Mike Folkestad, the first three-time U.S. Open winner and iconic California bass angler, has been inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame for 2013. The induction ceremony will take place Feb. 24 in Tulsa, Oklahoma during the week of the Bassmasters Classic.
Folkestad, who cut his teeth with the Pisces Bass Club on the San Diego City Lakes and then broadened his scope to include tournament angling all across the country, has set the standard for sonar use and structure fishing success among tournament pros.
The official press release of the BFHOF noted Folkestad fished the “Bassmaster Invitationals in the late 1980s and later fished the Top 100s in the early ’90s. Folkestad’s accomplishments in the West are vast and unmatched. He’s a three-time WON Bass U.S. Open champion with back-to-back victories in 2001-02.
“He holds major titles in all western circuits including WON Bass, EverStart, Western Bass, B.A.S.S., West Coast Bass and US Bass. He’s fished one Bassmaster Classic and one Forrest Wood Cup. He holds the Bassmaster Invitational record for lowest winning weight, which he set at the Harris Chain in 1992 with a total weight of 14-10. In March 2010 he set a new Lake Havasu all-time one-day weight record of 26.63 pounds.”
Ironically, Darrell Lowrance, former President and CEO of the electronics leader (equipment used by Folkestad throughout his career) was also inducted into the 2013 class as was the late Jack Wingate, an avid angler/educator and long-time owner of Wingate’s Lunker Lodge on Lake Seminole.
Folkestad, 71, joins Dee Thomas of flippin’ fame (inducted in 2007) as the only Californians inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall.
9 Responses to “Folkestad to enter Bass Fishing Hall of Fame”
Congratulations, Mike! You truly deserve this honor!
Very deserving for the “Legend”. Congrats Mike!
What a great way to cap off an outstanding career.
There’s no one more deserving.
Way to go Mikey Mike!! My only Question is what took them so long to realize what a legend you truly are to the sport of Bass fishing and why you were not inducted earlier.Again Congrats to Mike, It makes me proud to say I am friends with the nicest and definitely one of the best all around bass pros to come out of the west coast.
Regionally Mike’s long, long career has been the standard of so many fishermen of the period, competing successfully on all the western tours. But extending himself to fish in other parts of the country and winning in a unique fashion likely put him over the top in the eyes of the Hall voters. When Mike returns from his next tournament stop on Lake Mead, I’ll try to post an in-depth interview with this Hall of Famer.
Congratulations Mike! Well deserved!!!
Congratulations Mike! Still going strong!!!!
Really great guy and he deserves it. glad to see this. Tight lines, Steve
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