NNWFR: Guy Trying To Catch 2,000 Fish In A Day For A Cause


Fishing’s “Marathon Man,” Jeff Kolodzinski, will attempt to break his own Guinness World Record for most fish caught in a 24 hour period. Kolodzinski, V.P. of Marketing for Frabill – marquee event sponsor – established the distinctive World Record last year from the bustling docks of Maynard’s on Lake Minnetonka by landing a staggering 1,680 fish. That’s a lifetime’s catch for some. Kolo, as he’s known, did it in one rotation of the earth.

The public is encouraged to watch Kolo outmaneuver the fish – panfish, bass, pike, and the accidental carp – again this year. The man versus fish drama gets underway at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, July 31 and rolls for a solid 24 hours, concluding Saturday morning, or earlier, if he collapses under pressure or from heat exhaustion.

Busting out his precision and unusual European shore-casting tactics, Kolodzinski will once again setup camp just outside Maynard’s outdoor seating area. His techniques are as much an art as they are science. Definitely something anyone who has ever wet-a-line should see.

Kolodzinski is fishing to smash his achievement as well as raise awareness for the “Armed Forces Family Fishing Celebration.” Sponsored by Fishing For Life, Frabill, and the Twin Cities Chapter of Muskies Inc., Armed Forces Family Fishing Celebration offers a day on the water for youth with a parent serving overseas, as well as families with a member who has recently returned from deployment. The event takes place Friday, August 21st back at Maynard’s on Lake Minnetonka. (Go to www.fishingforlife.com for times and odetails.)

Kolodzinksi, who previously competed with Team United States in International Shore Fishing Competitions, is enthused about bringing back the Marathon Man. “I am honored to contribute my time and rather whacky talent for these kids to have a day that celebrates fishing and honors their parents and the huge sacrifices they make on a daily basis.”

Fishing For Life (FFL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving youth through organized fishing programs. In 2008, FFL was selected by the National Parks and Recreation Association to serve as one of 30 “ANCHOR AGENCIES” in the U.S. dedicated to promote and engage youth in fishing and boating activities.

FFL coordinates three programs to serve this mission: The “Reel ‘Em In Kids” program collects unwanted rods, reels and tackle and distributes them to underserved youth at lake events and community festivals. “Fish Fair” is an indoor winter fishing carnival. During Fish Fair, youth make jigs and lures; learn about various fish species and their habitats; are exposed to timeless techniques; and are taught sportsmanship. The family event also gives attendees the opportunity to learn more about clubs, organizations, and camps that offer youth fishing programs. Over 1,500 anglers attended Fish Fair this year, including more than 100 Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, who even earned rank advancements. Lastly, FFL organizes the “Fish-A-Thon,” a philanthropically driven program to raise money for organizations serving urban youth.

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