Murray brings fishing institute back to its roots


    Billy58 copyMountain Harbor Resort will play host to an advanced version of the Bass Fishing Institute  during the height of spring fishing season.
    The classes will be offered by Billy Murray and will feature four on the-water sessions. The sessions will be held April 18 through May 12 at Mountain Harbor Resort on Lake Ouachita.
    This school is designed and taught by Billy Murray. He will be teaching advanced bass fishing from A to Z. Billy’s twin brother, Bobby Murray, two-time Bassmaster Classic winner, along with other top fishing professionals, will make guest appearances. Students arrive on Monday and depart on Friday each week, fishing in the morning, attending classes in the afternoon, and ending in an evening wrap-up session.
    Murray returns to his roots as he brings the institute to Mountain Harbor, which was the site of the first Bass Fishing Institute in 1975.
    The Bass Fishing Institute grew to become the nation’s largest continuing educational program produced at Indiana State University beginning in 1979.
    Bass Fishing Institutes were held at 19 major universities throughout the U.S., as well as the 1982 Bassmaster Classic in Montgomery, Alabama. Over 30,000 students attended the two-day weekend schools from 1979 through 1984. Instructional staff included over 20 of the top professional bass fishermen in the country.
    Students received intense instruction from a minimum of 6 instructors at each university focused on teaching a working knowledge of how to locate and catch bass. Thousands of America’s men and women graduated from the rank of novice to knowledgeable angler, and youth were welcomed free of charge as well.  In 1981 the Bass Fishing Institute received one of seven Creative Programming Awards presented by the National University Continuing Education Association, an organization of 300 major universities. What an honor to receive this prestigious national award recognizing the excellence of the Bass Fishing Institutes.
    Registration is ongoing. Classes will be limited to 20 people per session, ensuring personal, hands-on instruction for each student. Registration fee is $395 per person, per session, plus room and board. Mountain Harbor Resort is partnering with Bass Fishing Institute and is offering special rates for both lodging and boat slip rentals for students.
    Participants can call the resort at (800) 832-2276 or (870) 867-2191 for special Bass Institute rates. For detailed school information and registration call Billy Murray at (501) 318-4748 or visit
    Billy Murray’s goal is to teach the serious angler the methods and techniques that will allow the fisherman to go fishing anywhere, and have the confidence to locate and catch fish in any body of water, under any conditions. The institute was founded for the fisherman. It is strictly a noncompetitive, educational organization, giving individuals access to the knowledge and methods top fishermen took years to acquire and develop. We know of no other place where a person can learn so much about the sport of bass fishing in such a short period of time than by attending our facility at Mountain Harbor Resort on Lake Ouachita in Arkansas.