The United States is an eden for fishing, featuring an incredible diversity in aquatic species, landscapes and geography. From the monstrous Great Lakes to calm creeks and rivers, seaside swamps to mountain streams, our nation has sport fishing opportunities beyond the most angler’s wildest dreams. In any case, a large portion of us only have the opportunity to encounter a small amount of all that North American fishing brings to the table.
Always hungry for more, Matt Strykul, a fishing obsessed 28-year-old from Arlington, Va. has vehemently opted to defy convention and to fish all 50 states.
Truth be told, to many Strykul seems obsessed. Regardless of whether it’s bass, musky or practically any other fish in the water, you can rely on Matt to be there getting them. Yet, it wasn’t until his girlfriend acquainted him with the game of bouldering that he chose to set out on a unique, once in a lifetime fishing tour.
Inspired by the mountain climbers who live out of vans, venturing to every part of the nation to try climbing in new areas, the Mystery Tackle Box fisherman understood that the main thing holding back his deep rooted dream of venturing to every part of the nation to fish was a choice to dive in. What’s more, the rest is history really taking shape. Banded together with Lowe Boats, Matt stuffed up his new modified L1448T Jon boat and his sense of adventure, and set out to catch a fish in each state in America.
In any case, to pursue such a lofty objective, and to truly kick it into high gear, Matt realized he’d need some help. So he decided to call the specialists.
“I decided to go with Mercury because they’re a well-known and reputable brand,” Strykul said. “Their products speak for themselves and, most importantly to me, they expressed interest in what I was doing and wanted to support my dream. Mercury is one of the biggest contributors to the trip and in turn making it possible.””
Be that as it may, even with the correct apparatuses and backing, coordinating his 50-state adventure wasn’t easy. At times, it seemed as if it may not happen. In January and February of 2019, Matt persevered through a large number of restless nights, innumerable hours on the telephone, and a few last-minute trips across the east coast attempting to finalize his van and vessel.
Luckily, if there’s one thing Matt does well, he is a master of adapting and pushing forward. His steadiness and sheer power of will prompted everything at last coming to fruition in March, and Matt has been relentless from that point onward. A valid example: he’s as of now gotten a 8.88-pound bass — the greatest bass of his life — in Shearon Harris, N.C. What’s more, that was simply on the first day.
Follow Matt’s journey on his Instagram and YouTube accounts.