College Students Go On An Epic Gap-Year Fishing Adventure

Skipping their freshman year due to COVID-19, Luke Konson and Daniel Balserak went on the adventure of their young lives.

In March 2020, Virginia anglers Luke Konson and Daniel Balserak were set to start their freshman year at Clemson, but then COVID struck, sending their intended plans into chaos. But, Luke and Daniel didn’t let the pandemic keep them down, instead of attending Clemson online or in limited in-person classes, the duo decided to take a gap year fishing across the country, attempting to catch all 50 Official State Fish in their respective borders, calling the trip,  Fish All Fifty.


The pair have put over 22,000 miles on their Honda Odyssey and their state fish count is up to 28 total. Their runs of engagement are simple, both anglers must catch the state fish before they are able to move on to the next state, where they camp out in Bass Pro or Walmart parking lots while planning how to target the next species.

Read the full interview with the pair on Field and Stream, here!

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