Fishing Adventures

The Fish Nerds Podcast Has Been Nominated

Podcast Award

We are super excited to announce that the Fish Nerds Podcast has been nominated for the Podcast Awards~

Being nominated in the Sports in Outdoor Category is monumental when you consider the competition is fierce.

We are the only NOT SPORTS show in the running for this award. The shows we are up against (all great shows) are sports related.

So for our little fishy show to even get into the finals is a huge deal.

I (Clay) want to personally thank all the listeners who logged into the Podcast Awards website to nominate us. The final award will be chosen by a comittee, so there is nothing to do but wait!

Stay Tuned

Becoming a Licensed Fishing Guide Part 2, Learning from Mistakes


Welcome to the Fish Nerds, it’s a celebration of Fish Fishing and Eating fish

I’m Clay Groves, Licensed NH Fishing Guide



Today’s episode is sponsored by the NH Outdoor Learning Center  this is where I went to guide school. Scott Jackson runs a great program that will teach you everything you need to know to pass the NH Guide Test… I doubt I could have passed the test without taking the course.

This is the second part in our series on becoming a fishing guide.

As I was traveling around meeting guides, I was struck by how competent and confident they all are. The only way to gain that level of confidence is by making mistakes. So I begged the question, what do you consider a bad day with clients. I’ve collected three stories or you,

FIrst Up, we have Tim Moore, Tim Moore is a licensed NH guide and one of the hardest working guys I know. For more information on Tim head to I caught up with Tim at a coffee shop in Portsmouth NH




Next up, Captain Shawn Tibbetts, Captain shawn runs a tune/shark charter out of Saco MAine. Shawn has taught me a ton about fishing for sharks, cussing like a sailor and kissing other guys… I don’t want to talk about that! You can find the good captain at We recorded this segment on top of a Mountain in North Conway NH

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Richard Yvone owner of Twin Maple Outdoors checked in with his guide disaster story. After hearing this I would definitely trust Richard to guide me in the wilds of Maine.. If you are in the Highlands of ME you should hire Richard, you can even book his lodge! I managed to get him out of the woods and on the phone.



I love Fish IN the News

Hudson, Wis., entrepreneur wows ‘Shark Tank’

Vance Zahorski, an avid fisherman, nets $120,000 investment on show.


He entered the infamous “Shark Tank” seeking a $120,000 return for 20 percent of his company, but gave up 33 percent to seal the deal. While other Sharks showed interest in the company, Daymond John, the multimillionaire behind FUBU, was the only one to make a formal offer after seeing the device, marketed as the “ultimate fishing essential” on the company’s website.

The exposure is a huge victory for the start-up that Zahorski founded on a whim in 2013.

He quit his six-figure salary sales job at an appliance company in Arizona, sold his prized fishing boat and the dream home he helped build with his bare hands, then moved back to his hometown in western Wisconsin with his wife and two young daughters.

A prototype made of welding putty and a dental floss cutter would explode into a booming business. Less than two years after launching, the rings now sell in hundreds of independent bait and tackle shops in eight different countries.

When Zahorski realized the rings also cut thread and yarn, the products were stocked in quilting stores. It retails for $12.

There will be even more to be thankful for this year.

I caught up with Vance over skype after the show aired…

Captain Shawn Tibbetts is back with his segment Vets in the News, the Fish Nerds want to pay tribute to vets who have protected our free speech and allowed us to grow into this Fish Nerd Media Empire.

So that is it. you have listen to a few of Fish Nerds when you could have been fishing,

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!

Special thanks to Tim Moore Captain Shawn Tibbetts Richard Yvonee,  Vance Zahorski

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: And until next time, follow the code of the Fish Nerd:  Spawn early and often;

Avoid free lunches with strings attached;

swim against the current every chance you get.

If you want to book me to guide you on the ice this winter, head to

In a couple of weeks we will release the next part of the guide series, the Business of guiding


Fish Nerds Podcast 131 American Fishes Artist Joe Tomelleri

The Amazing James spends some time with legendary American Fishes Artist Joe Tomelleri. Joseph R. Tomelleri has been illustrating fishes since 1985. Joe works in Prismacolor pencil, and his 1,100+ illustrations have been rendered from actual fish to ensure scientific accuracy. He has collected the majority of his specimens in the field so he can study and photograph the fishes and preserve them for use in the illustrations.

Joe’s work has appeared in more than 1000 publications, including Trout and Salmon of North America, Fishes of Alabama, Outdoor Life, The In-Fisherman, and Eddie Bauer. His recent projects include research on the native Trout of Mexico, Fishes of the Salish Sea and Puget Sound, Fishes of Texas, and Fishes of Kansas.


Joe lives in Leawood, Kansas with his wife Susan and their two sons.

Then Captain Shawn Tibbets submitted a new segment Vets in the News. You are going to Love Captain Shawn, he’s a marine and a tuna captain. Captain Shawn has

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been fishing with the Fish Nerds for a few years and we love him

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