American Bass Anglers announced today that its Weekend Bass Series championship has been renamed the Ray Scott Championship.
“Ray Scott is a true living legend who created B.A.S.S. and the sport of bass fishing as we know it today,” said Morris Sheehan, president of American Bass Anglers, Inc. “We are extremely excited to have him in this position."
The first championship bearing Scott's name will be held Nov. 12-15 at Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Ala.
“I am both honored and humbled that this great weekend angler championship will be named after me,” said Scott, the founder of B.A.S.S. “My heart has always been with the weekend bass angler from the very first days of this great sport. I like the format used in the Weekend Bass Series because it really tests the mettle of the angler in fair and honest competition and it will be exciting to watch the best anglers rise to the top and take this championship.”
The Weekend Bass Series has been restructured by the ABA after its working agreement with B.A.S.S., which included a Bassmaster Classic berth going to the Weekend Series champion, ended last year. The winner of the Ray Scott Championship will win $100,000 in cash as well as a bonus that would cover entry fees to either the FLW Rayovac Series or the Bassmaster Opens.