A little about Karl and Olive the Lake. I meet Karl in 2008 via mutual friends, I always loved his Extreme Angler TV show as he not only focuses on fishing techniques but brings a sense of flare to his episodes. I finally had the nerve to call and ask him, I left him a message and offered him to attend Olive the Lake to do an episode. Well my dreams were coming true. One day later Karl called me and we were booked to do our first episode together. Man was I nervous! What if the fish don't bite, what if I suck on camera! Well to make a long story short, Karl and I have become very good friends and consider him and his camera man Robbie as a part of our family. In total we have done five shows at Olive the Lake and surrounding areas, as well as two shows in Sarasota Florida. I have to tell you that the Extreme Angler team is incredibly professional and helped our family lodge grow.
P. S I am still working on my TV. :)
A little about Karl Kalonka.
Its possible that Karl's love for fishing began as early as the age of five.. His dad took Karl and his brothers, sister and mother to Lake Simcoe almost every weekend fishing for yellow perch, sunfish and northern pike. “I started with a bobber and worm from the time I was five years old” says Karl.
At the age of 14, Karl's love for angling grew when he skipped school and spent the afternoons fishing for crappie, sunfish and largemouth bass at downtown Toronto Grenadier Pond in High Park . “I probably should have been ‘doin homework, but its worked out ok”. Karl's always had a knack for pursuing his dreams. In high school, Karl pursued his passion for fishing with working out in the football team's weight room.
Never one to let financial considerations slow down his ambition, Karl recalls picking nightcrawlers in local golf courses at night and selling them to friends to pay for his fishing tackle and bus fare to the pond.
Once school was over with, Karl utilized his newly built 225 plus pound frame to work as a bouncer at various nightclubs along Toronto 's busy entertainment district. This was only a pit stop on his way to fulfilling a much larger dream
The next stop on Karl's journey was his employment driving a truck from Monday to Friday from 6 am to 6 pm to once again earn enough money to purchase his first boat and all the toys that big boys like. A new pick up truck, ATV, high end rods, reels and a boat load of fishing gear.
While trucking, Karl began writing articles for various Ontario fishing publications, planting the roots for a career change. In 1990 Karl began his own publication known as Ontario 's BASS magazine.
Working out of his basement, Karl built his publishing business from a struggling one-man enterprise to a thriving multimedia enterprise including various titled publications, specie select Annuals, the popular television series EXTREME ANGLER TV and due to popular demand, in the midst of production of the most in-depth, educational, entertaining and inspiring DVD library ever created for Canadian anglers.
Karl, while infamous or despised in the eyes of a few, is loved and revered by many. He is a dedicated family man who is always ready to contribute to his community and donates fishing tackle and promotional items to auctions, the proceeds of which are donated to worthwhile causes and the future anglers of tomorrow. At this point, Karl's riding a wave he can't control, but loving every minute of it.
With filming the show, fishing new lakes with some of the finest anglers in North America called TEAM X, publishing new titled Annuals, legions of fans and an endless waitlist of new angling experiences, he has the enviable task of doing what he loves, spending time with his family, and bracing for a long, smooth ride in his bassboat.
Is he worried that the ride might end? No. When the fame and commotion are over, he'll go back to what he loves. “I'll go back to fishing with a bobber and worm”.
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