Brainerd Lakes Area 🔨 John Janousek (with Rassat Outdoor Group) suffered a severe stroke while working down at the NW Sport Show. They had to remove a portion of his skull to relieve pressure. He had been on a breathing tube in an induced coma…but I saw an incredible update posted by his wife Christy last night:
> “When I walked in this morning I got 2 big bright blue eyes looking at me! He was very alert, moving his left hand in a grabbing motion, and bending his left leg at the knee like he was trying to get out of bed. He’s breathing on his own today with a ventilator as back up. The medicine they’re giving him is stimulating him to wake up. He coughed a little bit and he does not like that, but his facial expression was a grimace and both of his eyebrows moved exactly the same. Very good news.
> “Last night he decided the tubes in his throat needed to go, so even though he was gently restrained he pulled up hard enough to get his body to scooch down, got a hold of the tube and pull it out himself. I wasn’t there at the time but I can only imagine the sound of all of those alarms going off at once. The nurses station is only about two strides away from his room, they put him back under, replaced all the tubes, and it does not look like he injured himself at all in the process.”
Guy is a fighter!!! I know John from his involvement in the local high school fishing teams, and also from fishing some local derbies against him…which he is always winning!
If you can spare a few bucks to help John Janousek and his family financially, hit up the GoFundMe account here. 🙏✝️ If you’re the praying type, please send a few their way. Crazy how quickly life can change…but if anyone can fight thru this, it’s John. 💪Let’s help get him back on the water where he belongs.
2. MN-FISH hires former DNR commissioner Mark Holsten.
As the new executive director.
> MN-FISH’s prez Ron Schara: “Mark’s experience in the MN legislature and DNR will help us bring a strong voice for anglers as we seek bonding money for improvements in our fish hatcheries and boat accesses.”
Btw MN-FISH Sportfishing Foundation & Coalition is a nonprofit fishing organization that was launched to…
> …bring a strong, unified voice to St. Paul to represent the interests of MN anglers and other stakeholders…increase state investment into fisheries and fishing-related programs…improve fishing opportunities in MN and shorten the time between bites.
3. Fishing biz folks: Don’t forget to register for ICAST!
And book those hotel rooms before the ones within walking distance are gonzo.
The 65th-annual fishing biz trade show is happening July 19-22 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL again and looks like it will be there at least these next 3 years. #TooHotForUsMidwesterners 🤣🥵
Little background on what ICAST is:
> “ICAST [International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades] is the annual gathering point for the entire sportfishing industry. We bring more manufacturers, buyers and media together than any other sportfishing industry event of the year. That means hundreds of new products, dozens of new connections and many new business opportunities for everyone who attends.”
4. 2023 NPAA annual conference happenin’ Jan 6-8.
Coming off a 3-yr conference hiatus due to covid. Will be in Fort Myers, FL this time around…which sounds “more better” to visit in Jan than it does in July haha.
NPAA = National Professional Anglers Association. Great chance to network with pros who’ve had success on and off the water, and learn about the business side of the sport.
5. I’ve gotta shout out these fish-sexy ice jigs…
…called “Glass Fry” from J and S Custom Jigs. But before I do…
WARNING: They are currently completely sold-out.
Almost feel bad teasing you with something you can’t get (right now) but they’re just waaaay too cool not to share – 🤤 check ’em: