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Misadventures on the Ice

Curt and Paul remember an ice fishing trip when paul went for an unexpected ride in a portable ice shack.


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USA Ice Team: Part 2

USA Ice Team is on their way to Kazakhstan to compete in the World Ice Fishing Championships. This story takes off right where Part 1 left off. If you haven't listened to that yet, please do that first. We learn more about this sport and the guys who represent our country overseas.


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Losing a phone, catching a marmooska in Kazakhstan

Ranel Kommits is one of the top ranked ice anglers in Estonia. He was competing in his first ever World Ice Fishing Championships this year (2018) in Kazakhstan. We had some time to chat while he was catching big bream during the final official practice day to hear about Ranel's ice fishing career and some stories from the championship.


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Anthony Rodriguez - Finding WIFC

Anthony Rodriguez is a fishing guide from Michigan and USA Ice Team veteran. He told me about how he came to find the WIFC and what it was like to get into this unique sport. Photo Courtesy: USA Ice Team


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USA Ice Team: Day 1

After recovering from a 27 hour journey to the other side of the planet, USA Ice Team prepares for the World Ice Fishing Championships in Kazakhstan. Nick Schertz talks about his ideal scenario coming into an event that the United States has never medaled in overseas.


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USA Ice Team: Part 1

USA Ice Team consists of a group of guys who compete at the World Ice Fishing Championships. This is the olympics of ice fishing. USA Ice Team has never medaled overseas, but will be trying again this March when they travel to Kazakhstan. Fish Stories will document their trip and help tell their story along the way. This is the beginning of their 2018 pursuit of gold and fishing fame.


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Second place is the first loser

Anthony tells a story about fishing a South Dakota Ice Fishing tourney with Chad Schaub...and a little drama.


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Why I Hate Ice Fishing

Mitch remembers one of his earliest ice fishing memories that may have fueled a bit of disdain for the sport today. Dean Nachtigal and Jack Tisdale working smarter, not harder, to have a fun day on the ice.


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Remembering Jane Goeschel

Roger Goeschel found the love of his life when he met Jane. Not only was she smart and beautiful, but she shared many of the same interests and Roger. He remembers her fondly.


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Tackle Terry Tuma

Terry Tuma, one of the most recognizable fishing aficionados in the state of Minnesota, talks about how he got his nickname, what he loves about fishing, and a few of his favorite fishing stories.


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75 years fishing and counting

Mark Liesener took a time-out from helping his son sell Big Bite ice houses to chat about his fishing career. It's still going strong.


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Bucket Hoodie

Like many of us, Shawn Miller is a bucket fisherman. He likes to store things in his bucket for easy access and storage. He was tired, however, of stuff always getting wet/dusty, falling out, or being difficult to carry. So, he made a few improvements to the everyday bucket.


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Intro to HT and the Gruhl Family

Tom Gruenwald is an outdoor journalist, fishing educator, published author, and television show host. He is also the marketing/sales manager for HT Enterprises, Inc. He gave up some floor time at the 2017 St. Paul Ice Fishing Show to talk about his intro to HT and the family that made it all possible.


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Minnesota Darkhouse & Angling Association

Roger Goeschel helped create the Minnesota Darkhouse & Angling Association, and is still an active member and advocate for the sport today.


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Hook Line and Threader

Ashley Veglahn owns Hook Line and Threader, an innovative product made in the USA that keeps your bait alive and attached to your setup. Listen to Ashely talk about how this concept came to be.


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Reaching into the ice hole for a walleye

Melissa recorded a story live at the 2017 Ice Institute about her love of ice fishing and her boyfriend's act of fishing heroism.


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Kamikaze Perch

Kassie recorded a story at the 2017 Ice Institute about a small dam with crazy perch.


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A big walleye and good conversation

John Schulte and his 33 day old son Brayton sit down to tell a few stories and answer a few questions at the 2017 Ice Institute in Sioux Falls, SD.


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Don't mess with your buddy

Dave Hunter talked to us at the 2017 Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Festival. He shared some wise words about keeping karma on your side.


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Mike's maps

Mike Reiley is an angler from Huron, SD. He picked up a fishing map one day, and noticed a few things missing. So he decided to make his own.


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Team Bang-Bang

Johnathan and Brady talk about their strategy going into the 2017 Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza and how their team name came to be.


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The gift of ice fishing extravaganza

Megan and her mother Donna talk about their strategy for the 2017 Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza.


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Alaska Bushman in Brainerd

The one and only Alaska Bushman was walking around the 2017 Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza raising money for Alaska's Healing Hearts. He gave us a few minutes of his time to chat.


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Losing a pike in the boundary waters

Kevin was the only angler in a group of friends on an adventure in the Boundary Waters. Fishing was difficult, and Kevin remembers trying to catch dinner for the group, and not having the best luck.


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Riding the colonel to gravy town

**BE ADVISED, THIS STORY CONTAINS LANGUAGE THAT MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR YOUNGER LISTENERS. ** Lifelong friends Tom and John talk about their friendship while fishing in the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza. They were having a good time.


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Silver Creek Reservoir

**BE ADVISED: THIS STORY CONTAINS DESCRIPTIONS OF EVENTS AND LANGUAGE THAT MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR YOUNG LISTENERS** Friends Tom and John talk about their adventure on Silver Creek Reservoir


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Crazy hats at the Jaycees

Chad Christian has been fishing the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza for 10 years. The tradition that his father created is a strong one.


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Donkey Brothers

John and Greg have always been close brothers and have called each other donkey since watching Grizzly Adams on television. The tradition continues to the ice in an unusual way.


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Fish dance for luck

While time was running out on the 2017 Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza, Jim went to his go-to fish dance to drum up some action.


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Let's Go Fishing at Jaycees

Chuck is a volunteer for Let's Go Fishing, a charitable organization focused on giving great fishing opportunities to veterans an the elderly. He told us a little bit about what they do, and added his secret to catching more fish on the ice.


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Sunday Family at the Jaycees

The Sunday family has a long tradition of coming to the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza. They've even won in the past. But the most important thing to them is having a good time with family.


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WOW at the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza

The Women on Water (WOW) group has been getting together for 20+ years. They've been fishing at the Ice Fishing Extravaganza for 10, and this is the third year for bra pong. Every year gets better and better for them!


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