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Legend Biography

Glen Andrews


"First True Professional Bass Angler"

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Glen Andrews is considered one of the greatest bass anglers. Bobby Murray, two-time Bassmaster Classic Champion, describes him as "the first true, professional bass angler." According to Murray, "His insights into seasonal fish migration, structure fishing, lure development and lure presentation helped forge the basis of many of the country's leading bass fishing authorities of today." During his career, Andrews won the World Series of Sport Fishing in 1965 and 1966, and finished runner-up in 1962 and 1963. In addition, he won the Missouri state tournament of 1962, 1963, and both the Missouri and Arkansas state tournaments in 1965. Other than Andrews, only Rick Clunn and Judy Wong have defended their world championship successfully to date. He also made a name for himself manufacturing lures, promoting tournaments, syndicating a fishing column called "Angler's World", and teaching fishing classes throughout the Midwest from a manual he authored, Techniques of Bass Fishing.
Andrew's fishing career began in 1941 at the age of 10 with a cane pole on Bear Creek, located near the town of Lead Hill in northern Arkansas. After that first fishing trip with his grandfather, Andrews never ventured far from fishing holes. In 1950, he helped clear timber from the rising water of the newly impounded Bull Shoals Lake, and promptly started a fifteen year guiding career that spanned three area lakes — Bull Shoals, Table Rock, and Beaver. He started fishing
tournaments in 1962 in order to promote Andrews Lure Company. His experience guiding earned him quick success in the World Series of Sport Fishing, which was a precursor to contemporary tournaments organized by B.A.S.S. and FLW.
In 1967, Andrews helped Ray Scott, Founder of B.A.S.S., organize his first tournament, the All-American Invitational, on Beaver Lake. Andrews chaired the rules committee. He and Scott recruited 106 anglers to the tournament. That same year, Andrews served as President for the Professional Sports Fishing Association (PSFA), the first national non-profit organization for professional anglers. However, Andrew's largest contribution to the sport is, perhaps those he mentored — Bill Dance, Jerry McKinnis, Billy and Bobby Murray and Ray Scott. They all attribute much of their early success to Glen Andrews.

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