Former Good Fishing TV host files for bankruptcy
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Babe Winkelman, host of the nationally syndicated US show, Good Fishing, for 40 years, has filed for bankruptcy.
According to court documents, Babe (Donald) Winkelman and his wife, Kristeen, owe money on mortgages for their properties, as well as taxes, balances on credit cards and other debts.
The documents reveal that Babe Winkelman Productions grossed $185,240 in 2019, but that the business owes $402,280 in trade payables.
Winkelman (70) told the court they have around £1.4m in assets, and liabilities of more than $800,000.
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Winkelman grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota, began guiding aged 16 and was fishing tournaments by 1970. He began a full-time media career five years later.
He filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy and a hearing is scheduled for May 18.