Friday, 30 October 2020
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Ray Sasser, Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame 2016

(music) [Ray Sasser] Beautiful day It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood

Let�s go catch a fish [Bubba Wood] And we won�t catch a thing today [Ray Sasser] Kind of a different day The wind�s blowing a little bit out of the, what, east, east wind? Well, we need to catch one here Bubba [Bubba] Got him? [Ray] Yep

(bell dings) [Bubba] What do you got? [Ray] Big fish [Bubba] Big fish? [Ray] Think so [Bubba] You got him Raymond? [Ray] Yep [Bubba Wood] Ray Sasser is absolutely the most influential outdoor writer and shaper of opinions on matters of conservation and the outdoors in Texas, but probably in the whole country [Ray] That is a beautiful fish

Look how pretty this fish is Bubba [Martin (MF) �Bubba� Wood] I can't tell you how many people tell me that when they get the Dallas Morning News on Thursday and Sunday, the first thing they do is look at Ray Sasser's column [Ray Sasser] How do you figure out all the stuff to write? Well there's a story everywhere you turn

All I got to do is turn my computer on and look at my emails and somebody will have a good suggestion for me There will be a good suggestion out there (music) [Ray] Thank you, thank you That was a thrill [Bubba] You caught him on a long cast didn�t you? [Ray] Yeah

Thank you buddy Appreciate it Let�s catch a bigger one Come on big girl Don�t want to hurt you, just want to dance a little bit

[Alan Haynes] I think the effect that sportswriters have over the decades is so beneficial to the sportsman and makes our sports safer and better There�s been many, many lives saved in Texas It's one of the greatest things that we have gotten from the sportswriters and Ray Sasser in particular (computer keyboard clicking) [Ray Sasser] You look at issues and you have an opportunity to influence people (computer keyboard clicking) [Ray] It's a powerful thing to be a newspaper like the Dallas Morning News

It is a great power and needs to be handled with great care (music) [Ray Sasser] Beautiful day It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood Let�s go catch a fish [Bubba Wood] And we won�t catch a thing today

[Ray Sasser] Kind of a different day The wind�s blowing a little bit out of the, what, east, east wind? Well, we need to catch one here Bubba [Bubba] Got him? [Ray] Yep (bell dings) [Bubba] What do you got? [Ray] Big fish [Bubba] Big fish? [Ray] Think so

[Bubba] You got him Raymond? [Ray] Yep [Bubba Wood] Ray Sasser is absolutely the most influential outdoor writer and shaper of opinions on matters of conservation and the outdoors in Texas, but probably in the whole country [Ray] That is a beautiful fish Look how pretty this fish is Bubba [Martin (M

F) �Bubba� Wood] I can't tell you how many people tell me that when they get the Dallas Morning News on Thursday and Sunday, the first thing they do is look at Ray Sasser's column [Ray Sasser] How do you figure out all the stuff to write? Well there's a story everywhere you turn All I got to do is turn my computer on and look at my emails and somebody will have a good suggestion for me There will be a good suggestion out there

(music) [Ray] Thank you, thank you That was a thrill [Bubba] You caught him on a long cast didn�t you? [Ray] Yeah Thank you buddy Appreciate it

Let�s catch a bigger one Come on big girl Don�t want to hurt you, just want to dance a little bit [Alan Haynes] I think the effect that sportswriters have over the decades is so beneficial to the sportsman and makes our sports safer and better There�s been many, many lives saved in Texas

It's one of the greatest things that we have gotten from the sportswriters and Ray Sasser in particular (computer keyboard clicking) [Ray Sasser] You look at issues and you have an opportunity to influence people (computer keyboard clicking) [Ray] It's a powerful thing to be a newspaper like the Dallas Morning News It is a great power and needs to be handled with great care (clock ticking) [Ray] There�s a wren

(birds chirping) [Ray] And I think I have influenced a lot of people, I hope it's been mostly for the good Occasionally I was wrong, and I admitted I was wrong (music) [Kathy Majers] You know, there were a lot of outdoor editors that would write about the men being in the outdoors hunting and fishing but they never really included the women that much Ray did (music) [Ray] You know, every time I've ever been evaluated, (laughs) by the editors that I work for, most of them don't understand anything at all about the outdoors

I just always explain to them I know you guys pay my salary and it is up to you whether I am here or not But I really work for the reader I am writing for my readers [Matt Williams] Whatever he felt was right, he didn't mind telling you And he stood up for what he thought was right

And was right for the people [Bubba] Ray has a moral compass that is absolutely true North at all times [Matt Williams] I don't want to start getting on Texas Parks and Wildlife but he would get on their butts if he thought they needed getting on to [Bubba] He has been the ultimate watchdog in Austin [Matt Williams] Ray Sasser was a hammer

He gets things done And people listen to Ray There's a lot of people, people have a lot of respect for Ray And I'm one of them [Ray Sasser] You gotta call them like you see them

And I have done that I have tried to call them like I see them I have made some enemies, particularly at Parks and Wildlife Parks and Wildlife is certainly not always right in what they do And yet they have done a good job overall, particularly for the fishermen of Texas

They've done a good job But they've stubbed their toes along the way too Oh golly (bell dings) [Bubba] Got him? [Ray] Yep I lost him

Alright Now we�re talking Got the bottom That�s a good fish That�s a four pounder probably

Way to go Bubba You�re the man today [Bubba] We�ll let Ray hold this if you want to [Ray] That�s funny [Bubba] Hey is that an alligator right there Ray? Is that an alligator? [Ray Sasser] I am just thankful to have lived during the time that I have lived

You know, my life is kind of, I think intertwined with what I consider to be the golden era of freshwater fishing in Texas It's just been a privilege to be able to do these things My career, it's like being paid to do my hobby And it's been a real privilege for me Here we go

Thank you Thank you Mr Fish [Bubba] That�s a nice one Ray You�re still way behind

[Ray] Yeah I�m way behind

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