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When Things Get Tense – EP016

When Things Get Tense – EP016

Tense, as in past tense, present tense, and future tense.  We found ourselves at a peculiar moment in the life cycle of this podcast, and it gave us a great opportunity to look back, look around, and look ahead.

We took some time to revisit previous episodes and the great guests with which we’ve had memorable conversation and swapped interesting and entertaining stories.  We went back even farther and reflected on the conversations we had, which resulted in the birth of Reelin’.

We also talked about our current situation; IGFA and Reelin’ have agreed to part ways, which means that, as of this moment, we are no longer “Reelin’ with the IGFA”.

Finally, and most importantly, we talk about the future and our podcasts potential direction as we move forward.  In contrast to the international scope we had been looking to address throughout the first incarnation of the podcast, we’re looking forward to focusing our attention on the southeastern region of the United States…considered by many to be the greatest fishing on the planet.

In the meantime, we made an important announcement about the immediate future of the show: Reelin’ will be on hiatus through the month of September as we regroup, retool, and revamp it all for you.  If you have any feedback or suggestions, we welcome them!  Please email us at or reach out to us through social media.

Keepin’ ‘Em Wet with Bryan and Sascha

Keepin’ ‘Em Wet with Bryan and Sascha

On this week’s episode, we talked with Bryan Huskey, Founder of Keep ‘Em Wet Fishing and Sascha Clark Danylchuk, who manages the organization’s operations.  We got some background on them, the origin of the #keepemwet movement, and where they’re hoping things go in the future.

As it says on their website, :

Lee Wulff famously said, “The finest gift you can give to any fisherman is to put a good fish back.” We believe that if you are going to put that gift back, you should want it to be in the best possible condition. By doing so, you are keeping fish healthier, strengthening our fisheries, and helping ensure anglers will have the opportunity to catch fish for years to come.

Sounds like a win/win to us!  We encourage you to check them out, read about their key principles and tips, and lend a wet hand in saving our fisheries!

PROGRAMMING NOTE #1: You MUST listen to the end of the show; Kevin and Scott have one of the funniest stories we’ve ever shared.  Be watching for the picture on social media…

PROGRAMMING NOTE #2: Paul, if you’re reading this, thank you so much for calling right in the middle of our recording session!

IGFA News: The IGFA has put together a once-in-a-lifetime package for anglers interested in becoming a lifetime member.  Here’s the link to check it out:



Why Isn’t Blair Wiggins Fishing? – EP014

Why Isn’t Blair Wiggins Fishing? – EP014

For nearly two decades, Blair Wiggins has brought fishing to audiences across the United States with his hit show “Addictive Fishing”.  But even though Season 19 is upon us, Blair ISN’T fishing.  Why, you ask?  Well, we’ll let him tell you all about it.

During our conversation with Blair, he shared quite a bit of interesting stuff with us; how Addictive Fishing got it’s start, what it was originally intended to do, and how it all changed in its first season.  He also talked about where it’s going – pretty exciting stuff for Blair…and for us as fans, too.

We also got to talk with him about his brand new, award-winning M2 Signature rods from Lew’s.  He goes in-depth about his needs, wants, and specifications and how Lew’s worked it all out in the design, including the fantastic innovation Blair’s been dying to get on a signature rod for a long time.

Aside from Blair, the three of us “kicked around” the merits of Huk’s latest product, the “Attack” Water Shoe.  Could it be the footwear Kevin and Scott have been searching for? Here’s their new Attack Saltwater commercial that got the talk going:

Kevin brought up our last episode, which featured renaissance man Alberto Rey.  It was a great conversation, and if you missed it last week, you should check it out now.  It was great stuff (as Kevin likes to say), but one of the best aspects of our talk was the information Alberto shared about “Children in the Stream”, his non-profit organization specializing in the introduction of fly fishing to disadvantaged children.  We discussed the connection between children and fishing again this week, and it was a good talk.

We also shared two more IGFA Certified World Records:

  • Brooke Laws (New Zealand) – Smallfry – Squirefish – 20lb 2oz
  • Gary Carter (Angola) – 6lb test – Atlantic Sailfish – 103lb 7oz

Finally, we talked about our favorite website, and a fantastic barracuda video.  Check that out here:

The Art of Fishing World-Wide with Alberto Rey

The Art of Fishing World-Wide with Alberto Rey

We caught up with Alberto Rey this week, but even after talking with him, we’re still not sure how to introduce him to you. He’s a fly guy for sure, but he’s much more than that.  Try guide, writer, photographer, artist, videographer, conservationist, non-profit organizer, and most importantly, a husband and father.

Chris connected with Alberto after reading an article he penned for the Summer 2018 edition of Anglers Journal called “Ties That Bind.”  In that article, Alberto shared some incredible stories and observations from time he spent with his son on a spectacular trip to New Zealand.  That article, and that trip, kicked off our conversation.  Soon after, he shared some fantastic details of some of the more exotic locales in which he’s dropped a line: Cuba, Nepal, Iceland…and his backyard.

As we mentioned earlier, he’s a guide – but not just any guide.  He’s an Orvis Certified guide, and his back yard bellies up to one of the best steelhead streams in the United States!  He and Kevin swapped stories and questions about the thrill (and frustration) of the guiding business.  If you’ve ever hired a guide and wanted to know how hard they’re working for you, this is a discussion you’ll need to hear.

Alberto shared the story of “Children In The Stream” with us as well; it’s the non-profit organization he founded back in 1998.  According to his website:

“Children in the Stream is an educational program that provides children with information and experiences related to aquatic resources, conservation, ethics, and fly fishing. Fly fishing has a long history of integrating these elements into the core of the sport. The ethics of the program promotes “catch and release” as well as respect for fellow fisherman and the land on which one fishes. It is our goal to protect the species and the land for future generations. Our program closely ties together the importance of understanding nature with the rewarding act of fly fishing.”

You can listen and decide for yourself, but we can’t say enough good things about this program; it’s a beautiful thing.

In his heart, Alberto is truly an artist, and we also talked with him about his work.  If you head to his website,, you’ll be able to check some of his amazing paintings of fish, habitats, portraits of people…and even some beautifully unique Icelandic flies.  But we also encourage you to visit, the online home of his latest book.  Extinct Birds Project is an amazing undertaking with a powerful message, and he shares the history behind it with us.

We were really happy to have Alberto on with us, but this episode also presented some spirited conversation between the three of us about technological innovation in the fishing industry, and how it’s affecting anglers.  Is technology sapping the thrill out of fishing?

Finally, we updated everyone on IGFA’s Fishing Contest.  As of this episode’s post date, contestants have less than two weeks to try to win.  With 74 different freshwater and saltwater species eligible for prizes, what are you waiting for?  Hook ’em up!  Check out contest details here: 

You’re Not Going To Believe This, But… – EP012

You’re Not Going To Believe This, But… – EP012

We’ve all got embarrassing stories, and if you’ve spent any considerable amount of time with a line in the water, you’ve certainly got some not-so-glorious tales to tell.  We definitely have our fair share, and on this episode, we’re giving you plenty to chuckle about.

Like the time Kevin colluded with the Russians.  Or when Scotty almost died via pelican.  Or when Chris had a ball fishing with his step-dad.  Not to mention the dirty bucket and the lady with feathers in her hair.  They go on and on, and we promise you’ll be in stitches…and almost as red-faced as we were.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy the times that weren’t so enjoyable for us!

You Can’t Handle The Truth Abt The Fishing Biz – EP011

You Can’t Handle The Truth Abt The Fishing Biz – EP011

If you don’t know the name Keith Alan, you’re probably not the only one.  However, when you hear his voice, the bells will start to ring.  You have heard his voice everywhere, from the radio to doing play-by-play in the Olympics, the X-Games, or on his TV show, “Ultimate Fishing Experience”.  Most notably, Keith was the voice of the Bassmaster Elite Series and Redfish Cup Tournaments on ESPN for several years.

He’s seen it all, met them all, and knows all of their dirty little secrets.  And we talk about them during this conversation.  We didn’t stop there, though; because of Keith’s extensive connections within the industry, he also shed some light on the business side of the fishing industry.  If you are trying to get into the gear end of things, you cannot afford to miss Keith’s advice.

Sure, Keith does a lot of things connected to fishing, but he’s also quite the avid angler.  He’s been to a bunch of great places, caught a bunch of amazing fish, and tells some outstanding stories about a few of his adventures.

We also dug deep into his new project,

It’s an amazing site combining content, instruction, and gear – the ultimate one-stop-shop for both fresh-water and salt-water anglers.

UPDATE: ANGLERHQ is giving our listeners a bonus for hitting their store!  Use promo code RPOD to get 10% off your order!


Our conversation was funny, enlightening, and it may just change the way you look at fishing…and the icons who do it for a living.

The HOTTEST Thing at ICAST 2018

The HOTTEST Thing at ICAST 2018

Welcome to ICAST, the biggest product show in the fishing industry.  It draws every manufacturer, from the largest heritage brands to the smallest, newest, one-man-show start-ups.  It draws every retailer and wholesaler, and scores of media members looking to get the latest scoop on the greatest gear.  In every aisle, you’ll see TV personalities and tournament legends.  For anyone connected to the fishing industry, it is the place to be and a dreamland for consumers.

And we were there.

Pretty cool that a podcast, just a few months old, would be able to get into the biggest angling circus on the planet, but we made it, and we promptly inserted ourselves into every conversation we could, snooped around every booth we could, and tried to dig up every bit of inside information possible so we could share it with you.

First, we caught up with Addictive Fishing’s Blair Wiggins, who has teamed up with Lew’s to create their latest ICAST award-winning rod, the M2.  He told us about the revolutionary American Tackle Wave Guide system he’s now using to get more control and distance on every one of his casts.  It all sounded like a bunch of crazy science…until he compared it to a Zebco 202!  He also shared some bad news about his truck, and gave us the lowdown on our very own Scott Shank.  Scotty’s been working with Blair and Lew’s on the development of the M2s, so The Mogan Man has gotten to know Mr. Shank quite well.  Funny that an icon like him would come to the same conclusions we have about Scotty…

Now if you’re not an Aussie, you may not have heard of Paul Worsterling and “IFISH with Tackleworld”, his landmark television show.  He’s a character, great guy, and an outstanding angler…and he was also at ICAST.  Turns out he was streaming live on Instagram when Chris hopped on to share some pics.  Chris checked in, saw where he was, and began running over attendees to chase him down!  After a monstrous haul across the South Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center, Chris caught up with Paul and his family – and promptly butted right into his live streaming event and interviewed him for our podcast!  Yep – an interview recorded during a live stream.  Only in America…

And ONLY in America can a guy find himself in the presence of a icon he’s watched – and cheered for – for decades with the opportunity to interview him.  Scotty was that guy at ICAST, and Bassmaster legend Gary Klein was that icon.  You know things are going to be interesting when the interviewer starts with “I’m…I’m…I’m speechless!” lol  Anyway, Gary was kind, courteous, and on the money in the short time he was with us.  He shared his perspective on the great aspects of IGFA, and how excited he is to see the industry’s involvement in the next generation of anglers.

Gary wasn’t the only one to be excited about the youth movement happening in the fishing industry.  We were so happy to see so many high school and middle school fishing teams strolling the aisles and checking out the displays with stars in their eyes!  We stopped these gentlemen – the Bartow High School Bass Fishing Team – and had a great conversation with them.  They’re 30 members strong, and several former teammates have gone on to earn college scholarships and compete at the next level.  If you’re at all worried about fishing when it comes to the next generation, you need to listen to these young men.  They’ll put you at ease in a hurry.

And if you listen and you’re still not convinced that the youth movement is strong as ever, our final interview will definitely convince you.  We caught up with the Okeechobee High School Bass Club as they were huddled around one of their heroes, “Big Fish” Bobby Lane.  We talked with Bobby, and he shared his excitement for the next generation and how much he wants to help them learn to do what he loves to do, thereby perpetuating professional and recreational fishing.

The bottom line is this: we saw a lot of great products at ICAST, but there is no doubt that the hottest thing going was the passion of the youth propelling fishing and the angling industry into the future.

He’s BAAAACK! Larry Dahlberg PT.2 – EP009

He’s BAAAACK! Larry Dahlberg PT.2 – EP009

Here it is, Part Two of our conversation with Larry Dahlberg.  If you haven’t listened to Part One, you should start there.  If you already listened, you know how great Larry’s stories are.  Well, he was just getting warmed up.

In this episode, Larry goes deep into the philosophy behind making his lures, as well as the tips and tricks he uses to maximize the effectiveness of those lures.  You may want to dig out a pad and pencil for this one – there are definitely things he shares that you’ll want to remember, like the specific ways to present for “insect eaters” and “predators”.

Of course, he shared more stories with us, including his muskie adventures and frustrations, his fun in the Keys (especially when it came to messing with the locals), and he once again draws back to his past to share what has made him who he is today.

EPISODE: Did Irma Destroy Fishing in the Keys? 

Finally, the conversation is full of “Larry-isms”, and those you’ll just have to take in as you go (some of them will cause you to pause playback so you can think about them).  He draws multiple comparisons between fishing and music, and manages to parallel fishing and holding a wet bar of soap (we’re not kidding…he actually made that analogy).

We didn’t just speak with Larry, though.  Each year, the IGFA holds the Great Marlin Race.  Here’s what the IGFA website has to say about it:

The IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR) is a partnership between IGFA and Stanford University that pairs recreational anglers with cutting-edge science to learn more about the basic biology of marlin and how they utilize the open ocean habitat. The goal of the program is to deploy 50 pop up archival tags (PAT) in marlin at billfish tournaments around the world each year. This effort will increase understanding of distribution, population structure and biology of marlin and engage anglers and the general public in the research process. By increasing our understanding of where these animals go and how they use the pelagic ecosystem, we will provide valuable information to the resource managers and policy makers responsible for ensuring their long-term conservation.

We’re not that smart, so here’s what we have to say about it: it’s a cool way to see just how amazing these fish are and where they go.  It’s also a great way to learn how to enjoy them and take care of them so that future generations of anglers can enjoy them, too.

Anyway, the latest Great Marlin Race just finished up, and we wanted to get the gritty details, so we spoke with IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser.  We think you’ll learn a lot…and have fun doing it.


The Hunt for Big Fish:

The IGFA Great Marlin Race Press Release:

IGFA Great Marlin Race:



The Incomparable Larry Dahlberg Pt.1 – EP008

The Incomparable Larry Dahlberg Pt.1 – EP008

There’s no introduction needed when it comes to Larry Dahlberg.  The guy is an outright genius, he’s got a fantastic philosophy when it comes to fishing…and living.

In this, the first of a two-part conversation, we went in asking for stories, and boy, did he deliver.  He talks about the curious (and somewhat grim) circumstances that led to his childhood guiding ventures, the meandering path leading to the birth of “The Hunt For Big Fish”, and an interesting, vodka-soaked adventure in Russia.

As we mentioned, it’s Dahlberg…quite the interesting guy, and quite the compelling listen.  And remember, this is only the first part of a two-part conversation; as this episode ends, he’s only getting started.

We also got the chance to congratulate two new certified, bonafide IGFA World Record Holders: Australia’s 11-yr old Emmi Roberts and USA’s Dr. Elizabeth Joy Scott.  We’ll have those pics up on social for you to check out.

Finally, if you’re here on or near post day (Sunday, July 8) and you live in the United States, you STILL have time to contact to your local representative and urge them to pass the H.R. 200, the Modern Fish Act.  For more information about that, check out the bonus episode in the links below.

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