Tuma selected for Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame

Terry Tuma “T3,” has been named an inductee to the 2013 Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. His wife Karen (Lundgren), is a native of Little Falls.

The Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame based in Hayward, Wis., has announced that Minnesota’s own “Tackle” Terry Tuma has been named an inductee of the Hall’s 2013 class. On Aug. 13-15, the Hall’s Awards Committee met in Hayward and selected Tuma and 15 other anglers for 2013 enshrinement because of their lasting national and world impact on freshwater fishing.

Tuma is married to Karen (Lundgren), a native of Little Falls, who graduated with the Little Falls class of 1960.

The 11-member committee selected Tuma for induction as a Legendary Communicator for his 40-year career in the fishing industry. To qualify, inductees must have developed a unique communication means or avenue, which was instrumental in introducing fishing to the public or in maintaining public interest or awareness of the sport.

Born in Northfield, Tuma has been fishing since he could walk. Forty years ago, he took a pro-staff position with a fishing tackle manufacturer and began doing seminars and radio. Twenty-five 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 and currently can be seen on Minnesota Bound and Due North Outdoors. Print media has also been a staple of Tuma’s expertise. He’s has been featured in many major publications including In-Fisherman, North American Fisherman, and Outdoor News.

“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,” Meyer said.

“Terry’s passion for fishing is self-evident,” said fellow Hall of Fame Legendary Communicator Ron Schara, who nominated Tuma.

“Nobody does more fish talk than he does, and he’s good at it, speaking like a true Minnesotan with the famed Minnesota accent,” Schara said.

Tuma, or “T3,” as he’s affectionately known, said he was surprised by the honor and appreciative of being nominated and selected.

“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 2013 class during a March ceremony at the Northwest Sportshow in the Minneapolis Convention Center.