Testimonials

Chuck Layman’s Comments & Pictures

I booked a fishing trip with Mike and would like to say that he truly is the "The Fish Whisperer!" Mike was one of the most if not the most thorough and experienced guide that I have ever used in my 20 years of guided fishing trips. He explained where, why, and how we would be fishing. He even rescheduled our trip one day because the weather conditions were not favorable. Which in my experience, no guide I had had ever rescheduled because the weather conditions weren’t good. When the weather cooperated and we were on the lake and we caught fish. Quality fish, as the pictures will attest. I have been what I consider an avid fisherman for over 50 years, but after spending one day with Mike I realized he had forgotten more about fishing than I have ever known! The  rods and reels were absolutely state of the art and cost more than my first car. Everything was first class, right down to the lunches. I have said all of that to say this. If you are ever in Arizona and want to catch fish with a pro, call Mike!  Chuck Layman


Chris Portillo’s Pictures & Comments

I recommend Mike Strole aka “ The Fish Whisperer" Worth every penny. He really knows the lake and the fish. 

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    Jim Tewalt Pictures and Comments

I wanted to take Bret, my son fishing: make it special, be his hero. After some instruction in how to rig our poles, bait and set the hook, adjust the drag and play the fish, Mike got us on the water about 9:30 am. Within minutes he found the fish and despite the wind, he kept us hovering over the school. Bret caught the first 2, then I caught one and it was fish for fish for the rest of the day. Often, we had two fish on at a time. Although there were 4 other boats within 50 feet, one guided by another fishing pro, we caught fish while they just sat there fishing waiting for a bite. Now, I know why they call him “The Fish Whisperer.” Mike gives the glory to God, but his knowledge and experience make it easy for God to use him. Bret’s smile as we held up the stringers of fish for pictures is priceless. We caught 26 striped bass, some as large as 3 or 4 pounds. We have fished Lake Pleasant since 1986, but never with such great success! Most fishing pros will help you catch fish. Mike is all that and more; he teaches you how to fish. We posted our pictures on Face Book and are still drawing “Wow!” and “Awesome!” responses! Mike, I thank you buddy! Bret’s head is still “in the clouds” and is looking forward to teaching his sons what he learned from you.


     John Betof Comments & Pictures

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I became friends with Mike Strole over 25 years ago when we were both teaching at the same school. I don’t know anyone who has as much passion and knowledge of fishing as Mike. I always seem to learn something new about catching fish each time I have gone out with Mike. Every time I’ve gone out with Mike we have a great adventure fishing together. Mike lives and breathes fishing, and seems to know just where the fish are at, and what lure or bait to use to catch them. I’ve often said to Mike I think he has the ability to communicate with the fish. I’ve nicknamed him the “Fish Whisperer” because he has the uncanny ability to know just where the fish are at, and the fish seem to be drawn to his boat. When you book a trip with Mike you can be certain that you’ve chosen one of the best fishing professionals in Arizona, and you’ll have a day of fishing that will be both memorable and rewarding.


        Mike Foley - Cabela's Outfitter

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I have known Mike Strole for over twenty years. I have found him to be a man of great character and a good friend. He has a working knowledge of many lakes and waterways and is able to find where the fish are and know exactly what to use to catch them. Both my grandsons have benefitted from Mike’s angling skills and his ability to teach and encourage kids. They have caught a number of fish with him and always have a good time. Mike even sponsored a father and son fishing trip to Woods Canyon and Willow Springs Lakes. His goal, in addition to catching fish, was to help the fathers mentor their sons, create a lasting bond, and shared memories that would last them a lifetime. Mike and I have fished in the White Mountains and the Mogollon Rim where we have caught endless stringers of bass and trout, caught huge numbers of smallmouth bass at Black River, and filled ice chests with stripers, white bass, and largemouth bass at Lake Pleasant. Mike Strole truly loves fishing and the great outdoors and has a passion to share that love and knowledge with others so that they too can have and experience their own great adventure in God’s great and majestic outdoors.

Mike Foley  Cabela’s Outfitter


                     Richard Jashinsky 

& Senior Pastor Dr. Ben Leonard 

          of Church on the Green 

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Pastor Ben has been instrumental in helping me become the man I am today. He had not been fishing in 10 years and when I told him about my fishing trip with Professional Fishing Guide, Mike Strole (“The Fish Whisperer”), he jumped at the chance to go. This kind of surprised me because of his busy schedule. Mike was waiting at the dock and was ready to go. When we pulled up to the fishing spot it was only a matter of minutes until I had a fish on. Then, with Mike’s instruction, Pastor Ben began catching fish immediately. Several times during the day we had doubles. We out fished all the other boats both in numbers and size (including other guided boats) by at least 5 or 6 to 1. After we filled the live wells with stripers, we headed back to the dock for pictures and to put the fish on ice. Then, we jumped back in the boat and returned to our fishing spot and picked right up where we left off and filled the live wells again. Now I know why they call him “The Fish Whisperer”. We caught 46 Striped Bass! On the way home, Pastor Ben said, “It was just awesome!” He thanked me and said he had a great time and can’t wait to do it again. We held a Fish Fry at the church and fed 75 people.

Thanks Mike for a great time and the great pictures.

Richard Jashinsky

Cindi and Randy Feagins

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Hi Mike,

We have to let you know/show you how successful our fishing trip was.We took our whole family with all the grandkids and everyone caught fish!!

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Thank you so much for sharing your knowlege of fishing with us in such a way that we were able to be very successful on our own.  You have helped us make some wonderful memories with our grandchildren.

Thanks again and have a Happy Holiday Season.

Cindi and Randy Feagins


Joey Bryson

 

 Joey caught 23 Stripers his largest fish was this 25 1/2 inch beauty that weighed 4.2 pounds. 

Mike,

You  have an abundance of knowledge and experience when it comes to fishing for stripers. You really know the 

lake and the stripers. You taught me how to set up and throw a variety of baits and how to fish the techniques 

needed to catch fish related to each bait. When we went fishing I caught my first fish within 5 minutes after you 

positioned the boat. Mike knew right where the fish would be. In addition, Mike provided lunch on the lake (that was 

delicious), pictures of the trip (including 8 1/2 X 11 color potraits), and he cleaned my fish and packed them on ice. 

I had a great time, learned a lot, and caught 23 fish. I need to plan and book another trip with Mike, soon.

Joey Bryson

Check out Cooper on his 96th Birthday. He and his son caught 41 Striper in under the lights!!

 

          Happy Birthday Coop!!

Mike,

 I wanted to tell you what a wonderful trip we had fishing with you.  You got us to where the fish were, 

and we caught them. I got on the AZ Fish and Game Journal and you had written a really nice little 

article about our trip. So thanks for everything and hope everything goes well for you this coming season.

Rufus Cooper, and Son Carl.

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Check out our clients smiles.

 It doesn’t make any difference whether you are 4 or 96 everyone can catch fish.

 This is what we’re all about. Teaching anglers the skills and techniques that can put a smiles on their faces and more fish in the boat.

 

Logan’s (5 years old) first Trout. Check out that smile! Thanks Mike, the whole family caught  fish all day every day we were on the lake.

 

At age 4 this young man landed his first Largemouth Bass. Way to go...

 

This was Jake’s first attempt at Trout Fishing. Great Job Jake.

"Mike knew right where to find the fish and he taught me the techniques and skills I needed to know in order to land these beauties."

 

   Lady’s Day! Does She Look Happy Or What?

"Mike taught me the technique that gave me the skill to land this stringer of stripers."

               

 

            Bryans first Stringer of 14 Stripers.

"Mike put us on the fish and we immediately began catching fish." 

 

Nice stringer of  29 Stripers for these good old boys.

"Mike knew right where the fish were and how and what bait to throw."

Check out 8 year old Logan’s nice 18 inch Striper. Great job Logan! This was the first Striper he had ever caught. Thanks, Mike for a great time.

 

Check out Jim, as he holds up 10 of 34 Striper caught on Pleasant this trip.

“ I have fished with Mike and he knows where the fish are and he knows how to catch them."

Steve’s nice 6lb plus Striper

"This was the big fish of the day and Mike knew where the fish were, how to present the bait, and  how to get them to bite"

Tim from Tucson and his guests caught this nice stringer of Stripers at Lake Pleasant. Good job guys! 

"Mike put us on the fish, provided us with the instruction necessary to land this nice stringer of fish."

 

Mom. daughter, and Grandma on their Ladies Day Out. Nice Stringer Ladies.

“Mike located the fish, baited our hooks, taught us the necessary techniques to land this nice stringer of fish. Then he cleaned the fish and packed them on ice and sent us each a beautiful full color portrait. My daughter, my mother, and I had a great time."

Check out Mike Strole on You Tube to see how  to set up your drop shot rig for Stripers and other proven fishing techniques that have helped Mike’s clients become better fishermen. 

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