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The BEST fishing day of someone's life—to inspire YOURS.™

028 – Catching Hope with Rachel Vickers

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Fishing is more than life, it’s a lifeline …

Guest Profile

Our special guest this week is Rachel Vickers. “Early onset, invasive, aggressive, metastatic, stage 3 breast cancer.” Most of us could barely say that mouthful, much less comprehend the impact of that diagnosis. But Rachel got that diagnosis, and at the age of just 30. She went from just having obtained her degree in fisheries management with an exciting career in front of her, to the battle of her life that put life on hold. She was given a mere 25% chance of surviving more than 5 years, received the most aggressive chemo treatment available, and endured 25 surgeries. And she did all this as a single mom with a young child. In this powerful episode, Rachel shares her incredible story of struggle, hope, and survival. Plus, she tells us how her lifelong passion for angling was a lifeline through it all. Not to mention how it can be for other ladies (and our youth) as well. Oh yeah, she also throws down one EPIC day of fishing for lake trout on Lake Champlain that may never be paralleled …

Guest Links

Instagram: @raelynnfishing_outdoors

Facebook: rachel.l.vickers.1

Fishing experience

Rachel grew up in upstate New York fishing the waters in and around the Adirondacks. But she definitely loves to venture out and fish new waters. Some of these include the Salmon River, the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Hudson River, and trout streams far and wide. Plus she has spent some time fishing in Florida as well. This episode is about one of Rachel’s many road trips that found her fishing for lake trout on Lake Champlain.

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This episode takes place on Lake Champlain in Vermont.

Catch of the Day

Lake trout

This episode is about deep jigging for lake trout (“lakers”), and lots of them!

About TTF Podcast

The Tell Tale Fisherman™ podcast is the place for all avid anglers (not just guides and tournament professionals) to share their fishing story of a lifetime and become fishing legends. Fresh water or salt water, middle of the ocean or middle of a stream, on this fishing podcast we are on a quest to catch the most EPIC fishing adventures from around the world—to inspire yours!

If you are an avid angler, we would LOVE to have you as a guest on the show. So, if you love to fish, and find yourself often sharing your fishing pictures or talking fishing with other anglers, then you are EXACTLY the type of guest (and listener!) this show is all about. On this fishing podcast we want to hear from ALL avid anglers – not just pros and guides (although we love them too!). Join us on this quest to catch the greatest fishing stories in the world.

To sign up (or to recommend a guest), visit our guest page ( The interview format is super easy – just tell us a little about yourself, and then share with us the story of your most epic day of fishing ever. All you need is a computer or phone and 15-20 minutes of time. That’s it!

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