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Earl Golding passed away at 81

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I know hes in Tx, but hes was known all over the Midwest for his writings about fishing and hunting as well in the fishing tourneys..And from his work in tx many other fishand hunting columns adapted his ways too.

WACO — Earl Golding, whose hunting and fishing columns for the Waco Tribune-Herald inspired the Texas State Bass Tournament, has died. He was 81.

His death on Sunday was confirmed Tuesday by a funeral home.

Golding began his career at the Tribune-Herald as a sports reporter in 1949. A year later he began covering the outdoors beat, including Texas' growing hunting and fishing scenes, the newspaper said.

In 1955, Golding came up with the idea for a newspaper-sponsored fishing tournament to determine the best bass fisherman in the state. The event became the Texas State Bass Tournament, and Golding was inducted into the tournament's hall of fame in 1998.

In the early 1970s, his hunting and fishing columns began running seven days a week in the Tribune-Herald, an arrangement that lasted for nearly 20 years. He retired in 1999 after 50 years at the newspaper, although he continued on a part-time basis writing a Sunday column for several more years.

Friends and former colleagues praised Golding as engaging and humorous.

"Everyone he met was a friend," former Tribune-Herald sports reporter Hollis Biddle said. "If you knew him five minutes, it was like you both grew up together."

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