“Why do people climb the mountain?” That’s the question Tom Zenanko posed to the crowd at the Minneapolis Northwest Sport Show on March 28. The crowd was gathered to hear Zenanko’s acceptance speech following his induction into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.

His answer was inspirational. 

Zenanko says that ever since he was a boy, he’s had “a weird passion for fishing. Way beyond the normal human being”, and his story—from growing up near the Boundary Waters, watching family movies about fishing, and finally landing a job at a well-known retail brand that kick-started his career—is one that anybody who loves fishing can appreciate.

Before the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, before his iconic Sportsman’s Journal television show, before the books and before the videos that would make Zenanko one of the most well-known names in freshwater fishing, he was a young boy living seven miles away from downtown Minneapolis. And he’d never been there.

The video is nine minutes long, and worth every minute:

Now that you’ve heard Tom’s speech, learn how to pack for a wilderness trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

About The Author

Joe Sills
Digital Editor

Joe Sills is the Digital Editor of Fishing Tackle Retailer. His work has appeared on websites like Bassmaster.com, IGN.com, Bass Quest and right here every week at FTR. Follow him on Twitter or Instagram for live updates from the field: @joesills.

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