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I am sad to inform my fellow fishing bothers and sisters that we have lost a special fisherman amongst us. The wonderful bass professor Doug Hannon has passed away. In the time that I knew Doug I found him to be a very warm, sincere , spiritual honorable man.

He was also a fellow musician who played a mean guitar and he was loved and respected by thousands world wide. A humble soft spoken gentleman with amazing achievements as an angler and as an inventor. He was one of the special ones.

 

Rest in peace Doug, we will miss you :(

My condolences to his family.

 

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Below is the official bulletin from his office..

 

 

 

Doug Hannon “The Bass Professor” dies at 66

Complications from recent neck surgery believed a factor claiming life of

famed fishing tackle inventor, angling authority, author and longtime TV host

 

TAMPA, Fla., -- 4/1/2013 -- Doug Hannon, a legend in the fishing world known as the “Bass Professor” whose unique expertise in a wide range of design skills and academic subjects in and outside of angling, died Thursday at his home in Keystone, a north Tampa suburb.

Hannon was 66.

He recently had neck surgery and was recovering at home said friend Russ Riley, a family spokesman and president of WaveSpin/MicroWave, a fishing components design company Hannon launched eight years ago, and which he served as its chief engineer.

 

Hannon the inventor

Hannon, who was best known by recreational anglers for catching-and-releasing over 800 largemouth bass of 10 or more pounds, also had nearly 20 patents for numerous fishing tackle, lures and boating propulsion designs. After its launch last summer Hannon was again riding the crest of worldwide acclaim with his newest innovation the MicroWave Line Control System by American Tackle, introduced at fall and winter fishing and trade shows in Australia, Asia, and Europe and recently in North America. A key component for light tackle spinning and casting rods called a guide train, Hannon’s new light weight advancement gives anglers longer and more accurate casts with far less vibration and friction to the line.

Based on MicroWave’s success across the globe with increasing sales to major rod builders, Hannon had been scheduled for more fishing show appearances in the U.S., said Riley.

“He was deeply analytical and had an exceptional ability to visualize and solve complex issues, especially when it came to fishing tackle, lures and components geared to helping anglers enjoy the sport,” he said. “You could instantly see and feel his passion when he was showing anglers at fishing shows his engineering designs in use such as casting and catching fish. He absolutely loved the sport.”

 

With the growth and popularity of bass fishing, one of his earlier inventions introduced four decades ago was of the weedless trolling motor blade. It allowed anglers to fish vast areas of previously inaccessible weed beds where bass live and is still used by millions of anglers today. It also put him in the fishing world spotlight.

Hannon was hailed by Outdoor Life as one of the O.L. 25: people “whose lifetime achievement has had the greatest positive influence on hunting and fishing.” In 2000 he was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wisc.

“Doug was not only the brains behind so many designs like the WaveSpin Reel and the MicroWave, he was also the heart and soul,” said a saddened Riley. “Anglers found him to be very approachable.

 

Top angler and observer of nature

Besides his recent success as a fishing tackle and components inventor Hannon documented the catch-and-release of more than 800 largemouth bass weighing 10 pounds or greater to his credit, making him one of the country's preeminent big-bass authorities. He was also a highly skilled diver, underwater photographer, author, filmmaker and lure designer.

The legendary angler and renowned bass fishing expert was one of the long time hosts on ESPN’s Sportsman’s Challenge TV series. He spoke and wrote about the battles to stop the irresponsible use of herbicides in the nation’s waterways.

As one of the world’s greatest authorities on bass fishing Hannon wrote hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles on his observations. He also penned three books, Hannon's Field Guide for Bass Fishing, Catch Bass, and Big Bass Magic. He filmed and produced videos with 3M called Understanding Bass, Catching Big Bass, and Bass-Formula for Success, which among them won Cleo and Teddy awards.

He published the Hannon Moon Times nationally for TV, magazines, newspapers, and radio and an annual pocket guide for anglers called the Moon Clock now in its 32nd year.

Through his TV work and tips at fishing shows, Hannon gained a following of thousands of friends in the fishing community and often was called on to speak worldwide on his fishing knowledge. He introduced tips to millions of anglers enriching their enjoyment of fishing, along with many celebrities among them the late General H. Norman Schwarzkopf who he taught how to fly fish for bass.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1946 to a Canadian mother and a father from Texas, Hannon moved to the United States at the age of seven. He attended Governor Dummer Academy in South Byfield, Mass., and went onto Tulane University in New Orleans, La., to complete a B.A. degree. He was also an accomplished guitarist playing in rock and roll bands there, and developed a lifelong love for running.

Details of burial plans are still pending.

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Contact: Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications, Inc. Scottsdale, Ariz. 85267

480-951-3654 (ph), JohnsonCom@aol.com (e-mail)

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Doug was the real deal, a truly great mind and innovator , very sad to hear this news. Glad he got American Tackle to run with his Microwave concept , and my condolences to his family and friends.

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I knew Doug for 25 years, met him when I was kid through my dad who collaborated with him on several projects. He was probably the only true genius I ever knew. I would call him and we'd just talk for hours at a time about everything from fishing to ancient history. He had some amazing stories. He was a hell of an inventor as well. I recently built a surf rod with a prototype of his new guide system... the local rodbuilder up here thought I was nuts, but the the results are indisputable.

 

He loved bass fishing but his true passion in his later years was tarpon fishing, and he was incredible at that as well. Here's a photo of Doug from one of the times we fished the New Port Richey area near his home.

 

I'll miss him, he was a good friend and great for the sport.

 

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he was one of the few bass guys I could actually watch and enjoy..... was a truly talented guy. damn shame he died so suddenly.

 

 

Thoughts and condolences go out to friends and family

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