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Ari Vineberg

Ari Vineberg is a modern Renaissance man whose greatest passion in life – other than his wife, three beautiful daughters and a bichon frise named Lucas – is the great outdoors, particularly fishing, which he shares with others through his writing and photography.

Armed with an undergraduate degree in political science from McGill University and an eight-weight fly rod, he has fished and guided across Canada, including a stint living above the 55th parallel on the barren tundra in Nunavik with the Inuit of Kangiksuallujuaak, a people he has adopted as his own.

At age 10, he came across a yellowed and dog-eared copy of Ernest Hemingway’s classic tale The Old Man and The Sea. After reading it in one sitting, he decided he wanted to become both a writer and a fisherman.

His work combines his passion for both the outdoors and writing, which allows him to use fishing as a central theme to reflect on larger issues.  For him, fishing is not a hobby or a pastime, but rather a complete lifestyle, a way to look at the world and understand its subtle machinations.

Family, food and phrases

His greatest pleasures in life are the simplest things – a quiet moment with family and close friends, a glorious fall sunset, a well-turned phrase, the perfect looping cast, cooking his signature fettuccine Alfredo or pizza bolognese for his daughters, or going for a run in the woods with his dog.

In previous incarnations, he has worked as a journalist, stunt man, fishing guide, actor, owner of several businesses, freelance author and photographer for many of North America's leading outdoor magazines, martial arts instructor, script consultant and blogger for several websites, including his own www.thefishinglife.com consistently ranked as one of the top 50 fishing websites in the world. He recently authored a collection of short fiction and is presently working on a second novel.

When he’s not writing or walking his dog, he can usually be found somewhere on the water around the Island of Montreal, helping clients chase down the fish of their dreams.

Globe-trotting, adrenaline junkie Franck Hiribarne, a fishing celebrity on network television in France, has never met a dangerous critter he didn't want to caress: razor teeth, big fangs and sharp claws turn him on. He returned to Canada recently for a fifth attempt to catch a musky, the largest member of the pike family which had always eluded his previous efforts. Witness the drama when two legends – obsessed expert angler and alpha piscatory predator – collide in dark icy waters.

[Writing and fishing both require patience: See Jan. 9, 2013 Notes From The Editor.]
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