Milford's Rapping Fisherman Releases Second CD

By Jill Dion, Milford Mirror

Mike Morazzini is a rapping fisherman.

With his latest CD, Droppin’ Lines, just recently released, Morazzini wants kids to know that fishing is cool.

This rapping fisherman is also a science teacher at Jonathan Law High School, a husband and a father of two young boys. His music is clean: It’s all about the rhymes, the beat and the fishing, as evidenced in these lines from one of his big hits, She’s Gone.

Ever since that tautog pulled my rod off the pier when I was ten years old and had to dive in after my reel.

Or havin’ diesel striped bass, grabbin eels, smashin needles, when you’re least expectin it on the retrieval.

All you can do is hold on while they peel line through your sore palm and take advantage of your weakness,

the horrible feel when you couldn’t seal the deal and the fish of your dreams, just disappeared into the abyss.

Morazzini grew up in Woodmont and now lives by Gulf Beach, and fishing, obviously, is a big part of his life.

Son of Tony Morazzini and Carleen Olderman, he started fishing with his uncle and father when he was a kid. When he was 13 he got his boating license and then an aluminum boat that he’d load up with his gear, pull down to the beach and launch for a day of fishing on the Sound.

When he attended Foran High School, where he was also enrolled in the regional aquaculture program for students interested in science and the sea, he listened to heavy metal. But then he got turned on to hip-hop. “I started listening to it, and I loved the rhyming, the lyrics. But I didn’t want to just listen, I wanted to write it,” he said.

So he started thinking, “What am I going to write about” and realized that the best subject is always what you know best, so fishing it was.

Milford’s rapping fisherman and local high school teacher Mike Morazzini in his garage, writing some rap, surrounded by some inspirational fishing gear.

“I’d sit down by myself and write,” he said.

He started sharing the songs with family, then made recordings, eventually burning a CD that he gave to his uncle, Noel Luth. The tunes wound up with his uncle at a shark fishing tournament in Montauk, and Uncle Noel played the CD loud enough for others to hear. Apparently, the lyrics to F-I-S-H-I-N-G caught their attention.

Do you like eels driftin, penn reels spinnin, keeper lippin and creel limits broken,

Teasers skippin, bonita hittin and drag seals smokin,

Peelin sizzling, and leader crimpin for mean and vicious fish with teeth like scissors,

Leapin flippin, greenish tinted, mahi.

This is real fishin!

“It was just for fun at that point — well it’s still fun,” Morazzini said.

In 2009, he released a full-length fishing hip-hop/rap album called Angler Talk.

His second and latest album, Droppin’ Lines, was released on iTunes and anglersmusic.com in February.

His music has been featured on Mike Iaconelli’s Going Ike TV series, and a 2017 episode was filmed on Morazzini’s boat in Milford waters. The episode features Morazzini’s new album as a soundtrack throughout, and Ike joined in on two songs, including Never Give Up, which recently had about 50,000 views on Youtube.

Remember this always.

Never

Give

Up

“It is an absolute dedication to the love of fishing, which so many of us in Connecticut are fortunate enough to enjoy with our miles of shoreline on Long Island Sound, three major river systems and lakes throughout our state,” Morazzini said.

Morazzini also runs a fishing club at Jonathan Law High School, and kids are one of the reasons he wants to push the cool fisherman angle.

“A lot of kids think — well, there’s a lot of pressure to be popular,” he said.

He remembers fishing at Gulf Beach with a friend when he was in high school. A couple of popular girls came by, and his friend explained, “I’m just here watching Mike fish.” His friend didn’t want to admit that he was fishing — not cool enough.

But, said Morazzini again, “Fishing is cool.” There’s the complexity of the sport, the challenge of reeling in that big fish, the mystery of not knowing what’s on the end of the line, the feel of the fighting fish, which, by the way, Morazzini hooks and then releases.

Morazzini wants to direct some proceeds from his CD sales to charity, and said he initially leaned toward a children’s charity because his younger son Carlo, 1, underwent several surgeries after he was born and he and wife, Margaret, know how tough that can be. He’s planning to direct some funds to his fishing club at Jonathan Law, to help pay for fishing excursions.

Fishing with his own sons “will be the next chapter,” Morazzini said. He’s taken Wesley, 2, out already, but he’s picturing the day when it will be father and sons out beyond the shoreline casting their lines.

He says it all in F-I-S-H-I-N-G.

When I cast, my rods out,

I hook fish, In the lips,

Catchin monsters all the time

Swear to god, cross my line,

Hail Mary full of grace, 8 foot roller in my face,

50 pounder neath my hull, hurricane wouldn’t make me go home!

Anglers pick walk-out songs for Forrest Wood Cup

JULY 26, 2016, BY WHNT NEWS 19

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — It’s almost like the Super Bowl where teams pick their walk-out music to pump up the crowd and earn their title — except it’s the Forrest Wood Cup for bass fishermen. Instead of the Vince Lombardi trophy, their prize is $300,000 cash.

Anglers at the Forrest Wood Cup, held August 4-7 at Wheeler Lake and the Von Braun Center, get to choose their walk-up music for weigh-ins at the tournament. Each day’s weigh-in is at 5 p.m. at the Von Braun Center’s Propst Arena.

Some of this year’s choices include God’s Gonna Cut You Down by Johnny Cash, the Star Wars theme song,  Five Finger Death Punch’s Mama Said Knock You Out and God Blessed Texas by Little Texas.

No Alabama event would be complete without Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama, too.

Here is the full list of each fisherman’s song selection:

  • Hampton Anderson – Ghetto Cowboy, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
  • Matt Arey – I’m Shipping up to Boston, Dropkick Murphys
  • Todd Auten – Buy Me a Boat, Chris Janson
  • David Barnes Sr. – Gonna Fly Now (the Rocky theme song)
  • Stetson Blaylock – God’s Not Dead, Newsboys
  • Greg Bohannan – We Will Rock You, Queen
  • Terry Bolton – Panama, Van Halen
  • Denny Brauer – Troubadour, George Strait
  • Scott Canterbury – Hammerdown, Ted Nugent
  • Bill Chapman – Lights Come On, Jason Aldean
  • Brandon Cobb – God’s Gonna Cut You Down, Johnny Cash
  • John Cox – Hail to the King, Avenged Sevenfold
  • David Dudley – Oceans, Hillsong United
  • Shinichi Fukae – Happy, Pharrell Williams
  • Jeff Gustafson – Don’t Stop Believin’, Journey
  • Ray Hanselman – Bread and Water, Ryan Bingham
  • Jeff Hippert – Enter Sandman, Metallica
  • Brian Holder – Thunderstruck, AC/DC
  • Jamie Horton – Country Must be Country Wide, Brantley Gilbert
  • Chris Johnston – Just Gettin’ Started, Jason Aldean
  • Cory Johnston – Here Comes the Thunder, Tim Hicks
  • Jay Kendrick – Crazy Train, Ozzy Osbourne
  • JT Kenney – Mama Said Knock You Out, Five Finger Death Punch
  • Brad Knight – Bring Em Out, T.I.
  • Jeremy Lawyer – Long Hot Summer Day, Turnpike Troubadours
  • Shane LeHew – Take it Outside, Brantley Gilbert
  • Scott Martin – Turn Down for What, DJ Snake and Lil Jon
  • Brandon McMillan – I’m to Blame, Kip Moore
  • Cody Meyer – Harvester of Sorrow, Metallica
  • Dan Morehead – This is How We Roll, Florida Georgia Line
  • Andy Morgan – A Country Boy Can Survive, Hank Williams Jr.
  • Troy Morrow – Star Wars theme song, John Williams
  • Michael Neal – Tennessee River Run, Darryl Worley
  • Brandon Perkins – I Don’t Get Tired (#IDGT), Kevin Gates
  • Nick Prvonozac – Centuries, Fall Out Boy
  • Clark Reehm – Pro Shop, Bass Uptopia and Mike Morazzini

  • Jimmy Reese – Hall of Fame, The Script (feat. will.i.am)
  • Darrel Robertson – Big Green Tractor, Jason Aldean
  • Mark Rose – Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day, Luke Bryan
  • Bryan Schmitt – Mama Said Knock You Out, LL Cool J
  • Jeff Sprague – Hold On, Wilson Phillips
  • Wesley Strader – State I’m In, NEEDTOBREATHE
  • Tyler Suddarth – Born This Way, Thousand Foot Krutch
  • Scott Suggs – Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day, Luke Bryan
  • Bryan Thrift – Smoke on the Water, Deep Purple
  • Jim Tutt – Barracuda, Heart
  • Joseph Webster – Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Clark Wendlandt – God Blessed Texas, Little Texas
  • Charlie Weyer – Kickstart My Heart, Mötley Crüe
  • Jacob Wheeler – Remember the Name, Fort Minor

Fish Rapper- New Haven Register

By Jim Shelton- September 10 2009

MILFORD -- Mike Morazzini may be the only rap singer in the world with a bucket of live eels chillin' in the basement.  They're right next to his rods, reels, plugs, chum and spear gun. "I couldn't rap about anything that wasn't true, so I rap about fishing," Morazzini, a 25-year-old biology teacher at Jonathan Law High School, explains. "I do it. I live it. Hey, I'm a kid from Woodmont."

This is a guy torn between his beat box and his tackle box. He tosses out mad rhymes while he tosses out 10-pound test line from the deck of his 18-foot power boat, the Blood Vessel. With his boyish face and close-cropped hair, Morazzini even looks a bit like a young Eminem.

"One of my goals is to have my music played as a soundtrack to a fishing show on TV," he says. "I watch them all the time, and they just play random music. I've sent some of my songs to ESPN."  Indeed, Morazzini recently released a 12-track CD, "Angler Talk," filled with witty anthems to people who worship the Ugly Stick. He recorded the songs at East Rock Studio in New Haven.

"There were lures and fishing hooks hanging over the music stand," laughs East Rock Studio owner Jef Wilson. "Mike has a sense of humor enough to know how ridiculously funny some of his stuff is."  Consider these fish tales from the new CD:

"Angler Talk," the title track, takes a humorous look at fishing terminology such as "Ugly Stick," which means a fishing rod; "Angler Anxiety" is an a cappella song about how sad Morazzini gets when he hasn't fished in weeks; "I'm Leaving" tells of a disgruntled girlfriend who wants her boyfriend to spend less time with his lures.  Morazzini's stepsister, Jessica Olderman of Fairfield, sings on two tracks; Morazzini's uncle, Noel Luth of Milford, performs briefly on the first track, "Carp Don't Talk." The pairing of fishing and rap music is oddly appealing, according to Wilson, but any musical genre would have worked. "He could have done it in Sinatra style and it would be entertaining," Wilson says.  For Morazzini's part, he says he's fully aware that the merging of his two hobbies sounds more like a "Saturday Night Live" skit than serious music.  "It's rap about fishing, so I know it's got to be funny," he says. "At first, when I tell people about it, they laugh. They think it's nuts. But when I show them the CD, they understand I really put effort into this. It's cool. It's different."

Plus, he's confident there's an audience. His love of fishing began in childhood, casting off the piers in Milford. He's since moved on to fishing for mako shark off Montauk, tarpon in Florida and blue shark near Block Island.

"It's the rush you get from the unpredictability of fishing in saltwater," he says. "You don't know what you've hooked when a fish first bites."

Rap music got Morazzini's attention in high school. He took to the melodies and rhyming of Eminem and Tupac Shakur.

A couple of years ago, for fun, Morazzini did a homemade recording of original rap songs about fishing and gave copies to his family and friends. Within months, Morazzini's relatives were handing out copies at fishing tournaments. "People were coming up to me, people I didn't know, saying how much they loved the songs," he says.

Now that he's a professional rapper -- his CD sells for $11 at Frenchy's Bait & Tackle in West Haven and $13.60 at Morazzinis Web site, www.anglersmusic.com -- he's trying his hand at live performance. He's appeared at a couple of karaoke clubs and open-mic nights, where he says the crowds are appropriately hooked by his material.

"We get the place rocking," he says. "It's not as good as reeling in a tuna, but it's fun."

Jim Shelton can be reached at (203) 789-5664 or jshelton@nhregister.com.

Fishing Tunes- On The Water

By Jimmy Fee- January 31 2012

I’ve been coming across a lot of fishing-themed music lately. For one, I don’t think I’ve gone a single day driving to work without Craig Campbell’s Fish or the Trace Adkins father and daughter fishing song She Thinks We’re Just Fishing coming across the radio.

It’s not surprising to hear a country song with a fishing theme, but fishing appearing in rock and hip hop songs? Check out these two anglers who have put down their fishing rods and picked up a microphones to express their love of fishing.

“The Rockin’ Fisherman,” Brian Schram takes a “hard-rock” approach, playing songs like Kiss My Bass (sigh). Schram has toured with the B.A.S.S. tournament trail, playing at the events. He also has his own guide service, Rockin’ Fish Tales Guide Service, on Lake St. Clair in Michigan. You can hear some of the Rockin’ Fisherman’s music HERE.

More surprising still was the fishing hip-hop music coming out of, of all places, Connecticut. Mike Morazzini produces what he calls “Hip hop with a fisherman’s twist.” He’s rapping about tuna, stripers, when “the cows get aroused,” and other fishing right here in the Northeast. Morazzini has an album out, Angler Music, and you can listen to a couple of the tracks on his website HERE.

And then there’s my favorite fishing-themed singer. The timeless, Big Mouth Billy Bass:

 

 

I Rap- by Mike Iaconelli

Dec. 22 2012- OK, here’s something you might not know about me. I’m a hip hop rapper with a couple of recorded songs. Now, I’m not saying I’m going to give up my day job and go on American Idol or anything, but I do think my latest project is interesting. Basically, I look at it as another opportunity to expand fishing to groups that may not know a lot about it.

It all began several years ago when I met a fellow angler from Connecticut named Mike Morazzini. He’s a serious angler, serious environmental advocate, serious school teacher and serious hip hop artist. Over time we developed a real relationship. Most of the things he likes, I like. Most of the things I like, he likes. We were a natural.

I love to fish with him and talk about the environment. But the thing I found the most fascinating was his hip hop music. He’s really good at it. He records at East Rock Studio in New Haven, Connecticut, so everything is professionally done. His songs all have something to do with fishing. He fishes so he knows what to write and rap about.

The thing is, we need to expand fishing as much as we can. That’s critical if our sport is going to survive and grow. One way to do that is to show groups of people who don’t traditionally fish why it’s fun.

I don’t have any real evidence to support my thinking, but I’d guess that traditional hip hop audiences don’t do much fishing — most of them anyway. They aren’t exposed to it so they really don’t know anything about it. We can change that. They can be exposed to what we do. That will increase the number of anglers in our country.

How many people do you know who go fishing for the first time and come home with a frown on their face? Not very many would be my best guess. It’s fun to fish. Everybody likes it even if they squirm when they put a worm on their hook — or make you do it.

You don’t have to be a serious tournament angler or a professional to enjoy a day on the water with a rod and reel in your hand. If you doubt what I’m saying, take someone out this next year — someone who’s never been fishing before — and see what happens.

Anyway, Mike’s got some really good stuff out there. I contributed but the big picture is really his. You can listen to what he’s done on his website or through iTunes. It’s free to listen. You don’t have to buy anything.

I’m really proud of what Mike’s doing, and I’m proud that I could contribute in some small way. The more we can spread the word about what a great thing it is to go fishing, the more success we’ll all have ... and maybe the better our world will be.

Next time we’ll talk about what fishing has done for me. Not the catching fish part, the life part.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

Mike Iaconelli's column appears weekly on Bassmaster.com. You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter.