Chad's Story

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“I wanted to reach out and tell you how much I’ve enjoyed the podcast. In fact, I have to say that its really motivated me to follow my passion for fishing.”

Chad Shares His Story

Hey Tom,
My name is Chad, I’m Jordan Gallup’s cousin. Not sure if you remember but you signed a couple photos for myself and my boys about a year ago and Jordan sent them to us. We loved the photos and hung them in our boys’ bedrooms. We really appreciated the gesture!


I wanted to reach out and tell you how much I’ve enjoyed the podcast. In fact, I have to say that its really motivated me to follow my passion for fishing. To give you some background, I grew up fishing in Broward County but spent my summers in Wisconsin fishing for Muskies and Northern Pike at our  humble family cabin. My wife and I met in Afghanistan, and we both still work for the USG but we now live in Miami. I am extremely fortunate that my wife and young boys all love to fish! Whether it’s peacock bass in the canals or snapper under the mangroves, both boys love to fish! It’s fun times, and I’ve taken your advice to focus on keeping the rod bent! 


Back to my passion. I love to fish, but I also really enjoy putting people on fish, and helping people experience the thrill and joy of catching fish! It’s taken some time but I recently decided to start a land based guide business in Miami to target peacock bass. It’s still in its infancy, and I’m not exactly sure what it will turn into but I’m pursuing it to see where it leads. That said, back in June I had the opportunity to take some guys who work for a fishing technology company called Anglr out to find Peacock Bass in Miami. The trip went well, they got some good footage, and this month I was invited to begin writing articles for Anglr. Below is my first article. It’s  all about targeting Peacock Bass in Miami and I wanted to share it with you. 


https://anglr.com/fishing-blog/other/catch-peacock-bass-south-florida/


My plan is to use the articles to jumpstart my guide service. I’m sure you get offers all the time to go fishing, but if you ever come through Miami on your way down to the Keys I would love to take you out to catch some peacock bass!


Anyways, the podcast is fantastic and the Nelson family is really looking forward to the next season of Saltwater Experience!


Take care and hope you enjoy the article,

Chad

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Elliot Sudal - Viral Video Fame Used For Conservation

Elliot Sudal - Viral Video Fame Used For Conservation

Elliot began his true fishing experience in Alaska at the age of 18 unloading fishing boats and going fishing in his spare time. Later on, Elliot moved to Nantucket as a boating guide, and not making enough money, he lived in his car for a few weeks. Three weeks into being in Nantucket, Elliot was fishing off the beach, and ended up catching a brown shark, pulling it by the tail up onto the beach. After a video of him catching, handling and releasing a shark on Nantucket went viral on social media and then to conventional TV, Elliot found himself on over 80 TV shows and other interviews. 

Jeffrey's Story

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“Wishing you continued success on the podcast. Thank you for the great service that you provide.”

Jeffrey Shares His Story

Hello Mr. Rowland,

First off I would like to express my gratitude to you and your podcast. I never listened to podcasts in the past and yours has changed my life. Listening to your stories along with your guests have influenced me to take a dream of mine and chase it down to reality, the dream of being a fishing guide. My father is a recreational fisherman and introduced fishing to me at a young age. I never considered fishing as a viable income. listening you along with your guests I came to the realization that I can take my passion for fishing and share it with many others, for this I thank you. keep up the good work on the podcast!

Podcast interview suggestions,
Mark Nichols, DOA lures
Capt. Greg Dini, Flywater Expeditions
Capt. David Mangum, Shallow Water Expeditions.

Thank you,

Jeffrey

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Taylor Somerville - Breathing Into A New Life

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“One of the easiest ways to combat [anxiety and stress] is to just practice your awareness of how you’re breathing throughout the day.”

- Taylor Somerville

Podcast Synopsis

Breathing techniques are no joke when it comes to your body’s mobility and reacting to stress. I became fascinated by the Wim Hof Method, and have been practicing this technique for the past four years and have experienced amazing results. For those who may not know this method, Wim Hof Method is when you take 30-50 really deep breaths with complete exhales until there is no air inside your lungs. The Wim Hof Method relies on three pillars: cold therapy, breathing, and commitment. Combined, these pillars have given tremendous benefits, both physically and mentally. Since starting Wim Hof, I haven’t been sick for over four years, and I have improved my athletic performance.

Knowing the results of Wim Hof Method to be accurate, I began to research more breathing methods/techniques, and came across Laird Hamilton. Along with his wife Gabby Reece, and fitness guru Brian Mackenzie, they created XPT (Extreme Performance Training). On their website, I had noticed XPT does coaching seminars, and the Coach of the Month award had been given to Taylor Somerville.

Based out of Memphis, Taylor has committed himself to health and fitness, and helps clients obtain healthy lifestyles, especially by focusing on breathing techniques. Taylor has worked in seminars with Chris Henshaw, receiving the Art of Breath certification, as well as being Aerobic Capacity ambassador.

I reached out to Taylor, and found out we have a lot of similarities: went to University of Alabama, and both would fish in Duck Key when they were younger. Thinking this was unusual that both of us would hang around Duck Key, I had found out that Taylor is related to legendary fishing guide, Steve Huff.

Somerville had started his career working for an investment business, and continued to work there for 15 years. Going through the same motions every day, Taylor realized he needed a change in his life, and knew that he no longer wanted to continue his tedious routine. To find out if changing his career was right for him, Taylor began studying breath work and meditation, and soon became interested in the Wim Hof Method, XPT, and SEALFIT. Focusing on deeper areas of breath work and techniques, Somerville noticed there was a change in how he approached situations. Usually when given a stressful complication, Taylor said he would get angry and hot-tempered quickly but with the breathing techniques, his reaction slowed and was able to respond without any anger. Soon after, Taylor officially quit his job, and became committed to fitness, nutrition, and having a holistic lifestyle.

Because the XPT sessions are usually held in Hawaii or California, I asked Taylor how this session went. Taylor said this was unlike anything he had experienced, especially walking in to a group of Type A people and immediately starting with a 45 minute breath session. From there, Taylor did pool workouts with dumbbells under water, and said that slowing his inhales and exhales during the ice experience really changed his state of mind.

Since then, Taylor has taught quite a few classes in Memphis, and is dedicated to helping his clients deal with stress. Regardless of the client, athlete or non-athlete, Taylor incorporates 20-30 minute breath work to change the mind and body.

I asked Taylor about breathing tips, and Taylor’s response was to focus on breathing horizontally instead of vertically. This is because upper chest breathing will cause more stress. Taylor also recommends box breathing before workouts, which is when you inhale for three seconds, hold for three seconds, exhale for three seconds, and hold again for three seconds. The box breathing may be stressful at first, but with continuing practice, this routine allows the body to become less anxious and gathers a mindful approach instead.

Another tip from Taylor is to increase nasal breathing as much as possible. This includes high intensity workouts and truly impacts your overall mobility. Unlike mouth breathing, nasal breathing filters about 95% of pathogens, increases CO2 tolerance, and activates your diaphragm.

When experiencing fishing or hunting, your heart can begin to race quickly, knees begin to knock, and the stress response mode is in full force. Taylor says these experiences happen all the time, and the best way to approach this is to use slow inhales and longer exhales. That way, you are slowing down the mind and your heart rate. When fishing, it is important to practice your techniques in every weather condition so you can improve your performance outcome.

Recently, Taylor competed in the World’s Toughest Mudder, a 24 hour event located in Las Vegas last year. This competition involves getting you in and out of cold water, running around a loop nonstop, and trekking up a mountain, consisting of hard obstacles. To train for such an intensive event, Taylor used CrossFit workouts, incorporated XPT, and would do a bunch of grip work and track workouts. In total, Taylor officially completed 55 miles in this event, and said the winner completed with 110 miles.

See you on the water,

-Tom Rowland

The Ring Game

The Ring Game

While my kids were growing up, we had a canal in our backyard and would play the Ring Game. As a fisherman, this is a great activity to reinforce my kids’ interest in fishing, but also I get to share one of my favorite hobbies with them. Though we had a canal, this game can be played in a pool, lake, or anywhere with water access. The Ring Game not only teaches kids how to cast their line, but is also a way to progress their skills, so they’re able to start catching fish on the flats.

Robert "RT" Trosset - 238 World Records, Leaving A Legacy And World Travel

Robert "RT" Trosset - 238 World Records, Leaving A Legacy And World Travel

Capt. Robert “RT” Trosset is a light-tackle fishing guide based out of Key West, Florida. Born and raised in East Central Florida and moving to Key West in 1974, Trosset quickly found a following among hardcore light-tackle anglers in the Miami Beach Rod and Reel Club, as well as serious world record chasers. To date, he’s led anglers to 238 IGFA records on light-tackle and fly.  RT was the first guide to lead anglers to over 100 records, and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Gamefish Association (IGFA).

BlacktipH - Joshua Jorgensen - YouTube Fishing Sensation

BlacktipH - Joshua Jorgensen - YouTube Fishing Sensation

Joshua Jorgensen goes by the handle BlacktipH on social media and YouTube.  Beginning with shark fishing at the beach, his videos have grown to include all types of fishing, including freshwater and saltwater.  BlacktipH has over 900,000 subscribers, and two of his videos have over 40 million views, while others have reached 8-10 million views. 

Derek DeYoung - Artist And Angler Living In Montana, Florida Keys And Northern Michigan

Derek DeYoung - Artist And Angler Living In Montana, Florida Keys And Northern Michigan

The tides were late that day and Rich wanted to fish from 2:00 P.M. through past dark.  We chose to visit Derek in Big Pine in the morning to get the interview for the TV episode.  We hit the water at Hawks Cay and headed to Long Key Bridge.  Derek was hoping to get a bite on a live mullet because he had never seen that happen before.

Derek is one of my favorite guests, and soon, we became fast friends.  I knew I wanted to do a podcast with him, but it seemed like we had run out of time.  I offered him a ride back to Big Pine instead of his wife having to pick him up, and we put on the headphones and hit record.  

Matt Lawson - How SealFit Kokoro and 20x Supercharged His Life

Matt Lawson - How SealFit Kokoro and 20x Supercharged His Life

Lawson started SEALFit in May 2013, and by November 2013, he was in a 20X event. This is an intense, 12-hour, nonstop event that will show you that you’re capable of 20 times more than you think you can do. This was Lawson’s stepping stone event to the SEALFit Kokoro, which is where our brotherhood really begins.