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Ray Scott Dead at 88
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Ray Scott Dead at 88

Ray Scott, the man who founded Fishing Tackle Retailer (FTR) and the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS) and forged the modern sportfishing industry died in Montgomery, Alabama, Sunday night of natural causes. He was 88 years old. Born in Montgomery in 1933, Scott’s legend is well known among bass anglers. He was an insurance salesman...

Outdoor Writer Steve Gibson Passes
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Outdoor Writer Steve Gibson Passes

Well-known outdoors writer and conservationist Steve Gibson passed away at his home in Sarasota, Florida, last week. He was 72. Gibson wrote for many outdoors magazines including Florida Sportsman, Gulf Coast Angler, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Saltwater Fly Fishing, The Fisherman, Cabela’s Outdoor Magazine, Paddle World Magazine, Blood Knot Magazine and Florida Fishing Weekly....

BTT Mourns the Loss of Captain Joe Gonzalez
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BTT Mourns the Loss of Captain Joe Gonzalez

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT) are deeply saddened by the loss of renowned guide, Captain Joe Gonzalez, a pillar of South Florida’s tight-knit fishing community and a mentor and friend to many. A Florida native, Joe began fishing his home waters at a young age, exploring the Florida Keys and the Bahamas during his summer...

The Passing of a Fly Fishing Legend
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The Passing of a Fly Fishing Legend

Frank Moore, legendary World War II veteran, fly fisherman and champion of the North Umpqua River, died Sunday, just a week before he would have had his 99th birthday. Family members confirmed Moore’s death Monday, saying he died at home surrounded by family Sunday evening. Moore is survived by his wife of 79 years Jeanne...

Dan Gapen, Sr., Passes in St. Cloud, Minnesota at 89
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Dan Gapen, Sr., Passes in St. Cloud, Minnesota at 89

Dan Gapen, Sr., , a famed personality in the fishing industry, passed away recently in St. Cloud, MN at 89. He is survived by his children, Deborah Gapen, Mitchell Gapen, and Sandra Gapen-Dahl; 19 grandchildren; and 38 great grandchildren. In younger years, Dan worked as a fishing and hunting guide. In the late 1960s, he...

South Carolina Deputy Director of Marine Resources Phil Mayer
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South Carolina Deputy Director of Marine Resources Phil Mayer

Phil Maier, a deeply respected and loved member of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) familypassed on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 after enduring an intense case of a rare and aggressive cancer. He served most recently as the Deputy Director for Marine Resources after 30 years in the agency. Philip P. Maier grew...

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Bill Garrity, Tackle Buyer for Dick’s

Bill Garrity, a widely-known and liked icon in the fishing tackle and outdoors industry, passed away last week at 83. Garrity worked his way up from a tackle buyer for the Oscar Robbins Company in Pittsburg, Pa., to become the senior buyer for Dick’s Sporting Goods before he retired in 2006. Bob Steckler, for whom...

MLF GM Remembers Aaron Martins
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MLF GM Remembers Aaron Martins

TULSA, Okla.  – Major League Fishing Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Rucks issued the following statement regarding the passing of Aaron Martens: “The entire MLF family is deeply saddened by the passing of Aaron Martens, who fought a brave battle with Glioblastoma with courage and grace. “Aaron Martens will always be remembered as...

Angling Author Don Kirk Passes
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Angling Author Don Kirk Passes

Southern fly fishers lost a friend and champion of the sport on Oct. 24, 2021 with the passing of Donald Wayne Kirk. Don Kirk was considered by many to be the guru of trout fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, having written hundreds of magazine and newspaper stories, many of which revolved around...