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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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He got me a fly rod

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


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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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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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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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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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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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