Polar Kraft Podcast
The Podcast about Polar Kraft boats and the anglers who love them.
info_outline Episode 43--Fall Fishing 09/22/2023
Episode 43--Fall Fishing An interesting conversation this month on the Podcast with Lance Valentine of . Lance describes his early days on the Professional Walleye Trail and the transition into guiding. He has some great tips for finding fish in new water, looking for active fish and why fall is a great time to be on the water. The professional angler also talks about his long relationship with Polar Kraft and has a preview of the upcoming Fishing Education Weekend on Lake Erie.
info_outline Episode 42--Family Fishing 08/17/2023
Episode 42--Family Fishing A conversation with a two family this time on the podcast. and liked their Outlander so much, they bought a new Kodiak to go along with it. Now they have room to take the entire family fishing. The couple talk about fishing with their kids and seven grandkids, walleye fishing on Saginaw Bay and the friendships they've developed on the water. They describe the differences between walleye and salmon fishing and why the Polar Kraft is the perfect all species boat for their family. Amy also has details on a recent "girls trip" and why it was so rewarding.
info_outline Episode 41--Walleye and Steelies and Kings...Oh my! 07/20/2023
Episode 41--Walleye and Steelies and Kings...Oh my! We're talking four seasons of fishing this month on the Podcast with Bobby Sullivan of . Bobby describes how he uses his Polar Kraft for springtime walleye, fall king salmon and wintertime steelhead. He also talks about the transition from walleye fishing on Saginaw Bay to salmon fishing on Lake Michigan. The full time charter captain also tells the story of his client catching a new Michigan state record chinook and how that's changed his life.
info_outline Episode 40--Trust Your Electronics 06/22/2023
Episode 40--Trust Your Electronics This month on the Podcast it's a conversation with Indiana fishing guide Heath Malone of . Heath talks about targeting walleye and crappie including his technique for jigging fish out of weedbeds. Malone also describes his program for catfish and the difference between channel cats, flatheads and blues. Heath also talks in depth about electronics and why he runs multiple units on his Polar Kraft.
info_outline Episode 39--Epic Fishing 05/18/2023
Episode 39--Epic Fishing We're heading to Michigan's St. Clair River on this edition of the podcast as we talk with Captain Pete Patsalis of . Pete talks about how he got started in the fishing business, including his charter service and tackle shop. He describes how to target walleye and salmon in the river and why he prefers jigging over trolling. Patsalis then talks about the differences between migratory and resident fish.
info_outline Episode 38--Dragging Jigs 04/20/2023
Episode 38--Dragging Jigs It's been a long winter for Pro Staffer and she's ready to hit the open water. In this edition of the podcast Nicole talks about her childhood fishing adventures, previous career as a meteorologist and how she uses social media to reach anglers today. She also promotes her upcoming series of panfish videos and talks about the difference between southern crappie anglers and those in the north country. Nicole also describes a recent early season trip to the Rainy River and how dragging jigs ended up being the best presentation for big walleye.
info_outline Episode 37--Motor City Gold 03/17/2023
Episode 37--Motor City Gold We're headed to south east Michigan this month on the Podcast to talk with Mike Downey of . Mike talks about the phenonemanal springtime walleye fishery on the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers. He describes how he uses his to jig those rivers and also troll big water later in the season. Downey takes us through his charter options from early season walleye, through white bass, muskies and even sturgeon.
info_outline Episode 36--Semi Retired 02/17/2023
Episode 36--Semi Retired Daryll MacNeil is a former Lake Erie charter captain who considers himself "semi retired", but he spends more time on the water than most full time guides. On this edition of the podcast, Daryll talks about the differences between fishing for walleye and salmon. He discusses wintertime river steelhead techniques and why current is a factor in trolling big water. MacNeil is also a boat rigging expert at in Grand Island, New York and has great advice on transducer placement and electronics installation. He's also a big fan of Polar Kraft boats, especially his .
info_outline Episode 35--Blowguns and Iquanas 01/19/2023
Episode 35--Blowguns and Iquanas Something a little different this time on the Podcast. We're heading to south Florida with Michigan angler and Polar Kraft owner . He talks about the unique sport of hunting iquanas with blowguns. John also describes spearfishing in that warm, clear water and how it compares to the north country. Then, Durtka tells of a deep water fishing adventure in 800 feet of water using 500 pound mono, 5 pound weights and electric reels for giant fish.
info_outline Eposide 34--Stayin' Safe 12/23/2022
Eposide 34--Stayin' Safe Some great cold water tips this month on the Podcast. We're not talking about fish catching tips though...we've got advice on how to stay safe on your wintertime fishing adventures. Joe Marion is a retired Coast Guardsman who pioneered cold water rescue techniques. These days, Joe is a Charter Captain on Lake Michigan off Ludinton with . He talks about the danger of hypothermia and why it's a concern for ice fisherman and open water anglers as well. Joe also describes the different types of ice and what to do if you go through. He also explains why he bought a Polar Kraft Outlander and how it's a great choice for multi species anglers.
info_outline Episode 33--The Catfish Kings 11/17/2022
Episode 33--The Catfish Kings It’s a story of fishing, family and faith this time on the podcast. We're talking with Jeff King and his dad Jeff King Sr. They run the catfish tournament in North Carolilna and they also fish as a team on the tournament circuit there. The two men talk about the world of catfishing today and how their tournament ciruit has help increase the visibility of chasing trophyt cats. The elder King also shares the story of how fishing helped him beat addiction and regain his relationship with his son. They also discuss the need for big livewells on their catfish boats and why Polar Kraft offers the perfect solution.
info_outline Episode 32--Catfishing for Dinosaurs 10/13/2022
Episode 32--Catfishing for Dinosaurs We're not really fishing for dinosaurs on this editon of the podcast but we are talking fishing for every species of fish in the St. Clair River...including the prehistoric looking sturgeon with Pete Patsalis of . Pete is best known for his walleye expertise but he's also a very knowledgeable perch, musky, salmon, sturgeon and bass angler. Patsalis describes how his passion for fishing started at an early age and why he was willing to risk everything to start a charter service and bait shop. He also talks about the finer points of fishing the St. Clair River and why the depth and current can be a challenge for anglers. Pete then explains why his Polar Kraft Outlander is the perfect boat for his multi species trips.
info_outline October 2022 09/20/2022
October 2022 We're checking in with National Sales Manager Roger Neisen. Roger is a veteran of the boating industry and an avid angler as well. He talks about the recent dealer meeting in Michigan, various models of Polar Kraft boats and why the company offers welded and riveted designs. Roger also describes the "Design a Boat" feature on their website and stresses the importance of establishing a relationship with your local dealer if a new boat is in your future.
info_outline September 2022 08/25/2022
September 2022 This month, we meet the newest members of the Field Staff. and Diekevers are a hard core husband and wife team of Saginaw Bay walleye anglers who dabble in salmon fishing as well. The pair has great advice on trolling for summertime walleye, tactics for late season fish....and tips on finding schools of perch. They also talk about how they set up their Outlander 2010T to fish for salmon without downriggers. Finally, Greg describes duck hunting out of that versatile tiller model Polar Kraft.
info_outline August 2022 07/28/2022
August 2022 We're talking with the man behind ....Mark Dupuie. Mark talks about his background in the boating industry and how that experience has helped improve the Polar Kraft lineup. He also describes his niche in the boating market and why Polar Kraft can respond to changes more quickly than his bigger competitors. Dupuie also give us a sneak peak at a new model Qwest Pontoon in the works for the next model year.
info_outline July 2022 06/17/2022
July 2022 It's a comparison of Saginaw Bay walleye and Lake Michigan salmon this time on the podcast. Bobby Sullivan fishes both lakes and species with his ...and he guides steelhead and duck hunters from his Polar Kraft Outfitter. Bobby talks about the differences between walleye and salmon fishing...including his tackle, set up and trolling patterns. He also explains the importance of water clarity and temperature with both sepecies. Sullivan then describes how his client caught a new Michigan record king salmon and how that experience has changed his charter business.
info_outline June 2022 05/19/2022
June 2022 We're headed back to North Carolina this time on the Podcast to talk catfishing with Jeff King. Jeff runs the tournament series on the Yadkin river. Anglers in those events target giant blue and flathead catfish. Jeff talks about catfishing techniques, why livebait is so effective and the use of today's high end electronics to catch more fish. He also describes why he's convinced his Polar Kraft Outlander is the perfect catfishing machine.
info_outline May 2022 04/14/2022
May 2022 It's a change of pace this time on the Podcast as we go underwater instead of on the surface. is a passionate underwater spearfishermen who worked hard to change spearfishing laws in Michigan. He talks about what that process was like, as well as details on the sport of spearfishing. Durtka also talks about the need for all anglers to work together to maximize fishing opportunities and why his Polar Kraft is a great boat for his spearfishing adventures.
info_outline April 2022 03/17/2022
April 2022 This time on the Podcast, a man who has a quarter century of experience with the versatile fishing machine. Lance Valentine of helped design the first Polar Kraft walleye boat, and he's been running them ever since. Lance talks about his history with Polar Kraft, the early days on the tournament trail, how guiding is different than tournaments and the importance of keeping good records of your time on the water. He also describes the concept of finding fish versus catching fish and why his eight step process can make anglers more successful. The conversation wraps up with a discussion of today's high tech electronics and why they can make anglers more efficient than ever.
info_outline March 2022 02/21/2022
March 2022 We're getting ready for springtime fishing this month on the Podcast! Open water jigging on the St. Clair and Detroit Rivers are the topic with Captain Pete Patsalis of Pete describes his techniques for targeting trophy fish in that fast moving water. He also talks about the time tested practices of handlining and "whipping". Patsalis also has an update on his baitshop, new podcast....and why Polar Kraft is the perfect boat for his charter business.
info_outline February 2022 01/20/2022
February 2022 Professional angler, entrepreneur and social media influencer is our guest this month on the Podcast. Nicole has made quite a name for herself in the fishing world as she chases a variety of fish across the north country on open water and through the ice. She talks about a wide range of topics including targeting trophy fish, getting the most from your electronics, buying the right boat...and more.
info_outline June 2021 05/27/2021
June 2021 We're talking fishing, and the business of fishing, this time on the Podcast with Pete Patsalis of and Bait Shop. Pete is a young Charter Captain from Marine City Michigan who had a dream of making a living in the outdoors. When a local retail spot opened up, he bought it and started a bait and tackle shop. Pete talks about the challenges of starting a business during the covid pandemic and why he's excited to grow the Hook One Franchise. We also discuss the diverse fishery of the St. Clair River, including walleye, perch, muskies, sturgeon....and even trout and salmon. Pete wraps up the discussion by talking about his Polar Kraft and plans to buy another one.