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Fishing Guys Startup

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Fishing Guys Startup

This past summer I started helping with making fishing gear review videos. I loved it. A lot.

I got involved with a video review group and started applying both my video and marketing skills. It was amazing to connect my passion for filming with my passion for fishing. I jumped into the service with both feet and immersed myself into a new form of online marketing and saw some small successes.

After a lot of conversations, hitting a few walls and working through some of my own personal issues of starting something up again, I came up with Fishing Guys.

One of my best fishing buddies, Ryan, and I talk a lot about all things 'life' when we hit the river. We talk about our wives, kids, jobs and general non-sense. I told Ryan about my idea of doing a fishing website and getting more video work and general fishing craziness out there.

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I loved Ryan's response to me: 'How much do I need to kick your a$$ to get you to do this?' so with that and my wife saying 'When was the last time you failed at doing something?' (which is her way of saying that I haven't stepped out and tried anything really out there for way too long) I knew what I needed to do. 

We've schemed up video ideas, pictures, potential names and logos. We also talked about doing a podcast, something I knew nothing about and have never tried... until now (as of today we have two recorded). It's been a fantastic couple of months putting together new creative channels. To be honest, I feel invigorated and ready for creating more new work. It's been awesome having my wife and close friends right behind and beside me, pushing me onto building something new.

The other really big help in all of this has been my personal coach I've been seeing. I'll be writing about my sessions with her soon and just how awesome she's been, so stay tuned for that. I never knew how useful and insightful having a personal coach could be. She's also been a big proponent behind all of these new endeavours in my life.

That said, Fishing Guys is happening today!! Our official launch of Fishing Guys is happening. A local group of passionate anglers that love to fish, conserve and enjoy the outdoors. Latest local fishing news, gear reviews, podcasts, and fishing trips. Be sure to check out the new site:

www.fishingguys.ca 

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FRTV: Okuma Reel & Rod Review

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FRTV: Okuma Reel & Rod Review

It was a pleasure helping with this most recent review from Fishing Reviews TV for the Okuma Rod and Reel package they were sent. 

Jack Yoo with a massive Chinook Salmon Chilliwack River

Jack Yoo with a massive Chinook Salmon
Chilliwack River

For this shoot we packed fishing and filming gear right down into a remote spot of the Chilliwack River Valley. I absolutely love bridging the gap between two of my passions, filming and fishing. 

Fishing with Jack Yoo is an absolute pleasure and total learning experience. This guy tags into fish consistently and efficiently. You just have to see for yourself when he hooks into and lands, not just one, but two massive Chinook Salmon.

Enjoy.
(PS - I took my first shot at doing a product review voice over on this one, so be nice ;)

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Blogging & Collateral with Fishing Reviews TV

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Blogging & Collateral with Fishing Reviews TV

Over a month since I posted my new work with Fishing Reviews TV and the fun and experiments continue.

Part of what I've been able to do is make regular updates through Instagram (both photo and video updates) - in just over a month we've seen our Instagram followers grow from 6,000 to almost 7,000 not to mention that we're now over 3,000 likes on Facebook.

Here's a couple examples of videos we've put out on Instagram: 

Recently I had a chance to try out a pair of waders, boots and a jacket for Frogg Toggs and write up a review on them. You should check it out at the Fishing Reviews TV site here

All in all, we are in the process of filming more videos, testing out more and more ways to connect fish, fishing gear and people on-line. Connected people to fishing gear has been an interesting journey so far. The real secret of what seems to get people so interested in this stuff, seems to be… FISH. People just seem to like fish. So I'll leave you with this beauty of a coho I caught (only to have it stolen off the bank). 

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Fusing Filming & Fishing

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Fusing Filming & Fishing

I love to get behind my camera and film.
I love to grab my fishing rod and go fishing.
I've been lucky enough, with an incredible opportunity with the Fishing Reviews TV team, to start doing both.
  

Here's my first fishing review video on the Cheeky Ambush 375 Fly Reel: 

I'm really enjoying the ability to pack along my fishing gear with my film gear. I've also recently picked up the GoPro Hero 3 and I'm looking forward to putting it to the test more and more.
Cheers.

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