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Heddon founder inducted into Bass Fishing Hall of Fame

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James Heddon will posthumously be inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame later this year.
↑ The BFHOF Class of 2020. Top row (from left): Bryan Kerchal and James Heddon. Bottom: Jay Yelas, Ron Lindner and Steve Bowman.

James Heddon, the inventor of the first wooden-bodied artificial lures that helped revolutionise bass fishing, is to be posthumously inducted into the US Bass Fishing Hall of Fame (BFHOF).

He is one of five making up the Class of 2020, who will be honoured at the Johnny Morris Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri, on Thursday, September 24th.

The others include two former Bassmaster winners – Jay Yelas and the late Bryan Kerchal – plus Steve Bowman, a noted figure in the bass fishing media, and angling educator Ron Lindner.

Many of the lures made by Heddon, who lived from 1845 to 1911, remain popular today, including the Zara Spook, River Runt, Meadow Mouse and Lucky 13. Heddon is owned by PRADCO-Fishing, one of the world’s largest lure suppliers and owner of many household name bait brands.

“We are thrilled to have such a diverse class of inductees this year, representing all corners of the sport that we love so much,” said John Mazurkiewicz, President of the BFHOF. “We are confident that the selection process implemented two years ago ensures that we will continue to induct the most deserving bass fishing innovators and pioneers from a broad pool of candidates.”

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