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Freshwater Fishing Hall Of Fame To Induct Six Legends In 2024

The International Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame will be inducting six individuals into its 2024 class. This recognition is bestowed on those who have spent a great share of their lives promoting, educating, and sharing their passion for freshwater fishing in a manner that positively impacts the sport for the millions of anglers around the world. There are many who love to fish, but few who can be considered Freshwater Fishing Hall of Famers.

Albert Gagliarducci – Massachusetts

Albert Gagliarducci’s first foray into making his own lures involved melting lead in a smelting pot in the backyard of his two-room rental apartment and pouring it into his hand-made plaster-of-paris molds. His first lure was the Shad Dart. The lures that followed the Shad Dart were Eel Tails, Needle Fish, Darters, Mambo Minnow, Floating Rattle Popper, Super Mack, Mr. Bunker, and the Tu Starts. In 1990, he began a Friday segment on the evening news with NBC affiliate WWLP, Springfield, MA., entitled Gone Fishing. Gagliarducci created over 700 episodes during that 11-year run. He has also been involved with many fishing organizations through sponsorships and promotions.

Tim Huffman – Arkansas

Tim Huffman has been educating fishermen for more than 35 years, giving them how-to information for catching crappies. His articles, columns and photos have appeared in many regional and national publications. He served 15-years as editor of Crappie Masters Tournament Trail Magazine and was co-founder and editor of CrappieNOW Magazine where he is currently senior writer. He has published nine books on crappie fishing and in 2022 Huffman was presented with the Wade Bourne Communicator of the Year award by the Legends of the Outdoors organization. 

Jerry Martin – Illinois

Jerry Martin has dedicated time, expertise, outreach, and resources to sharing the joy and value of fishing while protecting, growing, and promoting native freshwater habitats for the benefit of wildlife and people. Martin’s significant contributions include conserving diverse habitats and vital freshwater ecosystems throughout the Midwest. Martin is a life member of the National Fishing Lure Collector’s Club (NFLCC). According to NFLCC, “His articles on fly-rod lures provide the greatest and most authoritative source of fly-rod lure history, marketing and construction that exists today.”

Bill Murphy – California

From the late 1960’s through the mid 1990’s, no fisherman was more emblematic of the rise of big bass fishing in Southern California than “Lunker” Bill Murphy. During this span, his monthly contributions to the catch census on the San Diego city and county lakes following the introduction of Florida strain largemouth were remarkable. As those fish grew, so did Murphy’s reputation. Murphy pioneered a plastic worm technique called “stitching,” for which Lunker City Lure company adapted products in the 1990’s. His 1992 book, “In Pursuit of Giant Bass,” was co-written with Chicagoan Paul Prorok.

Dan Small – Wisconsin

Dan Small has written more than 1,000 articles for national and regional magazines. He served as editor of Wisconsin Outdoor News from 1993 to 1998, and as contributing editor from 1998 to the present. From 1984 to 2020, he hosted the weekly TV show Outdoor Wisconsin, which aired on PBS stations throughout the U.S. Since 2006, he has hosted and produced the weekly radio show, Outdoors Radio, which airs on 21 terrestrial stations in Wisconsin and Minnesota and is available on multiple podcast platforms. Small’s books include: 100 Wisconsin Fishing Trips (co-author, 1982), The Official Outdoor Wisconsin Cookbook (co-author, 1988), and Fish Wisconsin (1990, 1993). His articles, broadcasts and photos have won more than 300 awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers.

Roger Stegall – Mississippi

Roger Stegall is a full-time professional bass fishing guide from Iuka, Mississippi who was inducted into the Mississippi Outdoor Hall of Fame in 2019. He has more than 30 years experience guiding on Pickwick Lake, and is widely known for his prowess in catching smallmouth bass. Stegall’s dedication to his craft and his reputation make him a sought-after guide by serious fishermen from Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and beyond. He fishes more than 200 days each year and has seen many of his clients catch their personal best bass with him on Pickwick Lake.

The Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum is the international headquarters for education, recognition, and promotion of fresh water sportfishing. Its mission is to develop and maintain the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and its museum for the preservation and display of historical artifacts of fresh water sportfishing. The Hall strives to conduct and maintain a program for the recognition of persons, organizations and institutions that have made significant and lasting contributions to the sport and heritage of freshwater fishing. The Hall of Fame conducts and maintains a program for qualifying, compiling and publishing all fresh water sportfishing records. The Hall of Fame also maintains a library that disseminates information and acts as the clearing house for historical and contemporary publications for the freshwater sportfishing industry. The Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame institutes programs to foster, maintain and improve the environment for future generations through promotion and education. Visit its web site: www.freshwater-fishing.org

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