Industry mourns longtime fishing show host

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Complications from recent neck surgery were believed to be a factor in the death of fishing tackle inventor, angling authority, author and longtime TV host Doug Hannon.

An icon in the sportfishing world known as the “Bass Professor,” Hannon, 66, had a unique expertise in a range of design skills and academic subjects in and outside angling. He died Thursday at his home in Keystone, a north Tampa, Fla., suburb.

Hannon recently had neck surgery and was recovering at home, said friend Russ Riley, a family spokesman and president of WaveSpin/MicroWave, a fishing components design company Hannon launched eight years ago, and which he served as its chief engineer, according to a press release announcing Hannon’s passing.

Hannon, who was best known by recreational anglers for catching and releasing more than 800 largemouth bass of 10 or more pounds, also had nearly 20 patents for numerous fishing tackle, lures and boating propulsion designs.

“He was deeply analytical and had an exceptional ability to visualize and solve complex issues, especially when it came to fishing tackle, lures and components geared to helping anglers enjoy the sport,” Riley said. “You could instantly see and feel his passion when he was showing anglers at fishing shows his engineering designs in use such as casting and catching fish. He absolutely loved the sport.”

Details of burial plans are still pending.

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