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A fresh and electrifying television series, ICE MEN entertains and educates audiences by revealing a candid, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to prepare for, compete in and win world-class ice fishing tournaments. A completely unscripted plot delivers plenty of comedy and drama as we closely follow the successes and failures of four two-man ice teams locked in competition against hundreds of others over a full season on the North American Ice Fishing Circuit.
"This is not your typical fishing show," says Mike McNett, the show's Executive Producer and Director. "We wanted ICE MEN to be educational, yet entertaining and appealing to the broadest possible audience."
So, how does one go about creating a popular and successful television program about subject matter that tends to threaten the consciousness of most people? "We recognized the need to shatter commonly held perceptions about ice fishing," responds McNett. "We also knew the show wouldn't work unless we could really pull back the curtain on tournament ice fishing." But when your primary goal is to reintroduce a sport in a way that changes perceptions in this country (think soccer), you had better be innovative and fearless. ICE MEN delivers on both accounts. The show is part sporting event, fishing clinic, and documentary, strategically hashed together and cleverly disguised as high energy character-driven reality TV.
Audiences return for an engaging story and dynamic, off-beat characters, but they are getting quite an education as well. Viewers are shown the latest techniques and gear used by professional ice anglers in the heat of competition, when every ounce counts. "We wanted to make the educational aspect of the show effective yet seamless and understated," continues McNett. "Some of the most valuable information comes from watching what these guys do under pressure in real-world situations. Viewers wind up gaining genuine insight and are more likely to retain and apply it successfully."
With its hip look and feel, engaging plot and leading-edge information, this innovative, award winning show is definitely one you'll want to catch.
producer, director & host:MIKE McNETTproducer@icemen.tv
associate producer:CHRISTIAN WARD
post-production & editing:RENE GONZALESmindseyetv.com
videography:KELLY GOTCHMIKE McNETTMIKE MICHALAKBRIAN GABER
producedin association with:
Lombard, ILE-Mail Mike
Born 11/28/1965 in Freeport, IL.
Mike's chosen profession: Executive Producer / Director ICE MEN, NAIFC Tournament Director, USA Ice Team Captain, Owner, Clean & Restore Systems
Hobbies: Camping, reading, writing, fishing and spending time with the family
Mike's fishing style: Jedi... Spring bobber fishing
Mike has been ice fishing for 33 years, 6 competitively, finishing in the top ten 9 times and earning $15,000 in total winnings.
What does fishing in the NAIFC Tournament Series mean to Mike?"Friendships across the country, teaching amatuer fisherman how to become better, introducing kids to the outdoors and curing the nation of the stereotype of an ice fisherman with the Ice Men show."
Round Lake, ILE-Mail Jacek
Born 03/28/1975 in Warsaw, Poland.
Jacek's chosen profession: Sales Rep
Hobbies: NONE! (FISHING AINT HOBBY THIS MY PASION or something between sport and religion)
Jacek's partner: Zibi Wojcik
Jacek's fishing style: Fast, faster, just speed baby!
Jacek has been ice fishing for 27 years, 4 competitively, finishing in the top ten 4 times and earning $4,000 in total winnings.
What does fishing in the NAIFC Tournament Series mean to Jacek?"Everything. Its my life."
By the way... How long I have to wait for my f@#$%!ing ring!?
Round Lake, ILE-Mail Zibi
Born 02/07/1967 in Sosnowiec, Poland.
Zibi's chosen profession: CNA
Hobbies: Fishing and Mushroom Hunting
Zibi's partner: Jacek Gawlinski
Zibi's fishing style: Spring Bobber
Zibi has been ice fishing for 35 years, 3 competitively, finishing in the top ten 4 times and earning $4,000 in total winnings.
What does fishing in the NAIFC Tournament Series mean to Zibi?"Mostly the challenge and friendships formed in the naifc circuit. NAIFC is like my second wife."
By the way... In America kids are lucky to have clubs and organizations in every sport to learn early in life. The NAIFC Kids Ice Camp is a great place for kids to learn at at any age how to fish. I enjoy giving the things I have learned to kids so they can learn how to enjoy the outdoors. And who knows one day they might need to have the ability to catch fish to eat. They can learn the basic skills they need from the Ice camp. Early learning=success.
Naperville, ILE-Mail Bob
Born 11/20/1965 in Naperville, IL.
Bob's chosen profession: House Painter
Hobbies: Fishing, music of any kind
Bob's partner: Tony Boshold
Bob's fishing style: Finesse
Bob has been ice fishing for 7 years, 4 competitively, finishing in the top ten 4 times and earning $1,000 in total winnings.
What does fishing in the NAIFC Tournament Series mean to Bob?"It's an opportunity to take the skills I have learned and compete against the best. I think I pick up something new at almost every tournament. It's the fastest way to learn this sport. I also get to me people from across the ice belt that love the sport as much as I do."
By the way... Have a safe and fun ice season. Fish On.
Carolstream, ILE-Mail Tony
Born 11/30/1972 in Designed and manufactured in Chicago, IL.
Tony's chosen profession: Own and operate All-Phase Carpet, Rug, Furniture and 24 hour flood clean up firm Serving Chicagoland since 1990. Promoter, speaker and writer to the fishing industry.
Hobbies: Honey do's, camping, skateboarding, listening to music and reading, apending time with the family. Fishing is a matter of life or death!
Tony's partner: Bob Horn
Tony's fishing style: Jedi / Prowler - Don't wait, go get 'em! Think power fishing with finesse.
Tony has been ice fishing for 28 years, 19 competitively, finishing in the top ten 10 times and earning $20,000 in total winnings.
What does fishing in the NAIFC Tournament Series mean to Tony?"Fishing these tournaments is a true test of skill. They provide a challenge that fishing "home" waters can't. It has raised my confidence level to fish any where, any time, against anyone. It provides an opportunity for a better life for my family."
Charlotte, MIE-Mail Dave
Born 02/21/1945 in Charlotte, MI.
Dave's chosen profession: Retired from GM
Hobbies: Hunting and fishing
Dave's partner: Mike Boedeker
Dave's fishing style: Tight-lining
Dave has been ice fishing for 55 years, 8 competitively, finishing in the top ten 19 times and earning $10,000 in total winnings.
What does fishing in the NAIFC Tournament Series mean to Dave?"Teaching kids how to fish at the Ice Camps. Camaraderie, fun and competition. I like the fact that at any age you can fish the tournaments and compete against the best in the country."
Lansing, MIE-Mail Mike
Born 06/15/1949 in Lansing, MI.
Mike's chosen profession: Die Maker (retired)
Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, softball, golf, taxidermy
Mike's partner: Dave Young
Mike's fishing style: Tight-lining
Mike has been ice fishing for 59 years, 25 competitively, finishing in the top ten 7 times and earning $6,000 in total winnings.
What does fishing in the NAIFC Tournament Series mean to Mike?"It's all about the competition and comraderie."
By the way... I'm going to be fishing somewhere anyway so why not enter a tounament. It never ceases to amaze me of the great fishing we have all across the ice belt. It's really not very expensive to fish a regionally local tournament and if you qualify for the championship there are some big rewards to be had. If you are willing to spend a little more time and money to travel I believe that the new friends you make and the experienses you have will be well worth it.
Brooklyn, MIE-Mail Joe
Born 06/17/1957 in Toledo, OH.
Joe's chosen profession: Charter Boat Captain
Hobbies: Fishing, Hunting, Softball, spending time with the family.
Joe's partner: Myron Gilbert
Joe's fishing style: Spring bobber
Joe has been ice fishing for 45 years, 20 competitively, finishing in the top ten 17 times and earning $40,000 in total winnings.
What does fishing in the NAIFC Tournament Series mean to Joe?"Competition. To fish against your peers. Fun. Comradarie. Friendships. Bragging rights."
By the way... Kids Ice Camp: Taking a kid fishing and teaching them patience and how to enjoy the outdoors and appreciate mother nature is a stepping stone in life. My fishing is dedicated to my uncle Ed.
Brooklyn, MIE-Mail Myron
Born 03/22/1959 in Adrian, MI.
Myron's chosen profession: Charter Boat Captain
Myron's partner: Joe Pikulski
Myron's fishing style: Run and Gun
Myron has been ice fishing for 45 years, 20 competitively, finishing in the top ten 17 times and earning $40,000 in total winnings.
What does fishing in the NAIFC Tournament Series mean to Myron?"Joy of competition. Willing to risk it all for the joy of winning. Like to be able to lay it on the line."
By the way... My grandchildren Kaleb and Deidre are the love of my life.