A little about Karl and Olive the Lake. The Extreme Angler TV show not only focuses on fishing techniques but brings a sense of flare to his episodes. 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
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.
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 it has worked out ok”. Karl's always had
a knack for pursuing his dreams. In high school, Karl pursued his
passion for fishing while also finding time to work 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
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, species select Annuals, the
popular television series EXTREME ANGLER TV and due to popular
demand, production of the most in-depth, educational,
entertaining and inspiring DVD library ever created for Canadian
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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