Former US President set for Bass Hall of Fame
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Two well-known names within the bass fishing industry will line up alongside a former US President to be honoured for their outstanding contributions to the sport.
PRADCO-Outdoor’s Billy Murray and Gary Yamamoto, founder of Gary Yamamoto Custom Lures, will join George H.W. Bush – the 41st President of the United States – to be formally inducted into the exclusive Bass Fishing Hall of Fame (BFHOF) at a special ceremony on the eve of next year’s Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro.
“While serving as both Vice President and as our President, George Bush took exceptional interest in fisheries, water access and conservation issues – and is also a pretty good angler himself,” said BFHOF Board President, Sammy Lee.
“Billy Murray has helped thousands of bass anglers find more fishing success through his involvement with the Bass Fishing Institute and his idea for a traveling aquarium, the ‘Hawg Trough’.
“Gary Yamamoto continues to develop some of the best baits out there and is an accomplished angler in his own right.”
Last year George Bush was recognised for his contribution to fisheries when he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA).
Murray, the twin brother of former Bassmaster Classic winner Bobby, has worked for lure giant PRADCO-Outdoors for almost 30 years and has been instrumental in designing many of today’s most popular baits.
He also served as a cameraman/producer for ten years on The Fishin Hole – the longest-running outdoor show on television. In the 1990s Murray and his brother starred in their own programme, The Guys, which aired on ESPN.
Yamamoto was responsible for the Senko, described as one of the most important lure developments in recent years. His other creations, including the Hula Grub, are the mainstays in anglers’ tackle boxes the world over.