For today’s Throwback Thursday piece, Wood and Honeycutt Held Hostage, I came across this interesting 1972 Bassmaster Classic gem while browsing through a 1972 newspaper out of Memphis, TN. Memphis was the city that Ray Scott had told the Classic qualifiers to assemble at, as they would be departing Memphis International Airport the following day. From there they would be whisked to an “unknown destination” that would become the site of that year’s Bassmaster Classic.
The interesting news item was the supposed “extra security detail” that Ray supplied and proudly announced as part of his effort to keep everything under wraps until the plane had landed. It involved two of the contestants in the event, Forrest Wood and Blake Honeycutt.
Per the newspaper report:
“Because he is using Ranger bass boats manufactured at Flippin, Ark., and Everglades trailers made in Greenville, S.C., Scott called Forrest Wood, head of Ranger, and Blake Honeycutt, a representative of the trailer firm, to Memphis Friday.
‘I have placed these two fellows, who are among the 24 top fishermen in the country, under security until our takeoff,’ Scott said. ‘Lt. Mike York of the Memphis Police Department and president of the Lawmen’s Bass Club is providing off-duty members of the club as guards.'”
Just typical Ray Scott showmanship and PR? Who knows, but an interesting side note to the 1972 Classic.
I’m making the assumption that your involvement in the bass fishing industry allowed you to meet and possibly know Ray Scott? If so, maybe you can answer this question. Was he laid back and lighthearted or was he all business?? Just trying to get an idea of what prompted him to “lock” those two up like that. Lol
Mike, sorry for the late reply. Yes, I knew him, although not as well as many others. He and I met probably a dozen times for interviews and we talked on the phone probably 25 times over the years. There was working Ray, which was nearly 24 hours a day, and there was joking Ray, which was also nearly 24 hours a day. I guess the way I would describe him is he was all business but loved to have his fun. He expected the best out of everyone around him, and he gave them his best. I really unique leader and person. To this day there is no one alive or dead that could have pulled off B.A.S.S.
And yes to your question about this stunt. It was mostly fun, but I would bet he was making a point at the same time. LOL
No apology necessary. Thanks for taking the time to respond I greatly appreciate it.
What a fun look back.