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.

Ron Lindner

Ron Lindner

Inducted 2000

Over the years, Ron Lindner has become a world-famous sportfishing leader. He continues to fish avidly for all freshwater fish, averaging about 200 days a year on the water each year fishing both freshwater and saltwater and continues to explore the where, when, whys and hows of fish habits and behavior.

Among his current efforts, Ron is actively involved at Lindner Media Productions which specializes in producing educational fishing programs, educational DVDs, national TV commercials, product sales presentations, point of purchase product DVDs shown internationally in sporting goods stores, as well as providing underwater photography to the sport fishing industry.

In 2007, Ron and his brother Al were both inducted into the Normark Hall of Fame for the indelible mark their involvement has made on the history of Normark, the angling industry and for their instrumental contributions to the growth and longevity of Normark – perhaps best known to anglers as the distributors of Rapala, Storm, Blue Fox and other fine tackle companies.

Ron was inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as a Legendary Angler, and later enshrined into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and the Fishing Hall of Fame of Minnesota. He has received countless awards for his contribution to sportfishing and the sportfishing industry. Ron and Al Lindner, co-founders of In-Fisherman Magazine, were honored by the Minnesota Magazines and Publications Association and received the Hedley Donovan Award for their contributions to the Minnesota magazine industry.

In pursuing his dream, Ron has worn many hats —professional guide, tackle and equipment designer, inventor (3 patents and 30 unique designs to his credit), tackle manufacturer, professional tournament angler, promoter, writer, publisher, book author, television producer, radio host, professional tournament angler, internet host, and perhaps most importantly, an indefatigably curious fisherman and consummate innovator.

Ron’s work in angling theory includes co-authorship of 10 books. He also has written hundreds of published articles; produced thousands of radio and TV scripts; developed a comprehensive lake, river and reservoir identification classification system and a fish response calendar; and developed the famed F+L+P=S (Fish + Location + Presentation = Success) formula, described as the algebra of angling. His early scientific approach to the sport (along with other pioneers) provided the foundation, framework, and language for today’s modern sportfishing forum.

Al, Ron, James, Daniel and Bill Lindner are the creative forces behind Lindner Media and their wide variety of award-winning productions, and have a long and storied history in the fishing business. Ron and Al Lindner sold their stakes in Lindy Tackle in 1973, and in In-Fisherman in 1998. Today, they focus their efforts on Lindner Media Productions, whose client list includes some of the most respected names in the outdoor industry.

In association with Bill Lindner Photography (BLP), they market stunning outdoor photography to magazine publishers, advertising agencies and catalog houses. BLP’s photography has graced the cover of national publications including Outdoor Life, Saltwater Sportsman, Field & Stream, North American Fisherman, Bass West, Sports Fishing, In-Fisherman, and Florida Sportsman. BLP is also the primary sport fishing image source for Windigo Images – a large stock photo supplier of outdoor photographic material.