New York Mills, Minn. (October 20, 2014)
There’s no denying it, being inaugurated into any hall of fame is the most prestigious honor for anyone who’s made a career out of what they love to do. In the fishing industry, induction into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame is the pinnacle of individual angling accomplishments.
With that said, please welcome 2015 Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame inductees Mike Gofron and Mark Martin. Both Lund pro-staffers have set records in walleye tournament-fishing history, and still work diligently to pass the passion of angling along to future generations.
Gofron, a resident of the Antioch, Ill., area, has been a pioneer in developing new techniques for catching fish in peculiar places since his first tournament, and Lund has been his boat of choice since 1996.
"I’m honored to even be considered, let alone inducted," says Gofron. "The dependability of a Lund boat to get me back into tight quarters, as well make 100-plus runs on big water have been crucial throughout my entire career," he stresses. "I’ve never had to worry about not making it back to the ramp. Never."
Today, Gofron exhibits how-to videos on tackle and boat rigging on his website, and teaches the public what he’s learned throughout his more than 60, top-10 finishes during his career, which include winning a Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) Championship, two Angler of the Year titles, a Top Gun and Sportsman of the Year honors.