Football has its Canton, Ohio, and baseball its Cooperstown, N.Y. Now professional bass fishing has its Hot Springs, Ark.
In May, the Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in that city marked its second year of existence with induction services for six new members. Among them were pro bass shoo-ins Denny Brauer, Jimmy Houston and Guido Hibdon, along with Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris, lure-maker Cotton Cordell and former BASSMASTER magazine editor and television producer Bob Cobb.
The induction of the 2002 Hall of Famers capped off a week of events that included fund-raising tournaments on Lakes Ouachita and Hamilton near Hot Springs. Proponents hope to raise enough money to begin construction of an enshrinement hall and related attractions set to open in 2007.
Last year, the first class of inductees included such bass-fishing luminaries as Ray Scott, founder of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society; Homer Circle, Outdoor Life Bass columnist; Bill Dance, television fishing show host; Forrest Wood, founder of Ranger Boats; and four pros who figured prominently in the history of professional bass fishing: Rick Clunn, Roland Martin, Bobby Murray and Larry Nixon.