Last cast for WaveSpin inventor

The world of fishing lost a legend when Doug Hannon passed away recently while recovering from neck surgery. Known as “The Bass Professor,” Hannon was as at home in a fishing boat as he was at his shop where he designed countless innovations for fishermen. Hannon’s fishing resume includes over 800 bass caught and released weighing 10 pounds or more. Though his fishing days have ended, his inventions will undoubtedly live on for many more years.

It was Hannon who invented the weedless trolling motor blade nearly four decades ago. The design is still in use today. More recently Hannon designed and produced the WaveSpin and the MicroWave. The WaveSpin is a spinning reel engineered to eliminate tangles associated with spinning reels. The innovative design was called the “first significant advancement in spin fishing in more than 50 years” by Outdoor Life Magazine. Field & Stream Magazine awarded Hannon’s WaveSpin “Best of the Best.” The MicroWave is a revolutionary style of line guides said to eliminate line twist and add length to casts.

“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,” said Russ Riley, president of WaveSpin.

Hannon was inducted into the Freshwater Hall-of-Fame at Hayward, Wis., in 2000. He authored three books and hundreds of articles on bass fishing in addition to numerous television and fishing show appearances.

– Kim Fundingsland