Does the name Jim Wentworth ring a bell? It probably does for most of the avid fishing people around these parts and beyond.

Jim Wentworth has been the go-to guy for most of the anglers in the area for many, many years. He is more than likely the most knowledgeable fishing electronics mind in the world. OK, there may be someone somewhere who might argue that, but I bet he has worked on more marine electronics than anyone. He's a machine.

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But he's retiring - at least he's having retirement party. I have a feeling he may have a little Brett Favre in him, so we will just have to see what happens.

I would like to thank Jim for being an awesome help to me and so many other fishermen in the area. He would drop about anything to get a person back on the water and he also realized that the guides and tournament fishermen couldn't go long without getting their "stuff" fixed. I am sure he has made a little coin in his day because of us fishermen, but if it weren't for him, we would have been so out of luck and so out of work so many times. There just aren't too many folks around who can do what he did for as long as he did it and with such knowledge and vigor.

He's the guy who calls you "son" and gives big hugs. Now you know who I'm talking about?

I am pretty sure that Andy Kratochvil is going to step right in where Jim left off (minus the hugs, I hope), but Andy may wish he had a computer for all the answers Jim had from his decades of experience.

Andy will be good and there are some other good electronics minds around town, such as Gerald Sandberg at Nisswa Marine. Gerald has rigged four of my boats and has always been great to work with and very knowledgeable.

It takes a special person to work on marine electronics and I want to say thanks again, Jim, for all of the "sons", hugs, "tunes" and for getting me back on the water so I could troll again and look for those walleyes that I love so much. God bless you, Jim, and enjoy your years of retirement.

WALLEYEDAN Eigen may be reached at (218) 839-5598, walleyedan@brainerd. com or