Press Release: The Father of Modern Day Bass Fishing to Visit St. Lawrence

Ray Scott Special Guest of Carp Angling World Championship

Bartlesville OK — Ray Scott, founder of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society® (BASS), will be the special celebrity guest at CARP Tournament Series’ elite Carp Angling World Championship on the St. Lawrence River in September. The legendary Scott sweetened the prize pool for the first-place winners with a getaway at his renowned private lake in Alabama.

Ray Scott

Ray Scott, father of modern day bass fishing. Photo Credit: Ray Scott Outdoors

Indisputably a strange relationship between the freshwater bass and common carp, this marriage between bass and carp was forged by Scott and CARPTS tournament director David Moore who share basic philosophies about sport fishing. Over the past several years Scott and Moore discussed the probability of Scott visiting the St. Lawrence during the Carp Angling World Championship, if Scott’s schedule allowed.

“I’ve always had an admiration for carp angling,” said Scott. “It piqued my curiosity many years ago, and I’ve followed the growth of the sport in the United States for the past decade or so.”
“When I met David, I realized we had the foundation for a friendship that was based on our identical values and beliefs of the importance of practicing catch-and-release sport fishing. As I learned more about Carp Tournament Series and their efforts to promote and educate about carp fishing, I was confident that we had much more in common than the eye could see.”

Scott is a “compulsive entrepreneur” in his own words. Besides B.A.S.S. he also founded the Whitetail Institute of North America in 1988 which pioneered the whitetail deer nutrition industry. In addition, he is an industry consultant, motivational speaker, lake designer and outspoken conservationist, for which he has garnered many honors.

After he sold B.A.S.S. in 1986 he stayed with the company another ten years but moved to his 200-acre “ranch” with private bass lakes near Montgomery, Alabama where he has hosted many notables including U.S. presidents. Scott is now supporting an Alabama state initiative touting the fishing and hunting sports of his area and has opened his home and lakes to a select number of fishing guests (

Coincidentally Scott has mounted a number of his bass tournaments on St. Lawrence waters headquartered river in Alexandria Bay and loves that part of New York State. His visit in September will be his first time 75-miles down river where the carp competition will take place.
“It will be fascinating for me to see these anglers from all over the world fish for carp out of these waters,” he says.

“Ray is a tremendous supporter of CARPTS,” adds Moore. “We couldn’t be more privileged to have him join us on the St. Lawrence in September. He’s a busy guy, and his presence adds a new dimension to our event. His very generous offer to add a getaway at his private retreat to our prize pool is fantastic – something our first place winners will surely enjoy.”

Approximately 150 pair of competitive world-class anglers from around the globe are expected to participate in the Carp Angling World Championship. Anglers from the United States, England, the Channel Islands, the Netherlands, Russia, Romania, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Slovakia, Greece, Canada, Luxembourg and Poland have already committed to the competition. Cash and prizes valued at nearly $150,000 are at stake in the 115-hour tournament.

The 2011 CAWC is hosted by the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. Nash Tackle and Nash Baits of England are major sponsors. Other sponsors include Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Big Carp Tackle, St. Lawrence Experience and Reuben Heaton Scales.

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2 Responses to Press Release: The Father of Modern Day Bass Fishing to Visit St. Lawrence

  1. Jerry Brown says:

    Glad to see Ray Scott involved. I first met him when he, Forest Woods, Homer Circle,Harold Ensley and Carl Lowrance came to Bull Shoals boat dock to propose a tournament. I was 17 and soon to be drafted, Vietnam, but had the chance to fish 2 early BASS Tournament’s. Finished 2nd and 9th. After seeing his organization grow and the energy and intelligent thought brought to the world of fishing, with such things as CATCH AND RELEASE. I can’t help but feel Carp fishing will greatly benefit by his association. Thank you Mr. Scott for your influence on a young angler and positive influence on so many others. Jerry Brown, former CAG Secretary.

  2. Annie Stanley says:

    I heard the tournament went great! My fiance, Al, had the best time! I love the leaderboards, it is nice for friends/family to be able to keep up with the guys while they are fishing. Thanks for all the hard work to get this event together!