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065 – The One That Got Away with Don Eady
15th July 2018 • Tell Tale Fisherman • John Woodson
00:00:00 00:28:13

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Sometimes the fish have to win …

Guest Profile

Don Eady is a native Floridian (an endangered species!), though he has not spent all of his time there. Don’s Army career took him away from his home town of Orlando to places far and wide. But it did not take him away from fishing. Whether it was trout fishing in Germany or bass fishing on the Potomac, Don has never been long without a rod in hand. Still active on the amateur tournament fishing circuit, Don has fished many of the most famous lakes in the South. And he continues to tear it up in the famous Kissimmee chain, where his most epic day of fishing took place. Can you image losing a double-digit bass a finger tip’s distance from your hand, and still having the biggest bag and biggest bass at the scale? Yeah, this was definitely one of those days …

Fishing With

Here is where you can find more information about the “Help Our Heros” tournament we discussed in the interview –

Fishing experience

Don grew up fishing the lakes in the Orlando, Florida area. When the Army stationed him in Germany, he was worried that was the end of fishing for a while. But he was pleasantly surprised to find some nice trout fishing spots there. When he eventually landed a Pentagon assignment, he took to fishing the Potomac. There he really learned how to fish a tidal area, and has since branched out to fish tournaments in many of the most famous lakes in the South.

Don Eady doing his thing, bringing some really big bucket mouths to the scale!


This episode takes place on the Kissimmee chain of lakes in Central Florida.

Catch of the Day

Largemouth bass

Amateur tournament fishing

This episode is about one serious epic finish in an amateur tournament fishing event in Central Florida. For more awesome amateur tournament fishing action, check out Episode 061 with Kyle Jenkins, where he talks about his two-year journey fishing the Bassmaster Open trail!


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