Tuma selected for Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame

Plymouth, Minn. — “Tackle” Terry Tuma, aka “T3,” has been named an inductee to the 2017 Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame.

The Little Falls-based Minnesota Fishing Museum Hall of Fame will enshrine Tuma and other inductees in its 2017 class at the Northwest Sportshow in Minneapolis later this month. The hall selected Tuma and two other anglers, plus two Legendary organizations, for enshrinement because of their lasting impact on Minnesota freshwater fishing. Joining Tuma in the 2017 class are longtime fishing editor Doug Stange and professional walleye angler Perry Good. The Burger Brothers Sporting Goods and Clam Corporation will join the ranks of Legendary Organizations.

Based in the Brainerd lakes area, the Hall of Fame annually recognizes up to three individuals and two groups or organizations that have made a major impact on Minnesota’s sport fishing industry. Inductees must be a state resident, have lived in Minnesota for a minimum of 25 years, be at least 50 years of age, and have made meritorious contributions to the sport of fishing. Businesses and organizations may also be nominated, provided they are registered in Minnesota and have made similar noteworthy contributions to fishing. Nominations are accepted from the general public, and the list is reduced to the top 10 by current Hall members, after which finalists are voted on for induction.

A pioneer in the outdoors communications field, Tuma has brought the sport of fishing to the public through radio, television, articles, seminars, and now social media. Terry still draws crowds of upwards of 200 anglers, and with over 45 years of seminars it is estimated he has provided over 4,000 presentations. He will be hosting seminars at this year’s Northwest Sportshow.

Originally from Northfield, Minn., Tuma has been fishing since he could walk. Forty years ago, he took a pro-staff position with a fishing tackle manufacturer and began producing seminars and radio. Nearly 30 years ago, he turned fishing into a full-time career, and he went to work for Glenn Meyer at Outdoor News. Tuma has been featured on many television shows including Minnesota Bound and Due North Outdoors. Print media has also been a staple of Tuma’s expertise. He’s been featured in many major publications, including In-Fisherman, North American Fisherman, and Outdoor News. His contemporary fishing blog is a popular feature at www.outdoornews.com.

“Tuma is willing to teach people what he has learned about fishing, unlike many anglers,” said Outdoor News Publisher Glenn Meyer, who is proud to call him a friend and valuable asset to the newspaper. Tuma has been in advertising sales at Outdoor News since 1988. “One thing that Terry carries from his work through his fishing is his neatness and organization. If you have ever seen Tuma’s pickup, boat, garage and tackle box you’ll know what I’m talking about.”

Tuma, or “T3,” as he’s affectionately known, said he was surprised by the honor and appreciative of being nominated and selected. He and his wife Karen (Lundgren), a native of Little Falls, now live in the New Prague area. The Hayward, Wis.-based Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame also inducted Tuma into its pantheon of legends, back in 2013.

“I’ve always looked at fishing as a challenge, to figure out the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of finding fish rather than just focusing on catching fish,” Tuma said.

Tuma said his parents instilled a love of fishing and the outdoors at an early age. He’s also thankful for his wife’s help, a supporter of his angling and speaking pursuits. He’s passed on the joy of fishing to his sons, Travis and Troy, who have careers in the fishing industry.

The Hall will formally induct the 2017 class during a 9 a.m. ceremony on March 24 at the Millennium Hotel-Minneapolis during the Northwest Sportshow. For ticket information, visit www.fishinghalloffamemn.com.

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