“Big” Jim McLaughlin of Just Fishing with – S1 E48

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For folks who grew up in Ontario, there is probably no more well known fishing figure than “Big” Jim McLaughlin. He’s not “on the TV” famous, but rather a legendary tournament angler, and huge ambassador not only for Shimano, but for the sport of fishing in Canada as a whole.

In Ontario at least, you don’t have to go far to meet this gentle giant. Jim spends a great deal of his time speaking to clubs, and appearing at trade shows; he’s no spring chicken, but “Big” Jim makes a regular pilgrimage from small town Eastern Ontario to wherever he’s speaking next.

You’ve got a unique opportunity to witness my first ever talk with Jim. I’d never met him, and admittedly, didn’t know as much about him as I probably should have. However, you’ll quickly see what kind of person Jim is by how casually he speaks, and how eagerly he shares his personal life with us. You’ll find much of this episode is less about fishing, and more about the man himself, and that’s the way we like to tell stories.

It took little prompting to have Big Jim tell us all about his recent health issues, and he shares a heartfelt message to our listeners. This man is a one of a kind, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to speak with him so personally.


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