Fish Nerds Fishing Podcast

Started in 2013, Fish Nerds is a celebration of fish, fishing and eating fish with your host Clay Groves. The goal of the show is to explore all aspects of fish; highlighting the amazing, inspiring, unusual and funny.
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Aug 14, 2017

Our friend Nick sits in the Co-pilot seat and we have a ton of fun! Bass Fishing while kids are at camp Tuckerman’s Brewing Company Fish in the News Stump the Fish Nerds There’s a new Fishing Podcast on the Internet, Livewell Podcast The Livewell is a podcast about fishing and the outdoors. It is based in Minnesota, but features the sport nationwide. Hosted by Andy Petterson and Justin Moen. _Please Head to Itunes or Stitcher and subscribe. Take a listen and tell Andy and Justin what you like and more importantly what you want to hear. They are brand new and feedback is important. Shout out to Gerry Hansel - He’s a fan who visited NH this week from the Midwest and grabbed some lifelist fish while he was here. News Stump the Fish Nerds 607-378-FISH Karl Hayes Why are scallops so much money? CaptShawn Tibbetts Scallops are primarily caught far offshore. The quotas are small and supply and demand gets big dollars for them

Aug 7, 2017

Chris Proulx from to tell us about his documentary White Mountain Tunnel Brook Road in Partnership with the US Forest Service. We learn how Hurricane Irene has impacted the stream and what US Forest Service is doing to bring back brook trout habitat. Doc Martin sings some Imagine Dragons, Hugo cooks sperm! Yeah for real he does and the news is all sperm this week. News

Jul 31, 2017

Today on the Show Hugo Medeiros is back with Killing fish and time with hugo, can’t wait to hear what he’s cooking-. I picked up an AT through hiker who is a total fish nerd -Yates Carrier instagram @kook_in_the_woods And we get Naked and Afraid with Samantha Ohl You can see her episode on Discovery on August 13th 10pm Follow Samantha on Instagram @Samantha_Ohl Stump the Fish Nerds Fish in the news

Jul 25, 2017

Doc Martin and Fish Guy Josh team up to bring us a great new fish segment Fish In the News A girl was attacked by a muskie We chat with reporter Mike Vokovan Stump the Fish Nerds -Fish Mortality from deep water The Fish Nerds visit the Twisted Ten Podcas

Jul 17, 2017

We take the week off but bring you a fun vintage episode. This show features a fishing trip with and some great fish in the news enjoy!

Jul 10, 2017

I am back to work on Summer Camp Doc Martin is Back Hugo is still eating like a fish And stay tuned at the end of the show for your local fishing reports. We need more of these so if you are out fishing, and want to leave a report call 607-378-FISH But first STUMP the FISH NERDS 607-378-FISH Now this ladder from Nebraska seems to be made for channel cats... The Amoskeag Fishways is designed for anadromous fish, but the concept it the same... Been a crazy week, I am back at summer camp as a fishing counselor. My job.. The Doctor is in, Doctor Erika Martin is back and answering listener fishy bio questions. This week we get to learn about how water temperature impacts bass. Fish in the News Hugo is back with Killing Fish and Time with Hugo, Hugo Medeiros is still eating smooth dogfish, check it out If you want to be part of the Fish Nerds conversations, please check out our Fish Nerds podcast group on Facebook. So that’s it you’ve listened to a bunch of fish nerds when you should have been fishing.

Jul 3, 2017

We revisit one of our favorite past episodes, we talk bass guiding, wader problems and robot fish! Enjoy

Jun 26, 2017

Hugo is back with another sea robin recipe. Kate Masury from Eating With Ecosystem joins us to talk about their citizen science project #eatlikeafish. Kate tells us about The 5 Anchors PRINCIPLES OF A PLACE-BASED APPROACH TO SUSTAINING WILD SEAFOOD 1. Proximity 2. Symmetry 3. Adaptability 4. Connectivity 5. Community Then Rich Collins is back with a Fly Fishing for Pike Segment, special thanks to Bill from Lopstick Lodge for putting Rich on some big fish.

Jun 19, 2017

This week on the show Hugo is back with a great sea robin recipe. We can't wait to hear what you think about this. Andrew Lewin from Speak Up For the Blue interviews Clay about seafood. Please check out the Speak Up For the Blue Podcast, you will love it. We are giving away a groundfishing trip with Captain Shawn on  Thanks everyone.

Jun 12, 2017

Welcome to the Fish Nerds Today on the show, Killing Fish and Time with Hugo We are trying something new. There has been some demand for fishing reports, so we are asking listeners to call 607-378-FISH and leave a voicemail for us. Simply leave us a short (less than a minute) fishing report from wherever you are. If you own a business or charter service, you can drop your website in there too. We will play the fishing reports after each show. And we explore the question are Cormorants a conservation win or a pest. Our show is brought to you by YOU our listeners we are crowd funded through Patreon. We ask that if you like this show you head to and give us $1 per episode. So $4 a month. This money goes directly to keeping this show going. We use the money to cover show expenses and buy good microphones and more. If you own a business and want us to mention your business on the show donate at the $25 level and we will give you a shout out. Like our friend Josh Lopes, if you are in MA and need a great accountant, he is your guy... he also is my neighbor in NH sometimes. Thai Green Curry Dogfish According to some studies smooth dogfish have more mercury than most other fish. So we need to be careful here. Fish in the News Cormorants are they a conservation win or a pest? For you, the listeners of The Fish Nerds Podcast, Vinyl Me, Please is a vinyl record of the month club. The best record club, in fact. Every month, Vinyl Me, Please features one album that is essential to the modern vinyl collection and sends it to thousands of members worldwide. They will send you a super cool record paired with a cocktail recipe so you can be a little more of a music nerd. To join their record club go to Again, that's to join Vinyl Me, Please today. Facebook convo about cormorants - I got super defensive for the birds as I tire of “Bucket Biologists” deciding who should live and die. So I spoke out before doing my homework... That said the more I read about the issue, the less I know. I have like Bi-polar cormorant control ideas... I swing from let them live, to kill a bunch and see what happens, you will hear that in my interview today. Here are some facts we need to work with According to: Sea Grant There are Thousands of cormorants nesting on Lake champlain - Compared to 35 in 1982 Cormorants aren’t considered Natives Cormorants eat on average 1lb of fish per day. Their diet is almost an exact ratio of fish species in the lake 70% yellow perch. They are opportunistic and will eat freshly stocked fish (easy targets) That’s it you’ve listened to a bunch of Fish Nerds when you should have been fishing Special thanks to Hugo Medierios for his dogfish segment an his willingness to suffer the effects of mercury poisoning for you and our friend Rob Thorne from Captain Thorny’s Fishing Charters on Lake Champlain. Captain Thorny’s Fishing Charters CAPTAIN ROBERT THORNE (802)999-7779 Big thanks also to Diana’s Bath Salts for providing the Fish in the News Jingle. Until next time: Follow the code of the fish nerds Spawn early and often Avoid Free Lunches with Strings attached And Swim against the current every chance you get. Now time for your local fishing report, Please call 607-378-FISH to leave a report Thanks to

Jun 5, 2017

We spent the week at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. We talk sustainable seafood with scientists, fish mongers, regular people and have tons of fun.

May 29, 2017

The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center brought the Fish Nerds in for their Sensible Seafood Festival. In this special edition you will hear Clay Groves present live the Story of the Quest to Catch and Eat Every Kind of Freshwater Fish in New Hampshire. Special Thanks to Karen Burns and Leslie Clements for their support all week.

May 22, 2017

Luke Chamings from Chamo's Lures joins us to bring us some Fishy News from Australia! Andrew Lewin fom the Speak Up For Blue Podcasts teaches us a little about the impact seals have on cod stocks. And listeners call in with tons of great (and weird) fly fishing advice!

May 15, 2017

The FN Book Club is back! This month we read John Gierach's newest book "A Fly Rod of Your Own" we loved the book and we got to talk with John! This is a big deal. Thanks to Simon and Schuster for helping us set this up. John Gierach, “the voice of the common angler” (The Wall Street Journal) and member of the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame, brings his sharp sense of humor and keen eye for observation to the fishing life and, for that matter, life in general. John Gierach is known for his witty, trenchant observations about fly-fishing. In A Fly Rod of Your Own (Simon & Schuster; April 4, 2017; $25.00), Gierach once again takes us into his world and scrutinizes the art of fly-fishing. He travels to remote fishing locations where the airport is not much bigger than a garage and a flight might be held up because a passenger is running late. He sings the praises of the skilled pilots who fly to remote fishing lodges in tricky locations and bad weather. He explains why even the most veteran fisherman seems to muff his cast whenever he’s being filmed or photographed. He describes the all-but-impassable roads that fishermen always seem to encounter at the best fishing spots and why fishermen discuss four-wheel drive vehicles almost as passionately and frequently as they discuss fly rods and flies. And while he’s on that subject, he explains why even the most conscientious fisherman always seems to accumulate more rods and flies than he could ever need. Fish In the News Fish in the News

May 8, 2017

Doc Martin Checks in with a great Parody of Jay Z's classic, "I've got 99 Problems" Andrew Lewin (Speak up for Blue Podcast) Checks in with his segment speak up for the FN Blue, we learn about whale stranding and why we might want to give Bill Nye the Science Guy a little credit. I went to the Dole & Bailey Pop up food show with Amanda from the Great Beer Adventure Podcast Kevin Edmonds chatted with us Then we talked with Spencer Montgomery Fish Monger from a rod and reel boat. We talked to Jarvis Greene former New England Patriot and now Shrimp Monger owner of Ocean 97 Vicotria's Gourmet "Rubs" chatted with us and gave us some rubs! Finally Whiskey Time! With Wiggly Bridge Distillery Enjoy the

May 1, 2017

5 Flies every freshwater fisher needs -Rich Collins Elk Hair Caddis (Caddis on the surface, dry fly that can be stripped under the surface or skittered) Black Wooly Bugger (I prefer cone head with legs) (Stonefly or leech emulator) Bead head nymph - essentially emulates nymphs of any species (Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear or Prince Nymph) Parachute Adams - an all around mayfly staple San Juan Worm - its a worm fly. A good old fashioned trout worm/Dilliy emulator. Trail it off an egg pattern and you get what they call a “Spaghetti and Meatball” rig. Bonus points: The duracell. Its a UV threaded numph on a jig head. Think of it as the “Iron man” fly - an all business, all action Nymph. Rich sat down with the folks over at Postfly Box monthly subscription service Fish in the News Fish in the News

Apr 24, 2017

We make a trip to Folly Beach SC and meet Actors and Producers Clarence Felder and Chris Weatherhead - Hugo is back to talk about cooking trout Doc Martin makes Taxonomy fun again Andrew Lewin from Speak Up for Blue Podcast talks about science Have fun

Apr 17, 2017

The FN Book Club is back and we chat about the "Founding Fish" with our FN Librarian Jeff Danaldson. Doc Martin Checks in with some special news and Andrew Lewin (from the Speak Up for the Blue Podcast) brings us a story about a new "Pink Floyd" Shrimp.

Apr 10, 2017

April is National Poetry Month, so my kid Zoe asked me if she could read a beautiful poem about fishing. Speaking of Literature, we have an FN Book Club Next week we will be talking about the Founding Fish The Doctor is in! Our FN Librarian Jeff Danaldson will join us to talk about American Shad If you want to be part of the discussion call 607-378-FISH or Join the FN Bookclub group on Good Reads Fish in the News Interview Phillip Brown from New Zealand inventor of BlackBow | The Easy Sabiki

Big thanks to Diana's Bath Salts for Fish In the News Music

Apr 3, 2017

We are so lucky to have friends like Paul and Donna Hosts of the Varmints Podcast, one of out favorite podcasts. Please subscribe to their show on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts We learn all about the Mighty Sea Lamprey and have a lot of fun. Our famous fish quiz is back and we find out that being from Colorado makes one a drug expert News Lamprey's Make an appearance on Sponge Bob

Mar 27, 2017

What’s the worst fishing advice you’ve been given? Fish in the News! NH has some of the most restrictive lead bans in the country, but some say it’s too much! Here is what some folks are saying on facebook… Names have been altered! So when are WE fishermen going to push back against this lead law? I mean, maybe not get rid of it totally but have it rewritten... Shouldn’t be all lead... Should only be lead sinkers... Painted jigs, with hooks should be excluded! So many types of lures that aren't made without lead... Not to mention the price... Of the bird people can make the law, no reason why we can't get it rewritten to not COMPLETELY screw us... Mike Its the ones with the hooks that are the worse. Lead is bad for the environment and all health. Period. Yeah, its kind of annoying, but it would be better for the market in general to move away from lead. The last part is the real problem Ray The law should be like Maine's lead law... NH needs to stop trying to be so different from Maine and start looking toward them for guidance... Lol Steve Loons don't eat lead shot larger than #4 shot. Lead split sinkers are mostly bigger than that. Too many anti, loon lovers in NH F&G. Raymond Everything that is made of lead they make in tungsten or bismuth . Bismuth I'd the same price as lead .Lead free bass jigs.Com . And ray to your thoughts on getting it changed never ever going to happen . I don't care if you got every fisherman in the state it still isn't going to change. Now go check out ken's site and replace your equipment like I've had to do and everyone else has had to. I've easily got a $300 worth of lead I just use it when I go to fla. Only one I disagree with is spinnerbaits . Ain't no way in the world a loon is going to swallow a spinnerbaits . Besides a pelican there isn't a bird big enough to swallow one of those . Rich I get pissy too when I look at my lead tackle but think of the time and money spent on lead poisoning and pollution. It's an inconvenience but filling our waters regularly with a known toxin is just plain irresponsible. I fully support a lead ban, as does the research, so I am happy to see our New England states making smart decisions not moving backwards Raynor U say states... Only NH is so strict that it over does it... For example... Maine has a lead law. But it's directed toward lead sinkers... But painted jigs are ok... NH doesn't care that paint creates a border so if a bird were to eat it the fact of it Rich That's a fun argument but lead is dangerous when mixed with water, period. Might I remind you of this. And yes, I know, that was not caused by fishing tackle, but why should we fill our environment with a highly toxic substance if we don't have to? If we all chose to voluntarily reduce lead use, the nanny laws wouldn't exist. |Chris Completely agree sucks cause tungsten jigs or tinget expensive but in the long run its a better decision Tim It's not about lead or loons. It's about the leftists showing they can push their agenda. Watermelons, green on the outside red on the inside. Steve . I have gone to tungsten, but this law was nothing more than an effort pushed thru by the loon preservation society. It's funny to me that 35 years ago if I saw a loon it was a real event something to talk about. My guess is that had something to do with DDT. Now they are in every waterbody in the state, and guess what? They made that comeback over the last 35 years with all of us using lead tackle! It's not like we stopped using lead last year and the loons all showed up. I think there could be some adjustments to the law that might be a good compromise Steve And don't tell me the costs are not a real difference. When I owned Upper Valley Outfitters, I could buy jigs for walleye fishing wholesale at about.35 cents each. Tungsten was .92 cents. That sounds trivial, but the Connecticut River tends to eat tackle so it got too expensive for some fishermen. That's just what I observed Travis The law is so stupid. I completely agree. I'm not paying 4 dollars more for jigs that are not lead. And the jigs I've trusted and used for years are lead. How about drop shot weights? They are so expensive if they aren't lead and you tend to lose them. So there's 14 bucks Every time you go out when they lead ones are a quarter of the cost. In the long run it will cost hundreds if not thousands more for gear. Which I simply cannot afford. Ted Williams I've fished in NH since the lead ban and have not suffered even a little. Good for NH for leading the way. No one's "screwing" anyone. Here's piece I did for TNC explaining what some anglers need to learn: Denise Having managed a marina on Squam, I can tell you in just one summer on Little Squam we had 3 loons in our harbor that ingested lead we were able to capture because they were sick and 2 died. All were x-rayed and they had lead in their stomachs Kyle Loins is funny! David Just use tungsten Ted Williams Non-toxic metals including steel, bismuth, copper and tin are cheap and readily available. Tungsten is relatively expensive but weighs more than lead. Non-toxics hold up better than lead, don’t snag as easily, keep tackle boxes cleaner and are safe for humans. Now there are even ceramic and natural rock sinkers. Speak Up for the FN Blue with Andrew Lewin Promo Mystery Tackle Box code FISHNERDS to save 5 bucks

Mar 20, 2017

Live At Kittery Trading Post! We spent the day hanging out at Kittery Trading Post, we met a ton of great people and caught up with some old friends.

Mar 13, 2017

WE HAVE A SPONSOR - Promo Code FISHNERDS to save $5 off your first box Ice Fishing Business update How I marketed the fish nerds guide service -Podcast -Newspaper Ads -Chamber of Commerce -Social Media -Marketing - Christian Mower and Tony Zore of Magic 104 came ice fishing and produced this story -Conway Sun did a six page story including a cover story! Some things I’ve learned... -Don’t take cash at the boat launch -Clients Do not understand what waterproof boots are -Always feed clients -Guides are territorial -Guiding is expensive FN Book Club - Founding Fish, after reading it call 607-378-FISH to start a conversation - We are recording the episode on April 10! Fish in the News!

Mar 6, 2017

Intro Guest read by Wachusett Reservoir Addicts I’m Carrie Z of the HuntFishTravel Podcast, and of the Adventure & Travel Podcast launching this summer! Clay: Anything is fair game and it's a good bet that after today’s show you’re going to want to fish more and talk less. This episode is brought to you by you! Our Patreon Supporters, our top tier supporter is Josh Lopes, Josh Lopes is an accountant and tax season is coming up. Josh also owns a vacation rental property next door to my house. If you want a great tax guy and are in Massachussetts give Josh a call you can find links and phone numbers at Fish If you want to support the Fish Nerds head over to we are asking fans to donate t dollar per episode Segment 1 Spearing Fish with Carrie Z (11 minutes) Promo Outdoor Podcast Channel Segment 2 (10 Minutes) Rich Collins - Fly Fishing Minute Segment 3 (7 minutes) Purple Octopus Killing fish and time with Hugo Purple Octopus 1 octopus, beak and eyes removed 1 red cabbage, sliced so it’ll fit in a juicer Juice or puree one head of red cabbage. Place the octopus in a tupperware and cover with the cabbage juice. Place in fridge for 24 hours then remove and rinse. *At this point I vacuum sealed and cooked the octopus using the Sous Vide device but you could otherwise bring it to a boil and cook on medium heat in water for 20 minutes per pound. Sous Vide Method Preheat Sous Vide bath to 180 F Vacuum seal the octopus and cook in Sous Vide for four hours. At this point the octopus will be perfectly tender and ready to use in any recipe. I used my Searzall food torch to give it some color and a little charring Segment 4 Convincing Clay to Fly Fish Michael Frank Ken Edmonds of Georgia talks fly-fishing & Dave Whitlock Big thanks to Mystery Tackle box for supporting this episode, to get 5 dollars off your first order Unboxing Fish in the News Clay: So that is it. you have listen to a couple of Fish Nerds when you could have been fishing, Carrie : 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! CLAY: Special Thanks to Carrie Z of the Hunt FIsh travel podcast Carrie: And until next time, follow the code of the Fish Nerd: Spawn early and often; Clay: Avoid free lunches with strings attached; Carrie: swim against the current every chance you get.

Feb 27, 2017

We get to hang out with Jayson Sacco of the Outdoor Adventures with Jayson. We go deep into why we make podcasts, fishing and hunting ethics and all sorts of outdoor adventures. This episode is sponsored byb Mystery Tackle Box, head to enter code FISHNERDS at check out to save $5 off your first order. Enjoy the show

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