Those We Honor

You’ll find more than just fishing celebrities in this list. One can make a significant impact
on the lives of many without ever being well known. It is important to honor all of
those who had a great influence on the great sport of fishing, whether famous or not.
Corporate advances tend to be much more visible to us. For it’s their products that
shape the evolution of the sport of fishing.

James Lindner

James Lindner

Inducted 2012

Growing up in the world of sport fishing, James Lindner has fished and filmed from the Arctic Circle to South American jungles; from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast, and every state in between. As a multi-species fisherman, James has few equals and his prowess in the world of musky fishing is legendary.

James is the son and nephew, respectively, of Ron and Al Lindner. He lives for fishing, and leaves little time for non-fishing activities. His passion has earned him recognition as one of the best fishermen, directors and producers in the outdoor industry.

In 2008, James was inducted into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame as a Legendary Communicator for his outstanding achievements in the realm of sport fishing. In 2003, he was also honored as the Rapala Angler of the Year in appreciation for his professional manner, passion and his promotion of fishing to others. His examples and limitless efforts to expose anglers to the wide world of Rapala are an honor to Lauri Rapala’s legacy.

If anyone has literally cut his teeth on the handle of a fishing rod, then James surely has. Traveling with Ron and Al on their many filming trips, James (at the age of 10) was Al’s boat partner in the first television segment Al ever made. Following in the family tradition, James served his apprenticeship as a guide starting at age 14. His guiding business was well-booked every summer through his teenage years. Later in college, he spent his summers guiding at a Canadian camp as well as filming with Al and Ron at In-Fisherman.

In 1981, James (just a few credits shy of a major in Journalism and a minor in Aquatic Biology) took responsibility for the entire In-Fisherman TV and video production department. He has been filming, producing, directing, script writing, editing and hosting television shows ever since. He and his production team’s successful formula has resulted in more awards than any fishing television show produced in the history of outdoor programming.

Today, James is Executive Director of Lindner Media Productions, which specializes in producing educational fishing programs, educational DVDs, national TV commercials, product sales presentations, point-of-purchase product DVDs, and trademark underwater footage and photography utilized by the sport fishing industry. Al, Ron, James, Daniel and Bill Lindner are the creative forces behind Lindner Media and their wide variety of award-winning productions. Together they have a long and vivid history in the fishing business. James is also the co-host of Angling Edge Television and oversees work on the FLW Tournament Series.

A top grade tournament bass fisherman in his own right, James has dominated the Canadian-American smallmouth bass circuit, with multiple first place wins on the KBI and FFBC. He also has wins and high finishes in many other events, both in freshwater and saltwater. Each year James Lindner accepts a limited, yet highly-attended series of speaking engagements.


  1. Great analogy Jerry. It has to be a tikcle down effect.I’ll never forget the time I taught my son how to fish a worm. He was around 6 or 7. Up till then mainly live bait, or me handing my rod to him to real a fish in.I knew a small lake that had a bunch of fish that was close to the bank, easy to cast to and all you had to do was get the worm close and you would feel the TIC. After catching close to 50 small bass he was ready.Now he’s 19 and even though teenage years have got in the way, he’s a fisherman though and though. Damn good one to boot:) BTW, taught my last wife the same way Keep up the work, we’ll do our part!Danny

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