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Jim Duckworth's grandson now makes fishing videos

Logan Sandlin, shown here at age nine with his grandfather Jim Duckworth, is now 16 and following in his footsteps by producing fishing videos. LARRY WOODY

While many teenagers are playing games and watching videos, Logan Sandlin is busy making his own.

They are instructional fishing videos, and he learned from a master – his late grandfather, Jim Duckworth.

“I learned by watching him,” says 16-year-old Logan, who started his fishing video project this spring. “When I was about four, he took me fishing and we spent a lot of time on the water together over the years. He's my inspiration.”

Duckworth died last year at his home in the municipality of Rome, halfway between Lebanon and Carthage. He was a well-known fishing guide, certified diver, boat builder, fishing equipment salesman, collector of historic lures, author and seminar speaker.

Over the decades, he also made dozens of fishing videos offering tips and techniques for catching virtually any freshwater fish. The videos were available at outdoor stores, fishing shows and by mail, and were collected over the years by anglers across the state.

“I've watched every single one of them,” says Logan. “It's interesting to see what his first films were and how far they've progressed.”

Lures, equipment and techniques are constantly evolving, creating a steady market for updated instructional videos. The use of electronics, for example, was virtually unheard of when Duckworth made his first video; today they are a staple on almost every boat.

Duckworth took pride in shooting his videos on public waters that were open to all fishermen. He relied on the guidance of his friend Bill Dance and purchased his first video camera from Jimmy Holt, who hosted the longest-running outdoor TV show in Middle Tennessee.

“Bill and Jimmy taught me how to make videos,” Duckworth said. “I learned everything from them – including an outgoing personality that people can relate to.”

Now his grandson has taken over the camera and is gathering footage for his first video about bass fishing on the Cumberland River. He got off to a slow start.

“As soon as my buddy James Harris and I got on the water and started filming, the camera died,” says Logan. “I started with a blunder.”

He recharged his batteries, returned and resumed fishing and filming. That's the fun part. The work begins when he starts editing hours of video and audio footage and assembling them into a 30 or 40 minute final product that's ready to market.

He should be good at it because he learned it from one of the best – his grandfather.