Growing up on Kokomo’s north end, Louie Stout always had a strong penchant for the outdoors. Even stronger was his passion of sharing those exploits with others. I can remember as a child, listening in awe as he would tell others about his trips fishing local streams and lakes.
That was nearly 50 years ago. I won’t mention he was my first baseball coach at Northside Little League when I was only half a dozen years old. He hates when I bring that up in my usual sarcastic reference to his age.
In all honesty, to say I admire and respect Stout is an understatement. He has achieved what few others have and Kokomo should be proud of its native son. Stout and his wife, Deb, currently reside on a small lake in Southwest Michigan, yet make frequent trips back home to visit family and friends.
Earlier this month, Stout was honored with one of the highest awards bestowed upon any outdoor journalist. At the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) annual tackle trade show, held at Nevada’s Las Vegas Convention Center, Stout was presented with the prestigious Homer Circle Fishing Communicator award.
This national award recognizes the journalist who exemplifies the spirit, dedication, extraordinary talent and commitment to mentoring the next generation of outdoor communicators, as did legendary outdoor journalist Homer Circle during his storied career. The award was presented during the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades Show (ICAST) sponsored by ASA. The huge event was co-sponsored by the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA). Even more prestigious is the fact this award is presented as deemed appropriate, not necessarily annually.
“It goes without saying that I wouldn’t be here were it not for the likes of many who took me under their wing,” Stout said humbly. “Not surprisingly, Homer Circle was one of them. As he did with so many others, Homer invested in me and encouraged me to pursue my dreams of becoming a full-time outdoors writer. I would call him for advice and his insight was always enlightening.”