Why We Turned Down $60,000+ (Answer Inside)


Have you ever listened to a podcast where you’re seven minutes into the episode and the host is still reading off advertisements?

Or have you ever watched a fishing YouTube video or fishing TV show where the person was clearly paid to say a particular thing about the product?

In the back of your mind, you kind of make a mental note thinking, “I’m not sure if I can 100% trust whatever he or she says… since someone behind the scenes is clearly controlling a part of it.”

Well, if you’ve been watching our videos or listening to our podcast, you’ll know that you’ve never seen any of that.

And that’s very intentional!

We’ve said NO to countless deals over the past couple of years… which means we also said NO to quite a bit of money…

  • NO paid ads
  • NO sponsors
  • NO paid endorsements of any kind

Why would we reject paid sponsorships?

One reason:


Your trust is one of the most important things to us, and the minute we take money from a brand or manufacturer (allowing them to dictate what we say, how we say it, and when we say it), we know that your trust in us is going to be decreased.

We also know that this doesn’t serve you well…

You need a fishing brand that you can trust to give you the full scoop, showing you the pros AND cons of products you might be interested in purchasing.

However, we have really big goals, and we need your help.

We want to have a fishing theme park, where families can come together and experience fishing and the value of our environment.

We want to launch Fish Strong Dads, where men in the community are standing up and teaching kids how to fish, and through that, teaching them important life skills and letting them know that they’re valued and loved (and don’t worry moms, we’re including you in this as well).

And we want to make America a great place to grow up and live in, where people spend time outdoors, fishing, and taking care of the environment.

But in order to do that, we need your help.

Listen to the podcast below to see how you can help us in this mission.


Click the play button below to listen to it here, or listen to it on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Join Our Mission

If we’ve added any value to your life…

By helping you catch a fish…

Or create a memory on the water…

Or even if you just like us and want to support our mission…

Then please join us in the Insider Club.

The only way we’ll be able to succeed in our mission is with your help, and the best way to support us is by joining the Insider Club.

Plus, this is the best way to get access to us.

In the beginning, Luke and I answered every Facebook, YouTube and Instagram comment and message personally, as quick as we could.

Now, the majority of our time is spent in the Insider Club answering member questions.

We do private events with the Insiders, have an annual holiday party, and many of them even have our personal email and cell phone numbers.

Not to mention, we’re sharing the best fishing spots and trends, and teaching our members how to catch more fish!


To make it easier than ever to join us, we’ve created a basic membership option for the Insider Club.

It’s currently 50% off (as low as $5 right now!), and you still get access to us, our helpful community, and the Strike Score.

If you want to help support us in creating a fishing theme park, Fish Strong Dads, and just making America a better place to grow up in general by keeping our kids outdoors and protecting the environment, then click here to join the Insider Club.

Have any questions about our goals or the Insider Club?

Let us know in the comments below!

And if you know someone who would love our mission, TAG or SHARE this with them!

P.S. you can join the Insider Club by clicking here.

Do You Want To Quickly Find New Fishing Spots In Your Area?

Then you’ve got to see this private fishing club!

Here’s what you’ll receive today:

  • Weekly fishing reports and TRENDS revealing where the inshore fish are feeding all year long
  • Weekly “spot dissection” videos that walk you through all the best spots in certain areas
  • Exclusive fishing tips from the PROS you can’t find anywhere else
  • Everything you need to start catching fish more consistently (regardless if you fish out of a boat, kayak, or land).

Click here to join today.

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Thomas Campbell
3 years ago

Saltstrong is amazing. I come from a freshwater background and all the info you share has helped me tremendously! I love the fact that there are so many like minded people and everyone In the community really helps give advice. I’ve taken To watching Tony a lot bc he kayak fishes and is very relatable to what I’m doing. But I do watch everything and learn from everybody! I’ve made a friend in Dave Otte bc of this community as well. I really like the fact that you guys keep the integrity of your goals of teaching and helping rather than do things just to make money. You guys are great and maybe one day I’ll get the chance to fish with you guys. Keep it up! Tight lines

Carah Kablick
3 years ago

Why did I become an Insider?!

My husband grew up fishing in Charleston, SC. I, on the other hand, grew up in the Midwest and didn’t have many opportunities to fish. So when we began fishing together, I felt like I was behind. I wanted to be able to hold my own as an angler and for us to enjoy the limited time we had on the water as much as possible. So I joined the Salt Strong Fishing Club! I used the courses, reports and tips provided to study up. I learned a lot in very little time and quickly our fishing trips became more and more enjoyable. And now my husband, the lifelong fisherman, is learning from me! Joining the club is the best thing I have done as an angler- it has taken me from questioning if I could could consistently catch fish to being confident that I can out-catch a lifelong fisherman.

When you join the club not only do you get fishing reports, tips and reviews, you also get access to fishing pros like CA Richardson, Peter Miller, Dylan Hubbard… AND you get discounts on gear from companies including TFO, Florida Fishing Products, Danco, Silver Stag…

Join the club! You won’t regret it!

Dave Otte
3 years ago

Joe and Luke, I’m honored to be a Lifetime member. This family has enriched my life in many ways and I am forever grateful for all you’ve done. Please ‘stay the course’ that God has put in front of you, even if you don’t see results in the timeline you desire. God’s timing is always perfect. He has His hand on you and this family. This organization is something different and something uniquely special. As we stay the course, the value of the vision you’ve been given increases, even when it’s not visible. Hang in there Brothers, thank you for being my leaders.

Bobby Ferguson
3 years ago
Reply to  Dave Otte

I could not agree more!! Great group and great leadership!!!


Do what the “SMART ANGLERS” are doing and join the Insider Club.

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