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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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"

Hank Patterson is a larger-than-life character who doesn't give a heck about anyone but himself.  Hank's a beer-drinking, fish catching, lady swooning machine...and he knows it.  That's the character that Travis Swartz gets to play in his videos.  In real life, he's a low-key guy with a past filled with comedy and fishing adventure.  We had a great conversation at the Alex Johnson in Rapid City.  I challenge you not to laugh during the discussion...pretty sure you'll lose.  Good luck!

Check out my conversation with Kate Golden, a journalist at sea down in Australia. She has already had some amazing adventures because of fishing, and it has become an obsession that consumes much of her life. Kate and her husband are currently renovating a sailboat for sea travel. She is documenting her journey at kategolden.org where you can sign up for updates and follow along.

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.

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.

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

On October 19, 2008, Anthony Eastman DeChandt passed away at the young age of 67. he was known by hundreds of thousands of outdoor enthusiasts by the name Tony Dean. Tony's career spaned over 25 years including radio, written word, television, and seminar presentations.  To remember Tony on this 9th anniversary of his death, we talked with three people who know him well.  Here is a nice write-up about Tony Dean in the Capital Journal.   Music (in order of appearance): "Keith" - Huma Huma "Balti" - Blue Dot Sessions "Front Porch Sitter" - Audionautix "That Kid in the Forth Grade who Really Liked the Denver Broncos" - Chris Zabriskie "The Voyage" - Audionautix

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

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

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.

John's uncle George thought he would have a laugh by giving some bad advice. The joke was on him.

This is the story about Duane Hjelm's (pronounced Jelm) first win on the National Walleye Tour, fishing a lake he had never fished before pre-fishing for six days prior. Duane is from Ft. Pierre, S.D. and has aspirations for being a better angler in the future. He tells a great story about his early career success.

Gary Nault is a semi-professional angler and fishing guide from Sturgeon Bay, WI.  He wears his passion for fishing, fishing education, and the Sturgeon Bay area on his sleeve.  I really enjoyed talking with him at the National Professional Anglers Association Conference, and enjoyed the conversation even more the second time around!  Check out what makes Gary so passionate about the sport, and find out the real person behind the success of his guide business. 


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