I have spent a long career as an angling educator, outdoor writer, magazine and TV personality at In-Fisherman and Lindner Media Productions. In addition to performing over 1,000 fishing seminars at major sports shows, I am an inductee of both the Minnesota and National Fresh Water Fishing Halls of Fame.
I was one of the co-founders and past president of the Brainerd Lakes Area Chapter of LGF. I have continued to be an active volunteer, taking senior groups fishing and boating on area waters on the one of the 34 LGF pontoons.
From the very beginning, Let’s Go Fishing’s mission of taking seniors on complimentary outings has greatly appealed to my sense of tradition. As a kid, I spent a large amount of time fishing with my dad, grandfather and uncles. I enjoyed our times together in the boat, their stories, and the rich heritage that fishing provides to so many outdoors-oriented families. Today, Let’s Go Fishing is able to reward countless residents of senior care facilities—the folks who built our communities--with an otherwise unavailable way to spend time on the water, recalling past fishing experiences with families and friends, and occasionally, introducing folks to fishing for the first time. It’s immensely rewarding to both our guests, and to the many Let’s Go Fishing volunteers that make these trips possible.
My wife Liz joined me in this mission as a Let’s Go Fishing volunteer and co-founder of the Brainerd Lakes Chapter in 2010. As Community Relations Director at a senior care facility, she keeps me up-to-date on the financial and staffing challenges faced industry-wide, and the importance of making outdoor activities available to residents--not simply as fishing trips, but perhaps even more importantly, as recreational therapy that lifts spirits on the water.