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Who were some of your early heroes? Guys who you admired most? Mine are Billy Westmoreland and fellow Missourian Guido Hibdon.When I started out I read all I could find on these guys. Both had an easy going down home style I could relate to. Who are some of your early favorites?

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Who were some of your early heroes? Guys who you admired most? Mine are Billy Westmoreland and fellow Missourian Guido Hibdon.When I started out I read all I could find on these guys. Both had an easy going down home style I could relate to. Who are some of your early favorites?

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Virgil Ward was the earliest . I watched his show whenever I could .

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Bill Dance.  It was the only fishing show on up here in the north that I knew of.  

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6 minutes ago, scaleface said:

Virgil Ward was the earliest . I watched his show whenever I could .

+1

 

"Gone fishin' instead of just a-wishin'"

 

And in the pre-cable days, Curt Gowdy did some fishing segments on Wide World of Sports once in a while.  We were starved for fishing shows back then...

 

Tight lines,

Bob

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1 minute ago, desmobob said:

+1

 

"Gone fishin' instead of just a-wishin'"

 

And in the pre-cable days, Curt Gowdy did some fishing segments on Wide World of Sports once in a while.  We were starved for fishing shows back then...

 

Tight lines,

Bob

Maybe you mean American Sportsman? Either way it brings back a lot of memories.

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4 minutes ago, desmobob said:

Curt Gowdy did some fishing segments on Wide World of Sports

I forgot all about that .

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My early hero wasn't famous. My dad was my inspiration. He's been gone a long time and I've lived my life trying to make sure he was always proud of me. 

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7 minutes ago, jbmaine said:

Maybe you mean American Sportsman? Either way it brings back a lot of memories.

You are correct.  I always think of WWoS when I think of Gowdy, but the fishing segments were on American Sportsman.

 

Later on, I really liked the In-Fisherman TV shows, too.  I still like to watch and read the stuff the Lindners and their gang produce.

 

Tight lines,

Bob

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The duo of Homer Circle and Glenn Lau.   OK, Glenn Lau wasn't exactly a fisherman, but his videos sure inspired me.

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Here's mine 

1965: Spend the entire summer working on my uncle's charter fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico and learned how to locate deep water structure.

 

1972: Started bass fishing seriously on Toledo Bend at my father-in-law's camp on White's Point in the mouth of Lowe's Creek.

 

1974: Joined two bass clubs whose members included John Torian, John Hall, John Dean, Villis P "Bo" Dowden SR, Harold Allen, Larry Nixon, Tommy Martin, & Zell Roland all guides at Toledo Bend's Pendleton Harbor Marina. Ray Scott would latter come up with the "The Hemphill Gang" moniker arguably the most successful group of professional bass anglers to ever emerge from one small region of the nation.

 

1976: Attended a seminar in Houston Texas that totally changed my outlook on bass fishing. The man putting on that seminar was Elwood L. " Buck" Perry, not only did I buy his books but I became a devout student of his teachings. I took what Buck taught about deep structure fishing and applied it to Toledo Bend. Not only did the quantity of bass I caught go up but so did quality.

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36 minutes ago, scaleface said:

Virgil Ward was the earliest . I watched his show whenever I could .

In my formative years (for fishing, anyway), Virgil was THE man.  I loved it at the end of the program when he swam a jig or worm (or whatever) in his aquarium.  

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My two angler inspirations were Al Linder & Billy Westmoreland. Al is a master angler for multi species through out the US & Canada. Billy was picked because of his smallie dominance. 

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My uncle Eddy who passed a couple weeks ago.

we were inseparable since 1965

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Larry Dahlberg. His DVD series, 'Hunt for Big Fish', inspired me to want to fish internationally and to dream big. His adventures around the globe gives me daily motivation to work hard in my career to set me up for that freedom when I'm older. Taking care of my family is #1 daily motivation, but what I just mentioned is right behind! 

 

He has answered fishing-related questions directly for me in the past and is one of the most humble anglers around. Not only a skilled fishing tackle developer, but extremely versatile with a fly rod and bait-caster.  The Whopper Plopper really made him famous, but I was an avid fan years before he went mainstream. 

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Anyone remember Gadabout Gaddis?

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Catt,  you were surrounded by some of the best!

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Thanks for all these answers guys. Brings back memories for me. I got to meet Guido at the kc sportshow years ago. When I asked him about his finesse fishing he was quick to give credit to other people first. He chuckled and said " son we been fishing this way for a long time" its nothing new.

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2 hours ago, Bruce424 said:

Definitely Hank parker and bill dance.

This ^^^^ and also the funny guy Jimmy Houston.

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3 hours ago, jbmaine said:

Anyone remember Gadabout Gaddis?

Never heard of him . So I googled it .

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first, my dad who got me started with this obsession.Then Bill Dance,Jimmy Houston and Rick Clunn.watched him win the Classic on Toho when I was a kid. 

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3 hours ago, Dorado said:

Larry Dahlberg. His DVD series, 'Hunt for Big Fish', inspired me to want to fish internationally and to dream big. His adventures around the globe gives me daily motivation to work hard in my career to set me up for that freedom when I'm older. Taking care of my family is #1 daily motivation, but what I just mentioned is right behind! 

 

He has answered fishing-related questions directly for me in the past and is one of the most humble anglers around. Not only a skilled fishing tackle developer, but extremely versatile with a fly rod and bait-caster.  The Whopper Plopper really made him famous, but I was an avid fan years before he went mainstream. 

When I fly fished for bass the Dahlberg diver was my go to.

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My dad is #1!!   Tv wise Jerry mckinnis.   I watched bill dance also but that guy is a sellout.  He would put his name on a piece of **** and try to sell it to you.  

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