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Most Recent Report: Serendipity Man
Date: April 19, 18

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Fishing guide Patrick Kissel was on a river near Fairbanks Alaska with his new girlfriend. He had told her they were going to float the river and go fishing for kings. The reality turned out to be that the river had been reduced to a tiny stream and they ended up having to both drag their raft over rocks for miles and miles. I asked him if that had a negative impact on his relationship. “ You know we are still together. On the river, honestly, I don’t think I would have wanted anybody else out there. Even though I am the one who got us into that predicament, she realized we are in the middle of Alaska, what are you going to do? Get mad at each other? Quit walking? We pretty much ate our food, kept dragging the next day and fished one other spot. It was like this river was just a creek. There were some spots we would float maybe 300 yards and then we would get up and drag the raft again. Every bend had rainbows and graylings. It was an incredible river because who else would float it? Who else was dumb enough? We finally got to the end, saw one little group of kings and hardly got a chance to fish them but finally got off the river and had to drive back down to Seward. I had a guide trip that morning at 6 AM. But as far as the relationship, she was awesome.


Sportsman’s Spotlight
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PRIMARY              ~ People who Hunt and Fish in the Northwest, from the novice to the guide.
SECONDARY      ~ People who might gain a better understanding of the outdoor sportsman through interesting stories and antidotes.
To entertain and educate, thus creating a desire to go fishing, hunting and explore the outdoors.  In these short radio vignettes we take the listener on an audio adventure far away from their current environment, to a place they would rather be… The great outdoors!
Passion defines the work of David Sparks Ph.D., a veteran of television and host of Sportsman’s Spotlight.  David's resume includes features on the Outdoor Channel (winner of eight Telly Awards),  host and producer of ESPN’s Ultimate Outdoors, Jeep National Trails and a bevy of network television including  PM Magazine, NBC game shows and stints guest hosting the Oprah Winfrey Show. During David’s tenure with ESPN’s Ultimate Outdoors, he acquired hunting and fishing tips from the “Master” internationally famous outdoorsman/guide Wayne Pearson . “On location” took on a whole new meaning as the pair hunted game in various locations around the U.S.; from upland birds in the Dakotas to gators in Louisiana but it was David’s riveting quest for the great marlin in Puerto Rico and sword and sailfish in Venezuela that endeared him to his fans.  In addition to his wealth of television work David Sparks earned his doctorate in biomedical engineering at Northwestern University and taught at the University of Washington.
Watch out!  David's enthusiasm for hunting and fishing is contagious, humorous and .....sometimes cantankerous but one thing for certain with Sparks it’s always entertaining and the spotlight is always on you the outdoorsman.

% of population that fishes
Number of Anglers
% of population that hunts
Number of Hunters


Average dolla spent per Sportsman per year


Recreation Expenditures in Idaho
(Total: $923 million)
Fishing Expenditures in Idaho
(Total: $283 million)
Hunting Expenditures in Idaho
(Total: $260 million)
Wildlife-Associated Recreation
Expenditures in Oregon
(Total: $2.0 billion)
Fishing Expenditures
in Oregon
(Total: $497 million)
Hunting Expenditures
in Oregon
(Total: $374 million)
Wildlife-Associated Recreation
Expenditures in Washington
(Total: $3.1 billion)
Fishing Expenditures
in Washington
(Total: $905 million)
Hunting Expenditures
in Washington
(Total: $313 million)

*National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, 2006 (FHWAR) http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/fishing.html


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