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Industry steps up to support BFHOF ceremony

Industry steps up to support BFHOF ceremony

After having to cancel its annual induction dinner in 2020, the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors is ratcheting up its efforts to honor both the 2020 and 2021 inductees at this year’s celebration, taking place Sept. 30 at Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Mo. The efforts to celebrate those who have made a lasting impact on the sport would not be possible without the wide-ranging support from across the bass fishing industry.

“Over the past few years our induction dinner has become a must-attend event, and that has again proven true in 2021 with the support we’re receiving from companies, past inductees, pro anglers, and others who share our passion for the sport,” said John Mazurkiewicz, president of the BFHOF Board. "We can't say thanks enough, especially to Major League Fishing, Rather Outdoors and B.A.S.S. for their involvement in helping us make the induction banquet a first-class event."

MLF is sponsoring an online auction featuring memorabilia and one-of-a-kind outdoor experiences during the week leading up to the induction ceremony. Rather Outdoors, the parent company of Lew's, Strike King and Zebco, will sponsor a pre-dinner event within the BFHOF portion of the Wonders of Wildlife venue where inductees' plaques will be unveiled and commemorative jackets will be presented. B.A.S.S. will serve as presenting sponsor of the dinner that will precede the Hall of Famers' induction speeches.

"It's great to see the bass fishing industry truly come together to celebrate our sport for this one night," Mazurkiewicz added.

The 2020 induction class features Steve Bowman and Jay Yelas, along with posthumous inductees Bryan Kerchal, Ron Lindner and James Heddon. Gene Gilliland, Trip Weldon and the late Jason Lucas comprise the 2021 class.

Along with financial assistance from presenting sponsors MLF, Rather Outdoors, and B.A.S.S., many more leading bass fishing industry firms have offered support, including Gold sponsors Bass Cat Boats, PRADCO Outdoor Brands, and; ‘Silver’ sponsors AFTCO and Daiwa; and ‘Bronze’ sponsors In-Fisherman, Phoenix Boats, Simms Fishing and Shimano.

Starting Sept. 28, the popular BFHOF online auction will go live at Items available for bidding include tournament jerseys and fishing trips with professional bass anglers, bucket list fishing adventures at Angler’s Inn on Mexico’s Lake El Salto and the smallmouth-filled waters of Lake of the Woods in Canada, along with many rods and reels, lures and fishing and boating accessories. As noted by BFHOF Board member Bruce Stanton, “We’re honored that 2001 HOF inductee Bill Dance has donated an exclusive bass fishing trip with him on a private lake in his home state of Tennessee. You can be assured this will be a most sought-after auction item.”

Individual dinner tickets – along with limited full tables – for the HOF induction remain available until Sept. 28 at 5 p.m., or until the White River Conference Center banquet facility reaches capacity limits. To purchase tickets and/or tables, visit, or contact Barbara Bowman at – or call (501) 541-6660.

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