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Ugly Pike Podcast

We discuss all things related to the lifestyle of hunting the apex predator - The Muskellunge! We talk to enthusiasts, guides, bait makers, lodge owners, and much more in order to gather and disperse knowledge to muskie hunters everywhere!

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Episode 23 - Al Lindner & Jeremy Smith

Fishing legends Al Lindner and Jeremy Smith call into the show to discuss the controversial SF 3319 Bill being proposed that will dramatically reduce musky populations in Minnesota lakes.  We talk about the pitfalls of this bill and what can be done to stop it.  We also set some time aside to pick Al and Jeremy's brains for some musky angling advice!


26 Mar 2018

Rank #1

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Episode 25 - Pat Tryon Part 1

Pat Tryon drops by the studio to talk about a ton of topics from bait making to media production.  We cover a wide range of subjects and Pat gives excellent advice.  The discussion turns to Pat's guiding on the French River and what his keys to success out there are.  

1hr 11mins

26 Apr 2018

Rank #2

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Episode 38 - Joe Bucher

Fishing legend Joe Bucher calls in to studio to give some amazing tips that will improve every angler's skill set.  Joe talks about essential figure 8 details, seasonal targeting strategies, and his exciting new media projects.  Perhaps what makes this episode so unique is how Joe discusses the differences in level of detail that he includes in advice that he gives to anglers based on their level of experience. As a result, all listeners to this episode get excellent and sound advice  - from new anglers, right through to those with "expertise level experience".  


21 Dec 2018

Rank #3

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Episode 55 - Legends of Muskie Angling pt 1

Also known as the "Power Panel", angler John Cowan moderates maybe the largest panel of muskie angling legends ever assembled on one stage.  Mike Lazarus, John Anderson, Jim Saric, Rob Cadeau, Bill Barber, and Shawn Maher talk about the tactics and strategies that have set them apart from the muskie hunting pack and enabled them to have long and illustrious careers in the industry and on the water. 

1hr 8mins

23 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 45 – John Anderson pt 2

Part 2 of acclaimed muskie guide John Anderson's presentation from the 2019 Muskie Odyssey.


15 May 2019

Rank #5

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Episode 26 - Pat Tryon Part 2

Pat has been plugged into the Canadian fishing scene for years.  His recent episode on Fish n Canada is one of the best in the show's history.  On this episode Pat shares excellent tips on nailing those big fish!

1hr 12mins

11 May 2018

Rank #6

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Episode 43 - Jeff Van Remortel

With 154 muskies boated just last season alone, Jeff Van Remortel has a wealth of experience on the water.  Jeff also boats the record of having the most inches registered for the National Championship Musky Open tournament (2012).  Jeff shares a ton of knowledge on targeting big muskies across a variety of conditions.  Jeff guides out of Northern Wisconsin. 


3 Apr 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 35 - Gord Pyzer

Fishing legend Gord Pyzer talks about targeting Fall muskies and drops some serious knowledge for keys to muskie fishing success.  

1hr 4mins

16 Oct 2018

Rank #8

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Episode 14 - Lac Seul Muskie Guide Ben Beattie

Ben Beattie repeatedly lands not only huge, but very beautiful fish out of Lac Seul.  Ben is not only the Manager of Winoga Lodge but he is also a freelance writer for several outdoor publications including Ontario Out of Doors Magazine.  Ben talks about his formula for success. 


25 Sep 2017

Rank #9

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Episode 44 - John Anderson pt 1

From the 2019 Muskie Odyssey, renowned guide John Anderson gives an absolute master class on how to locate and catch muskies.  John talks baits, techniques, behaviour, and how to save a fish that is bleeding.  


30 Apr 2019

Rank #10

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Episode 13 - Red October Baits

In this episode we travel to the Red October Baits workshop near Buffalo, NY to deliver an on location interview with company owner Marc Arena.  We are big fans of this bait and wanted to see the method behind their magic.  It was an excellent day.  


8 Sep 2017

Rank #11

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Episode 56 - Legends of Muskie Angling pt 2

We close out our Muskie Odyssey series with arguably the most brilliant muskie minds ever assembled on one stage.  Legends of muskie angling Shawn Maher, Mike Lazarus, Jim Saric, John Anderson, Bill Barber, and Rob Cadeau put forth an amazing amount of knowledge.

1hr 25mins

10 Dec 2019

Rank #12

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Episode 33 - Johnny Lubera pt 2

Part 2 of our informative talk with bait maker and life long muskie angler, Johnny Lubera

1hr 5mins

13 Sep 2018

Rank #13

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Episode 6 - Sam Ecker, Professional Muskie Guide and Figure Ate TV Owner

Sam Ecker comes into studio to share knowledge from his time guiding in the Kawartha Lakes.  We also discuss Sam's latest venture - Figure Ate TV, a muskie multimedia program that offers useful tips on how to track down these elusive beasts!   Note that at the time of this recording, Sam was the VP of Muskies Canada.  Since this recording, he stepped down from his position and is focusing on his guiding and media services.  Sam also happens to make a hell of a bucktail...if you can get your hands on one  :) 


21 Jun 2017

Rank #14

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Episode 60 - Doug Wegner pt 1

Doug Wegner spends time both in the US and Canada guiding for giants.  Doug has strung together some amazing seasons on the water so we were extremely happy when he called into the show to talk about tactics and strategies on several different types of water systems. 


18 Feb 2020

Rank #15

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Episode 24 - Erin Howard and Olivia Michaud

In this episode, extremely dedicated anglers Olivia Michaud is in studio and we have Erin Howard calling in.  We talk about everything!  From North American Lakes, to Fly fishing, kayak fishing, tiger muskies, methods, baits, sleeping in your truck, and more! 


11 Apr 2018

Rank #16

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Episode 4 - Muskie enthusiast Pete Mitges in studio to talk about community

In this episode, Muskies Canada member and fishing maniac Pete Mitges is in studio to talk about the value of networking to share knowledge about the best tactics to net and boat muskellunge. Solid communities help anglers and the muskie community is no different.  Learn how to go about researching and joining your local chapter associations and how this will be of great value to every fisherman.  

1hr 19mins

6 Jun 2017

Rank #17

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Episode 17 - Muskie Angler and Brand Ambassador Alex Boutin

Alex Boutin calls into the show and runs the gamut on everything muskie including how to fish with your 2 year old!  We also talk about important issues like taking proper measurements and much more! 

1hr 11mins

13 Nov 2017

Rank #18

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Episode 21 - Owner of Ottawa River Musky Factory, John Anderson

Ottawa River Musky Factory Owner and guide of over 4 decades John Anderson calls in to talk about fish migratory patterns, habitat, and how to locate and hook those BIG muskies!


1 Mar 2018

Rank #19

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Episode 47 - Bill Hamblin pt2

Part 2 of author, guide, and all around excellent angler Bill Hamblin's incredible presentation full of tips and stories from the 2019 Muskie Odyssey.


20 Jun 2019

Rank #20