Marathon man on a mission

Canton, Ill. — Jeff Kolodzinski is a man on a mission — a Marathon Man out to break a record he already holds. On September 4 and 5, 2019, at Giant Goose Ranch in Canton, Illinois, he will attempt to catch more than 2,143 fish on hook and line to break his own world record set in 2011.

But Kolodzinski is not doing it for a spot in the record books. He’s doing it to introduce people and families to fishing and to increase awareness and financial support for Fishing For Life, a non-profit, charitable organization whose Next GEN program finds mentors for children of families in need. A special focus within the program serves families of our veterans who have lost loved ones while serving our nation. “It’s important to me to remember those who have sacrificed for our nation, so we’re doing our event just ahead of 9/11,” says Kolodzinski. “This is a day and a time that we can honor those who have given all, shine a light on those still serving, and provide practical help to those families through Next GEN.”

Not only is Kolodzinski the current world record holder for fish caught in a 24-hour period, but he also represented the United States seven times in international competition at the World Championship of Freshwater Fishing. He currently serves as the Fishing Brand Manager for Johnson Outdoors and is a longtime fishing industry professional with many awards and accolades.

“My true passion has always been to introduce people — especially families — to the sport of fishing,” Kolodzinski explains. “Partnering with Fishing For Life and Giant Goose Ranch is my way of giving back to the sport that’s given me so much, while bringing awareness to a program that supports our military heroes. We hope to raise money — from inside and outside the fishing industry — to fund the Next GEN program for the many families of military personnel who will benefit from it. Along the way, I think we can show people how great the sport of fishing really is — how it promotes nature, healthy relationships, mental health, camaraderie and fun. It’s been a huge part of my life, and I want to share it.”

The “Marathon Man” event will be hosted live online and on Facebook Live for all 24 hours on the Marathon Man Fishing Facebook page.