Hannon, a world renowned angler known as “The Bass Professor® ,” is
the inventor of the weedless trolling motor propellor, which revolutionalized
the trolling motor industry. Hannon is an award-winning author and photographer,
has had hundreds of articles published in outdoor magazines, and has appeared
on an internationally syndicated TV show for more than 15 years.
With a record of more than 800 bass over 10 pounds, he is considered
by many as the world’s greatest authority on bass fishing. Hannon’s
new WaveSpin System® represents the first significant
improvement in spinning reel design in more than 50 years. Doug's WaveSpin® reel
will forever change and improve the sport of fishing in both fresh and
The WaveSpin System® 2007 Classic Collector’s
Edition spinning reel was introduced at the February 2007 Bassmaster
Classic in Birmingham, Alabama and became available for wide
distribution May 2007.
"Catch the Wave"
Doug Hannon has to be the world's leading authority on bass fishing and behavior and he talks about bass mortality, the original design for all the weedless props we use today on our trolling motors, to how to keep bass alive in the livewells using ice and chemicals to amusing stories about his experiences over the years.
Doug was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1946 to a Canadian mother and a father from Texas. He moved to the United States at the age of 6. He attended Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts and went on to complete a B.A. degree at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
He has dedicated the last 30 years to studying the lives of fish, with an emphasis on the largemouth bass. Along the way, he made it into a living by catching more than 500 bass over 10 lb, writing hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles, and three books, (Hannon's Field Guide for Bass Fishing, Catch Bass, and Big Bass Magic). he did three 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. He is on the masthead of "Outdoor Life Magazine" (a Times Mirror publication and one the New York City based Big Three outdoor publications). He holds 11 U. S. Patents on various fishing inventions ranging from fishing lures to chemical treatments to improve fish survival in release tournaments, boat anchors, and invented the weedless trolling motor prop now seen on virtually every fishing motor made today. He has served as a tackle design and marketing consultant to companies like Brunswick/Zebco, Cabela's, and many other manufacturers. He was a design consultant on fishing boats for Outboard Marine Corporation (Johnson and Evinrude outboard motors), Stratos (the largest manufacturer of bass boats in the country), and designed the "Panfisher Series" line of fishing boats for Bass Pro Shops. Doug also worked with several large tourist attractions in Florida, like Busch Gardens, Homosassa Springs, WeekiWachee Springs, and Silver Springs on the maintenance of fish habitat and the setting up of fish displays for the public. He shoots all the underwater video and appears weekly as talent on ESPN's Sportsman's Challenge (Sportsman's Challenge has been the number 1 rated outdoor fishing show on all networks for the past 3 seasons). He also does the "Bass Professor" segment on ESPN and ESPN 2 52 weeks a year and has spent considerable time diving, observing and documenting underwater behavior of many species of both fresh and saltwater fish. He was also a script consultant on the "Billion Dollar Bass" show produced and aired on the popular PBS series, "Wild America". In 1997 he produced and introduced a computer software program on CD ROM. It features the first time ever 3 dimensional mapping system for lakes and is titled Hannon's 21st Century Bass Professor. He was inducted into the Fishing Hall of Fame as a "Legendary Angler" in
the year 2000, by the nomination of General H. Norman Schwarzkopf and
Homer Circle. he makes a living as a consultant, inventor, writer, educator,
and photographer. He is working as a design consultant with Ugly Duckling
Lures and Natural Motion Lures, which can be seen on the Delaware tackle,
Reeltimeanglers, and S&K Guide Service websites.
He is currently a masthead writer for "Outdoor Life" magazine and serves on the board of directors for the Snook Foundation, the Catch and Release Foundation, and on the Honorary Board of Directors of Tarpon Bonefish Unlimited.
In the early '70's, he began writing about and advocating the now familiar Catch and Release ethic for big bass. He became the most famous big bass guide in Florida, starting out by requiring three-day minimum bookings and allowing only one fish to be kept in those three days. Then, in 1976, he became the first prominent guide in the state to require the release of all fish without exception. He tagged hundreds of big bass, studied their movements and lifestyle, and tried always to convey to the public the rarity and value of big fish in the ecosystem. He was a consultant to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on the development of the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, which is not only the nation's best example of the way state fisheries agencies should reach out and interact with the public, but also the nation's best state-of-the-art Florida Bass hatchery. he helped develop and promote the "Catch and Release" livewell additive. As a consultant to the Bass Anglers Sportsman's Society, the nation's largest bass fishing tournament organization, he designed their procedure for treatment of bass with his own chemical formulations and cooling procedure at weigh-ins.
These two efforts, both by themselves and by national example, save the lives of countless thousands of tournament-caught bass every year. He has done work with agencies like Brunswick's Fish America Foundation, as well as participated in numerous charity functions over the years.
He patented the propeller that has allowed anglers to fish vast areas
of previously inaccessible weed beds where bass truly live, and he has
fought the battles to stop the irresponsible use of herbicides in our
waterways. He lobbied the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission
in the arena of the public media, until they lowered the creel limits
on bass. He currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Council for the
International Gamefish Association. For the past thirteen years, as "The
Bass Professor®" on ESPN, he has tried to give the public a better
understanding and appreciation of our most important freshwater gamefish
by taking them into the underwater world of the largemouth bass. His
goals have always been to advance an enlightened public interest in the
outdoors, using all the elements including participation, invention,
and influence of public policy, education, and documentation in the form
of writing, photography, video, and public appearances.
"Bass Professor®" Doug Hannon expects a lot of changes ahead, including more restrictive size and bag limits.
More Regulations, Better Management
"Expect to see more regulations surrounding the sport of bass fishing in the future," predicts Doug Hannon, host of ESPN's "Bass Professor®" series. "This will start from the moment you arrive at the launch ramp, with government agencies such as the Corps of Engineers requiring a fee to launch your boat and/or use the lake. Lack of sufficient funding and the need to properly manage and maintain these facilities will demand that we bassers fork over some cash if we want to fish."
Hannon also looks for an overall tightening of fishing regulations. "When there aren't enough bass in our lakes to meet the demands of an ever-growing number of fishermen, expect bass size and bag limits to become much stricter than they are today. Most serious bass anglers will support such regulations because we're already practicing catch-and-release anyway, and we'll view new regulations as additional safeguards for the future of our sport. We've already seen where specific regulations for individual lakes can create dramatic improvements in bass quality and quantity -- look for more of the same in the future."
Bass will assume a more prominent focus in future state fisheries management programs, Hannon believes. "In the last three decades, we saw many fisheries agencies putting the lion's share of their budgets into stocking hybrids, stripers and other species, but angler surveys have told them that fishermen are more interested in catching bass than anything else. Therefore, expect to see more widespread bass stocking, along with a new emphasis on habitat restoration and enhancement. Bass will no longer be left to fend for themselves."