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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 admin@reelinpodcast.com or reach out to us through social media.

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/

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, anglerhq.com.

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 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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BONUS EPISODE – Modern Fish Act Update

BONUS EPISODE – Modern Fish Act Update

ASA Conservation Director Mike Leonard

On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on H.R.200, more commonly known as the Modern Fish Act.  Due to necessary action on other issues, they postponed the vote until July 11.  Because of this postponement, we rallied the troops to bring you a special bonus episode dedicated entirely to the Modern Fish Act and what you need to know and do about it.

Mike Leonard, Conservation Director of the American Sportfishing Association joined us to give us an in-depth, but wonderfully understandable description of H.R. 200 and it’s potential impact on recreational fishing in the United States.  It’s a short conversation, but a necessity for all anglers who are interested in protecting recreational fishing.

Here are some points of interests for you regarding the Modern Fish Act:

In summary, H.R. 200 revises and reauthorizes through FY2022 the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA).*  Magnuson-Stevens was signed into law in 1976, and has adversely affected recreational angling for several years.

The Modern Fish Act:

  • Requires periodic reviews of mixed-use fisheries allocations (i.e. those fished by both the commercial and recreational sectors) in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. It’s a no-brainer that the way a public resource is divvied up should be periodically examined, but that is not happening now.
  • Clarifies that regional fishery management councils and NOAA Fisheries can implement management approaches such as harvest rate management that have been used successfully in some regions but that other regions have not even considered.
  • Requires a National Academy of Sciences study of how Limited Access Privilege Programs (conveniently nicknamed “catch share” programs) in mixed-use fisheries could be improved to reduce user conflicts, and places a hold on implementing any new Limited Access Privilege Programs until the study’s results are public.
  • Revises the rebuilding timeline requirement to ensure the timeframes are based on the biology of a depleted fishery, not an arbitrary 10-year rebuilding timeline. Anyone who supports science-based management should prefer this approach.
  • Authorizes the use of multi-year and multi-species annual catch limits, which is simply a codification of recent updates to NOAA Fisheries guidelines.
  • Requires NOAA Fisheries to respond if a state, regional fishery management council or interstate marine fisheries commission objects to an exempted fishing permit providing more clarity to the approval process.
  • Requires a study of how third-party data, such as state-collected data through electronic reporting systems — e.g. iSnapper in Texas, La Creel in Louisiana, Tails ‘n Scales in Mississippi, Outdoor AL in Alabama and iAngler in Florida — could improve fisheries data. For many offshore fisheries, the federal program that estimates angler harvest — the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) — does not provide data at the level of accuracy or timeliness needed for basic management, much less in-season management of various fisheries.
  • Tells NOAA Fisheries to implement the recommendations of the recent National Academy of Sciences review of MRIP and to follow up on key questions raised in the report, for example whether/how management could be better adapted to align with available data.

Jeff Angers, “Modern Fish Act 101”

Since the vote has been postponed until July 11, we encourage all anglers, regardless of where you’re located, to contact your representative and urge them to pass the Modern Fish Act.  As Mike told us, environmentalist groups are lobbying diligently to have this bill voted down.  We need to be heard on this issue!

Keep America Fishing has provided a very helpful page designed to get you in touch with your representative quickly and tell them you want them to pass the Modern Fish Act.

Contact them HERE

Here are some additional links for more information:

“Our Seat at the Table” – from Jeff Angers, president of Center for Sportfishing Policy

“Bill Helps Wisconsin Anglers” – from Paul Schluter, president of St. Croix Rods, courtesy Keep America Fishing

“It’s Time to Pass the Modern Fish Act” – from Wes Seigler, President/Founder of SEiGLER Fishing Reels, courtesy Keep America Fishing


* H.R. 200 — 115th Congress: Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act.” www.GovTrack.us. 2017. June 28, 2018 <https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr200>

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


Seriously Funny Fishing w Ed Malin – EP002

Seriously Funny Fishing w Ed Malin – EP002

Fishing is about so much more than just catching fish; it’s the friendships and experiences that make it the best thing to do on the planet.

Some folks may know Ed Malin for being the proprietor of one of the most famous restaurants in northeast Florida, while others may know Ed because of his run for Congress in 2016.  Still others may recognize him for being the first charter captain in northeast Florida to become a member of the International Game Fish Association.  However, no one knows Ed the way Kevin knows Ed; they’ve been great friends for a long, long time, and they have some of the greatest stories you’ll ever hear.


Kevin and Ed definitely have a lot of history together, and that history even includes stories including Kevin’s wife!  During the episode, you’ll get the story behind the photo above; Ed is on the left, Kevin’s wife Carie is on the right, and in the middle is the focus of their INSANE rescue operation.  Why is the story so good?  Wait until you hear about everything in the water surrounding this photo…

This conversation isn’t just about cutting up, however.  Kevin, Scott, and Ed address some serious issues that affect all anglers, regardless of where you can find them on a map.

We’re really excited to be able to bring you into the seriously funny side of Reelin’ with the IGFA this episode!