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Fishing Big Sauk Lake with Big D

Darrel Carlson has become a fanatic about fishing Sauk Lake at Big Sauk Resort in central Minnesota. He and I chatted while trolling for anything that would bite one hot July day in 2017.


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Catching Crappies with a 2 year old

Grayson and his dad Buddy fished in Big Saux lake one cool Memorial Day morning in 2018. They caught Grayson’s first crappie, and a few others that morning.


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Todd Heitkamp - The DA Family

Todd Heitkamp is a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He is also the proud owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD. He gave us a backstage pass to his fishing career in this conversation. We talked about his passion for fishing and where it comes from, some of the challenges that exist for the "mom and pop" tackle shops, and his proudest moment as an angler.


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Fishing in the classroom

Jason Durham owns Go Fish! Guide Service out of Park Rapids, MN. He shares some stories about how fishing is used in his Kindergarten classroom.


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Jason Durham's first guide trip

Jason Durham owns Go Fish! Guide Service out of Park Rapids, MN. He talks about the first guide trip that he took when he was a young man.


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Hook in the hand...and the pants

Jason Durham owns Go Fish! Guide Service out of Park Rapids, MN. He's never been hooked as a fishing guide, but tells about a time when things did not go right for one of his clients.


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Singing in the boat and fishing happy

Jason Durham owns Go Fish! Guide Service out of Park Rapids, MN. He has customized his boat with six speakers because music is a big part of his life. It will sometimes even make it out on the water with him. He talks about his favorite anglers to have in the boat and how to stay happy while fishing.


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Fishing with Chief Justice

Jason Durham owns Go Fish! Guide Service out of Park Rapids, MN. He remembers one of his favorite memories fishing with a chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court and getting a great story out of the day.


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Jason Durham - Paying it forward

Jason Durham owns Go Fish! Guide Service out of Nevis, MN. He has a lot of experience in the fishing world, and has some great advice for anyone interested in making the world a better place.


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Charlie Moore - Getting Grounded

Charlie Moore spent many years as a professional angler. When the industry began to get the best of him, he decided to get back to what was truly important in his life.


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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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Olson boys - Favorite fishing partners

Daniel and Peter Olson have had the opportunity to fish with many influential anglers during their young careers. They talk about their favorite people to fish with in this quick story.


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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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Fishing the Wildside

Chip Leer is a professional outdoor communicator and educator from Walker, MN. His passion for fishing and the great outdoors is something that we can all strive to achieve. This episode will definitely help you become a more passionate and successful angler.   Music:  Jason Shaw - "Mountain Sun" Josh Woodward - "I Will Not Let You Down"


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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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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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Scott Mackenthun - Working with fish

Scott Mackenthun is a Fisheries Biologist and outdoor communicator from New Prague, MN. His work in fisheries has him feeling fulfilled and passionate, and conveys that very well through his words. Here is how he got into it.


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Ray Peterson - Augers that work in the cold

This story is too good to miss! Ray Peterson is a legend in the ice fishing world. After purchasing Strikemaster in the early 1990's, he's helped them become an industry leader in the ice fishing community. He talks about an important partnership with the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Festival that allowed the Strikemaster brand to shine.


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Scott Mackenthun - Education

Scott Mackenthun is a Fisheries Biologist and outdoor communicator from New Prague, MN. He talks about the importance of teaching and our responsibility to pass on what we've learned.


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Scott Mackenthun - Advice and Lessons Learned

Scott Mackenthun is a Fisheries Biologist and outdoor communicator from New Prague, MN. He has some great advice for the next generation of aspiring fish biologists.


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Scott Mackenthun - The Oylers and HOH

Scott Mackenthun is a Fisheries Biologist and outdoor communicator from New Prague, MN. He is passionate about education, and talks about an experience with special people and a special program that altered his world view.


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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 - Proudest Moment in Fishing

Scott Mackenthun is a Fisheries Biologist and outdoor communicator from New Prague, MN. He's a humble guy, but still can talk about the great opportunities he has had on and off the water. Time to get inspired people!


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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 - Hardwired to fish

Tony is an angler & outdoor educator from the heart of Minnesota lakes country. His passion for fishing, he believes, is hardwired into his DNA.


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Tony Mariotti - Family Fishing Cabin legacies

Tony is an angler & outdoor educator from the heart of Minnesota lakes country. He remembers with fond reverence the days of fishing at the cabin in Canada with friends and family.


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Tony Mariotti - Back into Fishing

Tony is an angler & outdoor educator from the heart of Minnesota lakes country. He left the fishing community for a while, and looks back on how he got back into it and what that has meant to him.


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Tony Mariotti - Experiences with Friends

Tony is an angler & outdoor educator from the heart of Minnesota lakes country. He talks about the importance of friends, and how his fishing buddies have helped create special memories.


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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 - Falling out of a canoe on fishing opener

Tony is an angler & outdoor educator from the heart of Minnesota lakes country. He and his brother had high expectations for their 2015 fishing opener, but things did not come out the way they had hoped.


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Tony Mariotti's Legacy

Tony is an angler & outdoor educator from the heart of Minnesota lakes country. This is how he wants to be remembered.


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Tony Mariotti's favorite fishing buddy

Tony is an angler & outdoor educator from the heart of Minnesota lakes country. Hear about his favorite fishing buddy, Adam, and how they met.


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Tony Mariotti - What I would do different

Here is some advice from Tony Mariotti. Angler & outdoor educator from the heart of Minnesota lakes country.


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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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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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Patches and Pins

Stephen Vibar has been collecting patches and pins from outdoor companies for 10 years. He wears them on hats and coats to show them off. He loves doing it almost as much as he loves to fish.


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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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National champion fish carver

Roger Goeschel loves to fish. He is a member of the Minnesota Darkhouse & Angling Association and an advocate for darkhouse spearing. He is also a pretty darn good decoy carver.


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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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Orval and Joyce Larson discuss fishing with their kids, and raising them.

Orval and Joyce Larson discuss fishing with their kids, and raising them.


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Bullheads and missing fishing

Joyce and Orval Larson have been fishing for almost all of their 62+ years together. They shared some memories and thoughts about what they miss most.


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Favorite Fishing Memory and World Record Sunfish

Dan and Joyce Frasier chatted about Joyce's favorite fishing memory. It included a small stream in northern Minnesota and a potential world record sunfish.


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Knuckles Malone the French Bulldog

Knuckles Malone is a French Bulldog and Dustin Hafner's fishing buddy. He is also the mascot for DH custom rods. We hear how these two found each other, and how DH Custom rods got their start, in this short fish story. DHcustomrods.com


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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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Brad Hawthorne's first guide trip

Brad Hawthorne's is a fishing guide on Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota. When he was 19, he bought a bait shop. The rest...is history. Recorded live at the 2018 Dakota Angler Ice Institute Pro Panel.


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Brian Brosdahl - First guide trip for "Bro"

Brian "Bro" Brosdahl grew up on a Minnesota resort. He got an opportunity to guide at an early age, and loved the experience!


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Jason Durham - The In-Fisherman Experience

Jason Durham had a lot of great mentors and fishing opportunities while growing up in northern Minnesota. But there was one resource that inspired him and motivated him to do more.


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Brad Hawthorne - Using the can in my boat

Brad Hawthorne is a fishing guide on Mille Lacs Lake. His favorite fishing story has suspense, humor, and a bit of uneasiness.


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Jason Durham - Catch and keep vertebrae

Jason has a lot of great fishing stories. He told this one at the 2018 Dakota Angler Ice Institute Pro Panel with a twist ending.


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Brian "Bro" Brosdahl - Al and Ron Lindner are animals

Bro has a great story about the Lindner guys that has a happy ending...for them anyway.


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Mike Dvorak - Why I Fish

Mike Dvorak is a professional photographer who has travelled all over the world to photograph and fish. Fishing for Mike is his sanctuary, and he talks about why he does it.


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Mike Dvorak - Favorite fishing friends

Mike has fished all over the world with some very influential anglers. But he sets the record straight about his favorite fishing buddies.


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Mike Dvorak - Dog talk

Mike Dvorak appreciates his dogs. They are some of his favorite fishing partners.


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Mike Dvorak - Photographing Cuba

Fish Stories is not all about the fish. Sometimes, it's the stories and life experiences of anglers that make them so interesting... fish or no fish. Mike Dvorak is a professional photographer and angler from Minneapolis, MN. This is one of his amazing stories that isn't about fish.


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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 - Floating the Mekong River

Mike Dvorak is a professional photographer and angler from Minnesota. His stories,angling and non-angling alike, are incredible. This crazy story takes us to the Mekong river, and fate and luck play a leading role.


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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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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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The Grass will be here

Jason Durham owns Go Fish! Guide Service out of Park Rapids, MN. He shares some great advice during our interview that might inspire people to get out and enjoy the day.


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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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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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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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