The Bearded Viking – Al Lindner

Al Lindner hoists a mixed bag of largemouth bass and walleye. Photo September/October 1971issue of The Lunker Hole magazine.

Al Lindner hoists a mixed bag of largemouth bass and walleye. Photo September/October 1971issue of The Lunker Hole magazine.

We’ve written a number of pieces here that have either been about or have something to do with Al Lindner and the Lindner angling legacy. So excuse me for writing another. Personally, I don’t think you can ever write too much about someone who’s contributed so much to the sport.

What brought this piece about was an article I found recently in a 1971 issue of The Lunker Hole magazine – the magazine put out by the Bass Caster’s Association (BCA). As I turned the pages, I came across some pictures of a familiar face – that of Al Lindner’s. The title of the article, Bass Beard – The Viking, kind of made me chuckle a bit.

The accompanying photographs of Lindner show him in typical form – holding big bass and wearing polarized sunglasses.

The article, penned by Art Reid, introduces Lindner as one of the best walleye guides in the north. Then builds on that statement by quoting another person who said, “If Al Lindner isn’t the best all-around angler in the nation he soon will be.”

That last comment was probably true then and definitely holds true today. It’s hard to comprehend a better all-around angler than Al Lindner.

At this time, Lindner was a full-time guide in MN along with on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Texas – not to mention helping his brother Ron with running Lindy/Little Joe Tackle Company. Everywhere Al went, he caught fish and lots of them.

Reid’s article talks about Al’s methods of locating and catching fish consistently. The use of topographical maps to locate ledges, ridges and underwater humps, the use of depthfinders and back trolling to keep his baits in the strike zone longer.

The article also talks about a trip that Reid and The Lunker Hole staff took to Brainerd to fish with the Lindners on a number of different lakes. The results were nothing short of stellar with fish being caught at each venue with great consistency.

Overall, the article is a great look back into the early times of one ‘fishing’s’ biggest legends and we hope you enjoy reading it in full.

 

Bass Beard - The Viking page 1 from the September/October 1971 issue of The Lunker Hole magazine.

Bass Beard – The Viking page 1 from the September/October 1971 issue of The Lunker Hole magazine.

 

Bass Beard - The Viking page 2 from the September/October 1971 issue of The Lunker Hole magazine.

Bass Beard – The Viking page 2 from the September/October 1971 issue of The Lunker Hole magazine.

 

Bass Beard - The Viking page 3 from the September/October 1971 issue of The Lunker Hole magazine.

Bass Beard – The Viking page 3 from the September/October 1971 issue of The Lunker Hole magazine.

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  • Ralph Manns

    As the father of the In-Fisherman Magazine, Al deserves special merit. In the 1980-90s when he was owner/manager the magazine always exceeded 100 pages, sometimes going over 200 pages. It seemed he never refused to print any article likely to benefit his readers. Apparently, the mission of educating anglers was more important to Al than simple profit. Nowadays, fishing magazines owned by bean-counting managers provide far less information per issue.