Leo Vrana's

Fishing Tales

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

I remember the first day I went fishing. I was 8 year old when my dad said, ”Let’s go fishing son. First we get the bait.” He took an empty tin can and we went to the vegetable garden. He handed me a spade and said, “Dig up some worms.” Before I knew it, I had a can full of big nightcrawlers.

We lived on a farm and had a stock tank where our cows came to drink water. That’s where our cows came to drink water and that’s where the fish were. When we got there dad took a branch off the willow tree by the tank, stripping the twigs and leaves, he then tied a string to it and dangled a shiny hook off the end. Three feet up from the hook, he put on the bobber; red on the top and white on the bottom.

I put the worm on the hook and then swung the line out on the water. Then I got the best advice I ever got in fishing, “Son, don’t take your eyes off that bobber”. Patience... patience....


The bobber soon bobbed and then disappeared under the water! When I pulled it up, and felt that fish, I was hooked on fishing for life!

Finally, I got the fish to the bank – the biggest catfish in the world! That night for supper, Mom cooked catfish fillets rolled in cornmeal and fried with hush puppies. I was in sheer heaven.

Since then, I’ve caught many fish: 70lb King salmon, 500lb Marlin, 200 lb Halibut, etc. I’ve fished all over the world: Pacific, Atlantic, and Caribbean oceans, Siberia, the Amazon, Alaska, Baja, Belize, Costa Rica, and more. The best day of fishing? That first day as a little barefoot boy catching my first fish.

That’s my fishing tale... what’s yours?


Leo is the President of “Video Unlimited,” the company that produces “Fishing Tales,” as well as television programs and infomercials on religion, health, agriculture, sports, environment, and the military. He is also President and founder of Rod Craft International, a custom rod company. Starting his broadcast career in 1960, he has been the recipient of numerous awards:

  • The National Freedom Foundation Award – 1965 for coverage of the Panmunjon Talks, Korea
  • Broadcaster of the Year -1979 for the Department of Defense Worldwide
  • Best produced outdoor TV show and video – California Writer’s Association – 1990 and repeated in 1991, 1992 and 1993