Al (Lindy) Lindner 1970

Photo June, 1970 Fishing Facts magazine.

Photo June, 1970 Fishing Facts magazine.

Recently I was scanning through an old 1970 fishing facts magazine looking for ideas to write about and came across this picture of Al Lindner. At the time “Lindy” was guiding on lakes in Minnesota and Texas as well as running Lindy Tackle with his brother Ron.

We’ve discussed this before, the relationship between the Lindners, George Pazik and Bill Binkelman, and how it changed the face of fishing forever. The group took the knowledge of the past, expanded on it and printed it in a much more reader-friendly manner. They also developed their own techniques, tactics and procedures for locating and catching bass.

Anyway, this picture, taken from the June, 1970 issue of Fishing Facts, shows Al Linder with his clients and a nice string of largemouths taken from an unmentioned body of water. Interesting to note that Lindner was the only one pictured wearing sunglasses – undoubtedly polarized sunglasses. The Lindners were some of the first to espouse the benefits of polarized sunglasses in fishing.

Another interesting note here is the Lindy Tackle Company address shown at the bottom makes no reference to Ray-O-Vac – the company that bought the Lindners in the early 70s.

The Lindners have always been staunch supporters of embracing and following change – be it a change in seasonal patterns or even daily fish patterns. But the Lindners aren’t just ones to preach – they practice it, and not just in fishing.

The Lindners have and still contribute some of the most educational information found anywhere. Back in the beginning it was through periodicals such as Fishing Facts and then In-Fisherman. Later they added voice (In-Fisherman Radio) and video (In-Fisherman TV) and now Lindner’s Angling Edge can be seen on TV and the internet through Facebook and YouTube. Their ability to embrace change has not only helped them grow in the industry but helped many of us grow in our pursuit of bass.

  • Chad T. Keogh

    I grew up reading In-Fisherman and watching the TV show. I was shocked when they left the company, but glad that Lindner’s Angling Edge came along right afterwards. We all owe a lot to the Lindner’s for helping us become more “IN” fishermen.