About MBOA

Why Mr. Bass of Arkansas

In 1974 Porter Everett had a plan to bring a tournament series to Arkansas that would mimic the newly formed national tournament trail, “Bassmaster.” It was Porter’s desire to put into place a cutting edge series that would give the fishermen in Arkansas a platform to hone their competitive fishing skills so that one day they could make the jump to be ready and able to compete on the national pro level.

Mr. Bass of Arkansas Tournament Officials

It worked very well. Through the past 42 years the Mr. Bass of Arkansas Tournaments has been able to keep that inspiration alive and not only have many fishermen gone on to compete, but several have become World Champions. Here are a few of examples of these fishermen.

Doug Garrett – Bassmaster Mega Bucks Champion -1997 & 1998

George Cochran – Bass Master Champion -1987 & 1996

Eddie Waits – All American

Ron Shuffield – Touring Pro -17yrs.

Scott Rook – Bassmaster Legends -2006

Mike Wurm – Bassmaster Top 100 -1996

Scott Suggs – Forrest L. Wood Cup Champion -2007

Billy McCaghren – Bassmaster Rookie of the Year -2010

Kevin Short – Bassmaster Open Champion -2011

Keith Williams – FLW Tour Champion Kentucky Lake -2009

Mark Davis – Bassmaster Angler of the Year -1995, 1998 & 2001 and Bassmaster Classic Champion -1995

Sterling Williams – All American Champion -1998

Greg Hackney – FLW Angler of the Year -2005

Shawn Gordon – TBF National Champion “Living the dream package” & Forrest Wood Cup Qualifier

Zack King – TBF National Champion “Living the dream package” & Forrest Wood Cup Qualifier

Steven Browning – 3 time Bassmaster champion

Stetson Blaylock – 1 FLW Tour tournament win, 11 time Forrest Wood Cup Qualifier

Jeremiah Kindy – Forrest Wood Cup Qualifier

Mr. Bass of Arkansas Pros

These fishermen and our great sponsors have made the Mr. Bass of Arkansas Tournaments, the most prestigious trail in Arkansas. Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, Evinrude Outboards, AllStar Rods, Pflueger Reels, and many others have contributed to our 40 plus years of success.