The Bass Fishing Hall of Fame added four new additions to its ranks during their annual pre-Classic banquet last night in Brimingham, Alabama.
The new additions to the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame include Bassmaster Classic champion Rayo Breckenridge, accomplished female angler Penny Berryman, fishing inventor and educator Doug Hannon, and Blake Honeycutt. The latter three were inducted posthumously. Each of the new entries have made a significant contribution to the fishing world.
Breckenridge won the 1973 Bassmaster Classic at Clarks Hill Reservoir during his first year professional fishing. He won the classic with a catch total of 52.5 pounds and beat out legendary angler Bill Dance. Breckenridgealso was a notable television personality who hosted fishing programs. Breckenridge passed away at age 58.
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Berryman had an accomplished professional fishing career that lasted more than 25 years. She won the Bass N’ Gal Classic in 1992, the Bass N’ Gal Angler-of-the-Year in 1997, won three National Championship titles, and qualified for more than 20 Women’s Pro Tour Classic World Championships. Prior to her professional fishing career, Berryman was a first runner-up in the Miss Kansas and Miss USA Pageant competitions. She died at the age of 58 in 2012 from meningioma.
Hannon was a gifted fishing researcher, writer and inventor who was known throughout the fishing industry as “The Bass Professor.” He came up with a number of innovative fishing patents, including the weedless propeller, the WaveSpin System spinning reel and the MicroWave line-control system. Hannon was also an accomplished writer, who wrote hundreds of articles for fishing and outdoors magazines and publications. He died at the age of 66 last March.
Honeycutt was the only living angler inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame this year. He is a Bassmaster Classic pro angler and inventor, most famous for holding the all-time record for the heaviest winning weight in a B.A.S.S. tournament. Honeycutt helped design Perry’s Spoonplugs, a type of fishing lure. He also helped design layouts for Ranger boats. He’s also considered one of the fathers of structure fishing.