shallow-water fishing with plastic worms, which were gaining popularity in the 1970s after Mann’s Bait Company hit the market with the Jelly Worm. Powell regularly told anglers in the boat with him to set the hook quickly when they felt a bite instead of waiting. But he was known for his patience and adept casting skills. Powell died in 2007.

Irwin Jacobs—Minneapolis, Minnesota
As Chairman of the largest professional fishing tournament organization in the world, Irwin L. Jacobs serves as the leader of FLW Outdoors and visionary founder of FLW Fantasy Fishing.  Celebrating its 15th anniversary season, FLW Outdoors conducts America’s largest fishing tournament trails, including the FLW Tour, FLW Series, FLW Qualifier Series, Bass Fishing League, FLW Walleye Tour and National Guard FLW College Fishing. As chairman, Jacobs leads the FLW organization that operates bass and walleye fishing-tournament circuits offering millions of dollars in cash through its 189 professional tournament events. FLW Outdoors’ tournament portfolio includes the Forrest Wood Cup – a no-entry-fee event that offers the richest bass-fishing championship payout in the world. Winning checks of $100,000, $200,000 and $500,000 are now commonplace in fishing tournaments thanks to his efforts in promoting the sport. As founder of FLW Fantasy Fishing, Jacobs has taken the popularity of professional angling to the next level. Launched in 2007, the series of fantasy tournaments compliments Jacobs’ vision to grow fishing beyond the 50 million anglers who participate in the sport annually and build it into a sport that is as much a part of the American psyche as Monday Night Football and NASCAR. FLW Fantasy Fishing allows anyone, regardless of ability and/or experience, to compete and win unprecedented cash and prizes. In 2009, Terry Moberly won $1 million for playing Fantasy Fishing and in 2008, Michael Thompson won FLW Fantasy Fishing’s grand prize and was crowned fantasy sports inaugural $1 million cash winner. Today, Jacobs continues to tap into the buying power of the nation’s fishing enthusiasts through new ventures in business and sports. Throughout his career, Jacobs has owned and/or controlled multiple large, small and start-up companies. However, he remains a passionate and relentless innovator, linking sports and business for the benefit of sponsors, fans and anglers alike.

Tim Tucker—Cross Creek, Florida
One of the country’s most influential and widely published outdoor writers, Tim Tucker was a longtime senior writer for Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times magazines, and his work also appeared in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, In-Fisherman and a host of other publications. In addition to his syndicated columns in 33 newspapers, Tucker authored eight books and co-hosted radio programs over the years. He won more than 100 awards for his writing and photography during his 25-year career as an outdoor journalist. His articles and photographs helped launch the careers several of today’s most successful professional anglers. Tucker died in an automobile accident in Gainesville, Fla., in July 2007. He was a member and past president of the Southeastern Outdoor Writers Association, remaining active in the organization as a board member and advisor. The father of twins, Rachel and Kyle, he was popular Little League baseball coach at the time of his death. Tucker was posthumously awarded the BASS Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2008 Bassmaster Classic in Greenville, S.C., which was accepted by his wife, Darlene, and their children.

Woo Daves—Spring Grove, Virginia
Near the end of his long career in professional fishing, Woo Daves won the 2000 Bassmaster Classic in Chicago. In all, he has competed in 17 Classics, finishing among the Top 5 in six of those events. He has won four Bassmaster tournaments, including the 2002 New York Open. Daves is known as a relentless promoter of bass fishing, spending the entire year after his Classic win presenting seminars and making appearances to represent his sponsors and the sport. One of the first to establish a close connection between NASCAR and bass fishing, Daves established an annual charity tournament involving NASCAR legends and bass anglers in 1991. The tournaments generate funds for Super Kids, a Virginia-based organization benefiting the mentally challenged.

Steve Price—Benton, Louisiana
Price has been a full-time writer and photojournalist since 1973 and a writer/photographer for Bassmaster since 1974, selling more than 3,000 magazine articles, primarily about bass fishing, to such publications as Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, National Geographic, Rand McNally, Southern Living and many more. Price served as Outdoor Editor for Southern Living magazine, which had a circulation of 3 million, from 1975-78. He was a syndicated newspaper columnist for 10 years (1986-96), a radio program producer/ host (1990-1994) and is the author of five books about bass fishing. His photography has been recognized both nationally and internationally, and Price has been a semifinalist and finalist in the worldwide “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” competition sponsored by British Petroleum (nearly 20,000 entries annually). His photography has been used in books and promotions worldwide and by organizations such as the National Geographic Society, Reader’s Digest, Associated Press, Game Conservation International, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, General Motors, Toyota, and the Brunswick Corp., among others. Price has attended every Bassmaster Classic since 1976 as a press writer/photographer. He has appeared on numerous television bass fishing programs as a spokesman for the sport.

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