Plymouth, Minn. — “Tackle” Terry Tuma, Outdoor News staffer and a member of the National Freshwater and Minnesota fishing halls of fame, headlined honorees last week during the St. Paul Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show.
The show formally dedicated this year’s 25th anniversary event to Tuma, who’s been a featured seminar speaker at the show since its inception in 1992.
Tuma was among several individuals and businesses honored for promoting the annual consumer sport show while helping to expand the sport of ice fishing.
“Tuma has been incredibly generous by donating his time to promote our event at every opportunity,” organizers said. “Every year, our customers travel near and far to listen to Terry’s latest techniques that will help them master the sport of ice fishing.”
Vilma Fraguada, show staffer, cited Tuma’s educational seminars and efforts in promoting the show to media outlets “every chance you got” as keys to the show’s success.
GS Media and Events produces the show at the RiverCentre in St. Paul. On Thursday, Nov. 30, the evening before the show opened, staff hosted an awards reception filled with ice-angling pros and industry dignitaries.
Originally from Northfield, Minn., Tuma, or “T3” as he’s affectionately known in the fishing industry, remains one of the country’s most prolific fishing communicators. More than 40 years ago, Tuma took a pro-staff position with a fishing tackle manufacturer and began producing seminars and calling into radio shows.
In 1987, he took his part-time program and turned it into a full-time career working for Glenn Meyer at Outdoor News. He quickly became a regular speaker on the Twin Cities and Upper Midwest fishing circuit, and he 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, and he’s been featured in many major publications, including In-Fisherman, North American Fisherman, and Outdoor News.
Today, Tuma’s fishing blog appears regularly at www.outdoornews.com. He and his wife, Karen, live in the Montgomery area. They have two grown sons, Travis and Troy, and four grandchildren.
In addition, the show introduced a group of companies into its Ice Fishing Hall of Fame, including Outdoor News. Company President Rob Drieslein thanked the GS Media and Events for the recognition and another great show in 2017
“The St. Paul Ice Fishing Show consistently ranks as one of the highlights of our year at Outdoor News,” Drieslein said. “We’re honored to be included in the hall and thankful for the great award our friend and coworker ‘Tackle’ Terry received from this class organization.”