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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feSxTdBA3F8

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, AnglerHQ.com and a fantastic barracuda video.  Check that out here: https://www.anglerhq.com/lawson-lindsey-unbelievable-river-monster/

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



The Legendary Mark Sosin – EP006

The Legendary Mark Sosin – EP006

Mark Sosin. Icon. Legend. IGFA Hall of Famer.  What more is there to say?  Thankfully, there’s A LOT more to say!

Kevin and Scott had a wonderful opportunity to catch up with Mark and really dig deep into what made him into the all-time great he is.  Their conversation covered so many topics, from his time in the early ’60s with “The Salty Fly Rodders” and writing the saltwater fly fishing rules in 1965 which are still employed by the IGFA today, to his 27-year run as host of the longest-running fishing television show in history, “Saltwater Journal”.  They also talked about one of those episodes which featured our very own Capt. Kevin Faver…and one of the toughest fights Sosin ever encountered while producing his show (by the way – you don’t want to miss Kevin’s side of the story, either…it was an incredible experience that almost didn’t happen at all!).

Although Mark had plenty to say about a host of things, he was most eager to talk about the International Game Fish Association, including the tremendous honor of being inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2004.  He also spoke at length about his pride in seeing the organization expand its scope to embrace conservation, research initiatives, education, and the growing inclusion of freshwater fish and anglers.

To round out the show, Kevin, Scott, and Chris also talked about some great things happening with the IGFA – the conclusion of their latest online auction and the continuing year-long IGFA Fishing Contest.  They also shared a little preview of their next guest, Fly Rod Chronicles host Curtis Fleming.

Mark Sosin’s IGFA Hall of Fame page – https://www.igfa.org/Museum/HOF-Sosin.aspx

IGFA Fishing Contest – https://www.igfa.org/contests/fishing/Default.aspx