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Veterans find healing and a safe environment to share their stories through Operation: Fishing Freedom
239 backers pledged $108,467 to help bring this project to life.

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WE DID IT!! THANK YOU!!

We cannot say "THANK YOU" enough to EVERYONE who made this possible!
Ben and I are EXCITED to get started filming Season 3! We PROMISE to HONOR the men and women who serve this great nation - and deliver their stories to you...
Please contact us through our website at www.OperationFishingFreedom.com with any questions.
We will begin fulfilling rewards soon!
THANK YOU AGAIN!!
Jay Garstecki


THANK YOU! We reached our 2nd funding goal!

We hit $80,000.00 in funding!! We are now offering this EXCLUSIVE Fishing Jersey!

We have been FORTUNATE ENOUGH to be invited to air our show on Discovery Channel in 2019!

We are being asked to document 13 veterans lives! - so that we do not have to re-run any shows during the first quarter of 2019. We currently only have enough money for 7 episodes...

Each episode is an opportunity to share another veteran's voice and to affect more lives. Part fishing show, MOST documentary, Operation: Fishing Freedom is entering its third season of production. Based on the overwhelming response to the first two seasons, Discovery has committed to airing our show beginning in early 2019. To record and shoot a full 13 episodes, WE NEED YOUR HELP. Please contribute today and help us support our veterans! This will enable us to capture their amazing stories, and ultimately help them heal. It’s the least we can do for the sacrifices they’ve made for all of us.

See Season 1 and Season 2 episodes HERE.

Our contributors will be rewarded with some amazing gear and other rewards depending on the level of funds committed to supporting this veterans program. Operation: Fishing Freedom has received enormous demand for many of these products, and we are making them available for the first time ever through this Kickstarter campaign. The following are the rewards we will be offering, which are detailed to the right.

Even SMALL donations help! Please show your support for our Veterans and help us document their stories!

OFF Hoodie NOW AVAILABLE!!

 See all episodes of Operation: Fishing Freedom by clicking HERE.

Risks and challenges

Based on the incredible, heartfelt response we’ve received from the first two seasons of Operation: Fishing Freedom, we are hopeful for a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund a full season of 13 episodes on the Discovery Channel beginning in early 2019. However, it is possible we may not meet our funding target, which would limit the number of episodes we can shoot and air to just six. We sincerely appreciate your generosity in helping us reach our goal so that we can help as many veterans as possible, both out on the water, and those watching from home who will know there is hope and that they are not alone.

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    THANK YOU for making Operation Fishing Freedom possible! Because of YOUR donations, we will document MORE veterans stories!

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    OFF Window Sticker

    5" wide x 4.25" tall Operation: Fishing Freedom (logo) window sticker.

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    OFF American Flag Baseball Cap

    Operation: Fishing Freedom trucker baseball cap with grey/black American flag on the front with a brown/tan hat. Operation: Fishing Freedom logo printed on the back mesh of the hat. One size fits all (snapback).

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    OFF Logo Patch Baseball Cap

    Operation: Fishing Freedom trucker baseball cap with red/blue OFF logo on the front of a brown/tan hat. One size fits all (snapback).

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    Womens BLUE OFF Logo T-Shirt

    Women's blue Operation: Fishing Freedom (logo) T-shirt.

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    Mens BLUE OFF Logo T-Shirt

    Men's blue Operation: Fishing Freedom (logo) T-shirt

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    GREY OFF Full dye sub T-shirt

    GREY Operation: Fishing Freedom full dye sublimated T-shirt. 100% polyester (moisture-wicking) material.
    Indicate what size when ordering!

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    Super Early Bird!

    Operation Fishing Freedom Window Sticker, Blue Tee Shirt (Mens or Womens) and Baseball Cap

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    OFF Hockey Jersey - Adult Small

    Red, White & Blue Operation Fishing Freedom Hockey Jersey with OFF Logo on the front & ALL branches of service (logo's) on the back.
    Size - Adult Small - 6 Available

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    OFF Hockey Jersey - Adult Medium

    Red, White & Blue Operation Fishing Freedom Hockey Jersey with OFF Logo on the front & ALL branches of service (logo's) on the back.
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    OFF Hockey Jersey - Adult Large

    Red, White & Blue Operation Fishing Freedom Hockey Jersey with OFF Logo on the front & ALL branches of service (logo's) on the back.
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    OFF Hockey Jersey - Adult XL

    Red, White & Blue Operation Fishing Freedom Hockey Jersey with OFF Logo on the front & ALL branches of service (logo's) on the back.
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    OFF Hockey Jersey - Adult XXL

    Red, White & Blue Operation Fishing Freedom Hockey Jersey with OFF Logo on the front & ALL branches of service (logo's) on the back.
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    OFF Hockey Jersey - Adult XXXL

    Red, White & Blue Operation Fishing Freedom Hockey Jersey with OFF Logo on the front & ALL branches of service (logo's) on the back.
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    OFF Soft Shell Jacket - Adult Small

    Black Firstar Soft Shell Jacket with Fleece lining and OFF Embroidered Logo on the front.
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    OFF Soft Shell Jacket - Adult Medium

    Black Firstar Soft Shell Jacket with Fleece lining and OFF Embroidered Logo on the front.
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    OFF Soft Shell Jacket - Adult Large

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    OFF Soft Shell Jacket - Adult XL

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    OFF Soft Shell Jacket - Adult XXL

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    OFF Soft Shell Jacket - Adult XXXL

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    NEW OFF Dye Sub Hoodie

    OFF Dye Sublimated Hoodie featured in our $70,000 reward goal.

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    NEW OFF Dye Sub Fishing Jersey!

    NEW Operation Fishing Freedom Dye Sublimated Long Sleeve Fishing Jersey! Featured as a result of our $80,000 goal!!

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    Personal Call with Host's Jay & Ben

    Have a 30 minute personal phone call with the show's creators (and Host's) Professional Fishermen - Jay Garstecki & Ben Olsen. Talk Fishing, talk TV or talk LIFE!

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    Personal Call with Vet & Hosts

    Get onto a 30 minute phone call with one of the Veterans (and the show's host) featured in an episode. Share your story with them - or simply say "Thank you for your service"!

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    Veteran-autographed copy of an episode

    You choose which veteran episode you would like to receive a DVD from. We will have that veteran autograph your copy & send it to you!
    In addition, you will also receive a 30-minute phone call with that veteran and the host of that episode!

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    • Phone call with the Veteran and host of that episode!
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    A Day of Fishing with Jay/Ben

    Enjoy a day of fishing (for 2 people) with host(s) Jay Garstecki or Ben Olsen. Locations include: Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota or Marco Island, Florida. You provide the transportation to get there - WE take care of the rest! (Includes one night hotel accommodations).

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    Everglades Tarpon Fishing with Ben!

    Fish the Everglades with Captain Ben Olsen! Your trip includes 2 days guided Tarpon fishing and meals! (Includes one night hotel accommodations)

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    Your name listed as Associate Producer!

    You get to attend the filming of one of our season 3 episodes and have YOUR NAME listed as the associate producer of that episode! Your name will appear in the IMDB database as a producer, and your episode will be featured on Discovery Channel, American Heroes Channel, and several other regional networks (including Fox Sports North, NBC Sports Plus - Chicago and WILD TV - Canada).
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    Your name listed as Co-producer!

    You get to attend the filming of one of our season 3 episodes and have YOUR NAME listed as the co-producer of that episode! Your name will appear in the IMDB database as a producer, and your episode will be featured on Discovery Channel, American Heroes Channel, and several other regional networks (including Fox Sports North, NBC Sports Plus - Chicago and WILD TV - Canada).
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    Your name listed as EXECUTIVE producer!

    You get to attend the filming of one of our season 3 episodes and have YOUR NAME listed as the executive producer of that episode! Your name will appear in the IMDB database as a producer, and your episode will be featured on Discovery Channel, American Heroes Channel, and several other regional networks (including Fox Sports North, NBC Sports Plus - Chicago and WILD TV - Canada).
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    Fishing Trip - Temple Bay Lodge

    You and a guest will join us at Temple Bay Lodge on Eagle Lake in Ontario, Canada, for a DREAM FISHING DESTINATION! Plus, you will witness the filming of (2) season 3 episodes!
    You will enjoy transportation (via private Temple Bay Lodge coach bus) from either (Elk Grove Village, Illinois; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Madison, Wisconsin; or Duluth Minnesota). If you choose to take the bus - you must get to one of these pick-up locations. Trip is available ONLY THESE DATES (Sept. 1, 2018, through Sept. 9, 2018 - Labor Day Weekend). Two people per boat, all meals included, as well as boat, motor and lodging for two people. Professional fishing guide service available at an extra cost.

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    Sponsor a Show/Veteran

    You/your company will sponsor a veteran/episode of OFF. A representative from your company will attend the filming of one episode. You will be featured in a 15-20 second clip on the show interacting with the veteran in our "Great Clips - clip of the week" segment. The episode will air every quarter on several national and regional networks - including the Discovery Channel!

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    Ultimate Saltwater Adventure with Ben!

    Lodging, 3 days of fishing and a meal consisting of your fresh catch! (Includes two nights of hotel accommodations.)

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Funding period

- (30 days)