The Man Who Wrote a 2000 Page Fishing Encyclopedia – Ken Schultz

Ken Schultz worked as an editor for Field & Stream for over 30 years.

He specialized in writing about all things fishing, everything from bass to large sportfish.

Ken Schultz Podcast Peacock Bass
A few peacock basses that were caught by a local fisherman during my trip to Bangkok.

Ken Schultz Podcast

In this episode, we cover the following:

  • What was it like working for Field & Stream?
  • Ken’s favorite books
  • Why do people come back to fishing later in life?
  • What made him write a 2000-page book? His process for tackling the task.
  • Questions from Valentine Thomas and Luke Ovgard
  • The tragedy of the commons
  • Ken’s favorite fish to catch
  • Ken’s favorite places to fish
  • One of his regrets

Get excited!

Time Stamps

  • 00:50 who is Ken Schultz? What was it like being an Editor for Field & Stream?
  • 04:00 Ken’s recommendations for becoming a better writer. Why you should read good writing.
  • 06:48 Ken’s book recommendations. The Big Oyster.
  • 11:30 How did he get into fishing?
  • 18:54 Family and family friends introduce ppl to fishing – lots of studies show this. why ppl come back to fishing later in life
  • 20:00 What made you write a 2000-page book?
  • 27:00 The process of writing an encyclopedia
  • 42:00 Will he updates the encyclopedia and explain why it’s a sore topic.
  • 48:00 Valentine Thomas bill fish question. Why we should release the big fish.
  • 52:00 Luke Ovgard – nets vs. line and hook requirement. Why long lines are still bad.
  • 55:00 The tragedy of the commons. The commercial fishing battle in Virginia
  • 58:00 His favorite fish to catch: peacock bass (freshwater, Amazon), Rooster Fish (saltwater, casting), honorable mentions: smallmouth bass, red drum/ redfish
  • 1:09:00 Ken’s favorite places to fish. Why he was thankful to work for Field & Stream.
  • 1.12:00 Ken’s regret. How I tried to convince him to take up scuba diving later in life.
  • 1:17:00 How to reach Ken – Don’t bother with social media 🙂

Ken Schultz’s Books

  • Ken Schultz’s Essentials of Fishing: The Only Guide You Need to Catch Freshwater and Saltwater Fish
  • Ken Schultz’s Field Guide to Saltwater Fish
  • Successful Bass Fishing
  • Ken Schultz’s Field Guide to Freshwater Fish
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