Hall of Famer returns to his Arkansas roots
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (January 7, 2020) – Mark Davis, a 2019 inductee into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame and still competing at the top levels of tournament fishing after over three decades as a full-time pro, has rejoined the Bass Cat Boats pro team.
In 1995 Davis became the first professional angler to win both the Bassmaster Angler of the Year title and the Bassmaster Classic trophy in the same year. He went on to win the Angler of the Year title twice more, along with four more B.A.S.S. victories and an FLW Tour tournament. In addition to 20 Bassmaster Classic appearances, he competed in three Forrest Wood Cups. Between those two circuits, he has totaled well over $2 million in winnings. In 2019 he moved to the Bass Pro Tour where he’ll continue to compete in 2020 and beyond.
“I started my career with Bass Cat and I owe the Pierce family a lot,” Davis said. “My wife Tilly and I recently went on a plant visit and it was like we’d never left. It’s great to be back.”
Photo circa 1997. Bass Cat President, Rick Pierce and Mark maintain a relationship that spans several decades.
Bass Cat President Rick Pierce stressed the Davis serves as an important link between the history of the sport and the younger generation of anglers rising today. “Mark has unimpeachable ethics and can tell a story just about better than anyone else on earth. He may have temporarily run another boat, but he never left the Bass Cat family and we hope he finishes out his career with us, no matter how long that lasts.”
This year Davis will run the 20’8” Lynx, a wide-bodied model that offers an incredible balance of performance and comfort.
“It’s very innovative and fits my style of fishing,” he said. “It’s a fairly new hull, and the layout suits me really well.”
Bass Cat Pro Staff Manager Kevin Short was thrilled to be able to add Davis back to the team.
“We have an incredible array of talents across all three major tours,” Short said. “To be able to add an angler of Mark’s caliber and accomplishments to the fold is a gift. He has always been one of those people that everyone looked up to as an example of what it means to be a professional angler on every level.”
About Bass Cat: Bass Cat, owned by Correct Craft, manufactures the industry’s premier bass fishing boats from its headquarters in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Family operated since its founding in 1971, Bass Cat is the longest continuously operating tournament bass boat company in the United States. For more information visit www.basscat.com.
About Correct Craft: Celebrating 95 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. Focused on “Making Life Better,” the Correct Craft family includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, SeaArk, Parker, and Bryant boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, Watershed Innovation and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com.