Jim Saric's well-dserved induction into the Hall of Fame is coming, I just wish the giant of the muskie world was going into a place that didn't hold a debunked muskie catch as its key record.
The Deerfield man has one of the greatest resumes around Chicago fishing, maybe the greatest.
He teamed up to win the MWC tournament on the Illinois River in 1989, he was second in the Sturgeon Bay Bass Open in 1998. That just shows his versatility.
Muskies show his greatness. He has owned Musky Hunter, one of the great fishing magazines, since 1997. He caught 115 muskies measuring 50 inches or larger, the biggest a released 53-pounder. His The Musky Hunter televsion show almost annually collects Tellys.
On a personal level, I have fished with Saric on good days and bad days. Watched him boat multiple fish and do a television show on a nearby lake. He had the guts to try something different and fish with me to try to catch Illinois's first reported 40-pound muskie some years ago. We failed to hook or entice anything, but had quite a time.
He richly deserves going into the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame as a Legendary Angler.
My problem is that he is going into a Hall of Fame connected to a museum that continues to recognize Louie Spray's muskie as a record. That doesn't devalue Saric's worthiness, but it sure devalues the place where he is being recognized.
Saric is a Hall of Famer.
Congrats to one of the greats.
Here's the word from Musky Hunter:
JIM SARIC INDUCTED INTO FISHING HALL OF FAME
(Deerfield, IL, October 1, 2011) -Musky Hunter publisher and television host Jim Saric has been named a Legendary Angler and inducted into the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, the international headquarters for education, recognition and promotion of fresh water sportfishing.
"Jim is a tremendous ambassador for freshwater sportfishing and musky fishing," said the Hall's director, Emmett Brown. "He has promoted fresh water fishing in every way possible and demonstrated skills and developed techniques that few anglers have matched. His selection is in keeping with our criteria that the men and women inducted have made lasting and significant contributions to the world of freshwater sport fishing."
According to the Hall of Fame, Saric has stood out for years as an accomplished angler, teacher, innovator and leader in the advancement of freshwater fishing. As a tournament fisherman, Jim has won 7 major musky tournaments, the MWC walleye classic on the Illinois River in 1989, and placed second at the prestigious Sturgeon Bay Bass Open in 1998. Since becoming owner and publisher of Musky Hunter Magazine in 1997, Saric has devoted much of his time promoting and educating the public on musky fishing. He has boated more than 1,800 muskies, including 115 muskies measuring 50 inches or larger, with his biggest being a 53-pound released fish. Saric's highly acclaimed The Musky Hunter television show has won nine Telly Awards. The Telly's are to cable television as the Emmy's are to broadcast television.
Said Saric, "This is an incredible honor and a dream come true. Being inducted into the Hall of Fame validates so much of what I have strived to achieve. I am very fortunate to have the tremendous support of my family, friends and sponsor partners to make all of this possible."
Saric won his first musky tournament at age 20. He published his first article in Fishing Facts Magazine at 21, and began conducting seminars at 22 years old. To date, Saric has conducted more than 500 seminars across the U.S. and Canada; written cutting-edge articles in more than five well-known fishing publications; and, co-authored The Complete Guide to Musky Fishing. He plans to release a new book, titled, Muskies My Way in 2012. He taught on-the-water musky schools in the early 1980s with Hall of Famer Joe Bucher and now runs the University of Esox, a musky fishing school where more than 2,000 muskies have been boated by students from across the country.
Jim Saric has a Master's Degree in Hydrogeology and a Bachelor's Degree in Geology. He lives in Deerfield, Illinois, with his wife and family. With this induction, Jim joins previous inductees and fishing greats in the Hall of Fame such as like Babe Winkelman, Al Lindner, Spence Petros, Joe Bucher and Kevin VanDam.
For more information on the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, visit www.freshwater-fishing.org. For more information on Musky Hunter Magazine, visit www.muskyhunter.com; and, to get information on the 6th season of The Musky Hunter Television show, visit www.muskyhuntertv.com. Connect with Musky Hunter's Facebook page, follow Jim Saric's tweets, and watch excerpts of The Musky Hunter television show on its You Tube channel.