Famed Antique Lure Collector to Appear at BASS Masters Classic Outdoor
NEW ORLEANS, La.---July 25, 2001---Karl White has compiled such a large
selection of antique lures and tackle that it will take a diesel truck to
bring his selected items to the 2001 BASS Masters Classic Outdoor Show, Aug.
2-4, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
"Karl White is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on antique
lures, tackle, boats and motors," said Dave Precht, Editor of BASSMASTER
Magazine."His lure collection is one of the largest in the world."
"I practically have everything that exists in terms of antique fishing
gear," said White, who has been a collector of antique tackle for 53 years.
He has acquired a collection of over 20,000 items worth more than $4
million. Much of his collection will be on display at next week's outdoor
One prized possession is the very first bass fishing boat. The 1949
Skeeter wooden bass boat will be on display and will be fully rigged
complete with a matching Mercury Motor, tackle box, and rod and reel. All of
these items are from the same era and White says, "it will be just like
fishing in 1949."
Other anticipated attractions are the first three lures from every major
maker, the first electric engine, the first plug ever sold and the most
expensive tackle item ever sold at a public auction in the United States, a
Snyder Reel, valued at $31,000.
"Sporting antiques are the most sought after antiques for fans because it
takes them back to the past." White also states that collecting these items
is important because "it is impossible to determine where things are headed,
if we do not know where we have been."
This is White's third appearance at the BASS Masters Classic Outdoor Show
and visitors can expect to see the evolution of fishing. His exhibition will
show the progression of bass fishing and how far the sport has matured in
the past century.
Aside from White's personal collection, everyone is encouraged to bring in
their antique fishing gear for free appraisal.
"White's column in BASSMASTER Magazine, What's it Worth? is one of the
most popular regular features," says Precht. His book, Fishing Tackle
Antiques & Collectibles, is the premier reference source for information
about vintage tackle, a rapidly growing segment of the nation's collector
The BASS Masters Classic Outdoor show will be held in conjunction with the
weigh-ins for the first two days of the Classic at the Ernest N. Morial
Convention Center. "It will add a new dimension to both the Classic Outdoor
Show and the weigh-in to have both events in the same facility," said Dave
Ellison, Classic Special Events Director. "It will make the first two
weigh-ins more exciting than ever."
ESPN2 will showcase the 2001 BASS Masters Classic during each day of
competition with same-day coverage on Thursday, August 2nd and Friday August
3rd taking place from 6 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. (Eastern). ESPN2 will also
provide live updates on Saturday, August 4th, from 7 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
as well as covering the final weigh-in from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Additionally, ESPN2 will present a one-hour special on the 2001 BASS
Masters Classic. The telecast is August 18 at 9 p.m. (Eastern). The program
will provide complete coverage of bass fishing's world championship held on
the sprawling Louisiana Delta.
Sponsors of the 2001 BASS Masters Classic include: Chevrolet Trucks,
Mercury Marine, Yamaha Engines, Triton Boats, Skeeter Boats, Lowrance
Electronics, Pennzoil Marine, Flowmaster Exhaust Systems, Stowaway
Batteries, Kuhmo Tires, Long John Silver's, Gore-Tex Outwear, Motorguide
Trolling Motors, Bass Pro Shops, Armstrong Industrial Hand Tools, GMAC
Vehicle & Boat Insurance, B.A.S.S. Platinum First USA Visa Card.
Associate Sponsors include: Bass Cat Boats, G3 Boats
Regional Sponsors include: State of Louisiana, Jefferson Parish Tourism,
Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation