“Celebrate Fishing Week” starts soon.

The Bass Fishing Hall of Fame invites anyone with a passion for the sport of bass fishing to “Celebrate Bass Fishing Week” activities. Activities will culminate on September 28 with an induction ceremony honoring Glenn Andrews for his early tournament efforts, the late Bruce Holt for his work in developing modern-day bass fishing and expanding the world of bass fishing, and accomplished professional angler Michael Iaconelli for his influence on the sport. They will be formally honored in the auditorium that evening at the Johnny Morris Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium.

Activities that evening include a private plaque unveiling ceremony sponsored by Phoenix Boats inside WOW’s auditorium venue, a meet-and-greet with past inductees and a dinner sponsored by BASS at the White River Conference Center, followed by acceptance speeches by inductees or their family representatives.

“Since the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame established a home among the wonders of wildlife in 2017, the Hall’s annual induction ceremony and all of our surrounding activities have become a marquee event in the world of sport fishing,” said BFHOF Chairman John Mazurkiewicz. “Not only do past Hall inductees, current professional anglers in the BASS and MLF circuits and many of the leading fishing and marine brands support this event, but our efforts to increase the importance of the Hall because of it have enabled the HOF Board of Directors to do more. In supporting conservation projects to benefit bass fishing and bass fishermen. We have also been able to encourage high school and college students to pursue fisheries management careers through our scholarship program. Past and new Hall inductees can take credit for their efforts in sport fishing Seabass will only help them continue to grow.

To support the Hall’s mission to “Celebrate – Promote – Preserve” the world of bass fishing, along with honoring Andrews, Holt and Iaconelli for their efforts in the sport, anglers across the United States and Canada can participate in an online auction sponsored by the Major League. The hunt begins on September 22 (https://bit.ly/AuctionHOF). Here is a short list of some of the key items up for bid:

• A fishing trip with fishing legend Bill Dance.
• Tournament T-shirts from top professional anglers.
• Original artwork from renowned hunting and wildlife illustrator Doug Shermer.
• Fishing trips with top MLF professional anglers, including BFHOF inductees Tommy Biffle and Mark Davis, Angler of the Year Matt Baker, Skeet Reese, Mark Rose, Jeremy Loyer, Roy Hock, Jacob Wall, Ryan Salzman, and Fred ​Rompanis, and Jonathan Van Damme. Alex Davis and Kyle Hall, along with 2023 Bassmaster Classic winner Jeff Gustafson, Brandon Palahniuk among others;
• Rods, reels and lures from leading brands including Daiwa, Strike King, Lew’s, PRADCO brands, Rapala, Big Bite Baits, SPRO, Sunline, St. Croix, Shimano, Googan Baits, Bass Mafia, American Tackle, Mustad, Abu Garcia, Berkeley, Plano, Falcon Rods, Trica and Bass Baits;
• Technical fishing apparel from AFTCO, Simms, HUK, and Marsh Wear, as well as clothing from Mossy Oak, Toyota, and Mercury Marine.
• Coolers and drinkware from PacBak, Yeti, Igloo and Dometic;
• Fishing adventures including largemouth bass and alligator fishing at Louisiana’s Gros Savane Resort, smallmouth bass fishing trips on Lake St. Clair, St. Lawrence River and Cayuga Lake, and snakehead fishing on the Potomac River with Fat Cat Newton.
• Unique tour offers from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, and the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, along with a VIP experience at the upcoming Whiskey Myers Gala.
• Hunting items from Burris Optics, Sig Sauer, Summit Tree Stands, Moultrie and more.

Fishing enthusiasts across the United States and Canada can access the online auction on their smartphones by texting bfhof to 243-725 or BidPal.net/bfhof

A limited number of tickets for the HOF induction ceremonies and dinner remain available through September 22, or until the White River Convention Center reaches its capacity limits. To purchase tickets and/or tables, visit bidpal.net/bfhof or contact Barbara Bowman at bbowman@bassfishinghof.com or call (501) 541-6601.

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