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Bob Holzhei - Full 2018 Interview

Bob Holzhei is an outdoor writer from Michigan. We sat down for a conversation that only touched on fishing a few times. Instead, we learned about Bob's career as an educator, his life on the family farm, and his journey to writing, among many other topics.


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Bob Holzhei - Nature's Embrace

Bob Holzhei is an outdoor writer from Saginaw, Michigan. His journey into the outdoors, and what they mean to him, makes for a great story.


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Bob Holzhei - Remembering Grandfather

Bob Hozhei has very fond memories of a grandfather who he idolized.


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Bob Holzhei - Joys of Teaching

Bob Holzhei was destined to be a writer and educator. His passion for education, and unique approach to teaching, have provided him with many fond memories.


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Bob Holzhei - Shirley Holzhei

Bob Holzhei gives much of the credit for his successes to his wife Shirley. His vehement praise for her support and love is expressed with pride.


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Fish Stories Feature: Short Stories and Live at the Akaska Walleye Classic

This is a few short stories and a few stories told live all rolled into one. Eddie Salmeron talks about a memorable experience as a nine year old, Monty Nelson reminisces about catching walleye in Canada, and the Crawfords tell a few stories live in SD.


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Craig Oyler - Live on Main Street Square (Full Interview)

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. Craig’s passion for educating anglers led him to start Hooked on Hardwater, which partners 60 underprivileged boys from the Rapid City Club for Boys with 60 professional ice fishermen from across the country for a day of mentoring, fellowship, ice fishing, and fun. This interview is from a live storytelling event on Main Street Square in Rapid City, SD. Despite the equipment issues and venue noise, we had a great conversation. Enjoy!


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Craig Oyler - Pro tip for trophy pike

Craig Oyler is a multi-season/multi-species angler who travels across the midwest chasing the next big bite. This is a story about some of his fishing buddies who have a very interesting tip about catching big pike on the ice.


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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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Craig Oyler - Hooked on Hardwater

Craig Oyler is a multi-season/multi-species angler who travels across the midwest chasing the next big bite. His passion for educating anglers led him to start Hooked on Hardwater, which partners 60 underprivileged boys from the Rapid City Club for Boys with 60 professional ice fishermen from across the country for a day of mentoring, fellowship, ice fishing, and fun.


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Craig Oyler - Fish Selfies

Craig Oyler is a multi-season/multi-species angler who travels across the midwest chasing the next big bite. Craig likes to catch fish, and will keep them on occasion, but has something to say about a fishing trend that is getting way out of hand.


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Craig Oyler - Allure of the Laker

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. Here he talks about what makes Lake Trout fishing so fantastic for him.


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Craig Oyler - For the love of Ice Fishing

Craig Oyler is a multi-season/multi-species angler who travels across the midwest chasing the next big bite. His passion for ice fishing, and the Black Hills, is second to none. This is why.


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Craig Oyler - 11-year-old guide

Craig Oyler is a multi-season/multi-species angler who travels across the midwest chasing the next big bite. He started guiding his dad's friends when he was 11-years-old, and new right away that he wanted to fish all the time.


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Craig Oyler - Fishing Mentors

Craig Oyler is a multi-season/multi-species angler who travels across the midwest chasing the next big bite. He's had many mentors along the way, and talks about some of them in this short story.


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Craig Oyler - First time ice fishing

Craig Oyler is a multi-season/multi-species angler who travels across the midwest chasing the next big bite. He remembers the first time his dad took him ice fishing, and remembers is fondly.


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A flatworm stealing smallie

Josh Bertrand is a professional angler from Arizona who made the haul up to Lake Oahe for an Elite Series showdown. He figured out South Dakota's smallies enough to take 8th overall, but had one memorable fish that didn't even help him at the weigh-in.


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Even the best miss a big one or two

Boyd Duckett is a Bassmaster Classic champion from Guntersville, Alabama. He found himself fishing on championship Monday on Lake Oahe in Pierre, So. Dak. on July 2, 2018 in the hunt for the Elite Series title. Lake Oahe gave him a chance to seal the deal, but the big green South Dakota smallies had other plans.


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Why you need a good fishing buddy

I love fishing alone, but there are times when having a fishing buddy can make the trip so much better.


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The man behind the Bassmasters

Eric Lopez is the Operations Manager for the Bassmaster Elite Series Tournaments. He doesn't even fish, and yet, has come to appreciate this sport and building the BASS brand around professional anglers.


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An Unexpected Catch

Craig Mickelson is a realtor from Aberdeen, S.D. He is also an avid angler fishing almost 200 days in a good year. Craig told us a story about catching a big drum in an unexpected place, and chatted with us a bit about being a responsible angler and business person. Cameo by Casey Weismantel himself.


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Fishing Oahe

Jacob Wheeler is a professional bass angler from Tennessee. He fishes the Bassmaster Elite Series and spent some time in Pierre, So. Dak on Lake Oahe in 2018. We talked about his experience, and what makes Pierre a special place.


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Takes two to catch an Oregon salmon

Ron Friedman doesn't claim to be an angler, but has a great fishing story. He and his buddy Steve went looking for Oregon salmon and beat the odds by each catching the same fish.


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South Dakota Deaf Anglers Association

A few weeks back, the South Dakota Deaf Anglers were holding their annual tournament on the shores of Lake Oahe near Pierre. The Fishing Crew founder Curt Underhill helped me get in touch with his childhood friend and group member Paul Fosheim for a chat while they fished for northerns in Cow Creek. I learned a lot from this passionate group of anglers, and had a blast chatting with them for a few hours.


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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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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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Riding the tube at Westbend

Curt and Paul remember going out to play in the water one windy South Dakota day.


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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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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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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 - Fishing Mentors

Gary and Larry talk about the people who they've looked up to and the people who helped get them into fishing.


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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 Defines Me

Jim Mollison has been fishing for nearly 80 years. He's learned a thing or two during that time, and has some great memories on the water. We sat down with Jim to share some of those memories and learn about what makes him so passionate about the sport we all love.


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Paul and Doug talking guides

Paul and Doug are members of the South Dakota Deaf Anglers. They hold an annual tournament at various locations in South Dakota and have a great time busting each others chops.


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Legacy of Georgine Chytka

Georgine Chytka was fishing with her son one November day in 1975 when she landed South Dakota's state record walleye. She talks about her favorite fishing and the legacy that she'd like to leave behind.


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Larry Myhre - How I started fishing

Larry Myhre grew up fishing in the river. He talks about how he got started and some favorite fishing memories.


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Paul Fosheim - Personal Proud Moments

Paul is a member of the South Dakota Deaf Anglers. They hold a deaf fishing tournament ever spring. He is proud of his accomplishments as an angler.


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Gary's Rock Bass

Gary and Larry have had some great adventures together. Larry tells his favorite story about catching big rock bass on the Missouri River.


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Fly Fishing with a bull whip

Larry Myhre makes custom Bamboo fly rods and loves to chase fish with them. He's tried to get Gary Howey into fly fishing, but there was a slight problem with his backcast. Here is Larry busting his chops.


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Lucy - Favorite Fishing Companion

This is a story about how a dog from Harrold, SD came to become my favorite fishing companion and best friend.


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2nd place is the first loser

Anthony Rodriguez is a competitive ice angler and member of USA Ice Team. He tells a story about tournament fishing in South Dakota that drills up bad memories.


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White Bass with Lilly and Mya

I took my daughters fly fishing for white bass a few years ago. We didn't fish long, but really caught some nice fish.


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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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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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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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Zen-like Fishing

Dave Hanna, from Rapid City, So. Dak. talks about fishing in Alaska and finding zen on the water.


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The Greasy Spoon

An inside joke amongst friends still makes a pretty funny fish story. It's not about the fish that makes it worthwhile for most anglers. It's the places you go and the people you meet that make it memorable.


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Black Hills Fly Fishers

David talks about an organization that he is very involved in and why it is important to the Black Hills of South Dakota.


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Dave's advice to new anglers

Dave Hanna has been fishing for a long time. He's learned a thing or two about what fishing can bring to a person, and how you can get the most out of your trip to the water. Thanks Dave!


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Dave Hanna's take on the Power of Fish Stories

Dave talks about how he'd like to be remembered, and what fish stories could mean for the fishing community. The power of Fish Stories!


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Importance of Black Hills Headwaters

David talks about the importance of water quality in the Black Hills and what it could mean to the amazing fisheries we know and love and the clean drinking water Rapid City residents enjoy.


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Fishing with Dr. Olson

David Hanna talks about getting into fly fishing and the man who helped teach him the ropes.


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Dave catching carp on the fly

Dave Hanna never thought he would catch carp on a fly rod. Now that he has, he's hooked!


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Nail in the Bullhead

David Hanna talks about his grandfather and his earliest fishing memory with him.


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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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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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Caster Don: Remembering Michigan...finding South Dakota

"Caster" Don Polovich is a fly angler from Rapid City, S.D. He told me about his childhood in Michigan while fishing below the Oahe dam on a unseasonably warm December morning.


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Don Polovich: Remembering Paul Stabile

"Caster" Don Polovich is a fly angler from Rapid City, S.D. He talks about one of his favorite fishing buddy's, Paul Stabile, and why he appreciated him. Paul passed away in 2016.


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Fishing with Doug Frasier

Doug Frasier met Joyce and it was love at first sight. Listen to Joyce Frasier talk about meeting her husband and getting him into the sport she was passionate about.


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Like Mother Like Son

Dan Frasier has a genesis story that is a bit different from most. His mother, Joyce, was the person primarily responsible for teaching him how to fish, and feeding his fishing curiosity as a youngster. This story is about Joyce and the impact she has had on the Frasier family fishing traditions. Joyce grew up fishing with her grandfather, and has always had fishing in her life. She fell in love with the sport at an early age and has been at it ever since. After Dan began fly fishing, he took Joyce under his wing and taught her the ropes. That has become her new passion. She loves fishing with her children and her grandchildren, and she loves fishing on her own. Most of all...she loves sharing her stories and her experiences with the ones she cares about. Music (in order of appearance): "Tonto" - Silent Partner "Chances" - Silent Partner "Sugar Pines" - Wes Hutchinson "Someone's in the Kitchen" - Ella Frasier "Bittersweet" - Silent partner


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More than a hatchery

DeWitt Clinton Booth, or “D.C.” as he insisted on?being called, came to South Dakota in 1899 to become the youngest hatchery superintendent in the country. What he created has become the gem of a community, and an archive of fisheries knowledge.  His legacies lives on through an ever-expanding fisheries archive, active youth activities, 150,000+ visitors each year, and fish production/stocking within South Dakota and beyond.  Visit the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives online to learn more about planning your next visit or to contribute to their very important work.    Music (in order of appearance):  "Featherlight" - Lee Rosevere "Water in the creek (Instrumental Version)" - Josh Woodward "Going Home" - Lee Rosevere


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A Dog Named Fish

Mike Stracco was a reverse-retired angler spending summers in Alaska, and winters travelling the world to chase fish. His laid-back nomadic lifestyle was flipped upside down after a small pup picked the scruffy guy in camp to hang out with. Music:   "First Day" - Huma Huma   "Nevada City" - Huma Huma   "North" - Silent Partner   "Even When We Fall" by Phillip Weigl


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Fishing is Family

Doug "Duke" Seiner is a lifelong angler from Mitchell South Dakota.   He's also my dad.  He is one of those dads who goes above and beyond to make sure everyone has a good experience.  You know, the kind of dad who would create/host outdoor events, make trophies, take you out of school early to go hunting fishing and sometimes (albeit unknowingly) embarrass you in front of a crowd.  Another thing he has always been good at is telling stories. Fish Stories is about family, friends, and the anglers we care about. At the end of the day, that’s a lot of what fishing is to my dad.  Music (In order of Appearance): Puzzle Pieces - Lee Rosevere RSPN - Blank and Klatt  Siesta - Jahzzar Cold Funk - Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100499 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ "Fargo" - Riot


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Fishy Brothers

Dan and his mother Joyce talk about Dan's brother Michael and how fishy he is.


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Casting dad's fishing pole off a bridge

Joyce recalls her greatest catch of all time...and it didn't involve fish.


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Kids fishing with sticks

Dan Frasier and his mother, Joyce, reminiscing about fishing experiences of old.


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Lake Sharp Smallies on the Fly

John Cooper talks about exploring the smallmouth fishing on Lake Sharpe in South Dakota with Tony Dean. It was one of those days that he'll never forget.


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He got me a fly rod

Joyce Frasier remembers when her son, Dan taught her how to fly fish.


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Fly Fishing with Clams

Dan Frasier describes the life cycle of a clam and why they are an important food for common carp.


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Grampy Helping to Unhook a Bluegill

Dan Frasier and his mother Joyce remember a fishing trip with his father's parents.


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Catching a Catfish for Lunch

Casey Weismantel is the Director of the Aberdeen CVB, and an avid outdoor enthusiast. He told one of his earliest fishing memories, one that has helped shape his outdoor perspective and passion. Music (In order of appearance): "Swamp Stomp" - Silent Partner "Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "We Were Once Kings" - Silent Partner


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Don't Worry Son, I'll Catch Him For You

Noal Nelson told us a story at the 2017 Dakota Angler Ice Institute about his dad's angling heroics on Lake Poinsett.


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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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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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Snagging a boat in the tailrace

**This episode contains language that might not be appropriate for all listeners. Please use discretion. Buddy, David, and Nichols fish the tailwater below Oahe Dam in Pierre. One other boat in the tailrace makes poor choices and ends up driving over their lines. Craziness ensues.


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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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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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2018 Dakota Angler Ice Institute Pro Panel

Four pros telling stories about their lives as anglers, favorite fishing memories, first guide trips, and favorite mentors in the industry.


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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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Dennis Kassube - Fishing with Grandpa

Dennis Kassube grew up fishing. When he was three, his grandpa put him in his boat, and he's been attached to this sport ever since. He has fond memories fishing with his grandpa and shared a few with the group at the 2018 Ice Institute Pro Panel.


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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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Dennis Kassube - First time fishing with Tony Dean

Dennis Kassube had just moved to South Dakota. His new friend, Tony Dean, wanted to film a show with him on a lake Dennis had never fished before. Spoiler...Dennis ended up doing a lot more shows with Tony Dean.


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Andy Stromsness - Hooked on Hardwater memories

Andy helps out with Hooked on Hardwater, an affiliated program of the Club for Boys in Rapid City, SD. 60 pros come from all around the country (and Canada) to forge valuable relationships with club members, and spend some much needed time on the ice in South Dakota's Black Hills.


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Chad Cummings - Hooked on Hardwater memories

Chad helps out with Hooked on Hardwater, an affiliated program of the Club for Boys in Rapid City, SD. 60 pros come from all around the country (and Canada) to forge valuable relationships with club members, and spend some much needed time on the ice in South Dakota's Black Hills.


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James Girard - Hooked on Hardwater memories

Hooked on Hardwater is a program created by Craig Oyler dedicated to enhancing the lives and outdoor experiences of members at the Club for Boys in Rapid City, So. Dak. 60+ professional anglers from all around the country and Canada forge bonds with children that will never be broken.


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Cody Magnuson - Hooked on Hardwater memories

Chad helps out with Hooked on Hardwater, an affiliated program of the Club for Boys in Rapid City, SD. 60 pros come from all around the country (and Canada) to forge valuable relationships with club members, and spend some much needed time on the ice in South Dakota's Black Hills.


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Hooked on Hardwater Memories

Robbi volunteers with Hooked on Hardwater, an affiliated program of the Club for Boys in Rapid City, SD. 60 pros come from all around the country (and Canada) to forge valuable relationships with club members, and spend some much needed time on the ice in South Dakota's Black Hills.


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Hooked on Hardwater

Jarrod and Shantel are an angling couple from Lennox, and pro staffers for Clam Outdoors. They help out with Hooked on Hardwater, an affiliated program of the Club for Boys in Rapid City, SD. 60 pros come from all around the country (and Canada) to forge valuable relationships with club members, and spend some much needed time on the ice in South Dakota's Black Hills.


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Hooked on Hardwater Memories

Don and Tristan Cox are Nebraska ranchers and pro anglers who help out with Hooked on Hardwater, an affiliated program of the Club for Boys in Rapid City, SD. 60 pros come from all around the country (and Canada) to forge valuable relationships with club members, and spend some much needed time on the ice in South Dakota's Black Hills.


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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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