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Buddy Bradley: 2006 Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


[music] ALBERT BRADLEY MUST
BE A MAGICIAN. WHEREVER HE CASTS HIS REEL
BASS SEEM TO MULTIPLY AND RACE TOWARD HIS BOAT. HE’S A MASTER IN THE
SPORT OF FISHING AND MANY SAY HIS EXPERTISE
STEMS FROM HIS UNDERSTANDING OF HOW BASS THINK,
ACT AND REACT. BUDDY, AS HIS FRIENDS CALL HIM STARTED FISHING WHEN
HE WAS FIVE YEARS OLD AND BY THE TIME HE WAS TEN HE AND HIS DAD FINISHED
CONSTRUCTION ON A 1,000 GALLON TANK SO HE COULD
CONDUCT BASS EXPERIMENTS. THIS BUDDING YOUNG SCIENTIST
STUDIED HOW BASS DETECT COLOR AND HE DEVELOPED TECHNIQUES
FOR NIGHT VERSUS DAY FISHING. But I found out also that you can
work on the condition response of the fish and make the fish, and trigger
the fish to strike when in reality he’s not hungry at all. So it’s more or less that through experience you develop a technique for finding the fish and
then you develop a technique for for finding what triggers
them to strike. BUT BUDDY HAD MORE
TO DO THAN FISH. HE GRADUATED WITH A
DEGREE IN BIOLOGY, MARRIED AND STARTED A FAMILY. HE TOOK A DESK JOB DURING
THE WEEK BUT WAS NEVER FAR FROM A LAKE. HE TAUGHT HIS FAMILY HOW
TO FISH AND SPENT NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS WORKING ON HIS
NEVER ENDING SCIENCE EXPERIMENT. HE NEVER CHOSE TO
FISH AS A PROFESSION BECAUSE HE SAYS IT’S
JUST NOT HIS PHILOSOPHY. Don’t be worried about
how many you catch or how big they are. Enjoy the sport. Enjoy the comradery that
you have out there. BUDDY’S FRIENDS SAY HE MAY
BE UNDERESTIMATING HIS COMPETITIVE SPIRIT. He’d go to lakes before they filled up, these man-made lakes and study the terrain,
the topography. He knew where he was going
to fish before there was any water in the lake. Buddy studied it more than
anyone else but Buddy also is as competitive. He’ll tell you
that he’s not but he’s as competitive as anyone that’s
ever played the game. DURING THE 60’S AND 70’S, BUDDY COULD BE FOUND
AT THE LOCAL FISHING STORE SPREADING FISHING
WORDS OF WISDOM. And Buddy was the absolute expert
of bass fishing at the time and I’m not talking about the city of
Dallas. I think he probably knew as much about it as
anybody in the United States. He’s just tuned into a different world. I mean if you sit and listen to him you
sit and listen to him in awe. But half the things he talks about
I can’t understand what he’s talking about. BUT ANYONE WHO HAS
TURNED PROFESSIONAL HAS PROBABLY LEARNED
SOME TRICKS FROM BUDDY. For 20 years, everybody fished the way Buddy
Bradley told them to do. And I mean that’s in
the state of Texas. And if they didn’t fish that way they didn’t win any tournaments. MOST SAY THE MAN SIMPLY KNOWS
HOW TO CATCH FISH ANYWHERE, ANYTIME. ON ONE PARTICULAR DAY,
HE REELED IN 161 FISH, AND BACK IN THE 50’S HE AND HIS PARTNER CAUGHT THE
LARGEST STRING OF BLACK BASS EVER CAUGHT BY TWO MEN
IN THE STATE OF TEXAS. BRADLEY’S SCIENTIFIC FINDINGS
ARE RECORDED IN A NUMBER OF BOOKS AND PERIODICALS. WELL AFTER HIS RETIREMENT HE CONTINUES TO FISH. HE STILL TRAVELS TO VARIOUS
BASS CLUBS AROUND THE COUNTRY TEACHING FANS HOW TO
LURE IN THE BIG ONES. He’s 100% teacher and he’s 100% angler cause if he
goes out there and they’re not biting his calculator all of a sudden
runs up another screen and he’s out there catching
them somewhere else. Buddy’s a very devout Christian and he and I are kind
of like the odd couple. About the worst word I ever
heard him say was ‘by golly.’ HE HOPES OTHERS WILL LEARN THAT
FISHING IS MORE THAN A SPORT. IT’S A WAY OF LIFE. I think because how much I
love it I feel like that other people could derive as, just a half as much as I get out
of it, it would be a thrill. To know that other people
said ‘I’ve got him’ and see that bass jump out of the
water and come into the boat, and water flying everywhere.
What in the world can a person ask for more
in sports than that? BUDDY BRADLEY’S FRIENDS SAY
THAT HIS LOVE OF SPORT AND SCIENCE HAVE MADE HIM A LEGEND. AND HIS LOVE OF SHARING
HIS KNOWLEDGE WILL INSPIRE FUTURE ANGLERS LONG
AFTER HE’S DONE FISHING. He’s probably the best sport
fisherman that the state of Texas has ever had. And he was a power fisherman.
He fished fast, he fished hard and he fished long and
he caught a lot of fish. [music]

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