Outdoor briefs: Bass hall of fame to induct three
BY Staff Reports
Sunday, February 03, 2013
2/03/13 at 7:01 AM
The Bass Fishing Hall of Fame announced Tulsa fishing electronics innovator Darrell Lowrance will be one of three to enter the hall at its induction banquet set for Feb. 22 in Tulsa during the 2013 Bassmaster Classic.
Tournament angler Mike Folkestad and legendary guide, educator and lodge owner Jack Wingate also will be inducted during the ceremony.
Keynote speaker at the banquet is 2013 Classic competitor Mark Davis. Davis is a 27-year veteran of the tour with a Classic championship and three Angler of the Year titles to his name. He claims six victories, 53 top-10 finishes, 16 Classic appearances and three Forrest Wood Cup appearances.
Dinner and induction ceremony tickets are available for $100 per person or priority location tables for $1,000. For more information, visit tulsaworld.com/hoftickets or call 888-690-2277.
As president and CEO of the Lowrance company, Darrell Lowrance was responsible for many breakthroughs in marine electronics, including the first sonars capable of high-speed performance (1965), the first graph recorder (1974), the first integrated sonar/GPS unit (1995) and many others. During 1983 and 1984, Lowrance served as president of the American Fishing Tackle Manufacturer's Association and was also director of the National Association of Marine Products and Services in 1989. Lowrance retired in 2007 following the company's acquisition by Navico.
Openings still available for bass technique course: Organizers say spaces still are available in the Bass Techniques 2013 course at Tulsa Community College, two hours each night Feb. 13, 20, 26 and March 4.
Instructors include Bassmaster Elite Series pro Tommy Biffle, Bassmaster Classic champions Paul Elias and Ken Cook, Grand Lake guide Ivan Martin and angler Jim Morton, who won the first-ever BASS event on Grand.
The continuing education course is recognized in the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and has a long history of success.
Bass Techniques founder and former Bassmaster University director Gary White of Edmond has resurrected a basic idea from the 1970s that blossomed into a continuing education course at more than 130 colleges across most of the United States over the course of 30 years.
The last course was held in 2006 after BASS, then under ESPN ownership, scaled back on a number of programs.
The course goes deeper into subjects than a typical seminar. Each of the pros at TCC will teach their specialties. Biffle will concentrate on flipping and pitching, and Cook will focus on spinnerbaits and finesse fishing. Elias will coach anglers on deep cranking and the Alabama rig, and Martin and Morton will concentrate on Grand Lake.
Cost for the course is $99. Learn more at tulsaworld.com/basstechniques or call TCC at 918-595-7200 to sign up.
Flyfishing school offered: The Blue Doors at Tenkiller lodge and CheckURFly Guide Service are offering a flyfishing school Feb. 16-17 on the Lower Illinois River.
Check-in will be Saturday morning and the school will start at noon. Sunday's class will be on the river learning to cast and to read the water.
The class will include everything from reading the water to rigging a fly rod. Cost will be $75 for the class and $65 for a cabin per double-occupancy.
For more information, contact Greg Dodds with CheckURfly Guide Service at 918-809-4629 or Jane at 405-229-1127. Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Class is limited to six people. Equipment is available for loan on request.