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Bass Fishing Hall of Fame moves into new home

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony welcomed the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame to its new home in Springfield, Missouri.
↑ Memorabilia lines the walls of the new home of the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame.
↑ Taking part in the BFHOF's latest induction were (left to right): Louie Stout, Morris Sheehan, Shaw Grigsby, Becky Bourne (Wade Bourne's wife), Hampton Bourne (Wade's son) and Bob Sealy.

The Bass Fishing Hall of Fame (BFHOF) celebrated its grand opening in its new home in the Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium with the induction of five new members last week.

The BFHOF headquarters is a gift from Johnny Morris, the Springfield, Missouri museum’s owner and the founder of Bass Pro Shops. It features more than 60 members including Bill Dance, Jimmy Houston, Roland Martin and former US President George H. W. Bush.

The location is the organisation’s first ever permanent home and features artefacts and memorabilia including rods, reels, lures and historical photos, some going back to the Sixties.

The new inductees are:

Wade Bourne – a senior writer at Bassmaster for more than 40 years before his death in 2016. He wrote six books, more than 3,000 articles and was the host of the In-Fisherman radio show.

Shaw Grigsby – fished his first national tournament in 1977 and turned pro in 1984. He has achieved 60 top ten finishes and is the 20-year-plus host of the One More Cast television show.

Morris Sheehan – a 20-year army veteran and owner of American Bass Anglers, the largest tournament trail for weekend bass enthusiasts. It attracts more than 35,000 anglers.

Louie Stout – began his career in daily newspapers before specialising in bass fishing as a freelancer from 1987. He has covered every Bassmaster Classic since 1979, co-authored three books with Kevin VanDam and received the Homer Circle Fishing Communicator Award in in 2013.

Bob Sealy – created the sport’s largest amateur bass tournament, the Big Bass Splash. His events have paid out $30 million and raised $2.3 million for charities.

The BFHOF is run by a 16-person volunteer board dedicated to manufacturers, tackle and marine dealers, media, other related companies and anglers. Johnny Morris was inducted in 2002.

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