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Iowa woman credits grandpa for fishing; pro Tommy Biffle is next


KINGSPORT, Tenn. (July 28, 2016) - Shanna Aguirre learned to fish from her grandfather "Arnie" at an early age, but she is about to get another lesson in the sport from bass fishing legend Tommy Biffle.

Aguirre, 34, of Muscatine, Iowa, has the opportunity to fish with Biffle by winning the Old Timer Father's Day Sweepstakes Grand Prize that required submitting a story about a dad or granddad and his pocket knife.

The prize package, sponsored by knife manufacturer Taylor Brands and fishing tackle company Gene Larew Lures, consists of a fishing trip for four to travel to Oklahoma to fish with the pro angler on his home water Ft. Gibson Lake.

"This is unbelievable, it's a wonderful trip for me and my family," said Aguirre. "My husband and son go fishing a lot, so I'll be taking them and my dad as my guests on this trip. A visit to Oklahoma will be fun for us, and then the time with Tommy Biffle makes it something really special."

In her contest entry, Aguirre wrote that her late grandfather E. Lloyd "Arnie" Arnold was the type of grandpa "they write stories about." She recounted fishing with him mostly at Odell Lake in Oregon during her youth and said his pocket knife was a big part of her memories because he always had it handy.

Old Timer contest prize winner Shanna Aquirre and her father

Shanna Aguirre (left) plans to include her dad Thomas Arnold on the Old Timer Father's Day prize fishing trip to Oklahoma.

Old Timer contest prize winner Shanna Aquirre's grandpa

Old Timer contest prize winner Shanna Aquirre wrote that her grandpa "Arnie" Arnold shared his love of fishing and the outdoors with all in the family.

"Whether it was to cut a fish off a line, or to cut open a package, his knife was always the solution to our simple-to-complex problems. He was the stronghold of our family, and was someone everyone looked up to," she included in her writings.

Aguirre said her grandfather is responsible for the activity becoming part of her family's life. She knows they'll learn even more about how to catch bass from the Oklahoma pro angler they'll be visiting during the prize fishing trip.

Biffle has been fishing professionally for more than 30 years, winning more than $2 million in tournament earnings along the way. In B.A.S.S. events alone, he has weighed-in nearly 5 tons of bass, claimed seven first-place titles and finished in the money in 200 of the 311 tournaments he has entered. He's credited with having introduced two fishing techniques to the sport of bass fishing, pitching and bottom bugging.

Pro Tommy Biffle

Tommy Biffle has been fishing professionally for more than 30 years and is credited with introducing two techniques to the sport of bass fishing - pitching and bottom bugging.

"So if you're wondering if the 'Old Timer' contest was named after me or the famous knife brand, I'm saying it's the knife," quipped Biffle. "It's pretty neat having been chosen for this contest. Shanna, her family and I are going to have a good time fishing on Ft. Gibson. I can certainly relate to her story about family fishing memories."

The date for the fishing trip is yet to be determined. "We're excited to get the dates picked that work for everyone and head to Oklahoma," Aguirre said.

The Old Timer knife brand was introduced in 1958. Its original slogan, "Knives Like Grandad's" seems especially appropriate based on Aguirre's story. See the full story at www.GeneLarewLures.com.

For more information on Old Timer and all Taylor Brands products, visit www.TaylorBrandsLLC.com.

Old Timer pocket knife.

The Old Timer pocket knife dates back more than 55 years.


Shanna Aguirre Old Timer Contest Story

My grandfather "Arnie" was a fisherman - mostly at Odell Lake in Oregon. I remember his smell, the feel of his button-up shirts, his laugh, his sense of humor, and his pocket knife. When we would camp at the lake, or even at home during holidays, he would have his pocket knife on hand. Whether it was to cut a fish off a line, or to cut open a package, his knife was always the solution to our simple to complex problems. My grandpa Arnie was the type of grandpa they write stories about. He was the stronghold of our family, and was someone everyone looked up to. Grandpa would take us kids up to the lake and teach us everything he knew including his little WD-40 fishing secrets. I remember how his pocket knife looked to this day. He was the most amazing man and is so dearly missed.