“Let me get this straight. You have a load of boats that you own and you don’t know where you’re taking them and someone is going to call and tell you but you don’t know who that is?”
Then one morning I got a call from Ray Scott. He said, “I hear you’re starting a bass club in Chattanooga.” I replied, “You’ve been talking to Bob Cobb,”
The agent was wearing a BASS ball cap and no one knew who he was let alone we had a Secret Service agent on staff that day.
Later after I went to B.A.S.S. and became their tournament director, BassMaster Magazine was publishing a “Best Times” by Dan Barnett. I contacted Dan and asked him how he determined the times.
Homer Circle and Ricky Green won the Classic “greased pig contest.” I say we bring that one back. Wouldn’t you love to see G-Man and James Overstreet wrasllin’ a hawg prior to the weigh-in?
When the tournament was over, we had that old swimming pool full of 10-pounders. We were going to leave the fish there for our tournament sponsor who wanted to give them to the Florida Game and Fish Department to see if they wanted to release them in a special place.
That’s when I told him we were trailering the boats to Percy Priest Marina and the anglers were on their way. “Everyone said, ‘You said the boats were going to be hauled on the railroad somewhere else'” I replied, “No, I just asked how many would fit on a flatcar – I never mentioned they were going anywhere.”
What we did was have the truck driver back the trailer down under the crane, then the crane would sling the boats off the flatbed and lower it in the water as the truck pulled forward. This was working fine until one of the boats slipped out of the sling and broke in half when it hit the tracks.
Before any of this happened, though, I had to make sure the Ranger livewells would operate well enough to keep the fish alive for the weigh-in. I called Mickey Wood at Ranger Boats and told him that I needed to know how good the livewells worked and this is what I needed him to do.
I’m not sure how it happened, Bob and Ray are not sure, but the one thing that I remember was that Bob Cobb invented the B.A.S.S. AOY by naming Bill Dance at the end of the 1970 BASS Tour.