Michael Sklad

I am the owner and creator of Fishing Friendzy. My long time passion for fishing is the reason my wife Melissa and I started this company.

How I started fishing:
I was actually born with a spinning rod in my hand. I was fortunate enough to have a dad who taught me how to fish. Himself and his best friend (my “Uncle George”) would take me fishing, along with any of the other kids who wanted to come, in their trusty Coleman canoes. We fished up at my parents cottage every summer in small swampy lakes up in Barry’s Bay. We would catch Pike, Sunfish, Rockbass, Perch, Smallmouth Bass, the odd Walleye, but we mostly went after Largemouth Bass. I remember sitting in the middle of the canoe on a metal bar for hours because my older brother got the front seat most of the time fishing and learning from my father. As the years passed, summer after summer I would spend months at the cottage. As I grew up and started high school where hanging with friends was the popular thing to do during the summer,  I opted to continue going up to the cottage just so I could spend endless hours on the water surrounded by nature.

Y Casting Competitions 1What I love most about fishing:

What I love most about fishing is the thrill you get that split second when you realize you have a fish at the end if your line. It’s that moment when your topwater bait is sitting peacefully right beside a log and all of a sudden “SPLASH” a fish explodes out of the water to eat what it thinks is it’s next meal. It’s that moment when you pull out a fish bigger than you’ve ever caught before.
But there is much more than those moments when your out fishing that makes it so enjoyable. It’s the time spent with family and friends bonding over those coveted fish stories, and those times being one with nature, seeing the most beautiful things people only see on national geographic shows. It’s those times you will never forget.

Fishing Friendzy:

My love for fishing and being on the water grew as I got older and it also started to become more than a personal passion. It was because of a passion I felt in my heart that I needed to share with others. With the help of my girlfriend at the time (now wife) Melissa we created a mobile interactive, educational fishing exhibit that we could bring anywhere so that we could teach kids and families that might not have the opportunity to learn how to fish.

Maybe because no one in there family had any knowledge of fishing, or maybe because they lived in the city and are unaware of how many great fishing opportunities there really are in urban areas. From being able to pass on our fishing knowledge and be positive role models to kids and families to get out and enjoy nature, it has meant the world to me and it is what I feel I was born to do.

Being an ambassador of fishing is something that all fishermen and women should focus more on as we are the future of fishing and kids are the future of our society. Teaching kids how to fish will bring them closer to nature and will help them respect our environment so one day when they grow up to be CEO’s, Politicians, Mothers and Fathers they will make the right environmental choices based on their love for fishing.

Fishing Friendzy is a place where we can educate in a fun controlled environment that is filled with positivity from everyone who has come together to help us out each year. I love fishing and I love this planet. I have a message to pass on to the most powerful people on this earth, KIDS. Grab a fishing rod and a friend and go explore the lakes and rivers in your own backyards. Go on some amazing adventures which can all start by opening the door and getting away from the screens in your life.
No one hangs photos on the fridge of their kids playing video games!
Fish it up!