To celebrate more than 50 years of B.A.S.S. (Bass Anglers Sportsman Society), Bobb Cobb presents his collector's edition book for members, bass fishing enthusiasts, and future fans to enjoy.
The B.A.S.S. Story Unplugged tells a story of how one man has transformed his favorite sport into an exciting tournament and enterprise that is enjoyed by many enthusiasts today. The story of B.A.S.S. began one rainy day as Ray Scott, along with other avid fans, were watching a professional basketball game on TV. In his historic "brainstorm in a rainstorm," the idea of an organization that would elevate bass fishing to a higher level started to develop. Their start was not an easy one. They were met with many challenges at the beginning and then many more along the way. But, just as bass fishers know how to do, they persevered.
In its early years, another enthusiast, Bob Cobb, joined Scott and became the first editor of the Bassmaster Magazine that further popularized the sport and the organization. The publication brought the sport of bass fishing to more enthusiasts and amassing new fans all over the country. Since joining in the early years, Cobb also became the resident historian of B.A.S.S.
More than 50 years and many storms that have been overcome later, the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society now boasts of more than 600,000 members, its own professional tournament trail, and two national publications.
The B.A.S.S. Story Unplugged gives bass fishing buffs a comprehensive history of how competitive bass fishing got its start, an appreciation of its transformational journey, and a look at where it is today. It celebrates the many people who have shared their passion for bass fishing and strengthened the organization to what it is today. This collector's item book with its 413 pages of historical milestones, entertaining anecdotes, and never before seen photos of B.A.S.S. and the world of bass fishing.
"The bible of bass fishing. A must read. The vision of Ray Scott prompted a booming business, a membership of half a million and changed the lives and career paths of many who were there in the beginning. Bob Cobb was there from the beginning, only he can put into words 50 years of bass memories, photos, tournament triumphs, innovative ideas and product designs."
—Vonda Sloan Goodman, Amazon Reader's Review
Author Bob Cobb, as former editor of BASSMASTER Magazine, provides a unique inside view into the bass fishing heroes and tournament champions; the making of the “Super Bowl of Bass Fishing” - the BASS Masters Classic; and of the publication BASSMASTER Magazine, that former U.S. President George H. Bush termed: “My favorite outdoor magazine reading.” Cobb, a former Tulsa, Oklahoma, outdoor writer, took over the fledging B.A.S.S. publication in 1968 and converted BASS MASTER into the “Bible of Bass Fishing” with over a 4 million following and readership. The BASSMASTERS-TV Series launched in 1986 on The Nashville Network (TNN), grew to a weekly audience in over 1.4 million homes. Producer/director, Cobb, and the program were twice nominated for the A.C.E. Award for excellence in cable programming. Among early inductees in 2002 into the National Bass Fishing Hall of Fame, Cobb has been recognized by the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame as a “Legendary Communicator” and a member of the “Legends of the Outdoors.”