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Haynes Honored by Hall of Fame
Alan Haynes of Tyler, retail sporting goods entrepreneur and lifelong sportsman, will be inducted into the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame at the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest at Lake Fork in May.
“There are few people who have made as big of an impact on Texas fishing as Alan Haynes,” said Dan Kessler, TFF Hall of Fame committee chair. “For more than 45 years he has demonstrated through his professional work and personal contributions to our community a commitment to promoting fishing and the conservation of our natural resources.”
In the 1970s, Haynes founded The Sportster Inc. in Tyler, a fishing tackle and outdoor sports store. Haynes’ forward-thinking and innovation as a fishing tackle retailer brought new products to Texas anglers along with educational opportunities to learn from world-renowned experts.
Haynes devoted a significant amount of time and effort as a co-founder of the Tyler Woods and Waters Club, now the East Texas Woods and Waters Foundation, an organization that helps fund and promote outdoors-related activities. In addition to helping to develop the Tyler Nature Center, the foundation opened public fishing access in the Neches River, provides youth and family fishing access to Tyler-area urban fishing lakes and recently installed a disability-accessible fishing pier at Tyler’s Faulkner Park.
Haynes also served as a leader on several boards and committees with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.