BFHOF induction event returns as three are honoured
A conservationist, fishing writer and tournament organiser are the latest to be inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame (BFHOF).
Gene Gilliland, Jason Lucas and Trip Weldon will be honoured in September at the Johnny Morris Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, the Springfield, Missouri, venue which houses the BFHOF headquarters.
Gilliland is known for his extensive work in fisheries management and bass conservation and continues that involvement as Conservation Director of B.A.S.S.. Lucas is a former Fishing Editor for Sports Afield and is considered one of the ‘fathers of bass fishing’. His book, ‘Lucas on Bass Fishing’, was published in 1947 and is credited for igniting interest in the sport.
Weldon is said to have set the standard for tournament directors during his nearly 20 years presiding over B.A.S.S. events.
“On behalf of the entire BFHOF Board, we are thrilled that we will be able to honour Gene and Trip in person, along with Jason posthumously when the bass fishing world comes together to celebrate in Springfield this fall,” said John Mazurkiewcz, BFHOF President.
“Each of them has made lasting contributions to the sport and we are excited to see them take their rightful places in the Hall of Fame.”
The event will also celebrate the Hall’s Class of 2020, which included Steve Bowman, Bryan Kerchal, James Heddon, Ron Lindner and Jay Yelas. Last year’s induction was cancelled due to the worldwide pandemic.