1970's vintage catch

BILL RICE, shown at Lake Elsinore in the 1970’s, to enter FWFHOF, class of 2015.

He was a fellow member of the Saddleback Bassmasters club in Orange County in the 1970’s and my mentor and first boss in the outdoor writing world at Western Outdoor News (WON), beginning in 1977. And now he is a member of the class of 2015–inducted into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame. (See release)

While you may not know he was the fastest copy editor to ever hit a newsroom, or that he actually wrote a book on tennis, among his many accomplishments, Bill was a ride-along Press Angler (observer) in the first two Bassmasters Classics, the first of those at Lake Mead in 1971.

When you toss in his days as editor of Western Bass, U.S. BASS and later WON BASS magazines–it’s pretty clear, anything I ever did in the outdoor writing business, was by following in Bill’s impressive footsteps.

Though he will be recognized from the state of Oregon where he now resides, those of us who worked, road-tripped or fished with him still remember he was the guy who lived in Costa Mesa–and the one who knew every bass fisherman he ever met by his first name!

All the more reason to congratulate Bill as being named as “Legendary Communicator!”


7 Responses to “Bill Rice, WON Alum, to enter Hall of Fame”

And a real nice man too!

Congratulations, Bill!! Well deserved!

A big congratulations to Bill. Well deserved!

Well deserved and one of the best people and fisherman you could ever meet!! Congrats Bill!!

Congratulations Bill!

Congratulations Bill. Well deserved!

Congratulations Bill! It’s been B.S.’ing BASS with you!

Congrats Bill !!