Part 1: What I learned from starting a Youtube channel using nothing but GoPros. by Justin Kietzman


As anyone involved in video production knows, it is very easy to get caught up in the gear. You often put off projects, or don’t even considering certain shots, based solely on the fact that I don’t have the right filter with me or my lens isn’t fast enough to get that shot. From a professional standpoint these thoughts are often totally valid, but that’s what’s funny about youtube, these things are never valid. The youtube audience does not care about picture, they care only about content.

But first, a bit of backstory.

Over the summer of 2015, after returning to work from a reconstructive knee surgery, I was spending most of my time hiking, or doing laps around the Gallatin Valley on my road bike trying to get my strength back. After a few months of this I started to get very bored of the repetitiveness of seeing the same tour busses heading to West Yellowstone as I would pass Gooch Hill, or seeing the same backs of trail runners as they passed me while I headed up Sourdough Canyon Trail.

Noticing my frustration and boredom, one day a co-worker offered to take me fishing, as he knew I loved salt water fishing.

Hailing from central North Carolina, the only fishing we had was for crappies, which isn’t the most exciting and bass fishing, which is absurdly hard for a kid fishing in a lake that is regularly used for national bass competitions. So some of the best memories I have as a kid were the times we went deep sea fishing off the coast of Myrtle Beach or Charlestone, SC. When you go out 75 miles in a fishing boat, with a captain that has been doing it for 30 years, you catch an absolutely insane amount of fish.

During my knee surgery I spent a lot of time rigging my open top kayak and going pier and surf fishing with my father. I spent a lot of time also watching Robert Field youtube videos, seeing how he handled the larger fish in his kayak. All the while, really taking in how he filmed his shows.

All of this came back really quickly the first time I fished in Montana. The fish here are hungry. Before, when I thought of fresh water fishing, I envisioned sitting on a boat, in the middle of a still lake, in 98 degree, 95% humidity, not catching anything all day. But now, I think about that first time I stood in the middle of the Madison, watching with snipers eyes as I would see 14 inch rainbow peek out from behind his rock, deciding to chase my lure and running off as they would see my standing there while I reeled in my size 2 mepps as fast as I could. It was exilerating. Having been involved in a FPV (first person view) action sports youtube channel the year prior, I had a feeling this was something people wanted to see, through the eyes of the fisherman.

That’s when Intense Fish was born. It was the simplest of plans, using them simplest of gear, doing the simplest of sports, fishing.

I will get into the technicals of how I made IntenseFish and Bonafide Fishing next week.

Stay Tuned.


-Justin Kietzman