On this week's episode, Ana Leschishin (say Leschishin three times fast...we dare you!) a.k.a. Ana on Ice is our special guest. We've been wanting to have her on the show for quite some time and the timing couldn't have been more perfect because we were able to meet up in person.
Ana takes us behind-the-scenes on what it's like to work in marketing for Outdoor Bound TV. We also talk a good deal about ice fishing, specifically up in Manitoba- which is not for the faint of heart. We talk about Manitoba's "fish first" practices via the use of barbless hooks and other means, and how there'd be something to gain if that would catch on in the States.
"I'm just a girl who loves to fish"...That's the title of a popular YouTube video by young fishing sensation Averie Rose. But she's already so much more than that. This rising star from Canada is using her undeniable passion for fishing to help light the fire for other kids her age and get more people unglued from their devices and out enjoying the great outdoors.
She was the most perfect guest to bring on our show and wrap up our series of episodes dedicated to getting more people involved in sport fishing, and we couldn't imagine ending it on a higher note than this!
In episode 11 of It Pays to Fish, I feature an interview with Salt Strong brother Joe Simonds. He and his brother Luke took the plunge BIG TIME and quit six-figure jobs to follow their passion to start a fishing company. How incredible is that? Joe had to completely uproot and move from Georgia to Florida with his wife and kids. I guarantee you will find a wealth of inspiration and information in Joe's story.
The company they started, called Salt Strong, has built up an amazing community over the past few years, and they've done this though a lot of hard work and sticking to their initial why. Though their blog, YouTube channel, social media, online courses, and podcast, among other things, they've managed to create more than just a fishing company. They've created a movement.