I'm quite proud to hear the news that a good friend of mine, Todd Gessner is getting into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. Todd is being inducted this coming January as a Legendary Guide. Here is what an excerpt from the press relase that came out announcing the nomination...
"Elected for 2011 Legendary Guide
Considered are persons who have gained by their expertise and professionalism, a status of credibility and immortality judged so by their customers and/or their peers.
Todd Gessner - Illinois
Todd Gessner has been a crappie fishing guide for nearly 30 years on Rend Lake in southern Illinois. He also guides for crappies and other species of fish in many other southern Illinois lakes such as Lake of Egypt, Kinkaid and more. Gessner's passion for fishing goes beyond guiding. Todd is a well respected seminar speaker and enjoys teaching people how to catch crappie. During his seminars he puts emphasis on getting young people involved in fishing, as he truly believes that the future in fishing is with the youth of today. Todd has also devoted his life to the improvement of the crappie fishery at Rend Lake by working the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in the construction and placement of artificial habitat for crappie. Over the years he has helped place dozens upon dozens of habitat structures in Rend Lake."
I've hunted and fished with Todd for many years. He is without a doubt a Legendary Guide. He a patient and consderate guide for sure. It's of not matter if you're fishing for Crappie or hunting for ducks, Todd always puts you in the best position to be successful. He'll teach you how to fish and hunt. He'll educate you on fishing and hunting gear. And with special attention to youthful anglers and seniors, Todd will get the kdis hooked on the outdoors and make every moment special for the seniors.
I feel that it's only appropriate that I share with you some photos that I've taken of Todd. Let's call it a photo essay of Todd's life as a Legendary Guide.
Todd guides in southern Illinois most of the year, but spends his summers guiding in the northwoods of Wisconsin out of the Wildcat Lodge. To reach Todd, visit his website at www.ToddGessnerOutdoors.com. Book a trip with him and see for yourself that he is truly deserving to receive this honor of being inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame..