Sunday, December 31, 2017

Fish in the News New Year's Special

Welcome to our FN Holiday News Spectacular! This week we take a look at some of the top stories in FN News with special guests from listeners to other podcasters! Happy New Year! #varmints #casualbirder #speakupforblue 

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Ice Fishing Christmas and Spot Burning #fnthrowback 23

#FNThrowback 23 we take a walk back to Christmas 2013 and revisit one of our super fun vintage shows. We talk about Public Radio, dog cigars native american fishing and much more.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Duckling Lures and Otter Tailed Fish Thieves FN Throwback #22

We are taking a couple weeks off so Clay can act in "A Christmas Carol" so here is an Fish Nerds throwback. This is the first time the Nerds chatted with Luke from Chamo's Lures in Australia. Luke makes custom lures that look like duckling and grubs, total art pieces. Enjoy!

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Monday, December 4, 2017

The Curse of Silver Lake and Sex with Octopodes

We get a visit from Anthony Von Dessauer, host and DM of the Curse of Silverlake Podcast. Anthony is a tenth level nerd, you're going to love him. We chat a lot about fishing, RPG neediness and of course we have a famous fish quiz. Hugo Jumps in on the show with a review of the Bosch Heated Jacket. We wrap up with some Fish in the News and get really excited about Sex with Octopodes... Enjoy. Support the show on Patreon Book an Ice Fishing Trip with the Fish Nerds Links to the News

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Spawning in the Age of Aquarium Stocking for Ice Fishing Ep180

Today we play a little Stump the Fish Nerds Fish Guy Josh is back with a visit to AALSO I took a visit to North Country Angler to attempt to give advice on what ice fishing gear to stock AND I am bringing in a new segment. FN Reviews. The FN West is back This episode is brought to you by the Fish Nerds Guide Service This season we are starting a new program a 4 week teen fishing clinic Quick shout out to the gang over at the twisted ten podcast. Flat Earth has been in the news a lot and as many listeners know, I am obsessed with this topic. The fact that people can be so willfully ignorant is fascinating. The twisted ten had the guys from the Flat Earth Podcast on a few months ago and we here at the Fish Nerds sent them a rebuttal. I will keep ya posted on how that’s going. Stump the Fish Nerds - Call 607-378-FISH -Do stocked trout reproduce?

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Shark Tank Gar Fish and Fake Fish News ep179

 Recently on Shark Tank the guys over at Reely Hooked Fish Co. closed a 75K Deal with Mark Cuban, I reached them by phone in their minivan..Doc Martin is with us for some Fake Fish in the News with..Rich Collins our Fly fishing correspondent is back with “Why Fishing sucks in Nov”..And of course we have the real news  

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Trivial Warfare Carp and Braintrust Brothers

To be part of the show call 607-378-Fish or email This week we have Jonathan Oaks from Trivial Warfare and Rhett Hall from the Braintrustbros podcast. Fish Guy Josh and Doc Martin are back with Part 2 of the Fish of the Day with their chat about Carp and Goldfish

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Chicago Eels - Fish of the Day and Hanging Tuna Ep177

 Fish Guy Josh and Doc Martin have joined forces to bring us their Fish of the Day Segment.

So let’s get right to it!

Fish Guy Josh has been part of our show for a long time and works as a biologist in California. He brings us part II of his story on swimming with Whale Sharks or as Finding DORY says “SWIMMING WITH WHALLLLEE SHARKS” you can find part I on episode 174 - Links in the show notes Fish Guy Josh also has a fantastic youtube channel, be sure to subscribe

OK now how about some news - But before I get into that, we had huge storms here in NH this week resulting in massive flooding, this fall and late summer huge storms brought floods to Florida, taxes and Puerto Rico. It got us thinking about what happens to fish in floods... we will dive into that on next weeks show.

Special thanks this week in the news to Captain Shawn Tibbetts and David Jakubiak from the Environmental Law and Policy center in Chicago for their help.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Terrifying Fish - Lunar Lunacy and Fisherguiding 176

In honor of Halloween we are celebrating the five scariest or most feared fish on earth. Doc Martin is here to chat about how the moon impacts fish behavior We get a visit from some new web developers to share their new concept called Guides with us and help us with the news. AND Hugo is back with a culinary delight with his segment, Killing fish and Time with Hugo. So Let’s start with the 5th Most Scary Fish. 5. The Giant Devil Catfish 4. 
The Goliath Tigerfish 3. Electric Eel 2. Pacu - Legendary Nut Cruncher 1. The candiru

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Oyster Pirates -Speak Up For Blue & Slime Eels #175

Andrew Lewin from Speak Up For Blue Podcast cohosts with Clay Groves. The boys chat about careers in fish podcasts and dive in on the Oyster Pirates of Chessepeak Bay, yeah that was a real thing! Then the guys chat Fishy News, slime eels are the most fun! Fish in the News

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Virginia Eats and Drinks - Fish Guy Josh - FN Librarian- Fishing Reports 174

Jeff the FN librarian is back with a koi story. Fish Guy Josh is here With his new Segment, Fish Guy on Fish Guys- I had lunch with Virginia Eats and Drinks Magazine and Radio producer Patrick - - We went fishing with our FN Fly Correspondent Rich Collins and we have an a amazing amount of local fishing reports. This episode of the fish nerds podcast is brought to you by the Beyond Data Podcast... Our friend and science writer Rett Talbot’s new show. Here is a sneak peak! Be sure to subscribe on apple podcasts to not miss a single episode. Rett is far nerdier than we are and will make a great podcast for your ear holes. FISH IN THE NEWS

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Fish Addiction Radio Fish Nerds Podcast 173

Scott Albrecht visits the show this week and brings us a taste of his podcast, Fish Addiction Radio which is an ice fishing podcast. Scott is on Team USA's ice fishing team and is a ton of fun.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Koi Division Lobster Hell Fish Nerds Podcast 172

The only Fish Goth Joy Division parody cover band that matters joins us this week to talk music fish and make some news. Hook, the Bassist takes us on a musical journey you won't want to miss. Hook also performs in the touring band Bitchin Seahorse, Enjoy the show, special thanks to Diana's Bath Salts for the audio help with this episode.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Looking for Wild Brook Trout Return to Tunnel Brook Road EP 171

Chris Proulx from recently made a documentary on the Brook Trout Restoration project on Tunnel Brook Road in New Hampshire. Chris and I (Clay) went to check out the progress by having a very scientific fishing adventure. In this special episode we take you along with us to hear for yourself if the Tunnel Brook Road Brook Trout experiment has worked.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Ten Great Flies for Fall Fishing Backwoods Graphics and Running With Sharks

Liam from Backwoods Graphics  joins us as co-host this week We play a little stump the Fish Nerds A little Fish in the News Sammy Talks a little about what to do when your dad sticks you with a hook And We chat with North Country Angler and Hill Country Guides about some great flies to use while fishing this fall for trout. Promo: NO PATREON THIS WEEK Hey this is Clay from the Fish Nerds podcast, we're here in support of #PodcastersUnite in order to raise money for the American Red Cross for the relief effort of Hurricane Irma. The hurricane ripped through Florida and left families and pets homeless, buildings demolished and no power to millions of people. Now it's time to rebuild, and #PodcastersUnite need YOUR help! Go to blazingcariboustudios dot com and click on the #PodcastersUnite button and Donate today. All proceeds go directly to the American Red Cross and their relief efforts. The Fish Nerds have made a donation to this cause already and we gave away a month of podcast advertising as a part of the fund raister . SO this Podcast is brought to you by Zeng This But First - Conversation with Liam Did you ever hurt your kid with a fish hook? First up Flies you need to know about for fall trout fishing How bout some News? STUMP THE FISHNERDS Karl Hayes Can I eat trout that has been in my freezer for 4 months lol? From NANFA DO Bullheads produce Venom? Bullheads are probably best known for the sting that can result from careless handling. That "sting" is actually a sharp cut from contacting the sharp edges of the dorsal and pectoral fins. Jim Congdon, DNR fisheries manager in Horicon, says the fins are a defense mechanism the bullheads use to prosper in lakes and waterways throughout the state. "Predators learn to avoid a sharp-finned meal," he notes. If you, like me, have had the unfortunate experience of swooping your hand into a mass of bullhead fry roaming near a boat landing, you understand how painful those sharp little fins can be. A bullhead "sting," is more painful than that of a bee, and within minutes swelling can occur.The pain can last for a week or more. Congdon explained that bullhead fry have small glands near their side fins which produce a poison that can make getting "finned" by even half-inch fry very painful. These poison glands are common throughout the catfish family. Not to worry though – the poison is not life threatening and the pain can be dulled by dabbing the wound lightly with household ammonia. Don't dab gashes or larger open cuts. Recently, Jeremy Wright, a graduate student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan, determined that there are at least 1,250 and possibly more than 1,600 species of venomous catfish in the world, including the yellow bullhead, brown bullhead, channel catfish, blue catfish, stonecat, slender madtom, and white catfish. All madtoms except the Orangefin, which is a threatened species from Virginia and North Carolina, are venomous. Read more: As you know last week I was at Podcast MIDATLANTIC hanging out with lots of Nerds and at 1am I tried to record a stump the Fish Nerds segment, it went terribly wrong because they thought it was a trivia contest, so I am putting it out here anyway... I love other podcast Nerds and don’t forget September 30th is International Podcast Day Clay: So That’s it you’ve listened to a bunch of Fish Nerds when you should have been fishing! Liam: We would love to thank our Families for supporting while we podcast, go on fishing quests and do silly things that nerds do. Clay: Special thanks to the gang at Podcast MIDATLANTIC, North Country and Hill Country Guide Service my kid Sammy (sorry I stuck ya) and Liam from

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Mid Atlantic Podcast Conference and Sharks with Frickin Laser Beams

We recorded live at Mid Atlantic Podcast Conference Podcast Mid Atlantic Super Joe Pardo from the Dreamers Podcast I am hanging out with loads of podcast Nerds which is good because September 30th is international podcast day. So I am walking around asking Podcasters what their show is and asking them the impossible science question, what is a fish? Death of the Fox Brewery Amanda Doughty - Great Beer Adventure Justin Hellstrm - Audio Editing Solutions Live the Fuel -Scott W. Mulvaney Harry Duran Podcast Junkies Anthony Hayes Me Myself and I Radio THE Dave Jackson School of Podcasting David Steele Steele Empire Jenee' Views From a Cubicle Killing Fish and Time with Hugo! Hugo Medeiros is back with a new fishy recipe. This week it’s Salmon Tartare FISH IN THE NEWS The Real Shark Tank

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Humming Fish Fish Are Cute and Are we Famous FN Throwback 19

Have fun with this Vintage and very funny throwback.

We will be back next week with a fresh catch! 



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Monday, August 28, 2017

Franks Fly Arts River Danger and Catching Reds

Michael Frank sits in the co-host seat tonight and tells us a terrible story about the dangers of rivers. We chat a little about fly fishing for reds and of course we have fish in the News. In addition Hugo is back with a recipe for bluefish that everyone should try. NEWS LINKS

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Romance- River Sharks - Fishy Music

Fish in the NEWS fish music And our favorite protester is back - Fish Feel Here is a song for fishy rights people- This is called I am Fish written and performed by Art Paul Schlosser News Old Timey Fishy Music Thanks to Olaff for sharing with us Speak Up for the Blue Podcast

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Tuckerman's Brewery Bass Tactics and Expensive Scallops Episode 166

Our friend Nick sits in the Co-pilot seat and we have a ton of fun! Bass Fishing while kids are at camp Tuckerman’s Brewing Company Fish in the News Stump the Fish Nerds There’s a new Fishing Podcast on the Internet, Livewell Podcast The Livewell is a podcast about fishing and the outdoors. It is based in Minnesota, but features the sport nationwide. Hosted by Andy Petterson and Justin Moen. _Please Head to Itunes or Stitcher and subscribe. Take a listen and tell Andy and Justin what you like and more importantly what you want to hear. They are brand new and feedback is important. Shout out to Gerry Hansel - He’s a fan who visited NH this week from the Midwest and grabbed some lifelist fish while he was here. News Stump the Fish Nerds 607-378-FISH Karl Hayes Why are scallops so much money? CaptShawn Tibbetts Scallops are primarily caught far offshore. The quotas are small and supply and demand gets big dollars for them

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Tunnel Brook trout - Eating Fish Sperm - Imagine Dragons Sing Fish Nerds

Chris Proulx from to tell us about his documentary White Mountain Tunnel Brook Road in Partnership with the US Forest Service. We learn how Hurricane Irene has impacted the stream and what US Forest Service is doing to bring back brook trout habitat. Doc Martin sings some Imagine Dragons, Hugo cooks sperm! Yeah for real he does and the news is all sperm this week. News

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Naked & Afraid Appalachian Fish Nerd and Pee Mail

Today on the Show Hugo Medeiros is back with Killing fish and time with hugo, can’t wait to hear what he’s cooking-. I picked up an AT through hiker who is a total fish nerd -Yates Carrier instagram @kook_in_the_woods And we get Naked and Afraid with Samantha Ohl You can see her episode on Discovery on August 13th 10pm Follow Samantha on Instagram @Samantha_Ohl Stump the Fish Nerds Fish in the news

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Fish of the Day Muskie Attacks and Twisted Ten

Doc Martin and Fish Guy Josh team up to bring us a great new fish segment Fish In the News A girl was attacked by a muskie We chat with reporter Mike Vokovan Stump the Fish Nerds -Fish Mortality from deep water The Fish Nerds visit the Twisted Ten Podcas

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Fall Crappie Nuclear Fish and Hook Fetishes FN Throwback #18

We take the week off but bring you a fun vintage episode. This show features a fishing trip with and some great fish in the news enjoy!

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Trophy Pumpkinseeds Thermal Tolerance of Fishes and Flying with Lobsters

I am back to work on Summer Camp Doc Martin is Back Hugo is still eating like a fish And stay tuned at the end of the show for your local fishing reports. We need more of these so if you are out fishing, and want to leave a report call 607-378-FISH But first STUMP the FISH NERDS 607-378-FISH Now this ladder from Nebraska seems to be made for channel cats... The Amoskeag Fishways is designed for anadromous fish, but the concept it the same... Been a crazy week, I am back at summer camp as a fishing counselor. My job.. The Doctor is in, Doctor Erika Martin is back and answering listener fishy bio questions. This week we get to learn about how water temperature impacts bass. Fish in the News Hugo is back with Killing Fish and Time with Hugo, Hugo Medeiros is still eating smooth dogfish, check it out If you want to be part of the Fish Nerds conversations, please check out our Fish Nerds podcast group on Facebook. So that’s it you’ve listened to a bunch of fish nerds when you should have been fishing.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

FN Throwback 17 Roadkill Pizza Robot Fish and Swimming in Waders

We revisit one of our favorite past episodes, we talk bass guiding, wader problems and robot fish! Enjoy

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Pike on the Fly and Eat like a fish Citizen Science

Hugo is back with another sea robin recipe. Kate Masury from Eating With Ecosystem joins us to talk about their citizen science project #eatlikeafish. Kate tells us about The 5 Anchors PRINCIPLES OF A PLACE-BASED APPROACH TO SUSTAINING WILD SEAFOOD 1. Proximity 2. Symmetry 3. Adaptability 4. Connectivity 5. Community Then Rich Collins is back with a Fly Fishing for Pike Segment, special thanks to Bill from Lopstick Lodge for putting Rich on some big fish.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Eat Sea Robin Roe and Speak Up For the Blue

This week on the show Hugo is back with a great sea robin recipe. We can't wait to hear what you think about this. Andrew Lewin from Speak Up For the Blue interviews Clay about seafood. Please check out the Speak Up For the Blue Podcast, you will love it. We are giving away a groundfishing trip with Captain Shawn on  Thanks everyone.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Eating Smooth Dog Fish Are Cormorants a Conservation Win or Fishy Pest

Welcome to the Fish Nerds Today on the show! Killing Fish and Time with Hugo We are trying something new. There has been some demand for fishing reports, so we are asking listeners to call 607-378-FISH and leave a voicemail for us. Simply leave us a short (less than a minute) fishing report from wherever you are. If you own a business or charter service, you can drop your website in there too. We will play the fishing reports after each show. And we explore the question are Cormorants a conservation win or a pest. Our show is brought to you by YOU our listeners we are crowd funded through Patreon. We ask that if you like this show you head to and give us $1 per episode. So $4 a month. This money goes directly to keeping this show going. We use the money to cover show expenses and buy good microphones and more. If you own a business and want us to mention your business on the show donate at the $25 level and we will give you a shout out. Like our friend Josh Lopes, if you are in MA and need a great accountant, he is your guy... he also is my neighbor in NH sometimes. Thai Green Curry Dogfish According to some studies smooth dogfish have more mercury than most other fish. So we need to be careful here. Fish in the News Cormorants are they a conservation win or a pest? For you, the listeners of The Fish Nerds Podcast, Vinyl Me, Please is a vinyl record of the month club. The best record club, in fact. Every month, Vinyl Me, Please features one album that is essential to the modern vinyl collection and sends it to thousands of members worldwide. They will send you a super cool record paired with a cocktail recipe so you can be a little more of a music nerd. To join their record club go to Again, that's to join Vinyl Me, Please today. Facebook convo about cormorants - I got super defensive for the birds as I tire of “Bucket Biologists” deciding who should live and die. So I spoke out before doing my homework... That said the more I read about the issue, the less I know. I have like Bi-polar cormorant control ideas... I swing from let them live, to kill a bunch and see what happens, you will hear that in my interview today. Here are some facts we need to work with According to: Sea Grant There are Thousands of cormorants nesting on Lake champlain - Compared to 35 in 1982 Cormorants aren’t considered Natives Cormorants eat on average 1lb of fish per day. Their diet is almost an exact ratio of fish species in the lake 70% yellow perch. They are opportunistic and will eat freshly stocked fish (easy targets) That’s it you’ve listened to a bunch of Fish Nerds when you should have been fishing Special thanks to Hugo Medierios for his dogfish segment an his willingness to suffer the effects of mercury poisoning for you and our friend Rob Thorne from Captain Thorny’s Fishing Charters on Lake Champlain. Captain Thorny’s Fishing Charters CAPTAIN ROBERT THORNE (802)999-7779 Big thanks also to Diana’s Bath Salts for providing the Fish in the News Jingle. Until next time: Follow the code of the fish nerds Spawn early and often Avoid Free Lunches with Strings attached And Swim against the current every chance you get. Now time for your local fishing report, Please call 607-378-FISH to leave a report Thanks to

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Sustainable "Sensible" Seafood at the Virginia Aquarium #158

We spent the week at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. We talk sustainable seafood with scientists, fish mongers, regular people and have tons of fun.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Virginia Aquarium Marine Science Center - Lunch and Learn -Special Edition 157

The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center brought the Fish Nerds in for their Sensible Seafood Festival. In this special edition you will hear Clay Groves present live the Story of the Quest to Catch and Eat Every Kind of Freshwater Fish in New Hampshire. Special Thanks to Karen Burns and Leslie Clements for their support all week.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

News Down Under Seal Impacts on Fish Stocks Fly Fishng Advice Episode 156

Luke Chamings from Chamo's Lures joins us to bring us some Fishy News from Australia! Andrew Lewin fom the Speak Up For Blue Podcasts teaches us a little about the impact seals have on cod stocks. And listeners call in with tons of great (and weird) fly fishing advice!

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Monday, May 15, 2017

John Gierach A Fly Rod of Your Own FN Book Club Episode 155

The FN Book Club is back! This month we read John Gierach's newest book "A Fly Rod of Your Own" we loved the book and we got to talk with John! This is a big deal. Thanks to Simon and Schuster for helping us set this up. John Gierach, “the voice of the common angler” (The Wall Street Journal) and member of the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame, brings his sharp sense of humor and keen eye for observation to the fishing life and, for that matter, life in general. John Gierach is known for his witty, trenchant observations about fly-fishing. In A Fly Rod of Your Own (Simon & Schuster; April 4, 2017; $25.00), Gierach once again takes us into his world and scrutinizes the art of fly-fishing. He travels to remote fishing locations where the airport is not much bigger than a garage and a flight might be held up because a passenger is running late. He sings the praises of the skilled pilots who fly to remote fishing lodges in tricky locations and bad weather. He explains why even the most veteran fisherman seems to muff his cast whenever he’s being filmed or photographed. He describes the all-but-impassable roads that fishermen always seem to encounter at the best fishing spots and why fishermen discuss four-wheel drive vehicles almost as passionately and frequently as they discuss fly rods and flies. And while he’s on that subject, he explains why even the most conscientious fisherman always seems to accumulate more rods and flies than he could ever need. Fish In the News Fish in the News

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Monday, May 8, 2017

I've Got 99 Problems But Fishing Aint 1 Fish Nerds #154

Doc Martin Checks in with a great Parody of Jay Z's classic, "I've got 99 Problems" Andrew Lewin (Speak up for Blue Podcast) Checks in with his segment speak up for the FN Blue, we learn about whale stranding and why we might want to give Bill Nye the Science Guy a little credit. I went to the Dole & Bailey Pop up food show with Amanda from the Great Beer Adventure Podcast Kevin Edmonds chatted with us Then we talked with Spencer Montgomery Fish Monger from a rod and reel boat. We talked to Jarvis Greene former New England Patriot and now Shrimp Monger owner of Ocean 97 Vicotria's Gourmet "Rubs" chatted with us and gave us some rubs! Finally Whiskey Time! With Wiggly Bridge Distillery Enjoy the

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Fish Nerds Podcast 153 Five Essential Flies for Fly Fishing and Postfly Box

5 Flies every freshwater fisher needs -Rich Collins Elk Hair Caddis (Caddis on the surface, dry fly that can be stripped under the surface or skittered) Black Wooly Bugger (I prefer cone head with legs) (Stonefly or leech emulator) Bead head nymph - essentially emulates nymphs of any species (Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear or Prince Nymph) Parachute Adams - an all around mayfly staple San Juan Worm - its a worm fly. A good old fashioned trout worm/Dilliy emulator. Trail it off an egg pattern and you get what they call a “Spaghetti and Meatball” rig. Bonus points: The duracell. Its a UV threaded numph on a jig head. Think of it as the “Iron man” fly - an all business, all action Nymph. Rich sat down with the folks over at Postfly Box monthly subscription service Fish in the News Fish in the News

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Fish Nerds Podcast 152 Folly Beach Taxonomy Killing Trout

We make a trip to Folly Beach SC and meet Actors and Producers Clarence Felder and Chris Weatherhead - Hugo is back to talk about cooking trout Doc Martin makes Taxonomy fun again Andrew Lewin from Speak Up for Blue Podcast talks about science Have fun

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Fish Nerds 151 Pink Floyd Shrimp

The FN Book Club is back and we chat about the "Founding Fish" with our FN Librarian Jeff Danaldson. Doc Martin Checks in with some special news and Andrew Lewin (from the Speak Up for the Blue Podcast) brings us a story about a new "Pink Floyd" Shrimp.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Fish Nerds 150 Fish Eyes Easy Sibiki Fishy Conservation

April is National Poetry Month, so my kid Zoe asked me if she could read a beautiful poem about fishing. Speaking of Literature, we have an FN Book Club Next week we will be talking about the Founding Fish The Doctor is in! Our FN Librarian Jeff Danaldson will join us to talk about American Shad If you want to be part of the discussion call 607-378-FISH or Join the FN Bookclub group on Good Reads Fish in the News Interview Phillip Brown from New Zealand inventor of BlackBow | The Easy Sabiki

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Fish Nerds Podcast 149 Lamprey Varmints Speak Up for the FN Blue

We are so lucky to have friends like Paul and Donna Hosts of the Varmints Podcast, one of out favorite podcasts. Please subscribe to their show on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts We learn all about the Mighty Sea Lamprey and have a lot of fun. Our famous fish quiz is back and we find out that being from Colorado makes one a drug expert News Lamprey's Make an appearance on Sponge Bob

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Fish Nerds Podcast 148 Fly Fishing Lead Loons and Conservation

What’s the worst fishing advice you’ve been given? Fish in the News! NH has some of the most restrictive lead bans in the country, but some say it’s too much! Here is what some folks are saying on facebook… Names have been altered! So when are WE fishermen going to push back against this lead law? I mean, maybe not get rid of it totally but have it rewritten... Shouldn’t be all lead... Should only be lead sinkers... Painted jigs, with hooks should be excluded! So many types of lures that aren't made without lead... Not to mention the price... Of the bird people can make the law, no reason why we can't get it rewritten to not COMPLETELY screw us... Mike Its the ones with the hooks that are the worse. Lead is bad for the environment and all health. Period. Yeah, its kind of annoying, but it would be better for the market in general to move away from lead. The last part is the real problem Ray The law should be like Maine's lead law... NH needs to stop trying to be so different from Maine and start looking toward them for guidance... Lol Steve Loons don't eat lead shot larger than #4 shot. Lead split sinkers are mostly bigger than that. Too many anti, loon lovers in NH F&G. Raymond Everything that is made of lead they make in tungsten or bismuth . Bismuth I'd the same price as lead .Lead free bass jigs.Com . And ray to your thoughts on getting it changed never ever going to happen . I don't care if you got every fisherman in the state it still isn't going to change. Now go check out ken's site and replace your equipment like I've had to do and everyone else has had to. I've easily got a $300 worth of lead I just use it when I go to fla. Only one I disagree with is spinnerbaits . Ain't no way in the world a loon is going to swallow a spinnerbaits . Besides a pelican there isn't a bird big enough to swallow one of those . Rich I get pissy too when I look at my lead tackle but think of the time and money spent on lead poisoning and pollution. It's an inconvenience but filling our waters regularly with a known toxin is just plain irresponsible. I fully support a lead ban, as does the research, so I am happy to see our New England states making smart decisions not moving backwards Raynor U say states... Only NH is so strict that it over does it... For example... Maine has a lead law. But it's directed toward lead sinkers... But painted jigs are ok... NH doesn't care that paint creates a border so if a bird were to eat it the fact of it Rich That's a fun argument but lead is dangerous when mixed with water, period. Might I remind you of this. And yes, I know, that was not caused by fishing tackle, but why should we fill our environment with a highly toxic substance if we don't have to? If we all chose to voluntarily reduce lead use, the nanny laws wouldn't exist. |Chris Completely agree sucks cause tungsten jigs or tinget expensive but in the long run its a better decision Tim It's not about lead or loons. It's about the leftists showing they can push their agenda. Watermelons, green on the outside red on the inside. Steve . I have gone to tungsten, but this law was nothing more than an effort pushed thru by the loon preservation society. It's funny to me that 35 years ago if I saw a loon it was a real event something to talk about. My guess is that had something to do with DDT. Now they are in every waterbody in the state, and guess what? They made that comeback over the last 35 years with all of us using lead tackle! It's not like we stopped using lead last year and the loons all showed up. I think there could be some adjustments to the law that might be a good compromise Steve And don't tell me the costs are not a real difference. When I owned Upper Valley Outfitters, I could buy jigs for walleye fishing wholesale at about.35 cents each. Tungsten was .92 cents. That sounds trivial, but the Connecticut River tends to eat tackle so it got too expensive for some fishermen. That's just what I observed Travis The law is so stupid. I completely agree. I'm not paying 4 dollars more for jigs that are not lead. And the jigs I've trusted and used for years are lead. How about drop shot weights? They are so expensive if they aren't lead and you tend to lose them. So there's 14 bucks Every time you go out when they lead ones are a quarter of the cost. In the long run it will cost hundreds if not thousands more for gear. Which I simply cannot afford. Ted Williams I've fished in NH since the lead ban and have not suffered even a little. Good for NH for leading the way. No one's "screwing" anyone. Here's piece I did for TNC explaining what some anglers need to learn: Denise Having managed a marina on Squam, I can tell you in just one summer on Little Squam we had 3 loons in our harbor that ingested lead we were able to capture because they were sick and 2 died. All were x-rayed and they had lead in their stomachs Kyle Loins is funny! David Just use tungsten Ted Williams Non-toxic metals including steel, bismuth, copper and tin are cheap and readily available. Tungsten is relatively expensive but weighs more than lead. Non-toxics hold up better than lead, don’t snag as easily, keep tackle boxes cleaner and are safe for humans. Now there are even ceramic and natural rock sinkers. Speak Up for the FN Blue with Andrew Lewin Promo Mystery Tackle Box code FISHNERDS to save 5 bucks

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Fish Nerds 147 Live at Kittery Trading Post

Live At Kittery Trading Post! We spent the day hanging out at Kittery Trading Post, we met a ton of great people and caught up with some old friends.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Fish Nerds 146 Homeless Fish Marketing the Guide Service and My Friend Nick

WE HAVE A SPONSOR - Promo Code FISHNERDS to save $5 off your first box Ice Fishing Business update How I marketed the fish nerds guide service -Podcast -Newspaper Ads -Chamber of Commerce -Social Media -Marketing - Christian Mower and Tony Zore of Magic 104 came ice fishing and produced this story -Conway Sun did a six page story including a cover story! Some things I’ve learned... -Don’t take cash at the boat launch -Clients Do not understand what waterproof boots are -Always feed clients -Guides are territorial -Guiding is expensive FN Book Club - Founding Fish, after reading it call 607-378-FISH to start a conversation - We are recording the episode on April 10! Fish in the News!

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Monday, March 6, 2017

FN 145 Carrie Z Hunt Fish Travel Purple Octopus and More Reasons to Fly Fish

Intro Guest read by Wachusett Reservoir Addicts I’m Carrie Z of the HuntFishTravel Podcast, and of the Adventure & Travel Podcast launching this summer! Clay: Anything is fair game and it's a good bet that after today’s show you’re going to want to fish more and talk less. This episode is brought to you by you! Our Patreon Supporters, our top tier supporter is Josh Lopes, Josh Lopes is an accountant and tax season is coming up. Josh also owns a vacation rental property next door to my house. If you want a great tax guy and are in Massachussetts give Josh a call you can find links and phone numbers at Fish If you want to support the Fish Nerds head over to we are asking fans to donate t dollar per episode Segment 1 Spearing Fish with Carrie Z (11 minutes) Promo Outdoor Podcast Channel Segment 2 (10 Minutes) Rich Collins - Fly Fishing Minute Segment 3 (7 minutes) Purple Octopus Killing fish and time with Hugo Purple Octopus 1 octopus, beak and eyes removed 1 red cabbage, sliced so it’ll fit in a juicer Juice or puree one head of red cabbage. Place the octopus in a tupperware and cover with the cabbage juice. Place in fridge for 24 hours then remove and rinse. *At this point I vacuum sealed and cooked the octopus using the Sous Vide device but you could otherwise bring it to a boil and cook on medium heat in water for 20 minutes per pound. Sous Vide Method Preheat Sous Vide bath to 180 F Vacuum seal the octopus and cook in Sous Vide for four hours. At this point the octopus will be perfectly tender and ready to use in any recipe. I used my Searzall food torch to give it some color and a little charring Segment 4 Convincing Clay to Fly Fish Michael Frank Ken Edmonds of Georgia talks fly-fishing & Dave Whitlock Big thanks to Mystery Tackle box for supporting this episode, to get 5 dollars off your first order Unboxing Fish in the News Clay: So that is it. you have listen to a couple of Fish Nerds when you could have been fishing, Carrie : We’d like to thank our families for supporting us while we podcast, go on fishing Quests and do all sorts of silly things that NERDS do. If you would like to support Fish Nerds you can go to and search for Fish Nerds and help us crowd fund this podcast! CLAY: Special Thanks to Carrie Z of the Hunt FIsh travel podcast Carrie: And until next time, follow the code of the Fish Nerd: Spawn early and often; Clay: Avoid free lunches with strings attached; Carrie: swim against the current every chance you get.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Fish Nerds Episode 144 Outdoor Advebtures with Jayson Sacco

We get to hang out with Jayson Sacco of the Outdoor Adventures with Jayson. We go deep into why we make podcasts, fishing and hunting ethics and all sorts of outdoor adventures. This episode is sponsored byb Mystery Tackle Box, head to enter code FISHNERDS at check out to save $5 off your first order. Enjoy the show

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Episode 143 FN BookClub Why Fly Fish I Hate Mola Mola

Guest intro 0:10 US Intro 3:00 WE HAVE A SPONSOR - MTB Promo Code FISHNERDS Segment A 11:00 FN Book Club “Cod” The Founding Fish by John Mcphee for the next FN Book Club Promo 0:30 Patreon - Big thanks to our newest Patrons! Rich Collins, Ed hind and Backwoods Graphics Segment B 8:20 Fish in the News Great Rotary Ice Fishing Derby - Interview with one of the winners (pretaped) 0:30 You need to have seen it by now, however simply in case — a Fb standing from Cincinnati resident Scout Burns, itemizing all of the explanation why they hate the mola mola a.okay.a ocean sunfish, has gone tremendous-viral, and with good purpose. Clay: So that is it. you have listen to a couple of Fish Nerds when you could have been fishing, Jeff : We’d like to thank our families for supporting us while we podcast, go on fishing Quests and do all sorts of silly things that NERDS do. If you would like to support Fish Nerds you can go to and search for Fish Nerds and help us crowd fund this podcast! CLAY: Special Thanks to Jeff Danaldson Jeff: And until next time, follow the code of the Fish Nerd: Spawn early and often; Clay Avoid free lunches with strings attached; Jeff : swim against the current every chance you get.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentines Edition 142 Love Fish Nerds Style with Great Beer Adventure 2

Intro Read, Dave Perry from Valentines Special SPECIAL gUEST Amanda from the Great Beer Adventure Podcast Clay - Hey Amanda, thanks for coming on the show! - Tell us about the Great Beer adventure, what is your origin story? What are you drinking tonight Well this is the Fish Nerds Valentines special, because nobody is more romantic than a nerd! Let’s talk about love making, and make no mistake, fish make lots of love.. Not sure if love is the right word! Preview for Next week’s show Saltfish= Another name for girl parts ... Next week we introduce a brand new segment for the show #FNbookclub Jeff Danaldson (Librarian) will lead us through a discussion about Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World-Mark-Kurlansky Segment 1 Fish Love Percula Clownfish: Your Mommy Was Your Daddy. (from In Disney's animated movie Finding Nemo, the animators forgot to tell you one thing about clownfish: they can change gender! Clownfish live in a group consisting of a breeding pair of male and female, as well as some non-breeding males. There is strict hierarchy based on size: the largest is the female, next largest is the male, and then the non-breeding males.If the female dies (or gets fished, I suppose), the male will change sex and become the female! Then the largest of the non-breeding males will get a promotion to become the breeding male. Sneaker Male The most common mating strategy involves a large adult male (age 7+) building a nest and then providing parental care for his offspring. The male will groom the eggs with his tail and will attack anything that comes near his nest. Males even protect the nest after the eggs have hatched. The larger the male, the better chances he will have of defending himself and his offspring. Nesting is a way for a male to show off his fitness and reproductive ability. These older males also develop a dark spot behind the gills and brilliant blue coloration, which is a very noticeable signal that the male is ready to mate. Physical displays that symbolize reproductive fitness are common in the animal kingdom, but this does not always mean the largest male is the only one to reproduce. There are adaptations within bluegill populations that work around the parental male life cycle. Some bluegill males use what scientists have named “cuckolding” or “sneaking”. Sneaker males, smaller and younger (age 2+) than their parental male competitors, wait until the nesting male and female are about to spawn. As the female begins releasing eggs into the water for the male to fertilize, the sneaker will dart into the nest and quickly release his milt (sperm) in the hopes that he will at least fertilize some of the eggs. Sneaker males are unusual enough but there are also “satellite” males. Smaller male bluegill will develop the coloration and behavior of female bluegill. Female bluegill lack the bright colors that males have. This helps disguise them from the larger, aggressive parental males. Once the male and female begin fertilization, the mimic will swim up to the female and release his milt. The adult male does not see it as a threat so both males are able to reproduce. These three life histories do not overlap. Parental males are always parental males since they tend to mature later in life. Sneakers and satellites begin mating around age 2 and usually live much short lives than male parents. This is where the tradeoff mentioned above becomes evident. Parental males live longer, mature at an older age and are the most likely to produce the most offspring. Sneakers and satellites mate at a younger age but will likely produce less viable offspring. It is currently unknown what determines if a male becomes a parent, sneaker or satellite. It is believed to be a combination of genetics as well as environmental pressures (such as a lake filled with many large males) that determine which life history a male will follow. A nightmare for Male Anglerfish When you think of an anglerfish, you probably think of something like the creature above: Big mouth. Gnarly teeth. Lure bobbing from its head. Endless nightmares following. During the 19th century, when scientists began to discover, describe, and classify anglerfish from a particular branch of the anglerfish family tree—the suborder Ceratioidei—that’s what they thought of, too. The problem was that they were only seeing half the picture. The specimens that they were working with were all female, and they had no idea where the males were or what they looked like. Researchers sometimes found some other fish that seemed to be related based on their body structure, but they lacked the fearsome maw and lure typical of ceratioids and were much smaller—sometimes only as long as six or seven millimeters—and got placed into separate taxonomic groups. It wasn’t until the 1920s—almost a full century after the first ceratioid was entered into the scientific record—that things started to become a little clearer. In 1922, Icelandic biologist Bjarni Saemundsson discovered a female ceratioid with two of these smaller fish attached to her belly by their snouts. He assumed it was a mother and her babies, but was puzzled by the arrangement. “I can form no idea of how, or when, the larvae, or young, become attached to the mother. I cannot believe that the male fastens the egg to the female,” he wrote. “This remains a puzzle for some future researchers to solve.” When Saemundsson kicked the problem down the road, it was Charles Tate Regan, working at the British Museum of Natural History in 1924, who picked it up. Regan also found a smaller fish attached to a female ceratioid. When he dissected it, he realized it wasn’t a different species or the female angler’s child. It was her mate. The “missing” males had been there all along, just unrecognized and misclassified, and Regan and other scientists, like Norwegian zoologist Albert Eide Parr, soon figured out why the male ceratioids looked so different. They don’t need lures or big mouths and teeth because they don’t hunt, and they don’t hunt because they have the females. The ceratioid male, Regan wrote, is “merely an appendage of the female, and entirely dependent on her for nutrition.” In other words, a parasite. When ceratioid males go looking for love, they follow a species-specific pheromone to a female, who will often aid their search further by flashing her bioluminescent lure. Once the male finds a suitable mate, he bites into her belly and latches on until his body fuses with hers. Their skin joins together, and so do their blood vessels, which allows the male to take all the nutrients he needs from his host/mate’s blood. The two fish essentially become one. Segment 2 Guides Corner, with Michael Frank PROMO The Fish Nerds are part of the Outdoor Podcast channel! All your outdoor podcasts needs on one feed! Check it out wherever you get your podcasts. Everyday another outdoor show! So fish shows, hunting shows, travel shows, camping shows and much more. Check it out! Segment 3: Product Reviews “Garmin Striker 4” fish finder Segment 4: Fish in the News Cod Love (Tweeted) Zachary David ‏@Adironzach @FishNerds Frozen fish in the news! Segment 5 Do fish kiss? Clay So that is it. you have listen to a couple of Fish Nerds when you could have been fishing, Amanda: We’d like to thank our families for supporting us while we podcast, go on fishing Quests and do all sorts of silly things that Nerds do. If you would like to support Fish Nerds you can go to and search for Fish Nerds and help us crowd fund this podcast! Clay Special thanks to Amanda from the Amanda: And until next time, follow the code of the Fish Nerd: Spawn early and often; Clay Avoid free lunches with strings attached; Amanda swim against the current every chance you get.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Fish Nerds Episode 141 The New England Fishing and Outdoor Expo

We take you on a visit to the NE Fishing and Outdoor Expo. More than Dan Kenney, Go Fish Dan Casting Carter Salmon Pro Charters Vintage Fish Company Ryan Dubay (Feel Free Kayaks) Radfish Lures Backwoods Graphics University of Maine Fishing Club– Bass University- Berkshire River Fly Fishing Boag Hog Baits Contoocook River Canoe Company Daddymac lures Dave Pickering Durabrite Lights Duce rods Eurotackle Filthy Anglers Garmin Get Bent TV Hugo and Yellowman Jase Custom Rods & Life of Riley Fishing BASS NATION Captain Mel True Line Cutterz Mass Bass Boys NEPVA Northwoods Sporting Journal Ocean Cowboys On the Water Magazine Penobscot River Cabins Phil Belcher Jr. Trapper Tackle Plum Island Surf Caster Hook Line and Sinker The Fisherman Magazine NH Fishing and Outdoor Expo Dan Kenney, Go Fish Dan Casting Carter Salmon Pro Charters Vintage Fish Company Ryan Dubay (Feel Free Kayaks) Radfish Lures Backwoods Graphics University of Maine Fishing Club– Bass University- Berkshire River Fly Fishing Boag Hog Baits Contoocook River Canoe Company Daddymac lures Dave Pickering Durabrite Lights Duce rods Eurotackle Filthy Anglers Garmin Get Bent TV Hugo and Yellowman Jase Custom Rods & Life of Riley Fishing BASS NATION Captain Mel True Line Cutterz Mass Bass Boys NEPVA Northwoods Sporting Journal Ocean Cowboys On the Water Magazine Penobscot River Cabins Phil Belcher Jr. Trapper Tackle Plum Island Surf Caster Hook Line and Sinker The Fisherman Magazine

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Podcast 140 Rich Collins Frozen Eyes Boneyard and Fishing Pet Peeves Recorded Live at the New England Fishing Expo

Podcast 140 Recorded live at the New England Fishing and Outdoor Expo Michael Frank’s Guide Corner Stump the Fish Nerds with Doc Martin and Scott Decker NH Fish and Game Fish in the News Fishy Pet Peeves

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Fish Nerds Podcast 139 Becoming a Guide Part 4 and Pocket Rod Rest

Welcome to the Fish Nerds I’m Clay Groves, Licensed NH Fishing Guide This episode is the fourth in our series on how to become a fishing guide. I am happy to bring you on my journey into making a living (at least partially) in the fishing industry. This episode is brought to you by our friends at NH Outdoor Learning Center, they offer tons of great outdoor certifications and I went to guide school with them. Scott Jackson really understands this business and without his help I would have had no chance of becoming a fishing guide. We originally were going to make this a simple four part series, but as I dig into this material and grow the business I am finding that it’s much more difficult than I could have imagined. Upcoming ideas for future episodes in this series, the expenses of guiding, becoming a pro-staff, sponsorship, marketing and the one that surprised me most, the Politics of guiding. First up my first trip I arrived to the fishing spot a half hour before my client. People were in the spot of my first choice, so I moved to plan B. It was January 1 so by law I could not pre-fish the area, in addition, my snowmobile broke down the day before so it was going to be a walk-on ice fishing trip. Did I mention I hate silver lake? My client arrived on time and was super excited to fish, so we headed out. There was nobody else in the area I chose, I chose the spot for two reasons, 1- Easy Parking and 2 5 years ago I saw a trout on an underwater camera, my hopes were not high and I informed my client we were not going to catch much, did I mention I hate silver lake? Here is Mike’s first impression Confidence grows with experience, we took a break to collect more audio, after this my equipment froze so I had to stop recording. All in all it was a good day, I counted 9 lakers for Mike and a few for myself, Mike called in to recap. BTW I can’t begin to thank Mike Enough, it means a lot to me that he wanted to be my first client. With my confidence High, Fish Nerds fly fishing correspondent and my friend Rich Collins came out with me. Rich is my banana, he’s full of bad luck, so we chatted while my recording equipment failed... the buzzing noise you hear in the background is my fish finder. Recently we had some protesters or I should say protester, you’ll hear my Father-in Law Scott call in to talk about our protestor. Then our recording equipment failed, you will hear more from RIch in the future. Part of being a guide is doing fishing seminars, I have been doing these for years (since 2011) so I did one for the Conway Public Library, Vinnie Joined me, once he is licensed he will be my partner in the Guide Service. We won’t make you listen to the whole thing. I booked 2 trips from the seminar, 18 people attended and the feedback we got was positive except for one. Someone said the children were distracting (My kids!) I got a call from Dave Wilson, who is has invented a new device call the Pocket Rod Res, he asked to meet me at a coffee shop to show off his new invention. I have a handful on these Pocket Rod Rest to give away. Here’s how you can get one. I need to know what Annoys you most about other fisherpeople, what’s your fishy pet-peeve, leave that on my voicemail and I will send the first 8 people who call in a Pocket Rod Rest and some FN Decals. 607-378-FISH

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Podcast 138 Trump Fish, Speak Up for the Blue &and Runny Bottom Border Patrol

Andrew Lewin from the Speak Up for the Blue Podcast co-hosts How do conservationists feel about recreational fishing? Do fish feel? Is fishing an act of violence? Facebook discussion from Fish Nerds Podcast group The river institute

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Podcast 137 Vegan Fish, New England Fishing Expo, Guides Corner and Boat Battery Hell

Next week we will be releasing the fourth episode in our series on becoming a licensed fishing guide It’s going to be a lot of fun, you might be impressed If you want to hire me to take you fishing head to to get the info. All I will say is that this week I have had the best ice fishing of my life... species caught so far this season, lake trout, brook trout, rainbow trout, smelt, brown bullhead and yellow perch Guide Conrer with Michael Frank, Go Fish Dan The Fish Neds will be at the New England Fishing and Outdoor expo! Fish Guy Josh and the Amazing James, FN West - Boat Battery and Hell Sturgeon

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Fish Nerds #136 Phil Belcher Jr. Fishing University

Phil’s gonna be famous, but we knew him before he was cool! The schedule for the Sportsman Channel is: Jan. 2 Monday 11:00am Eastern Jan. 5 Thursday 10:00am Eastern Jan. 8 Sunday 8:30am Eastern Jan. 9 Monday 4:30am Eastern The schedule for the Outdoor Channel is: Jan. 2 Monday 7:30am Eastern Jan. 6 Friday 7:30am Eastern Jan. 7 Saturday 5:00am Eastern Jan. 7 Saturday 1:30pm Eastern “Your show description is: “Charlie & Ray are fishing today in Saratoga Springs, NY on Lake Saratoga with Bill Siemantel, B.A.S.S. & SPRO Pro & Phillip Belcher, Rat Fishing expert! Everyone from novices to pros can fish the big RATS! Tune in to see everything that Saratoga Springs has to offer! “ “ Fish Nerds live at the New England Fishing and Outdoor expo Guides Corner We have a brand new sengment, Michael Frank from Columbia SC is our new guide correspondent, Michael runs Franks Fly Arts you can find more info from him or hire him at - Patreon.. Our show is funded through our fans . Captain Shawn sent us a nice Brown Trout story... Thanks Shawn Jeff Dannaldson shared this fishnerds podcast group FISH IN SPACE What happens you let your little cousins name a new species: NINJA SHARK!

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