Original Caption: Andy Sceurman, checks out some bridge structure as a possible hiding place for Mr. Bass. April 1974, Fishing Facts, no photo credit.

In today’s Friday Finale historical photo, a look back at one of the many anglers that didn’t become a household name on tour but did have their moment in the sun.

Andy Sceurman, pictured at the 1973 Classic, was a 33-year-old angler at the time who was a true amateur, having only seriously began bass fishing just a couple year previous.  He had entered his first tournament (club) in 1972 after becoming proficient with a plastic worm, a bait he learned to fish from reading an article by Bill Dance.  He quickly found success and entered his first national event (B.A.S.S.) the following year.

He qualified 22nd in the B.A.S.S. standings in 1973, going to that year’s Classic in South Carolina.  Though he didn’t do well, the event wasn’t without its drama.  A 1976 news story in The Newark Advocate said he “had some trouble from an irate property owner who contended that the water where Sceurman was fishing was private property.  The property owner went so far as to fire several shots in the water near the boat and threaten to shoot at the boat if Sceurman and his partner did not leave.”

In 1974, he qualified for a second Classic.  Technically just one spot out of Classic qualification with a 25th place in the standings, due to a technicality, Sceurman made the Classic when another competitor was disqualified for verifying an illegal fish for his partner, moving him up one place into 24th.

In total, he fished just 12 events, including the two Classics.  He finished 3rd to Roland Martin and Ricky Green in the 73 All-American, and Finished 2nd to Billy Westmoreland in the 1974 Florida Inv.  He also took 3rd as a member of the Ohio National Team in the National Bass competition in 1975.

He dropped off the tour early that year.  A 1988 article in The Newark Advocate stated that a lack of sponsorship forced Sceurman to drop off the trail.  “There was a lot of travel involved,” he said.  “The cost just became too much.  At that time, I was starting a family and had a house (to pay for).”

In that same article, he mentioned that he was still a member of B.A.S.S., and still fished competitively on a local level, something he did all the way up into his 60s in the early 2000s.  He said, “tournament fishing has come a long way” compared to those early days.

Andy’s real job was with Owens Corning in Ohio as a quality control specialist.  He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He passed away in Feb. 2009 at the age of 68 and was buried with military honors.