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Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame 2009

Paul Hinton View Hinton video

Hinton is the Texas founder and director of East Texas Get Hooked on Fishing, Not Drugs. Following retirement from the insurance industry, Hinton began a new career as an outdoor writer and educator. He introduced thousands of children to fishing while partnering with TPWD to also teach boating, water safety and fish identification. His home became a warehouse for supplies, and his life revolved around putting on events to get kids fishing — all without pay.

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