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Local man makes good (video fishing show)

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunNick Prodaniuk operates the camera and Louis Breuner does the floor directing as Kelsey Shaw and Mikey Kruck read the daily bulletin for Truckee High School Monday. The students all take 49er Regional Occupational Program's Video Production taught by John Echols. One of Echols' former students, Matthew Carollo, won two Emmy's for his work on an ESPN extreme fishing show.
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Many Tahoe-Truckee residents and visitors are serious about fishing.Some will brave the cold fisheries of Lake Tahoe, Prosser Reservoir and other frigid bodies of water in search of a giant lunker.Still others dream of traveling to an exotic locale to hook a giant tuna or marlin.A Truckee native represents all three facets of the angling life, and now his fishing series has received televisions highest honor.Matthew Carollo, 26, was raised fishing local waters. Hes now the cameraman for a popular fishing adventure television series called Offshore Adventures, and recently won two Emmy awards for his videography talents.Hes got the best of the both words, said his father, Bill Carollo. He gets to live in the mountains with the top-notch fly fishing that he does, then he goes to Costa Rica for three weeks.The television series is the top-rated outdoor show in America, according to Carollo. The National Academy of Television Arts andamp; Sciences, which recognizes daytime, sports, news and documentary programming, recognized the show as the best outdoor sports program, an award shared by everyone who worked on the show. Matthews skills won him an individual statue for Best Editor.Growing up in Truckee, Matthew Carollo started fishing at an early age, following his father and his fishing buddies around on their outings.We used to do tons of [fishing], since he was 2 years old we used to go out to the West Shore piers and he tagged along with us. He always had the bug for that, his father said. [Then] at about 15 he took up snowboarding, and my fishing days with him were over.Snowboarding is what gave the young angler an interest in entering the world of visual communication.Snowboarding, every project had to do with snowboarding, Matthew Carollo said of his early video efforts.

He started his video career in Video Production Class, an elective class offered at Truckee High School though Californias Regional Occupational Program 49er system.He was good solid student and he was very focused, said instructor John Echols.The class started in the 1987-88 school year and used a type of VHS tapes, according to Echols. Nowadays the students are working on industry standard Final Cut Pro-equipped editing equipment and the students get plenty of hands-on time producing programming for Truckee High School. Carollo liked the class so much he took it three times. Graduating in 2000, he attended film school at the University of Utah.When he went to college it was a make-or-break situation he was a local kid, never been out of Tahoe, and I told him he had to go to the city to [learn film], Bill Carollo said. The son who was in love with the mountains decided to mix his passions and decided on a film school close enough to the mountains that he could get his dose of powder while working on his degree.After college he returned to the Tahoe area briefly, and was fortunate to receive offers from two video production firms. One was local South Lake Tahoes RSN TV. The other was in his new home of Utah Fischer Productions, the makers of Offshore Adventures, an extreme fishing adventure show for hard-core enthusiasts that runs weekly on the cable sports channel, ESPN 2. Now Fischer Productions has bought a new 126-foot crabbing boat that they converted into the Fishing Lodge. It is like an offshore staging vessel equipped with three smaller fishing boats. The crew plans a seven-year fishing voyage around the world. Matthew and his father have resumed fishing together and while on a recent trip to Bridgeports lower Twin Lakes he snared a 9-pound brown, according to his father. Matthew Carollo said he experienced an anglers dream two weeks ago while on assignment in Puerto Vallarta.We were 50 miles off-shore … on the morning of the fifth day [of our trip], he said. There was so much life under the ship, we started trolling and we hung a 600-pound marlin.


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