By Associated Press - Sunday, July 26, 2015

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) - A Devils Lake man who was recently inducted into the North Dakota Fishing Hall of Fame credits his father with helping to spark his love of fishing.

Al Freidig, 54, was inducted into the hall of fame in Garrison this month after he was nominated by fishing partner Clint DeVier, the Devils Lake Journal ( ) reported. Freidig recalls fishing with his father as early as age 5, and knows the first fish he ever caught was a northern pike on Cavanaugh Lake.

Freidig, who was born in Webster, often would fish with his father as he was growing up. Freidig said he’s thankful he can now pass along his love of fishing to his two children.

“I learned long ago from my dad that you get out of something what you put into it. If you don’t like something, change it. He taught me to have a good, strong work ethic,” Freidig said.

Freidig and his wife, Robin, own a real estate business in Devils Lake, where he works 50 to 60 hours a week and keeps himself involved in the community, he said.

The newspaper reported that Freidig’s work ethic also is indicative of the amount of sponsors who work with him. He currently has six sponsors, all of whom sell products he uses and believes in, he said.

His 24-year-old son, Chase, is already following in his professional fishing footsteps and has sponsors of his own.

Freidig said his son’s desire to continue the family’s father-son tradition is one of the “coolest things.”


Information from: Devils Lake Journal,

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