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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: https://huntforbigfish.com/

The IGFA Great Marlin Race Press Release: https://www.igfa.org/News/2017-18%20IGMR%20Winner%20Announced

IGFA Great Marlin Race: https://www.igfa.org/Conserve/IGMR.aspx