“Marathon Man” Jeff Kolodzinski will attempt to catch more than 2,000 fish in 24 hours

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How many fish did you catch on your best day of fishing? 10? 25? 50? 100?

Did you ever wonder what the record was for number of fish caught in one 24-hour period?

Well, that number is a whopping 2,143 fish caught by our friend, Jeff Kolodzinski.

Jeff joined OTW this spring targeting black sea bass and striped bass around Cape Cod, but tomorrow, Jeff will be fishing the waters at Giant Goose Ranch in Canton, Illinois, for 24 hours straight, to break his own world record set in 2011.

Jeff’s mission, beyond catching a couple thousand fish, is to introduce people and families to fishing and to increase awareness and financial support for the Fishing For Life, a non-profit, tax exempt 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.

“My true passion has always been to introduce people — especially families — to the sport of fishing,” Jeff 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, family, camaraderie and fun in the outdoors. It’s been a huge part of my life, and I want to share it.”

You can view the event live at on the Marathon Man Fishing Facebook page As part of the broadcast, Marathon Man will offer hourly product giveaways from supporting sponsors including St. Croix Rods, Thill Floats, Suffix line, VMC hooks, Costa Del Mar sunglasses, Mr. Crappie Poles, Gerber fishing tools, Gemini apparel, Old Town Canoes & Kayaks, Humminbird Fish Finders, Talon shallow water anchors, Minn Kota trolling motors, and Fishing Tackle Retailer.


And you can donate to Fishing For Life to help find mentors for children of families in need, and be entered to win one of many fishing prizes.

Good luck tomorrow, Jeff!

1 thought on ““Marathon Man” Jeff Kolodzinski will attempt to catch more than 2,000 fish in 24 hours

  1. rob conery

    can you call me tomorrow? 617 470 3028

    I write the fishing column in the Cape Cod Times. happy to mention your project. my deadline is about 2 pm

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