After years of fishing and achieving records Barry decided to pass some of his fishing information and techniques on to future generations. To this end, he created the Osborn Fishing company.
Barry has been interested in wildlife from an early age and continued this interest throughout his personal and professional career. Barry received a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology and a Master’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. He is an avid angler, and one of his major goals is to help others learn about the art of fishing. He has been recognized on state websites, in magazine articles, and by the Fox Southwest Outdoors television program.
Barry’s personal fishing record achievements are noteworthy. He has fished from coast to coast and achieved over 250 fishing records and awards using a variety of methods including handline fishing, fly fishing, rod and reel fishing, bowfishing, and Plnor fishing, a fishing technique that he developed. He has achieved catch and release records utilizing several different fishing methods. Barry was even awarded the Presidential Champion Award for his fishing activities.
As a member of the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) and the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame (FFHF), Barry has documented 18 world records, including an IGFA All-tackle World Record for a gulf toadfish.
Barry has had a major impact on the fishing record program in Texas. He was the second angler to achieve both a Texas Freshwater and Saltwater Elite Angler Award and has achieved more official Texas state records than any angler in history. As of September 2018, he personally holds 23% of all the freshwater official state records in the Other Methods category in Texas.
After the experience Barry gained from achieving records, he authored the book, The Art of Fishing for Records. This book covers a wide variety of record subjects including preparation, documentation, fishing methods, award programs, and secrets to success.
Family is very important to Barry, and he has always made family a priority in his life. He has been married to Karen, his high school sweetheart, for nearly 40 years. Barry is often seen fishing with his family while still taking time to teach other anglers about fishing.