Time flies when you’re having fun. It’s been a real pleasure keeping tabs on the heartbeat of Texas bass fishing for more than three decades now. Perhaps the biggest highlight has been seeing the dreams of so many anglers come true, thanks in large part to the efforts and tenacity of the late Bob Kemp.
Kemp headed up the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s inland fisheries division in the 1960s and early 1970s. He died in December 1986, but his legacy lives on in chapters of Texas big bass lore that continue to unfold.
Kemp was a visionary who had a heavy hand in making Texas bass fishing the monster it is today. The way the story goes, he went against the grain to help push the process along.
It started with a hunch that Florida-strain bass would get fat and sassy in the mild Texas climate. With a wealth of big, new lakes being constructed around the state at the time, Kemp saw a grand opportunity to take Texas bass fishing to the next level by introducing fish genetically…