Outdoors TV Host Remembers Late Fishing Guide

Posted at: 01/29/2013 4:27 PM
Updated at: 01/29/2013 10:14 PM
By: Laurie Stribling

The Bayfield community and fishing industry is mourning the loss of a well-known fishing guide who died after falling into Lake Superior. A benefit is being held Tuesday night at the Stagenorth Theater in Washburn to raise money for the family.

Jim Hudson died Saturday after falling through the ice near Madeline Island on Lake Superior. The day before, he was out fishing with Sportsman's Notebook Host Butch Furtman.

"At the end of the day, I shook his hand, and the next day I was just shocked when I found out that Jim was gone," Furtman said.

Furtman and Hudson have been fishing buddies for about a decade.

"I've known Jim Hudson for quite a few years now," Furtman said. "I had all the respect in the world for him."

Furtman said Hudson had many friends in the Bayfield area, but his death is also a big loss for the fishing industry.

"The industry themselves won't forget Jim," Furtman said. "He was really well known by everybody in the Midwest here."

Hudson's story also serves as a cautionary tale for anglers in the area.

"It's a wake up call for everybody," Furtman said. "You can't take a second off when your thinking about the safety factor."

At the benefit Tuesday night, there will be a potluck, silent auction and multiple musical performances.

Hudson's funeral is set for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Bayfield Pavilion. Visitation hours will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you want to donate to the family online, click here.