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Fishing Intelligence Podcast Ep. 14 | Kayak Fishing with Tim Perkins

On this episode of the Fishing Intelligence Podcast, I have the pleasure of hosting kayak fisherman Tim Perkins. Tim is a three time River Bassin National Champion as well as a two time National Team Champion and has found great success in the kayak fishing niche. He has been successful enough to even design and use his own spinnerbait, the FadeBlade River Series.

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We started off the podcast by first talking about how he got to kayak fishing in the first place. Tim was a creek fisherman as a child. From there, he became a bass boat guy, fishing tournaments and finding success until the industry took over and he had to give it a rest for a few years. From there, he picked up kayak fishing after seeing an add for a new tournament series and has been hooked from there. He started out in a Wilderness Systems boat and hasn’t left them since.

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All of his championships and high finishes have been out of his Wilderness yaks. We then began talking about how to go about getting into kayak fishing if you are new to the sport. He suggests not starting with the absolute base model kayaks but instead put a little more money into a basic fishing kayak and then build from there based on how much you enjoy your time on the water. We wrapped up by talking about how great the kayak community is and how willing they are to help others. Make sure to check out Tim and his sponsors as well as pick up one of his custom spinnerbaits!

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Fishing Intelligence Podcast Ep. 13 | Lake Trout Fishing with Ben Nowak

On this week’s episode of Fishing Intelligence Podcast, I am talking with YouTube fisherman Ben Nowak. Ben is primarily a Bass fisherman normally focusing on the Great Lake region and specializing in mondo smallies.

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Recently, Ben stumbled on a massive school of Lake Trout holding to a waypoint that he thought for sure were smallmouth. He told me that when they pulled up to the spot, they thought they were about to get into the most killer smallmouth bite they had had in awhile. However, when they cast out and hooked up, the massive slow head shakes from the fish turned out to be those of a Lake Trout!

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He told me that up to that day, he had only ever caught two lakers, but after that day, him and his buddy put over 60 in the boat!! Given that I have never caught a Laker hook and line, I couldn’t imagine how much fun it would be to have a 60 fish day with these mean giants.

While I was out in Yellowstone, we focused on gill netting for them so I have handled 10’s of thousands but never got the opportunity to fish for them. After talking about the Lake Trout bite, we dove into the upcoming 2019 season and what we had to look forward to from Ben’s channel.

We talked about his plans to utilize the new ANGLR Expert program to go on more fishing trips with ANGLR reps and broaden his bass fishing horizon. We finished up the podcast by talking about why we both think filming your fishing trips is not only important for better understanding your fishing spots but also gives you another way to enjoy your time on the water. Make sure you go check out Ben’s YouTube channel and let him know that the podcast sent you!

Want to see some of the action from Ben’s Lake Trout day of a lifetime? Check it out below!

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Fishing Intelligence Podcast Ep. 12 | Life on the Road with Robert Field

On this episode of the Fishing Intelligence Podcast, I am talking with YouTube fisherman, Robert Field. Rob made the life choice a couple years back to sell everything and move into an RV for the next 5 years with the goal of fishing in each state in the contiguous US.

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We started off the podcast by first talking about how he got into this journey. He is a strong believer in doing what you love.

“If you put in the time and effort working with what you are passionate about, you will be able to turn it into something that can support your future.”

Rob brought up the great point that with the social aspect of today’s communication, it is easier than ever to target others who have the same interests as you. When I first met Rob back four years ago at a kayak fishing tournament, his positivity for success and eagerness to get on the road left an impression on me.

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As I sat in classes during college, I would always see updates as to where he was traveling and think to myself that I want to do something like what he is doing. This is where the idea for the ANGLR Tour came from. After talking some about the similarities between our trips, we talked about some of the struggles of life on the road. One of the biggest issues that Rob has is dealing with connectivity and inconsistency within location.

Being that he runs a YouTube channel, he needs to be connected to upload and communicate with subscribers and this is challenging when most trailer parks aren’t in the best areas for WiFi connection or service. We finished up by talking about some of the best parts of his trip so far. Make sure you check out Rob’s channel by looking up Robert Field on YouTube and Instagram or Facebook and tell him we sent ya there!

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Fishing Intelligence Podcast Ep. 11 | Lake Chickamauga Fishing Report

On this special episode of Fishing Intelligence, we are coming to you with a live stream from a recent content trip I did with Flukemaster, Alex Rudd Fishing, and Scott Beutjer. ANGLR provided us an opportunity to get together on the water at Lake Chickamauga in Tennessee to discuss ANGLR App features, work on educating ourselves about the app, and catching Chickamauga giants!

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We started off the podcast talking about how the fishing had been so far. The bite was not great and we had seen our only action by finding schooling fish and throwing flukes into the baitfish. We would then work the fluke back slowly and if you worked it just right you would be rewarded by seeing a fish blow up on your fluke just below the surface. However, the fish were being weak in their commitment and we all missed a lot of fish collectively. After talking about the bite, we moved to the webapp portion of ANGLR’s software and Gene ran his followers through the trip we had tracked. We started off at the Sale Creek boat ramp and quickly realized the fish were in grass after I missed a fish on a fluke right off the grass and Gene caught one on a chatterbait ripping it through the cover.

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We then moved from pocket to pocket with some success but didn’t have the greatest day on the water. As we were about to get off the water, Gene told me we would hit one more spot where he guaranteed a fish and sure enough it blew up on my fluke and I ended up losing it because I was using a spinning rod. After talking through our day, we fielded some questions about the Bullseye’s price and uses and then Gene discussed how he planned on using the app in the future as a tool to better teach the world how to fish. Overall, it was a great episode and thank you to Gene, Alex, and Scott for joining. Check them out by clicking their names for their channels!

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P.S. The next day after the podcast, while fishing with Gene, I caught my PB largemouth of 5.41 pounds on a fluke! Video of the day to come so stay tuned to the ANGLR YouTube Channel.

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Fishing Intelligence Podcast Ep. 10 | College Bass Fishing With Derek Horner

On the tenth episode of the Fishing Intelligence Podcast, I am talking with ANGLR’s Marketing Coordinator, Derek Horner. Derek fished the last four years for the Penn State Bass Fishing Team and is now one of the people I work most closely with as he runs ANGLR’s social accounts and content creation.

We started the podcast off by talking about fishing at the collegiate level. Coming into college, Derek was already fishing competitively and knew that he wanted to be apart of a team for his college career. As a freshman, Derek joined the PSU team immediately and became the Captain of their Bass Fishing team. He also bought himself his first boat to use for competition.

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Throughout the years, he has done well in many different bass tournaments with most of his success being on Chautauqua Lake. In the podcast, he gives me some of the techniques he uses for being successful on lakes like Chautauqua with the most helpful tip being the idea of labeling docks as one of four categories. By doing this, he can locate big bites on certain types of docks and then use this knowledge to skip over docks that he knows don’t fit the pattern.

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After talking about College Fishing, we move onto talking about ANGLR and how he got started. Derek and I met at the Bassmaster Classic where ANGLR hosted both of us at their booth. After the Classic and graduating college, he came on full time and now is a key component to our expert program. Any articles that you see posted to our page have been vetted by him and he also has the task of creating interesting topics to be written about.

We end the podcast with a quick tip to anglers looking to fish during their college years. Make sure to check Derek out on his instagram page and let him know if you have an interesting topics to write about!

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Fishing Intelligence Podcast Ep. 9 | Kayak Redfish With Eric Muhoberac

Welcome to Episode nine of the Fishing Intelligence Podcast! This week I am talking with one of the highest rated guides for kayak fishing in Louisiana, Eric Muhoberac! Eric is the owner of the Louisiana Kayak Company and has won the Guide of the Year award for his fish catching abilities out of a kayak. I had the pleasure of fishing with him during the ANGLR Tour and got my personal best 31” redfish out of a kayak on artificial bait!

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To see the cast to catch of this fish, check out Episode 16 of the ANGLR Tour!

Eric and I started off by talking about what makes Venice, Louisiana the fishing capital of the world. Inshore, you have some of the biggest, meanest redfish in the world and in less than an hour, you can be fishing for massive Blue Marlin that don’t even require a full offshore run. Combine that with a variety of other excellent saltwater game species such as flounder and massive speckled trout, and you can hit an inshore or offshore slam in no time.


The tidal flats of Venice are some of the most unique terrain in the fishing game and to say that it is overwhelming is an understatement. It takes years of learning and exploring to get comfortable on your own in these vast flats but once you learn them, Eric explained that patterning the redfish comes down to a few simple lure choices.

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His best advice if you are going to be fishing for redfish, you absolutely need a gold spoon and a spinnerbait with chartreuse on it. The gold spoon is a true secret and Redfish weapon, catching more fish for Eric than any other lure he uses. He says that live bait is obviously a good option as well but for a truly unique experience, nothing beats tricking these beautiful giants into taking an artificial.

We finished up the podcast by discussing some of his favorite recipes for when he does want to take a few fish to the grill. The key is to work with fish on the smaller end of the slot and keep it simple. I wouldn’t recommend listening on an empty stomach, however, because these recipes will make you hungry! Make sure to check Eric out at the Louisiana Kayak Company on Facebook and Instagram and use him as your guide if you are in the area!

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Fishing Intelligence Podcast Ep. 8 | Tidal Fishing With Steve Moore

We are now eight episodes into the Fishing Intelligence Podcast and we are back to covering some saltwater fishing! On this week’s episode, Steve Moore joins me as we talk about kayak fishing for Redfish in his hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina. During my time on the ANGLR tour, I was lucky enough to go out and fish with Steve from my Bonafide kayak while he was fishing out of his Jackson Coosa HD pedal drive.

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Needless to say, the pedals kick the paddles butts!

Tidal Fishing and Saltwater Fishing

We started off by talking about how influential the tide is on saltwater fishing. If you go into a tidal area and haven’t taken the time to check out what the tides are doing, chances are you are going to get blanked. The best ways we found to learn the tides were to hire the services of a guide and let him teach you, or to go out and experiment by yourself while taking notes on locations and tide levels when you catch fish.

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Chances are if you catch them in a certain spot at a certain tide, you’ll be able to use this to home in on where the fish are residing at certain times.  Photo Credits:

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Steve and I also discussed the differences between targeting fish on the fly and with spinning gear. While we both agree that fly fishing is a more exciting way to target fish, it is much more challenging than spin gear and is easier to utilize when the fish are making themselves visible through tailing or popping on bait.

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We finished up the episode by discussing how you can get into kayak fishing. You don’t need to spend all of the money in the world to have an effective rig. A used kayak with DIY builds on it will store all of your gear and hold your rods for a much cheaper price than if you buy a new kayak and all of the storage and rod holders from the shop. One of the best tips that Steve gave in this episode was to use what works.

We also went over some key baits at the end of the episode! Here’s a little secret, for me, my favorite saltwater lure is the Saltwater Assassin Sea Shad paddle tail in Electric Chicken with a ¼ jig head. 

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For more tips from Steve, check out his YouTube channel Kayak Hacks Fishing and tell him the podcast brought you there!

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Fishing Intelligence Podcast Ep. 7 | Lake Erie Fishing With Dave Lefebre

Episode seven is an exciting landmark for the Fishing Intelligence Podcast, I am hosting my first Bass Pro! Dave Lefebre joins me on this episode to talk all about why he made the transition from the Elite Series to the MLF Bass Pro Tour as well as running me through his recent KBF win on Lake Erie out of his Bonafide Kayak.

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Check out this walkthrough of Dave’s 127SS Bonafide kayak!


Dave started off by telling me right off of the bat that his transition from BASS to MLF was not his most difficult one. This was something that he had been looking forward to for some time and was something that he wasn’t sure would even happen in his time as a pro. We talked about how he is looking forward to a fresh new style of fishing where the anglers are more in control and spectators have a much better opportunity to watch exactly how a day of professional tournament fishing really goes.

When I asked him where he wanted to see tournaments hosted, he gave me a very sarcastic response of 1, maybe 2, probably 3 events on Lake Erie. Lake Erie is literally in Dave’s backyard for those of you who don’t know, so to say he is comfortable on that big scary body of water is an understatement. After talking more about what the transition will look like, we talked about how he got introduced into the addicting world of kayak bass fishing.

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Check out Episode 29 of the ANGLR Tour on Lake Erie with Dave Lefebre and Guide Danny Jones!

Dave is part of a local TV show in Erie named Erie Extreme. While trying to find new things to do on his show, he met up with the Bonafide Kayak guys and became hooked. When the KBF (Kayak Bass Fishing) tournament series came around to Lake Erie, Dave made short work of the competition and took home the 10k prize. He even dropped some of his favorite Lake Erie fishing techniques that helped him get the big win. Make sure to check out his show Erie Extreme and get excited to follow along in his journey with MLF!

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Fishing Intelligence Podcast Ep. 6 | Fishing Martha’s Vineyard With Brian McCarty

On this episode of Fishing Intelligence, I am talking with Brian McCarty of Martha’s Vineyard about the epic Striper and False Albacore fishing in his area. Martha’s Vineyard was one of my absolute favorite stops on the ANGLR Tour. The fishing there is non-stop and these guys fish harder than anyone in the country.

We started off by talking about the Martha’s Vineyard Fishing Derby. This is a 5-week fishing event that lets the whole island fish against each other in a variety of categories such as surf, fly, and boat for a variety of species. This is an old tradition on the island and something that is taken very seriously with huge prizes for winning (boats and cars!!). Brian actually won the category on the fly from the surf for Striped Bass which is the best he has personally done in the tournament.

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After talking about the MV Derby, we moved into talking about the migration of fish in the Martha’s Vineyard area. The stripers have a predictable movement year in and year out so once you learn their patterns you can find them at any time of the year. When they migrate out of the island area, you can still find them in various hold over habitat and catch them there. Brian prefers to fish spooks, Sebile lures, and live eels for his best results with Striper fishing.

When I was there on the boat with him fishing, I learned that spooks have a lot of hooks on them when I took a hook through the thick part of my thumb as a Striper flailed aroud. Of course, this was right after Brian told me to use fish grips to unhook them, I should have listened. Brian also talked about his guide service on the island where he takes people surf fishing for these amazing fish. Make sure to check out his instagram for his guide service Major League Surfcasting and tell him the podcast sent you!

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Fishing Intelligence Podcast Ep. 5 | Shark Fishing And Hurricane Florence With Tyler Barnes

This is now the fifth episode of the Fishing Intelligence Podcast and I am talking with Tyler Barnes out of North Carolina. Tyler is a fishing enthusiast in the area as well as a surf fishing guide primarily targeting big sharks with his Fins On The Beach guide service. Unfortunately, North Carolina got blasted by the hurricane just a week earlier so I’m talking with Tyler to learn about the damages this hurricane caused and what they do to the fishery.

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Tyler and I with a beautiful Lemon Shark from Episode 24 of the ANGLR Tour!

We start the podcast off talking about how the actual storm went. Tyler stayed at his house in North Carolina for the storm after a lot of thought and told me about how terrible the weather truly was at its worst. There were downed trees, flooded homes, and blown out structures. Even though the weather was terrible and conditions were dangerous, Tyler went out of his way to go help shrimpers who had their boat beached in a nearby river and provided shelter for them while the storm continued.

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To book a trip with Tyler, visit Fins On The Beach Guide Service!

After telling me stories about the damage and aftermath, we transitioned to the fishing side of things. Apparently when a hurricane moves through, it moves massive amounts of sand with it and completely changes the beaches. This actually improved the near shore fishing in the area because the drop of became closer to shore and provided a different habitat for the fish.

I would have never thought a positive could come from a hurricane but that’s the attitude of people living on the coast when a storm comes is to find the best in it. After talking about the changes the hurricane cause, we discussed the recent shark fishing success he’s been having for his guided trips and how he is getting multiple runs a night from his surf rigs. Thanks for listening and be sure to check out Tyler’s services if you are in the Emerald Isle area!

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