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Bagley Book Signing Slated for July 19-21 in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Thursday, July 12, 2012
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WINTER HAVEN, FL – Jim Bagley, founder and original president of Bagley’s Better Baits that originated in Winter Haven, Fla., was encouraged to write a book about his life and business by his wife Vera. He started the book shortly before his death during the 50th anniversary year of his company, and his widow Vera has completed the book. It is titled Bagley Tale: More Than a Fish Story, and is now available on and

“Quite a lively catch,” said Bill Chestnut of the Winter Haven News Chief, in Florida.

“I laughed, and I cried, and really enjoyed it,” said Johnny Garland (Bagley Fanatic) and author of Bagley Collector’s Guide.

The next book signing will be held July 19 to 21, 2012, at the National Fishing Lure Collector Club Show at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, 120 West Jefferson Blvd, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

A memoriam is given in the book by Homer Circle, angling editor of Sports Afield magazine, former president of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and former prominent television host affectionately called “Uncle Homer.” Former employees contribute stories about life at the business and the origin of the business. Friends contribute funny stories and stories of Bagley’s creative mind. Learn about times with golfers Johnny Miller and Andy Bean. Oh and who could forget the story of the trip to the White House to visit George H. W. Bush, Sr. himself.

Deserted by his father at just two years old, Bagley was motivated by his mom to achieve greatness. He never let life get him down as he endured hardship, pain of war and family challenges. Enjoy stories of fun times with buddies and celebrities, stories of adventure, great love of country and the South.

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