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Randy Joe Heavin's fishing song a personal success

Retired master sergeant's tune part of ‘Songs from the Tackle Box' CD
by Ed Godfrey Published: June 1, 2013

An Oklahoma City bass tournament angler and songwriter doesn't think his fishing song will ever be a huge commercial success, but Randy Joe Heavin considers it a huge personal success.

“It's not going to make a million dollars, but it's going to be around,” said the 48-year-old retired Air Force master sergeant. “People will be playing it when I'm 80 years old.”

The song is part of a CD of fishing songs produced by Heavin's Patriot Records. Heavin wrote and performs “I Wanna Go Fishing” on the CD which also contains 13 songs from artists such as Texas' Jason Allen and Oklahoma's Ty England.

Half of the proceeds from the CD is donated to Recycled Fish, a nonprofit organization of anglers which promotes good stewardship of waters.

Heavin and Teeg Stouffer, executive director and founder of Recycled Fish, are good friends. They came up with the idea for the fishing CD called “Songs From The Tackle Box” more than two years ago as a way to raise money for the organization.

Heavin has written more than 100 songs over the last 15 years and “half-written” 500 more.

“My friends call me Half Song Heavin,” he said.

An Illinois native, the Air Force brought Heavin to Oklahoma in 1997 where he was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base. He retired in 2005 and began pursuing his two passions: making music and bass fishing.

“I planned to move to Nashville but there is something about this place,” Heavin said of Oklahoma. “I really like it here.”

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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