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Jordan Rodriguez is the outdoor columnist for the Idaho Statesman. He has been fishing since he and his father took up the sport when Jordan was young. Some of his earliest memories, and favorite stories, involve a fishing pole and some excitement. Join Jordan on some of his favorite fishing adventures, and a journey through his early career as an avid angler.


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Halverson Lake

If Jordan could be out fishing at this moment, chances are, he's going to fish Halverson Lake.


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Bass eating blackbirds

Jim Schwartz remembers the big bass in his pond disrupting a black bird in the most unbelievable way.


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Craig Oyler - Don't bring a walleye rod to a laker fight

Craig Oyler is a multi-season/multi-species angler who travels across the midwest chasing the next big bite. Craig likes fishing for anything that swims, but Pactola lake trout are by far his favorite. This is one of his favorite stories about fishing with a friend and equipment not up to the task of hauling in a Black Hills laker.


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Craig Oyler - Legend of Waypoint 107

Craig Oyler is a multi-season/multi-species angler who travels across the midwest chasing the next big bite. Craig likes fishing for anything that swims, but Pactola lake trout are by far his favorite. He created some buzz in the fishing communities when he began referencing a "secret spot" as waypoint 107. Love everything about this story and the message behind it. Enjoy.


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Gregg Martin - Species bucket list

Gregg Martin is an angler, grandfather, birder, and avid gardener from Boise, ID. In 1985, he had an accident that took his ability to walk. Today, he dream of fishing for species on his bucket list.


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Gregg Martin - Largest wild trout

Gregg remembers the largest trout he caught in a tiny Idaho creek.


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Gregg Martin - Carp fishing and running

Gregg Martin is an angler, grandfather, birder, and avid gardener from Boise, ID. In 1985, he had an accident that took his ability to walk. While watering his glorious garden, he told me about why he loves carp fishing and why he misses his past dedications.


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It takes a family to catch a shark

Lillian Seiner tells a short story about fishing for shark in Hawaii proving that fishing stories need not be long or factual to be fun to listen to.


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Dad pranks Dad

Paul tells the story about Curt's dad pranking his dad while fishing down at Westbend in South Dakota.


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Joey Plunkett - Favorite fish and biggest

Joey loves fishing and talks about his most favorite fish to catch and the story behind the biggest fish he's landed to date.


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Joey Plunkett - Bucket list locations and losing a big bucketmouth

Joey talks about his dream fishing locations before I hook a giant bucketmouth on my flyrod.


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Unexpected Personal Best Walleye

Joey Plunkett and Bob Landberg went searching for walleyes in South Dakota, only to find that Joey's personal best walleye was waiting in an unexpected spot on the way home.


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Fishing Lessons and Defining Success

Joey talks about what fishing has taught him before sharing his perception of what it means to be successful on the water


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Combat Jigs

Joey Plunkett partners with Kyle Scoletta to make and distribute soft plastic lures. They use the proceeds to give back to combat veterans.


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Becoming a Multi-species angler

Joey has enjoyed targeting multiple species of fish since moving to Nebraska from Mississippi. Holmes Lake has become one of his go-to spots. A small body of water in the middle of Lincoln. Great fishing opportunities abound.


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South Dakota's state record walleye

Georgine Chytka was fishing with her son one November day in 1975 when she landed a fish that many thought would never be landed in South Dakota...A new state record walleye.


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Larry Myhre & Gary Howey - Fishing with Wives

Gary and Larry have had some great adventures together. But the reason they can take those adventures is because their families are so understanding and open to the lifestyle. It helps that they take their wives along for a fishing adventure once-in-a-while.


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Gary Howey and Larry Myhre - Chasing Catfish in Canada

One of the best fishing trips these two ever ha was coming out of Lake of the Woods and looking to burn an extra two days. They found a favorite catfish hole that later produced a big walleye bite.


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Walleye of a lifetime

Buddy Seiner is the founder of Fish Stories. This is the story about the largest walleye he has ever caught, and the fight he had later with his conscience. Recorded on his smartphone to prove that it can be done by anyone.


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Fishing Ice Lake

Jim Mollison describes his first time fishing high-country water known as Ice Lake, and the unusual experience they had there.


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Hitchhiking with a bag of fish

Doug Seiner told a story about hitchhiking home with a big bag of carp. Momma Sally was not impressed.


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Nate Gloria - Kayak fishing dream

Nate Gloria's young career as a kayak tournament angler is on the rise. He won angler of the year of his local club, and tells a story here about his journey to qualifying for the 2019 world championships in Australia! Wise beyond his years.


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Randy Tambke - We Be Crankin for Catfish

Randy Tambke is a catfish hunter and tournament angler from Lincoln, NE. A fluke day of fishing resulting in a big catfish created a life of experimentation and dedication to wiskered water lovers of all types. He knows how to catch catfish and helps others do it through the We B Crankin' Guide Service. You can find out more at www.facebook.com/webcrankinguideservice/.


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The real story about Eelpout festival

**Use headphones for this one, Ken was a soft talker** In 1978 Kenneth Virgil Bresley moved to the small town of Walker, MN and opened up a small bait and tackle shop. Pretty soon, he and a partner had a hair-brained idea for bringing people to the community in the dead of winter. Nobody else was doing it, and it was just crazy enough that it might work. The international Eelpout Festival is still going strong today, responsible for increasing the population of Walker from 2,000 to 10,000 for 3-4 days. This is how the festival was started and some stories about Ken's participation throughout the years.


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Largest fish in the Olson family

Daniel Olson tell the story about his younger sister landing the largest fish the Olson family had ever caught.


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Peter Olson - My biggest walleye

Peter Olson remembers the largest walleye he caught while on a family fishing vacation in Minnesota.


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Daniel Olson - Biggest fish folly

Daniel Olson talks about the largest fish he's ever caught, and how his dad messed up on the net job.


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Bruce Condello - Managing big gills

Bruce Condello is a dentist and avid angler from Lincoln, NE. He has polished his skills in pond management over the years and knows what it takes to grow big gills. If you're skeptical, check out his site at www.bigbluegill.com. You'll be amazed by some of the photographs.


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Bruce Condello - Why Bluegills are important

Bluegills are a favorite fish of many, but they are also the first fish for many who have taken up outdoor recreation activities. Bruce Condello knows how important they are.


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Bruce Condello's favorite fishing story

Surprisingly, Bruce Condello's favorite fishing story does not revolve around a bluegill. It's a toothy critter that he has spent a lot of time chasing.


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Daryl Bauer - The fish of a few casts

**Warning** This story may trigger some of your muskie anglers who have trouble catching big fish.


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Daryl Bauer - Prized brook trout

Daryle has many proud moments, but one of his favorite fish is a special brook trout in northwest Nebraska.


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Daryl Bauer - Full Interview

Daryl Bauer is a biologist with the Nebraska Game and Parks. He is a self-proclaimed "one trick pony" and is proud of knowing a lot about fishing. We had a great chat in Lincoln, Nebraska in a dungeon -like room of the Lancaster events center.


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Breaking the Ice

Jordan reads a story from one of his columns about determination on the ice and how it paid off for him and one of his buds on Henry's Lake in eastern Idaho.


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Andy Moore - Crappies, walleyes, bass, kayaks catch and release

Andy Moore is an artist and kayak angler from Lincoln, Nebraska. He has been fishing for over 50 years and has accumulated some amazing fishing stories. His most famous (or infamous) is about a big crappie that Andy never thought he would see. Many others fill this interview along with some good laughs. Enjoy the conversation!


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Andy Moore - Quest for 19 inch crappie

Andy spent 25 years searching for a 19 inch crappie to call his own catch. When it happened, he almost wished it hadn't. A great lesson in social media and how it can impact a person's life.


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Andy Moore - Gull Lake Walleye caught and released

Nobody could believe the size of the fish that Andy pulled out of Gull Lake in northern Minnesota. Even more unbelievable to everyone was what Andy did with it after he caught it!


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Scott Mackenthun - Labor Day Muskie Madness

Scott Mackenthun is a Fisheries Biologist and outdoor communicator from New Prague, MN. He has had some great fishing experiences out on the water, but when asked to tell his favorite, he talked about a Labor Day trip with his parents in 2018. You won't believe what happened!


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Scott Mackenthun - Full interview from St. Paul Ice Fishing Show

Scott Mackenthun is a Fisheries Biologist and outdoor communicator from New Prague, MN. He took time out of his day to chat with me about his career in the fishing industry, some of the people who have helped him along the way, and advice for the next generation of fishing enthusiasts.


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Tony Mariotti - Lost muskie and smallmouth playing dead

Tony is an angler & outdoor educator from the heart of Minnesota lakes country. He tells a crazy story about muskie fishing on Lake of the Woods. You just can't make this stuff up!


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Tony Mariotti - Full Interview

Tony is an angler & outdoor educator from the heart of Minnesota lakes country. He sat down to chat about his fishing career, mentors, favorite fishing stories and much more at the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show in 2018.


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Bars and Bears

Bob Landberg is an 83 year old angler from North Platte, NE who loves to fish. He's had some epic adventures over the years, and has the photos to prove it. We dusted off some of those rusty old photos and shared some of his memories from out on the water. Salmon, walleye, battles won, and battles lost.


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Poor Fish Ranch

Jim and Martha Schwartz own the Poor Fish Ranch in western Idaho. It is an oasis in the middle of and Idaho countryside. Hospitality, creativity, passion, and fish now fill a property that was once a wasteland of weeds and cheat grass. Music (In order of appearance): "Etude" by Ondrosik "Rotisserie Graveyard" by Doctor Turtle "J'ai toujours prefere le gris" by Monplaisir "Even When We Fall" by Phillip Weigl


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Catfish in the bathtub

Joyce Frasier remembers catching a big fish when she was young. Her pride prompted Joyce to bring her catch home to show it off to the family.


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Big Smallie and Big Cat

Dominick and his brother Miles tell some cool stories about fishing with their dad. They have been spoiled as young anglers, that's for sure!


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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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Brandon and Wes conversation at 2017 Ice Institute

Brandon and Wes are new fishing buddies who have a mutual respect for each other. They talked a bit about becoming friends and fishing at the Ice Institute


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My 8 lb rainbow

Recorded Live at the 2017 Ice Institute. Dalton remembers his 8 lb rainbow trout caught in Pierre, SD.


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5 Stages of Sportsmen

Stan Wright describes the 5 stages of sporting enthusiasts in emphatic fashion.


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Best Fisherman in Nebraska

Bob Landberg talks about his pick for the best fisherman in Nebraska. Neil Smith.


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Paul Nester - Catching a stringer of walleyes

Paul Nester is the managing editor of Midwest Hunting & Fishing Magazine. He tells a story about fall fishing on Lake Poinsett with his brother-in-law while in college. Some people have caught big fish, but how many people have done this!?


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Losing and catching a Devil's Lake Northern

Shawn and family friend Jeff were on a fishing adventure in North Dakota when the unbelievable happened. They had to work together to catch a fish that had almost bested them all.


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Catching Dad's Walleye

Jarret was fishing with his dad early one morning when the unexpected happened.


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Fishing Leased Land

Jim Mollison and some of his fishing buddies fished leased land in Colorado. They found big fish, and big stories.


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Mike Dvorak - Story about a Cuttie

Mike Dvorak has a lot of amazing stories. Some of them are even about fishing. Mike used to dream about catching big cutthroat trout when fishing backcountry lakes with his dad. Many years later, his dream would become reality.


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Mike Dvorak - Full Interview

Mike Dvorak is a professional photographer and angler from Minnesota. He has travelled the world shooting for Fly Fishing Magazines, The NY Times, Outdoor/Conservation publications, book publishers, and others. We talked fishing, but we also talked about some of the adventures that makes Mike such an interesting person. His life, like the lives of many anglers, holds so much more than just fish.


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Stephen Wisner - That's Muskies

Stephen Wisner is the owner and guide for Eau Claire Anglers in Wisconsin. He loves hunting for muskies and smallmouth with his clients. But he has learned that this game is not for everyone.


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Stephen Wisner - Finding New Fishing spots

Stephen Wisner is the owner and guide for Eau Claire Anglers in Wisconsin. He likes to explore new waters whenever possible. He believes that experience to be sacred in angling, and one people should be able to experience on their own.


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Stephen Wisner - The Magic Muskie Tree

Stephen Wisner is the owner and guide for Eau Claire Anglers in Wisconsin. One year he was given a gift by Mother Nature. He only used the magic of the gift for good, and reaped its rewards.


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Mike Dvorak - Catching a Royal Wulf

Mike Dvorak is a professional photographer and part-time fishing guide in Minneapolis, MN. He has more adventure stories than most. One of his favorite fishing stories involves a trip to Canada with some new good friends.


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