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Three anglers set sail for a summertime fishing adventure in the Pamlico Sound, targeting a mixed bag of Carolina beauties. On this beautiful July day, Captain Richard Andrews, Charlie Adams, and Shelley Tubaugh aren't after any specific species but are simply enjoying the potential catch of Flounder, Speckled Trout, Red Drum, and more. In gear time, they discuss the versatile tackle and baits used to tempt the diverse array of fish in these Carolina waters. Meanwhile, Donna wraps up the show in the kitchen with a creamy shrimp recipe. This episode is a delightful mix of casual fishing fun and delicious cooking.
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Join Brad Whittaker as he is guided by Captain Richard Andrews to fish for White Bass on North Carolina's Eno River. In early April, and the bass are making their spring migration upriver to spawn. The duo casts close to the structures where the fish seek shelter, using ultra-light tackle to increase the fun. In gear time, they discuss the tiny lures and techniques that proved successful. Meanwhile, Donna shares a simple yet delicious Asian-style fish and rice recipe in the kitchen. This episode combines thrilling fishing action with delectable culinary inspiration.
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Mike Perry and Captain David Haddock fish for late-season Striped Bass on Carolina’s famous Roanoke River. A late spring has delayed the fish's run upriver, leaving plenty of bass to be caught while most anglers have gone home. On his home waters, Captain Haddock guides Mike in using live bait to target the bigger specimens. In gear time, they demonstrate the live bait rigs needed for the fast-moving water. Meanwhile, Donna shares her latest culinary invention: a special Mexican Catfish taco. This episode combines expert fishing techniques with creative cooking.
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Pro anglers Neal Stockton and Joel Richardson face a tough day fishing for Largemouth Bass on North Carolina’s Belews Lake. Despite its depth, which should have provided good winter fishing in March, cold temperatures create problems, forcing the pair to move closer to shore. Surprisingly, they find great fish holding close to the boulders. In gear time, they explore the complex spinner baits and fishing philosophies that made the day a success. Meanwhile, Donna shares her fancy recipe for mussels in the kitchen.
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LA Dodgers pitcher Paul Shuey joins Cliff Edwards in the off-season as they fish for feisty Bass with lures from a float tube. Set in Cliff's own private beautiful Carolina pond, which is teeming with Largemouth Bass, the duo casts a variety of baits in mid-July, catching fish right between their feet. In gear time, they review the best lures from a day of experimentation. Meanwhile, Donna prepares a unique turkey recipe with sausage in the kitchen.
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Join Captain Mitchell Blake and Jeff Koen as they fish for catfish on the Cashie River. Drift fishing for blue catfish is a popular method in Carolina, but high March winds make the technique challenging. By finding calmer areas on the lower Roanoke system to slow down the boat, they manage to succeed. The episode highlights the smartly adapted Carolina rig the pair used to catch the most fish. Meanwhile, Donna cooks her special shrimp recipe in the kitchen.
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Stu Caulder takes Kandice Kelley fishing for Striped Bass in downtown Wilmington, Carolina, beneath a bridge during the colder months. Chasing the tide in the lower reaches of the river, they use deep-diving hard baits to reach the fish feeding in the heavy current. The episode features an in-depth look at the effective colour combinations of the lures used. Meanwhile, Donna prepares a delicious shrimp and pasta bake in the kitchen.
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Ron Bennett and Ted Moseley explore a unique method for catching Redfish in the shallow backwaters of Carolina. Targeting one of Carolina’s most revered sport fish, they face the challenge of Redfish being notoriously spooky, especially in the shallow waters of Nags Head inlet. In gear time, they discuss their unique and effective jig and fish bait combination for working the bottom. Meanwhile, Donna prepares a fascinating seafood lasagne recipe that promises to dazzle the hosts.
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Watch as Captain Greg Griffin gives Christy Bullock a lesson in Crappie fishing on Carolina’s Shearon Harris Lake. Artificial jigging in deep water is the go-to method for targeting the biggest Crappie, but as a first-timer, Christy has a lot to learn. Greg walks her through the essential techniques and equipment needed to get the job done. In a special segment, Donna prepares her signature delicious duck recipe. Don’t miss this informative and mouthwatering episode, perfect for fishing enthusiasts and food lovers alike!
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Join Stu Caulder and Walker Goulder as they fish for "Spanish Gold" – Spanish Mackerel off the Carolina coast. Late in the mackerel season, in late summer, they head to South Carolina where a huge population of these fish has congregated to hunt bait fish. Despite their small size, Spanish Mackerel are among the most athletic fish in the ocean. In gear time, they explore the rod and reel combos needed to handle the speed and agility of these sporty fish. Meanwhile, Donna demonstrates her new recipe for grouper in the kitchen.
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Tara Lynch McCreedy teams up with Ollie Smith on the Roanoke River in hopes of catching her first Shad on a fly rod. Targeting both Hickory Shad and White Shad in March, they face fast, cold waters that make for powerful fish, akin to tarpon fishing in freshwater. While typically caught using spinning gear, catching these challenging fish on fly rods is a true accomplishment. In gear time, they delve into the delicate tackle required for success. Meanwhile, Donna prepares an elegant clam recipe in the kitchen.
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The Journal presents an exciting December episode of Crappie fishing in Carolina using various methods. Cliff Edwards employs a typical jig bait and spinning rod setup, while Paul Shuey experiments with a fly rod. As they transition from the warmth of fall into the cold winter months, they discover that these usually small fish can grow surprisingly large, providing excellent sport. In gear time, they discuss the spinning gear and jigs used for their setups. Meanwhile, Donna takes to the kitchen to demonstrate her delicious recipe for trout cakes.
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Joe Dorman joins Captain Greg Griffin for an exciting day of live bait fishing, aiming to catch the biggest Largemouth Bass. On a still October day in North Carolina, perfect conditions set the stage for a potential trophy catch. Using a depth finder, they identify interesting hotspots and search the waters for the ideal depth. After an insightful discussion on the necessary float system during gear time, Donna wraps up the episode in the kitchen, sharing a rare and delectable quail recipe.
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Joe Dorman joins Robbie Burr for an exciting adventure, catching massive Blue Catfish on Carolina’s Pee Dee River. Drifting their boat down the slow-moving river, they drop fish baits to the murky depths where the fat cats hunt. The action heats up when they discover a hole full of catfish, and one angler hooks a monster nearly 50 pounds in weight. After an informative gear time segment, Donna delights viewers by cooking up a delicious flounder recipe.
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Ted Moseley and Ron Bennet head out for a springtime Crappie fishing trip on a Carolina lake. Initially using spinners, they find the fishing fun but face a challenge when a cold front pushes in, stopping the bite. Switching to secret live minnows, a proven technique, they manage to tempt even the fussiest fish and land some of their biggest Crappie ever. In gear time, they discuss the rig needed to control the live baits. Meanwhile, Donna prepares an intriguing recipe for oysters and hushpuppies.
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Join Charles Brown and Joe Dorman as they fish for big Bluefish on surface lures in South Carolina. In part one, they brave strong winds off Cape Lookout in May, casting accurately to trigger the explosive topwater strikes they're after. In part two, the adventure continues deeper into the marshes in March, where trophy fish lurk beneath the structures. During gear time, the boys reveal the unique topwater baits they use. Meanwhile, Donna prepares a delicious lemon and herb flounder in the kitchen.
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In a session for the ages, Kurt Hinchman joins Captain Richard Andrews on the legendary Roanoke River, casting topwater lures for aggressive Carolina Striped Bass in winter. Amid the sunken forest, they use floating lures to imitate injured baitfish, provoking fierce strikes from ever-larger fish. During gear time, they showcase the most effective lures for this exciting fishing style. Meanwhile, Donna delights viewers in the kitchen with a Mediterranean fish meal.
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The Journal rejoins Tara Lynch and Seth Vernon on their Carolina adventure, fly fishing for big Redfish in skinny water with Alex Smith. Using an old-fashioned punt boat for stealth, the team creeps along the edges, casting lure flies for hunting Reds. Everyone enjoys great sport until the mood shifts when Tara hooks a giant. After exploring their unique methods, join Donna in the kitchen as she cooks up a delicious crusted Flounder.
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Captains John Huff and Tyler Stone embark on a quest for a Carolina special: the elusive inshore grand slam. In the South, this means catching a Speckled Trout, Red Drum, and Flounder in one session. The coastal marshes provide an ideal hunting ground for such species, so John and Tyler work various lures against rocky and grassy structures to imitate the bait in the area. The fish are smart, and success is never guaranteed, so the duo shares their philosophy on fishing the tides, while Donna cooks up her signature crab recipe in the kitchen.
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In one of the most exciting episodes yet, old friends Chuck Laughridge and Tommy Bennett experiment with fly fishing for hard-fighting Albacore Tuna off Cape Lookout, Carolina. It's November, and the fish are feeding aggressively on the surface. The boys chase bait balls, waiting for the perfect cast, but these fish are no pushovers. Discover the heavy-duty tackle needed to catch these powerhouse sport fish, then join Donna in the kitchen for a mouthwatering crab fritter recipe.
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Join Captain Bryan DeHart and show regular Kurt Hinchman as they fish for big Carolina Redfish in the Pamlico Sound marshes. Starting on a breezy August morning, they cast spinner baits and enjoy some fun catching puppy drum in the grassy edges. Moving to deeper water, they hunt for something huge, sharing insights on their most effective tackle. Later, Donna demonstrates how to make smoked trout, a perfect recipe for a wilderness camping trip. Don't miss the action and delicious tips!
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Join Kurt Hinchman and Captain Gary Dubiel for a tough morning of crappie fishing on Carolina’s Neuse River. Despite perfect springtime conditions, the fish aren't biting, pushing experienced anglers Kurt and Gary to work close to snags with tiny jig baits. After they finally fins the key to success, we explore the ultra-light tackle and pro techniques they use to turn the tide. Later, Donna wraps up the show in the kitchen with a delicious recipe for a special smoked fish dip.
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Join Randy Bowser as he explores the coastal waters off Celestun in Yucatan, Mexico, in search of big catches on light tackle. In this episode, Randy teams up with local guides to fish for Speckled Trout, venturing 1km offshore into 30 feet of water where big fish have been spotted feeding. As they reel in some nice trout and a surprise exotic giant, the excitement builds. Moving inshore for an even bigger prize, they cast between the boats in Puerto Abrigo, targeting aggressive Snook and high-flying Tarpon with shallow lures. With even the smallest of fish putting up a fight, chaos ensues when Randy hooks a silver giant.
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Season 6 of "Trev Gowdy's Monster Fish" culminates in a showcase of the most thrilling catches yet. From giant White Sturgeon in the untamed depths of the Columbia River, to the exotic Catfish of Buddhist Thailand and the 1000-pound tuna of the continental shelf, Trev Gowdy and Fred Levitman never fail in their pursuit of nature's fiercest giants, in the most heart-stopping season yet.
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Embarking on an epic quest for North America's largest freshwater predator, the Musky, Trev ventures to the legendary Lake of the Woods. Nestled on the Minnesota-Canada border, this forested haven is revered as the apex of predator fishing. Guided by Musky expert Bill Sandy, Trev braves looming storms and prowling wolves in pursuit of this elusive trophy. Amidst the challenge of a fish renowned as the "fish of 10,000 casts," hope surges as a colossal Musky, weighing over 60 pounds, launches a ferocious attack beneath the boat—the largest Bill has ever witnessed. With history beckoning, will Trev etch his name into angling lore with a monumental catch?
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Trev Gowdy embarks on an exhilarating journey to conquer the majestic pacific king salmon run of Alaska, vying for his most monumental catch yet. Nestled within the iconic Kenai Peninsula lies the breath-taking Kasilof River, an angler's paradise boasting azure waters and awe-inspiring mountain vistas. Amidst this pristine wilderness, Trev teams up with guide Cory Woodman to push the boundaries of angling innovation, experimenting with unconventional bait combinations. With an early catch surpassing 30 pounds, Trev realizes he's embarked on the ultimate angling odyssey, bracing himself for the adventure of a lifetime amidst nature's grandeur.
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Fred Levitman persists in his pursuit of exotic monster fish in Thailand, accompanied by record angler Francois. Thailand boasts an abundance of giant freshwater species, offering Fred an unparalleled fishing experience. Following a gastronomic adventure through Bangkok's alleys with Francois, Fred ventures to a hidden lake nestled within a rice farm, teeming with exotic inhabitants, including the world's largest freshwater fish. Amidst eager Gourami and Redtail Catfish, Fred sets his sights on the legendary Arapaima. With anticipation building, can Fred reel in this elusive giant and secure his place among angling legends?
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Fred Levitman returns to southern Asia, driven by his relentless pursuit of the elusive monster Catfish. Teamed up again with Thailand's top guide, Francois, they embark on a cultural journey along the Mekong River, visiting traditional anglers in their homes along the banks. Venturing to a secluded lake upriver, Fred casts artificial lures, unveiling a diverse array of unknown monsters like Redtail Catfish and Alligator Gar, including a stunning hybrid species. Yet, the iconic Mekong catfish remains elusive. As the quest intensifies, Fred faces the ultimate challenge: will he depart with his long-awaited prize, or will the elusive giant slip through his grasp once more?
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Continuing their daring expedition along the continental shelf, Fred and Trev venture into the depths of the north Atlantic, fishing for colossal pelagic species. Their destination: Hydrographer Canyon, a hotspot teeming with activity. Despite a challenging start, Trev's boat strikes gold with Bigeye and Yellowfin Tuna. However, as a menacing storm looms on the horizon, their triumph is overshadowed by the looming threat. With dinner caught but their journey home in jeopardy, Fred and Trev face a race against nature's fury, testing their skills and resilience in a battle for survival on the open seas.
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In the thrilling finale of their quest for monster fish, James Stokoe, Ripon Khalique, and Hywel Morgan target the UK's most mysterious giant: the Bluefin Tuna. Absent from British waters for 60 years, these colossal fish, weighing up to 1500 pounds, have returned in numbers. Fishing out of Mevagissey in Cornwall, the trio enlists the help of local tuna legend Chris Gill, whose boat is among the few permitted to catch these endangered beasts under a conservation tagging programme. With James and Ripon having already caught their fish of a lifetime, it's Hywel's turn to end the series with a bang. But can he handle the power of one of the world's most sought-after sport fish?
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James, Ripon, and Hywel continue their quest the for the UK’s biggest fish as they visit the famous Anglers Paradise in Devon in pursuit of giant Wels Catfish. Crowned as the UK’s biggest freshwater fish, there are few places where these behemoths can be caught. One such place is the incredible Anglers paradise, a huge estate of lakes built, owned and operated by Zenia Gregorek and her family, filled with all manner of exotic creatures.Seasoned local fisherman and monster hunter Joe Dietrich teaches the boys the unique methods needed to single out the biggest Catfish, known to grown to a staggering 100 pounds in the lake.After a quick boost of confidence with small fish, the boys struggle to outsmart the truly big cats, until one anglers rod bends into an unstoppable force.
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In the heart of the Scottish Highlands, the Untamed Anglers embark on their most challenging expedition yet: to catch the elusive Ferox Brown Trout of Loch Awe. With its vast expanse and depths reaching 93 meters, this naturally beautiful lake is one of the few highland waters still home to these huge and mysterious predatory Brown Trout. Joined by expert Ferox anglers Aya Thorne and Alan Kettle-White, James and Ripon delve into the unique techniques of trolling lures and baits in the depths of the Ferox's domain and explore the threats and conservation of the species. Meanwhile, Hywel and predator angler Chris Smith tackle the aggressive Loch Awe Pike on the banks with dead baits. As they face nature's ultimate test, will the anglers emerge as worthy conquerors of these famous fish, or will they be outsmarted like countless anglers before them?
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Embarking on an epic adventure off the coast of New England, Trev Gowdy and Fred Levitman brave the dark depths of the ocean in search of monstrous pelagic species like Tuna, Swordfish, and Sharks. The abyssal canyons of the continental shelf are unusually rich in life due to their unique chemistry, shrouded in darkness and teeming with leviathans, After Fred and Trev meet with a crew fully equipped with hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of heavy tackle, two boats set sail, navigating 120 miles and 7 hours to reach an underwater canyon. In the dead of night, the echo-sounder reveals a massive congregation of fish, igniting an extraordinary fishing frenzy under the twinkling stars.
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Fred Levitman goes sight-seeing and fishing in Thailand for the king of the Asian waters, the Mekong Catfish. In the lakes outside of Bangkok live many of the world’s biggest freshwater fish species. After 18 hours in the air and a messy night on the town Fred joins his guide Jean-Francois, an eccentric local legend in possession of perhaps more fishing world records than anyone in the world. After learning the unique bait-ball technique, Fred joins the locals on one of their many stocked ponds. Fred proves that a trip to Thailand should be at the top of the list for any adventure angler.
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Join Trev Gowdy as he embarks on a daring expedition to hunt the world’s largest Peacock Bass in the untamed wilds of South America's Rio Negro. Venturing 20 miles deep into the heart of the Amazon jungle, Trev and his team navigate treacherous backwaters and remote native villages in search of the ultimate fishing grounds. Armed with aggressive popping lures, Trev plunges into the murky depths, where massive Bass lurk in pursuit of prey. But when a ferocious monsoon looms, threatening to derail their journey, Trev must brave the unknown depths, wondering if he's discovered the lair of true giants.
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In a gripping finale off Prince Edward Island, Canada, Fred Levitman makes his final push for the elusive 1000-pound Bluefin Tuna. The crew strategically positions behind a herring fishing boat, where the smarter, larger tuna lurk for scraps. As Fred's rod bends under the weight of a monstrous catch, world-record holder Cornelius senses a potential milestone. However, the battle against these cunning giants threatens to end in heartbreak as the tuna's evasive manoeuvres test Fred's skills to their limits. In this high-stakes showdown, every move counts as Fred fights against the odds for his shot at angling glory.
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In the untamed waters of the North Atlantic, Fred Levitman's quest for the elusive 1000-pound Bluefin Tuna of last season continues off Canada's Prince Edward Island. Teaming up with legendary tuna captains Bruce and Cornelius, Fred's determination reaches new heights as he sets his sights on the biggest fish of his life. Battling stormy seas and relentless rain, the crew braces for a legendary session fraught with anticipation. But as disappointment looms with a lost fish, a miraculous turn of events unfolds. Two rods bend in unison as a school of giant tuna encircles the boat, plunging the crew into a chaotic struggle against nature's mightiest creatures.
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In the dangerous depths of Oregon's Columbia River, Trev Gowdy targets one of the world’s biggest freshwater fish, the White Sturgeon. In the shadow of a towering hydroelectric dam the crew navigate deep, fast-flowing waters posing constant peril, knowing one misstep into the busy shipping lane could lead to disaster. As the day unfolds, he hooks into a series of impressive catches, but his sights are set on a true giant. When his reel shrieks in protest and a monstrous creature breaches the surface, threatening to capsize a nearby boat, Trev realizes he's in for the fight of his life.
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As the clock ticks down on the 2016 Madfin competition, the intensity peaks with four teams locked in a fierce battle against the ocean's giants for the coveted championship title. Team Vicious takes a daring leap with high-risk handlining tactics, aiming to surge up the leader board. Team Pescador, buoyed by optimism but facing fierce competition, grapples with yet another massive Bull Shark. Team Journey South shifts tactics, heading inland after exhausting their shrimp boat strategy. Offshore, Team R.E.O struggles with empty waters near the oil rigs. With the outcome hanging in the balance, one angler hooks a colossal fish, setting the stage for a nail-biting conclusion. Who will emerge as the ultimate Madfin Series Champion?
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In the heart-pounding final day of the Venice, Louisiana waters, the Madfin Shark Series begins its climax with all four teams vying for victory. Team Vicious faces immediate setbacks but clings to hope for a game-changing first fish bonus. Meanwhile, Team Pescador fights tooth and nail for the lead, with Charlie's epic battle against the largest shark of his life. Team R.E.O, in the lead but not comfortable, strives for a massive haul to rectify past errors. Battling relentless amberjack, Team Journey South scrambles for crucial points. As tensions peak, an angler's rod explodes in a thrilling finale, hooking the competition's biggest shark and a once-in-a-lifetime catch.
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As the 2016 Madfin Shark competition nears its final day, the pressure intensifies with mixed fortunes for the teams. Team R.E.O aims to solidify their lead with a swift Bull Shark catch for bonus points. Despite Team Pescador's optimism when their bait disappears, they find themselves surrounded by smaller sharks. Inspired by their competitors, Team Journey South adjusts their strategy, fishing in the chum slick of a shrimp boat in a bid to reclaim the top spot. However, tension mounts for Team Vicious as a disastrous session unfolds, culminating in a rod vanishing overboard. Forced to resort to handlining, they desperately seek a high-scoring catch to escape last place. Will the competition unravel in the face of mounting challenges?
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As the second leg of the 2016 competition kicks off, Team R.E.O seizes the lead with a strong start. Meanwhile, Team Journey South strives to capitalize on their previous success with Hammerhead Sharks, yet they struggle against relentless Amberjack. Team Pescador reverts to their proven strategy of trailing commercial fishing vessels, hunting for that elusive first fish bonus. In a daring move, Team Vicious adopts a dangerous handlining technique for extra points, leading to chaos when both Mike and Stephen hook into a fish at once. With tension mounting and the stakes higher than ever, it’s neck and neck as we head into the second half.
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In the tense conclusion of day one, tensions rise as Journey South aims to solidify their lead with a third Hammerhead catch, only to face disappointment with a meager find. Meanwhile, Team Pescador ventures away from the trawler boat in pursuit of fiercer prey, encountering a group of formidable Spinner Sharks and Bulls. Unaware of their chance to dethrone Journey South, Team R.E.O engages in a fierce battle beneath the oil rig. And in a last-ditch effort to climb the leader board, Team Vicious shifts tactics to fish deeper in the Mississippi mouth. With the stakes higher than ever, will their new strategy be enough to lift them out of last place?
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The opening leg of the 2016 Madfin Shark Series continues as teams battle it out from Venice, Louisiana. Team Vicious grapples with formidable Bull Sharks at the mouth of the Mississippi River, testing their skill and determination. Meanwhile, Team R.E.O strategically anchors to an oil rig in the gulf, creating a prime hunting ground. Team Pescador remains steadfast in the wake of a commercial fishing vessel, luring a monstrous shark with bait-filled nets. As Team Journey South continues their winning streak with another impressive Hammerhead catch, a twist unfolds when one team unexpectedly gets the chance to rescue a shark from a perilous fate, adding a compassionate touch to the fierce competition.
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Join the action as the 10th annual Madfin Shark Series kicks off with a bang! Setting sail from Venice, Louisiana, four teams embark on a thrilling quest through the vast Gulf of Mexico in pursuit of the most massive and elusive sharks. As the competition heats up, Team Journey South faces a daunting challenge as they navigate empty waters, while Team R.E.O experiments with unconventional float fishing techniques to entice their prey. Meanwhile, Team Vicious strategically positions themselves at the mouth of the Mississippi River, while Team Pescador takes a daring approach by trailing a commercial fishing vessel. With the pressure mounting, one team makes a jaw-dropping comeback in the closing moments, securing the ultimate catch and dominating the leader board.
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In this season premiere episode of Untamed Anglers, James Stokoe, Ripon Khalique, and Hywel Morgan venture to the legendary Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire, known for harbouring some of the UK's most monstrous predators. With the help of England lure fishing captain Thom Hunt and Grafham veteran Tom Finnay, the team faces the daunting challenge of tackling this vast water. Battling against relentless winds whipping the lake into a frenzy, James employs his favourite fly fishing techniques while Ripon and Hywel dive deep with artificial lures. As they soon discover, landing these behemoths is no easy feat, so they employ the help of old friend and predator fly angler Jo Stephenson. Amidst the tumultuous waters, Ripon's rod bends under the weight of the fish of a lifetime, setting the stage for an unforgettable showdown with one of Grafham Water's elusive giants.
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A year of Monster Bass culminates in an electrifying episode, showcasing the biggest catches of season 6. Chris Lane and Ott DeFoe lead the charge as they navigate the treacherous waters of Alabama's Lake Guntersville, Texas's Colorado River and more. Battling adverse weather conditions, dense grass mats, and unfamiliar territories, these seasoned anglers demonstrate unparalleled skill and determination. From precision flipping techniques to innovative bait selections, every tactic is deployed in the pursuit of one prize, the biggest Largemouth Bass of the season.
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Join Ott DeFoe as he ventures to the Colorado River in Texas in pursuit of giant Bass. Amidst foggy conditions, Ott navigates the river's solitude, encountering a variety of species, including a strange new kind of bass. However, the trophy Largemouth Bass he seeks remain elusive. Casting creature baits between logs along the margins shows promise, but dark and rainy conditions demand a tactical shift, as Ott ponders whether a big bait equals a big catch. In a last-ditch effort, Ott explores the downtown cityscape of Austin, where man-made cover may conceal the fish of his dreams. Will Ott's persistence pay off in landing the ultimate Bass?
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Embarking on a quest for legendary Bass, Ott DeFoe explores a hidden gem in Austin, Texas. Despite the low water levels, Ott demonstrates the art of texas rigging a buzzer toad bait in pursuit of elusive giants. However, as a storm looms ominously, Ott's expertise is put to the test. Channelling decades of experience, Ott ventures beyond boundaries, sneaking under fences to access virgin waters in a secluded canal. In this uncharted territory, the possibility of encountering colossal Bass tantalizes Ott's imagination, driving him deeper into the unknown.
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In his relentless pursuit of trophy Largemouth Bass, Chris Lane continues fishing the grass mats of Alabama's Lake Guntersville. Amidst the dense foliage, he battles the challenge of hooking elusive fish, but an intriguing sound echoing from the water catches his attention. Demonstrating the precise 'flipping' technique, Chris delves deeper into the grass. Desperate for a giant, he opts for a frog lure, yet a precarious mistake looms as he discovers something big lurking between two docks. Will Chris's determination prevail in the face of this unforeseen challenge?
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Join Chris Lane as he ventures into the bass-filled grassy labyrinth of Alabama's largest lake, Lake Guntersville. Amidst thousands of acres of prime bass habitat, Chris sets his sights on the overgrown shallows, where monster bass seek refuge from the scorching sun. Despite his championship pedigree, navigating these dense snags proves challenging. Delving into the intricacies of tackling such terrain, Chris experiments with frog lures and discusses the methods and tackle essential for success. Despite facing tough luck in these unforgiving conditions, Chris remains undeterred, knowing that one moment is all it takes to hook the bass of a lifetime.
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Join Chris Lane and Ott DeFoe as they showcase their expertise in tackling adverse weather conditions in pursuit of monster bass. Ott kicks off in his home state of Tennessee, battling through a thick fog on the renowned Chickamauga Lake, where he wrestles giants using umbrella rigs. Meanwhile, in Alabama, Chris braves a cold morning, testing out his surface lure amidst promising fishing grounds. As storms loom overhead, both anglers demonstrate unwavering dedication and a lifetime of skills, pulling out all the stops to outsmart the elements and land the trophy bass of their dreams.
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Join Ott DeFoe on an expedition to a hidden lake in Arkansas, lured by tales of colossal Largemouth Bass. Despite never setting foot here, Ott knows that small waters often conceal giants. With unwavering determination, Ott casts bladed jigs amidst dead trees and swampy margins, showcasing techniques like Texas rigs, surface fishing with walking baits and how to retrieve snagged baits. As the sun climbs and temperatures soar, presenting challenging conditions, Ott remains steadfast in his belief that topwater baits hold the key. Will his conviction pay off when a behemoth strikes near a sunken tree?
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Join Chris Lane as he ventures back to Guntersville, Alabama, seeking out secret lakes harbouring elusive Largemouth Bass. Returning to Spring Creek Marina, Chris explores a rarely fished piece of water, only to be besieged by pesky tiny fish along the dark edges. Undeterred, he shifts to another secret spot nearby, brimming with potential for monstrous catches. However, disaster strikes on his first hook up, testing his resolve. Determined to conquer the giants lurking beneath, Chris faces the ultimate challenge: can he successfully wrangle one of these elusive beasts to the boat?
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Ott Defoe embarks an epic quest for giant Largemouth Bass on a secret lake in the secluded backwoods of Mississippi. Armed with a friend's tip about a tiny lake teeming with monsters, Ott faces the challenge of a new fishing ground. With the promise of a legitimate shot at a 10-pounder, Ott targets big fish feeding on Bluegill, enticing them with wacky worm rigs for an aggressive strike. Engaging in heart-pounding sight fishing in mere inches of water, Ott experiences the ultimate thrill in pursuit of trophy bass.
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Join Bassmaster Classic champion Chris Lane as he begins the chase for monster Largemouth Bass in Guntersville, Alabama. With its reputation for giants, the stakes are high on the states biggest lake. As the sun rises on a perfect day, Chris navigates the marina's structures, employing stick baits to lure in the giants from the shallow weed beds. However, the calm is shattered as two monstrous storms converge. With lightning on the horizon, Chris switches tactics in a nail-biting race against time to land the ultimate Guntersville monster bass before nature's fury strikes.
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In the thrilling conclusion of the 2015 Madfin Shark Series, the race for the title intensifies as four teams vie for victory across 500 miles of ocean. In Florida, high winds hinder fishing efforts, while unfishable thick fog in the Gulf of Mexico halts Team Journey South and R.E.O. Unfazed, Team Blackjack persists in their pursuit of Lemon Sharks, grappling with their tenacity during release. Meanwhile, in the Keys, Team Spindrift launches a formidable campaign, targeting massive Bull Sharks. However, as the final moments approach, the question looms: could they be usurped from their dominant position in the eleventh hour?
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As day two of the competition nears its end, high winds add a new layer of challenge for our four teams vying for first place. In Florida, adverse conditions compel Team Blackjack to adapt their strategy, relinquishing their prized Bull Shark spots. Meanwhile, Team Spindrift seeks to widen their lead by targeting Lemon Sharks, but a challenging release jeopardizes their standing in the contest. In Venice, Louisiana, Team R.E.O capitalises on their intensive chumming approach, attracting a spirited group of Spinner Sharks that encircle their boat, but there could be an opportunity for a new species altogether.
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At the half-way point in the competition, several teams close the gap as a productive day two wages on. In Louisiana, Team R.E.O shifts tactics, targeting high-scoring Hammerheads alongside the boat to compensate for a sluggish start. Across the bay, Team Journey South ignites a feeding frenzy with their chum trail, attracting more than just sharks. Moe seizes the opportunity to earn extra points with her fly rod. In Key West, Florida, frustration mounts for Team Blackjack as disaster strikes during their quest for a third victory. Meanwhile, leaders Team Spindrift succumb to greed, setting their sights on a colossal Bull Shark prowling in the shallows. However, with time ticking away, the question remains: do they have the time to conquer one of the ocean's toughest adversaries against the clock?
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Following a dramatic and productive first day, all eyes are fixed on Team Spindrift as they strive to maintain their lead. In Louisiana, a dense fog blankets the ocean, heightening the risks of fishing and navigation. Undeterred, Team R.E.O ventures near an oil rig in the Gulf, a haven for monstrous creatures including the newly discovered Spinner Sharks, while Team Journey South focuses on their chum line, aiming to attract larger prey for valuable bonus points. In Florida, Team Spindrift navigates sunken crab lines to access a reef teeming with fish, only to face a formidable challenge when a massive Bull Shark snatches their bait. Meanwhile, Team Blackjack remains resolute in their pursuit of first place.
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As the first day of the competition draws to a close, Team Spindrift maintains their lead on the scoreboards, having reached their limit on formidable Bull Sharks in the Florida Keys. They boldly pursue a bonus catch, a Lemon Shark on a handline, in a risky move to solidify their dominance. Across the flats, Team Blackjack endeavours to narrow the gap by targeting a Lemon Shark of their own. In Venice, Louisiana, Team Journey South takes on the challenge of adding a second Hammerhead to their scoreboard, striving to achieve the seemingly impossible and make their mark on the tournament.
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Amidst an action-packed opening day, the competition heats up as teams reel in catches at a rapid pace. In Florida, Team Blackjack exudes confidence while targeting Blacktip sharks, aiming to secure their limit. However, seasoned veterans of Team Spindrift face a formidable challenge as they battle with something big. Meanwhile, in Louisiana, Team Journey South confronts rough seas, but their perseverance pays off when a high-scoring Hammerhead shark is lured in by their chum. Chaos erupts when two sharks strike simultaneously, adding an unexpected twist to the already intense contest.
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In the thrilling debut of the 2015 Madfin Shark Series, four elite teams embark on a riveting competition. Breaking tradition after nine years, the tournament spans different states. Team Spindrift and Team Blackjack set sail from Key West, Florida, while Team R.E.O and Team Journey South depart from Venice, Louisiana, both world-class shark fisheries on the southern coast. Tension escalates as one couple snags a colossal catch, scoring valuable points early on. Meanwhile, Eric and Moe of Team Journey South venture into deeper waters in pursuit of grander prey. Determined to reclaim their crown, two-time champions Bo and Dierdre of Team Blackjack vow vengeance, while Team R.E.O hunts elusive Hammerheads, aiming for style points. However, Robert and Carter of Team Spindrift encounter an unexpected challenge as a massive ocean predator threatens their haul, testing their mettle.
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Join Jared Jeffries as he revisits the most exhilarating moments from Season 2 of Modern Fishing. From battling giant Grouper off the coast of Carolina to encountering record-sized deep-sea creatures, each episode promises unparalleled excitement. Witness Jared tackling Costa Rican Marlin with spinning gear, landing massive Yellowfin Tuna in Panama's rich waters, and fishing his Florida backyard on a daring expedition for Swordfish, showcasing the best of modern angling in this action-packed compilation.
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Jared Jeffries explores the brackish waters of Sarasota, Florida, in search of big Redfish from a kayak. Guided by Captain Jason Stock, Jared tackles the challenge of kayak fishing, a difficult task for a Lanky NBA star. With the thrill of targeting prized redfish using artificial surface lures, they navigate the flats in pursuit of topwater action. Later, in colder conditions, Jared returns for a chance at Snook and Speckled Trout fishing, navigating tight vegetation on foot for a completely different angling experience.
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Join Jared in the captivating waters of Key West, Florida, for the second part of his Keys adventure with hometown pals Brandon and Stacey. Amidst the island's paradise backdrop and renowned fishing grounds, they explore depths of 60 feet over a vibrant coral reef. Armed with artificial baits, they engage in intense jigging, seeking elusive bottom species. As the group anticipates a prized grouper, one guest unexpectedly steals the spotlight, finding himself attached to the very trophy they were all eagerly pursuing.
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Jared ventures into the depths of the Florida Keys in pursuit of pelagic Swordfish. Joined by lifelong friend Captain Brandon Mullar, they set sail from their Sarasota hometown. Anticipating some of the most thrilling sword fishing Jared has ever encountered, they brave depths up to 1700 feet, utilizing electric reels to grapple with these formidable ocean giants. Battling adverse weather conditions, the tension mounts as Jared hooks a monumental catch on the final drop, but these fish are even harder to land then they are to hook.
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Join Jared Jeffries and his friends as they embark on a thrilling fishing expedition in Sarasota, Florida, exploring the rich variety of species in his home waters. With John and Gina, seasoned hosts of their own fishing show, and novice Mike in tow, they set out 20 miles off the coast on Jared's boat. Battling pesky sharks, they engage in exhilarating jigging for Amberjack, Grouper, and Snapper. While Gina impresses with her skills, novice Mike eagerly awaits his first ever catch, making for an unforgettable adventure on the open seas.
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In the breath-taking waters of Costa Rica, Jared embarks on an adrenaline-fueled expedition targeting Blue Marlin with Captain Alex Holden. Renowned for its sport fishing, recent local sightings promise an epic adventure in this beautiful country. Thanks to stellar conservation efforts, these waters teem with bait, the perfect environment for predators. Venturing 120 miles offshore on an overnight voyage, they cast artificial baits at sighted fish, aiming for Jared's first Marlin on a spinning rod. Amidst the chaos, a powerful fish tests Jared's limits, leading to one of the most intense fishing experiences of his life.
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Join Jared in part two of his South American fishing odyssey in Boca Chica, Panama, as he pursues Tuna and Snapper. Eager to replicate his previous success with a big yellowfin, he sets his sights on a prized Cubera Snapper on his last day. With Captain Sergio by his side, they brave the challenging waters, casting massive poppers and experimenting with deep water jigging. Amidst exhaustion and elusive fish, Jared hooks a magnificent surprise species. Still not satisfied, the crew head back to Montuosa Island in pursuit of another trophy Tuna.
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In the chilly waters off the coast of Wells, Maine, Jared finds himself out of his element, trading the basketball court for a fishing boat in a new state. Battling the freezing cold at the invite of a fan, 20 miles from shore, he begins deep water jigging for Redfish, rewarded by a classic Maine lobster dinner. As two Humpback whales lead them to the bait fish the next day, the boys have a chance to catch the Cod and Haddock they came for.
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Continuing his trip to the sunshine state, Jared Jeffries makes a long run offshore of Sarasota, Florida in search of big Amberjack. Growing up catching the smaller inshore fish in his home state, Jared’s long dreamt of the trophies feeding on the structures 100 miles off the coast. After some surface sport near a floating weed bed, the crew drop a Bonita bait into a shipwreck, and one cameraman hooks the fish of a lifetime.
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NBA star Jared Jeffries is back in his hometown of Tampa, Florida for this episode of Modern Fishing, jigging for Amberjack with his teammates and friends. 6 miles offshore are some world famous and abundantly fertile fishing waters. Jeremy Lin and Chuck Atkins are newcomers to the sport, and soon discover that fast and furious fishing can exhaust even pro athletes.
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Jared Jeffries joins angling buddy and chef Cedric Taquin for some inshore and offshore fishing in tropical Puerto Rico. With notoriously rough waters, the winds off the coast of Aribeco are causing problems for Captain Jose. While the duo manages a couple of fish with some aggressive and exhausting deep jigging, a massive blacktip soon steals the prize. But after being blown into the bay of mangroves, Cedric sees an opportunity for a huge Tarpon.
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After some crazy success in the last season, Jared returns to fish for Panama Yellowfin Tuna with jigs and poppers. 20 miles offshore from the Boca Chica sport fishing lodge, Captain Sergio is chasing porpoise schools looking for feeding fish, but the chaos of last year is nowhere to be found. After days of disappointment Jared switches to his favourite popper bait. On the north side of the island, he hooks in to one of the biggest Tuna of his career, but landing a fish like this is no easy task…
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This season of Modern Fishing with Jared Jeffries begins with some offshore jigging action in Wilmington, North Carolina. A fan of the show, Rick Croson first takes Jared to cast small baits in the shallow reefs while a storm rages out in the gulf, but the next day the conditions are perfect. Dropping a strange homemade jig to the bottom produces the biggest Gag Grouper of Jared’s life, but it’s his next cast that produces one of the weirdest creatures ever caught on camera.
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Join Trev Gowdy on a thrilling countdown of the greatest captures from Season 5 of Monster Fish. From the aggressive Fijian Dogtooth Tuna to the legendary California Largemouth Bass, and the boat-busting Bluefin in the treacherous North Atlantic, witness the most epic battles ever captured on TV. Never before have so many giants graced a single episode. Strap in for a rollercoaster ride of adrenaline-pumping action as we relive the most awe-inspiring moments of monster fish encounters from around the globe.
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In the heart of Brazil's jungle, adventure fisherman Joe Settembrino embarks on a quest for giant Catfish in uncharted waters. Guided by a rarely encountered indigenous tribe, Joe teams up with Amazon explorer Ian to uncover these colossal creatures, particularly the elusive Piraiba, a fabled maneater. Sneaking into rival tribe territory on a dangerous mission, they navigate towards the convergence of three rivers, where legends of monstrous Catfish abound. Under the cover of night, Ian's line vanishes into the depths, leading to a surprise encounter as the beast breaches. To claim their prize, they must brave the dense jungle, risking everything to unlock the secrets of these untapped waters and their potential giant inhabitants.
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In the heart of the perilous North Atlantic, Fred Lavitman and his first mates PJ and Joey press on in their quest for a giant Bluefin Tuna on George's Bank. With Hurricane Sandy looming, tensions run high on this already treacherous patch of water. Following their encounter with a 600-pounder on their last expedition, anticipation soars as the first bite ignites an hour-long battle, but Tuna aren’t the only monsters in these waters. As Hurricane Sandy draws nearer, the clock ticks for the crew to secure the prized tuna they've risked everything for.
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In the picturesque hills of northern California, Trev Gowdy teams up with Bass expert Scott in pursuit of monster Bass on swim baits. Their destination: Clear Lake, the largest and oldest freshwater body in California, harboring Bass tipping the scales at 20 pounds. Despite an initial lack of activity, the duo shifts tactics, venturing into the warmer backwaters where mammoth Bass are known to spawn. Joining forces with angler Matt at a new location, they employ colossal baits to entice the elusive females. Throughout the episode, they share invaluable insights, constantly adapting strategies to explore different depths and locations. Will their expertise be enough to land a California giant before the day is done?
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In a daring quest on the treacherous waters of George’s Bank, Fred Lavitman navigates through the night for the elusive giant Bluefin Tuna, 200 miles from land. With high risk comes the promise of high reward in this area notorious for shipwrecks, nestled between Cape Cod and Nova Scotia off the coast of Massachusetts. Aboard Fred's own boat, accompanied by first mate Eric, they brave the bone-chilling darkness for 12 intense hours to reach the feeding grounds of these behemoths, some nearing 1000 pounds. As the relentless journey unfolds, the question looms: will their perseverance prove worth the perilous voyage?
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In this thrilling instalment of Monster Fish, Fred Lavitman returns to Fiji's island waters, this time targeting giant Dogtooth Tuna with lures on an underwater volcano. Battling a relentless hurricane, Fred's pursuit leads him to Ono Island, where a break in the weather offers a glimmer of hope. Venturing 45 miles offshore, the crew plunges into the depths, jigging over the volcanic terrain. Amidst the eerie landscape, Fred hooks a peculiar species of near-record size, but soon realizes they're not alone in their hunt for fish. Returning to Kadavu Island, Fred's persistence pays off as he finally encounters Dogtooth Tuna, albeit smaller than expected. As his rod at last bends and line screams off the reel, the question remains: will Fred finally land the monster he's been relentlessly searching for?
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Fred Lavitman sets his sights on Giant Trevally and Dogtooth Tuna in the remote waters of Fiji, thousands of miles from civilization. As apex predators prowl the depths, a looming hurricane threatens to derail Fred's mission, leaving him frustrated for days. Undeterred, Fred embarks on a perilous flight to Kadavu Island, a remote oasis amidst the tempest. Welcomed warmly by indigenous locals, the journey begins with surface baits mimicking injured prey amidst the tranquillity of calmer waters. Casting near the vast coral reef, Fred encounters smaller fish before hooking into a monstrous Trevally, sparking a heart-stopping battle as the behemoth dives into the reef.
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Embarking on a journey to Iceland's enigmatic waters, Trev Gowdy's Monster Fish delves into the realm of fly fishing for monster Brown Trout. Amidst a landscape steeped in history and myths of sea monsters, the crew follows a local legend angler to the remote Lake Thingvellir. Accessible only to a chosen few, the lake reveals its secrets as schools of Trout, some pushing 20 pounds, tantalize the senses. Armed with ridiculously light tackle, he must employ wit and skill to outsmart these cunning creatures. As the seasoned angler hooks into a colossal specimen, a battle of epic proportions ensues, with hundreds of yards of line stripped away in an instant. Venturing further to a volcanically heated river, the stage is set for a fisherman's dream session, where the pursuit of legendary trout reaches its zenith amidst Iceland's forgotten waters.
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In the fierce competition for massive Bluefin Tuna off Prince Edward Island, Canada, the battle rages on. As titans exceeding 1000 pounds test the limits of human endurance, Fred Lavitman and Scott Sinclair stand firm, driven by their competitive spirits. When Fred hooks into a monstrous specimen early on, the stakes skyrocket, igniting a frenzy of adrenaline-fueled horseplay. With each pulse-pounding moment, the determination of these anglers is put to the ultimate test in their quest for glory amidst the unforgiving depths of the ocean.
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Trev Gowdy's Monster Fish ventures to Prince Edward Island, Canada, renowned for its colossal Bluefin Tuna surpassing 1000 pounds. Amidst surprisingly warm waters teeming with herring, Fred and Scott join a family of local skippers, masters of the trade with numerous records. Here, an extraordinary phenomenon unfolds as the titans take bait mere feet from the boat, intensifying the thrill of sport fishing. Amidst treacherous conditions, two boats compete for the ultimate catch. Following moments of frustration, chaos erupts when two reels scream simultaneously, unleashing pandemonium and setting the stage for an epic showdown with the ocean's mightiest giants.
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In this adrenaline-pumping episode, anglers tangle with titan Tiger Sharks in the treacherous waters of the Florida Keys. 75 miles offshore, amidst spawning schools of amberjack, a kaleidoscope of predators lurk, both terrifying and awe-inspiring. As the crew fishes for bait, one unsuspecting fisherman hooks into an unknown behemoth, sending shockwaves through the team. When something ominous is spotted beneath the boat, the crew experiments with an XL live bait, gearing up for a spine-tingling encounter with a true man-eater.
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In the season premiere of Trev Gowdy's Monster Fish, the crew embarks on a daring quest off the rocky coast of Rhode Island, in pursuit of stripers over 60 pounds. Battling the elements, they venture into the dark night to catch bait before heading offshore to a renowned bass hotspot. Sharing their coveted secrets for record-breaking catches, anticipation builds until a towering wave forces a temporary retreat. Despite initial successes, the true giants remain elusive until a monumental strike ignites an epic battle, marking a career-defining moment for one angler.
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Join Bassmaster champion Ott DeFoe as he reminisces on the season's monumental catches. Beginning in Kissimmee, Florida, Ott recalls his most remarkable session where he attempted to lure giants from the thick grass, marking a high point in his career. Transitioning to Millers Lake, Louisiana, Ott targeted monster bass in its narrow channels, utilizing swimbaits to great effect. Finally, on the legendary Chickamauga Lake, Tennessee, Ott experienced the thrill of a double hook-up, reeling in not one but two monster bass using umbrella baits. Ott's reflections offer a glimpse into the triumphs and challenges of elite bass fishing.
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Ott DeFoe embarks on a mission to catch a true monster bass on Chickamauga Lake, Tennessee. Despite waking up to horrendous conditions of cold rain and fog , Ott exudes confidence in his ability to land a giant with his decades of experience. Reflecting on his incredible session last year, he discusses his philosophy of fluorocarbon versus braid line. Casting spinnerbaits and umbrella rigs into the fog, Ott achieves a rare feat, almost never caught on camera. But the action doesn't end there, as this session evolves into one of the most memorable days of the Bassmaster champion's career.
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Join Bassmaster champion Ott DeFoe as he hunts for giant bass in Raleigh, North Carolina, using swimbaits and spinnerbaits on a lake teeming with tales of monsters. Despite the challenges of fall fishing, Ott remains resolute, casting across the cold and misty waters. Observing baitfish near the surface, Ott demonstrates his favourite crankbait setup. However, as the fish suddenly vanish, frustration mounts, compounded by an unexpected rainstorm. With a strategic shift in tactics, Ott entices something massive lurking beneath the lily pads, setting the stage for a thrilling battle with a potential monster bass.
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Ott persists in his quest for big bass on the small waters of Vermont, New England. The bass up north aren't typically large, but Ott suspects a monster lurks beneath the surface. Exploring yet another new body of water, he encounters ideal conditions with flat calm waters and sunshine. However, his day takes a turn when a nightmare scenario unfolds as a big fish tangles him in a submerged tree. Undeterred, Ott spots interesting baitfish around the docks and structures, prompting him to experiment by painting one of his swimbaits. Will this be the key to catching the elusive northern giant he's been pursuing?
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Ott DeFoe braves the frigid waters of a cold Tennessee lake, determined to hunt down monster winter Bass using jerk baits. Among the few anglers willing to face the January chill, Ott targets prime spots like bridge tunnels, cliff faces and vegetation, but he finds himself puzzled as the fish seem to have vanished. In a stroke of serendipity, an accidental change of approach leads Ott to a breakthrough, proving that even seasoned Bassmaster champions like him can still learn something new in the pursuit of giants.
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Ott DeFoe navigates turbulent waters in his home state of Tennessee in this episode, targeting both Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass with spinnerbaits. Despite the challenge of bright skies and frost, the lake has been exceptionally productive. Ott's expertise pays off as he hooks into a massive Smallmouth, showcasing the lake's potential. While casting spinnerbaits under docks proves effective, Ott seeks the elusive trophy Largemouth. His perseverance leads him to a rocky shoreline beneath the trees, hinting at the possibility of a thrilling encounter with the bass he's been searching for.
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Join Ott DeFoe as he embarks on a northern adventure to Vermont, New England, in pursuit of Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass. With hundreds of lakes and ponds harbouring monster bass, Vermont offers new water for Ott, who quickly discovers its fish-filled allure. In the crystal-clear depths, he stumbles upon a Smallmouth paradise, where the slower growth rate of northern fish presents a challenge. Undeterred, Ott's expertise shines through as he outwits these strong, smart, and elusive predators with jigs and spinnerbaits, even amidst pouring rain. Will Ott's mastery unlock the secrets of Vermont's bass-filled waters?
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Ott DeFoe fishes for trophy Largemouth Bass in the marshes of Louisiana, where unpredictable conditions test his skills. Despite the setbacks, Louisiana's vast expanse of canals, marshes, and wetlands promise bass fishing paradise. Ott's experimentation with a special Tokyo rig yields action, but he's determined to hook something bigger. As rain pours down, Ott shifts to a more aggressive approach, leading to a thrilling discovery—a massive bass lurking in a hole by the marshes. Will Ott's bold tactics pay off in landing the trophy catch?
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Join Ott DeFoe in Tennessee, chasing Largemouth Bass amidst spring flooding that's burst the banks of his home river. With just a two-hour window, Ott sees opportunity in disaster, discovering new pools and structures harbouring hungry fish. Armed with colourful and aggressive spinnerbaits for the muddy waters, he casts between submerged forests and docks. Despite fishing blind, Ott's expertise leads him to the fish, culminating in an intense battle as he hooks one of the hardest bites of his life with a bladed jig. Perhaps the rain has shaken up a monster bass?
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Ott DeFoe embarks on a fishing expedition for Largemouth Bass in the mountain lakes of North Carolina in fall season. The remote waters of Blackwater Lake are deep, cold and somewhat mysterious after recovering from a major pollution incident, but an abundance of bait fish has Ott intrigued. He experiments with crank baits and umbrella rigs, showcasing how to find fish feeding spots in changing conditions. A storm disrupts plans, leading Ott to Lake Lure, where an innovative bait change unveils exciting results, showcasing his resilience and angling prowess.
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Four couples make a final bid for victory as the 2014 Madfin Shark Series contest comes to a close. With mere hours remaining, it’s a game of seconds and inches as teams obsession and blackjack go shark for shark to take the lead. Adding to their bad luck, Patrick and Larya’s boat comes under attack, while Steve and Melissa try to build on their big fish bonus since their incredible hammerhead. With only seconds left on the clock, one team has a chance to steal the show.
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Emotions are running high in this penultimate episode as four teams battle to secure victory shark fishing in Key West, Florida. Teams obsession and bass pro make a bold move handlining for big fish, but it’s not for the faint of heart, as Heidi risks her fingers retrieving a bad hookset. Across the bay, two-time champions Bo and Dierdre of team blackjack struggle to contain their emotions chasing a big bull.
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As the final chapter of the Madfin Shark Series competition begins, the battle for first place is closer than ever. The waters of Key West have calmed since the storm, setting the stage for an eventful finale. Team obsession hit the waves quick looking for a first fish bonus, but one giant could seal the deal. Team cool change need something bigger, yet a double hook-up pumps their numbers and they’re back in the game. While team bass pro shops struggle with a difficult fight, Blackjack hit the jackpot when a high-scoring species bites the hook.
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One team aims to extend their lead beyond all doubt in this episode of Madfin Shark Series, fishing for Lemons, Blacktip and Hammerhead out of Key West, Florida. Patrick and Larya are having a rough time in last place as they continue to fish for their first limit. Teams obsession and blackjack are tied for second place, but one couple gets a chance to pull ahead when they spot a big Blacktip. Steve and Melissa’s dominance may to be too much for the other teams when a high value Hammerhead moves behind the boat.
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After a hectic first day, our Madfin Shark Series competitors look to bag up with Lemon Sharks out of Key West Florida. With high winds and cool water following the storm, strategy is going to be important going into the second half of the series. While Patrick and Larya of team bass pro shop and Steve and Melissa of cool change try to catch their lemon limit quick, Bo and Dierdre get a little too close for comfort handlining for extra points. When team obsession’s Heidi tries the same, she’s in for a battle when something far too big takes the bait.
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The Madfin teams frantically chase Bull and Lemon Sharks as an impending storm threatens the competition. While team cool change look for their Lemon Shark limit, team obsession play a dangerous game attempting a 300 point handlining bonus. Blackjack travel north and begin catching barracudas to lure in a fearsome Bull Shark, but Bo needs to look after his fingers when a giant fights back. Team Bass Pro Shops need their limit if they’re to be in with a chance, but it’s a race for shore when the storm finally arrives.
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The 2014 Madfin Shark Series competition opens out of Key West, as 4 couples compete to catch Lemon Shark, Blacktips and more in the Florida Keys. The morning of day 1 is windy and wild. Bo and Dierdre of team blackjack fight to extend their lead with bonus points, handlining for lemon shark next to the boat. Carter and Heidi of team obsession employ unique tactics to attract the biggest fish. Steve and Melissa of team cool change venture north in search of Lemon’s, but encounter a rare and unbelievable new species. Offshore, rookies Patrick and Larya of team bass pro shops target bigger Blacktips with chum.
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This finale episode of The Hunt for Monster Bass looks at Ott DeFoe’s best catches of season four. From the rivers of Tennessee to the Everglades of Florida, we see the variety of baits and philosophies he employed to handle different conditions on the greatest waters in America, leading to some unforgettable catches.
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Pro anglers Ott DeFoe and Kelly Jordon have a cross country competition on a hunt for monster Bass in Florida and Texas. Lake Fork in Texas is known among avid anglers as the Jurassic Park of Bass fishing, home to a special strain of giants averaging close to 5 pounds! Kelly employs crank baits close to the snags, until he notices a fish on his echosounder bigger than anything he’s caught. Over in Florida, Ott’s found a likely spot, but the fog is thick and the water’s coloured. Exploring the grasslands, he explains his use of bright, bladed baits and why they single out the biggest fish in the lake.
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Ott DeFoe fishes the Florida wetlands for trophy Largemouth with worm baits in this episode of The Hunt for Monster Bass. There’s a dense fog clinging to the water and the fish are nowhere to be seen. It’s spawning season, hardly the ideal time to be fishing, but our champion host has some tricks up his sleeve. Using wacky worms and creature baits, Ott uses his special philosophy of aggravating fish that aren’t feeding. As the fish get bigger and bigger, a truly memorable Bass emerges from the vegetation.
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While most anglers hide away in wintertime, champion angler Ott DeFoe sees an opportunity to hunt for monster Bass. As the fog rolls over Tennessee’s Lake Chickamauga and the line freezes up in the rod rings, the huge fish hunt confidently in the open water. Ott discusses the misconception of winter fishing and demonstrates the controversial Alabama rig, a multi-bait system banned in competition for its effectiveness. It’s not long before he’s hooked into a Largemouth of freakish proportions.
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Everything’s bigger in Texas! In this jumbo instalment, Ott DeFoe visits two of the state’s best lakes to catch an enormous Largemouth Bass. Nationally recognised as a breeding ground for trophy fish, we first explore the 2000 acres of Lake Hubbbard. Strong winds have pushed bait into the shelter of a concrete road bridge, so Ott gets some big hits casting umbrella baits between the pillars. Over on Lake Whitney, recent storms have coloured the water, blinding the fish as they attempt to bulk up for the winter. In a hidden clear bay in the upper limits of the lake, Ott finds himself hooked into a true monster bass.
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Professional angler Ott DeFoe gets upstaged by his son in this episode of The Hunt for Monster Bass, fishing for Largemouth and Smallmouth on the Tennessee River. Back in their hometown of Blaine, Tennessee, the duo traverses low summer ripples looking for pockets of deeper water. Despite a gap in experience, it’s 9-year-old Parker DeFoe that upstages his Bassmaster champion father, as baby Smallmouth and Catfish turn into an impressive haul for the rookie.
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Ott DeFoe returns to the Florida Everglades to catch a personal best Largemouth Bass. There’s unfinished business since his struggle in episode one, but with a new arsenal of information and experience at his disposal, the first half on the day is another story. When the bites on the usually reliable spinnerbaits disappear, Ott experiments with something called a carolina rig the lure a giant, a unique approach used by the best pros. It proves more than effective…
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Ott Defoe’s back in Florida for this episode of The Hunt for Monster Bass, chasing stories of giants on a secret lake. After hearing whispers of an 18-pound Largemouth in an overgrown water in the back country, the crew know there’s a chance of a record. Ott moves through the sticks, pads and fallen trees experimenting with poppers and bladed jigs, but after some initial success, the action fades. When a local offers up their private lake nearby, the chance of a giant is realised.
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Summertime in the south is less than ideal for Bass fishing, but Ott DeFoe’s cranking surface baits for Largemouth on the Tennessee River in this episode. While the lakes remain dormant, the oxygenated water and snags along the banks of Ott’s home river can produce monsters. After a quick catch boosts his confidence, the Bassmaster Classic champion explains his tactics, tackle and philosophy for approaching warm river conditions. While experimenting with buzz baits in the foggy margins, a huge blow-up proves the effectiveness of topwater fishing.
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Opening this season of The Hunt for Monster Bass, pro fishing champion Ott DeFoe explores the expansive Florida Everglades looking for trophy Largemouth. The everglades comprise 1.5 million acres of biodiverse, unkept swampland across the south coast. Though unfamiliar territory to our host, these waters have a real chance of producing a personal best, so Ott begins in the narrow canal formations nestled between the vegetation where Bass are known to hunt. After being plagued by an invasive exotic species running rampant in the area, Ott’s morning of fishing has left him with more questions than answers, so he decides to jump in the truck and explore. After a genius change of tackle, something big hits a spinnerbait between the Lily pads.
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In this special finale, Monster Fish counts down the biggest catches and encounters of the series. From stalking silver permit in the Florida Keys and fighting King Salmon in Alaska, to braving the piranha infested waters of the Amazon and tracking Great White Sharks off the Atlantic coast. This series is action packed for anglers and nature lovers alike.
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In this episode of Monster Fish, Eric Newman looks for 60-pound Cobia in the South Carolina low country. On board with Cobia veteran John Irwin, it’s Eric’s goal as a fisheries researcher to sample DNA from bigger fish to aid conservation of the beloved species. As they move out from the salt marshes, the surface of the Broad River is smooth as glass, disturbed only by the fins of feeding fish. Nevertheless, the giants are nowhere to be found, until Eric spots a dark shadow moving out from under the boat.
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In 2010, 500 million gallons of crude oil made their way into the Gulf of Mexico, suffocating an entire ecosystem for years later. In this episode, the Monster Fish anglers make pilgrimage to see if the bounty of the water surrounding the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig has recovered. Trolling lures alongside the artificial reefs of the remaining rigs, the boys begin with some tough fighting Amberjack, but the high-flying Wahoo they came for are nowhere to be seen. Joined by researcher Eric Newman, we learn the importance of balance in this important ecosystem and the structure of a fragile food chain. When line screams from the reel at unnatural speeds, it seems the catch of the day has survived.
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In part 2 of his Amazon adventure, Joe casts a line for the vampire of the jungle, the terrifying Payara. After adjusting to life as an honoured guest of the indigenous tribe of Mato Grosso, Brazil, Joe and his fishing guide Ian need to up their game. These Payara are capable of reaching 40-pounds, sporting 6-inch fangs and a ruthless hunting instinct, so they ditch the lures for live eel baits and heavy tackle. After landing a fascinating Armoured Catfish and colourful Peacock Bass, they find themselves in the abundant hunting ground of the vampire fish, but it’s Dracula they here for.
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The Monster Fish crew venture deep into the Amazon in this episode to fish for predatory Wolf Fish with a local tribe. The Xingu River system in southern Brazil is as dangerous as it is remote. Joe joins adventurer Ian at the invitation of a tribal chief, one of the only people able to navigate this thick jungle. Guarded on the banks of the fabled Dragon Lake, the pair cast lures for colourful Peacock Bass, nibbling Piranhas and the veracious Wolf Fish. But while the villagers prepare dinner, the local predators begin to surround the anglers as they wade through the murky depths.
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Monster Fish visits the world-famous Florida Keys with Trev Gowdy in search of trophy Permit. Revered among sport fisherman worldwide, the Keys are an expanse of rich and varying habitat home to some of the most beloved species on the planet, including the prize of the day. Permit are notoriously shy but powerful, making them a highly desirable catch. Using a stealthy punt and a pole, Trev casts crab baits into fast-moving schools of fish hoping for a 40-pounder, but the local sharks have other ideas.
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Host Trev Gowdy travels to remote Alaska for some father son King Salmon fishing in this episode of Monster Fish. He may be young, but Trevor junior has a keen eye for salmon founded on generations of Gowdy anglers. 500 miles on a plane from Anchorage sits the Goodnews River, and trolling lines behind the boat offers a real chance at a Salmon beyond the magical 50-pounds mark. Trev may have the experience, but it’s the young apprentice that hooks into a trophy.
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The Monster Fish crew return to Canada’s Prince Edward Island for part 2 of their hunt for a 1000-pound Bluefin Tuna. Captain Troy Bruce knows from a lifetime of experience that the Herring and Mackerel now breeding in the area have rung the dinner bell for the ocean giants. We learn about the unique and revolutionary protection laws that have restored the waters to their natural abundance. As Tuna and Whales breach around the boat, Joe straps in for the hardest fight of his life.
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In a special episode of Monster Fish, host Trev Gowdy travels to Chatham, Massachusetts to find and tag the oceans apex predator, the Great White Shark. Despite captivating the worlds fears on the silver screen, these incredible animals are a vital part of the ecosystem, so Trev and a crew of scientists are attempting to tag a shark to aid worldwide research and conservation. Cruising the coast and the sharks are remaining elusive, but when the helicopter spots something big moving in the distance, a top harpoon thrower gets into position and the chase is on.
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This episode of Monster Fish sees trophy hunter Joe Setti chase giant Mako Sharks off the coast of Southern California. Its August, and the waters surrounding Catalina Island have become a hunting ground for one of the scariest and most deadly species of Shark. These Mako’s are known for their terrifying teeth, speed and aggression, with the potential to grow to over 1000 pounds and even leap 30 feet in the air. Captain Keith Gross suspends bait below balloons at the end of a 6-mile trail of chum, a fishy treasure hunt for these apex predators. After a small fish exhausts Joe with its power, an enormous dorsal fin breaks the surface and the crew get ready for battle.
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Known as perhaps the greatest winter Steelhead fishery in the world, host Trev Gowdy visits the Niagra River in search of trophy Trout, in this episode of Monster Fish. Boating just below the famous falls, Trev and Captain Danny must dodge impassable rapids and boat smashing icebergs. Such a powerful river can only be inhabited by the most powerful fish, and Trev soon hooks into a beauty. Despite landing the biggest Brown Trout of his life trolling on the nearby Lake Ontario, the big Steelhead are still eluding the duo. Just as Trev feels something big on the end of his line, a murderous whirlpool appears to threaten the crew.
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For this season premiere of Monster Fish, record chaser Dennis Braid visits the mecca of Bluefin Tuna fishing seeking tonnes of fish… literally! On the edge of the North Atlantic sits Prince Edward Island, historically home to the biggest Bluefin on the planet. Catching 2 tonnes of fish across 3 days may seem unrealistic, but a unique phenomenon is taking place on the Canada coast. These giants have been observed by local captains taking baits from the surface of the water mere inches from the boat. These prospects may seem like the stuff of dreams, but landing a Tuna the size of a car can be a nightmare.
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As season 1 comes to close, Jared Jeffries takes a look back at the very best action from a year of incredible fishing. From massive Dogtooth Tuna, colourful Roosterfish and gigantic Yellowfin, the show leads Jared to some of the biggest captures of his life, and a chance to experience the planets most vibrant countries and cultures. Sunny seas, friends and very big fish, it’s no wonder Jared loves his job!
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Jared’s back in Palmetto, Florida fishing artificial baits offshore for Amberjack, Cobia and more in this instalment of Modern Fishing. Joined by friend Sammy Ghandour, Captain Chris Seger takes the crew to a secret shipwreck a few miles from the coast. They’re off to a good start jigging for Jacks and Barracuda, but Sammy can’t stop losing lures in the monster filled depths. Further offshore he gets a chance at his very first Cobia, a prized catch to any angler, and the pair even hook double on big Amberjacks. But things turn from bad to worse when a storm moves in and a giant Tiger Shark charges the boat.
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In a special episode, Modern Fishing looks at all the awesome inshore fishing of the season. The fertile shores around Florida are home sweet home to Jared Jeffries and many more of the world’s most serious sport fisherman. He begins in Palmetto with friend Sammy and Captain Stacy Capps casting small lures for Speckled Trout and Snook before sight fishing for big Tarpon in the Sarasota Marina. In Venice, Louisiana, Jared and James Peters endure stormy waters jigging for Trout, before heading back to the Keys to throw topwater plugs in search of tasty Dorado and Tuna.
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Jared Jeffries is back fishing with Captain James Peters in this episode of Modern Fishing, jigging for Blackfin Tuna, Red Snapper and more off the coast of Louisiana. A few miles from the town on Venice are the oil fields of the south. These massive rigs act as man-made reefs home to an entire food chain of fish in an otherwise featureless landscape. But no matter how heavy the gear they use, Jared and James are constantly broken off by the creatures below. It’s clear there’s some big fish to be caught…
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In the second part of his trip to Panama, Modern Fishing host Jared Jeffries returns to Montuosa Island to catch Tuna, Snapper and more on jigs and poppers. This time Jared and the crew decide to begin inshore, fishing small lip baits over the shallow reefs amongst the surf, but when a dangerous predator circles the boat, they’re forced back in to open water. After some luck with small reef species like Jacks and Trevally, a swarm of birds appear on the stormy horizon and Jared soon friends himself attached to something big. But landing a trophy in these conditions is never easy.
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In Part 2 of their trip to the Vanuatu Islands of New Zealand, Jared Jeffries and James Peters continue their hunt for the giant Dogtooth Tuna of the southern seas. Fuelled by competitive drive after James’ success the day prior, Jared heads for deeper water to try speed jigging over the reefs. Through Rainbow Runner, GT’s, Snapper and Jobfish the prize of the day remains elusive, and when James gets his first chance the Sharks move in for the Kill. With a change of tactics Jared finally feels a familiar heavy strike and buckles in for an hour-long fight with the fish of a lifetime. But will he have something to offer at his party with the locals?
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Jared travels south in this episode of Modern Fishing, jigging for Dogtooth Tuna in Vanuatu, New Zealand. Jared and friend James Peters endure 15 hours in the air to settle some unfinished business on the remote islands. After losing big fish on their last trip, the pair are concerned when they arrive to 40 knot winds and stormy skies. After some fun with smaller species like Grouper, Gt and Coral Trout, the crew move to the uniquely jagged cliffs and steep drop-offs that line the coast, the perfect hunting ground for big predators like Dogtooth. When James gets a hit on a special lure, the target species move into the wash.
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In this special episode, we take a look at the life and career of NBA star, angler and Modern Fishing host Jared Jeffries. From his early relationship with his parents pulling Bluegill from farm ponds to his rise through the ranks of professional basketball, to his passion for artificial lures and monster fish. We examine the competitive spirit of athletes and anglers alike and check out some of the most memorable catches of the show!
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Jared Jeffries and Adrian Michas hunt giant Bluefin Tuna with captain Dominic Petrarca in Cape Cod. It’s a freezing cold morning as the Modern Fishing crew head out from Plymouth, Massachusetts, but good reports in the area have Jared excited. These 8-foot long specimens don’t get big by being dumb, but they’re feeding hard on the surface, an enticing prospect for any sport angler. Dom spots humpback whales leaping on the horizon and the boys jump into action, but as hard as these fish are to hook, they’re even harder to land. The next day the crew heads 60 miles north, where despite calm conditions thousands of big Striped Bass are feeding on sand eels. When Adrian lure is attacked inches from the boat, he finds himself hooked to one of the biggest fish he’s ever seen.
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Jared Jeffries cast a line in friendly competition with football player Jon Holt in this episode of Modern Fishing, jigging for pelagic fish off the coast of Palmetto, Florida. As Jared and Jon’s home water, it’s the perfect spot for a wager… biggest fish wins a free dinner! Dropping baits around the deep-water structures of the Gulf, a big Amberjack on the first cast is a sign of things to come. As the fish get bigger and the stunning, rod-snapping African Pompano make an appearance, John hooks into something seriously big, which has the boat stumped.
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Our host braves stormy waters in this instalment of Modern Fishing with Jared Jeffries, casting small lures for Roosterfish, Snapper, Sailfish and more in Punta Mita, Mexico. Usually known for its year-round tropical climate, thunder booms along the pacific coast, so Jared begins trolling close to shore and hooks into a confidence boosting Sailfish. But with the fish rattled, a cunning change of tactics is required to snag the occasional Grouper, Needlefish or Skipjack. Once again joined by Adrian Michas, the following day the boys decide to explore the rocky coast of Isabella Island with tiny spinning rods in search of the coolest fish in Mexico, the stunning and aggressive Roosterfish.
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Jared’s back in his home waters of Tampa Bay, Florida in this episode of Modern Fishing, jigging artificial baits for multiple species in the Gulf of Mexico. Joined by his friend Adrian Michas and charter captain Chris Seger, Jared’s plan is to implement a trending new style of angling called speed jigging. 8 miles offshore the boys drop heavy baits, and rapidly race them off the bottom to induce takes. After some impressive amberjack and a bright Red Grouper for Adrian, Jared gets a chance to break a record when an unfamiliar species rises from the depths.
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Opening a new season of Modern Fishing, NBA star Jared Jeffries returns to Panama to fish surface baits for big Yellowfin Tuna. The aptly named paradise lodge is surrounded by palm trees, white beaches and some of the greatest sport fishing waters on the planet. These Tuna are among the most powerful animals in the ocean, but Jared has his eyes on a 100-pounder with light tackle and surface jigs… no easy task! The remote and uninhabited Montuosa Island sets the stage for the session of a lifetime. The crew arrive to birds and porpoises diving on huge balls of bait across the reef, but there’s no telling whether Jared’s light tackle will be enough to land dinner for the lodge.
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In this episode, the Hooké crew visit Glazier Lake, New Bunswick to fly fish for one of the country’s most aggressive fish, the Musky. It’s late in the season, and despite cold weather, Charles Cloutier, Alexis Pageau, Daniel Despres and Marlon Prince go wild camping on the shores of the remote Lake. Already a species revered for their size and aggression, Glazier Lake has the potential for record breakers, so Dan and Marlon teach the boys how to cast the massive tackle required. Casting along the margins, they strip big lures down deep and wait for a fight.
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In this series finale episode of The Carolina Outdoor Journal, Bryan Dehart joins Ted Mosely fishing for big topwater Bass on a Carolina Pond. It’s May, and the fish are at their most active. While experimenting with a variety of surface baits, the boys make their way along the structured margins. Both men find their magic bait and catch a number of trophy sized Largemouth, proving why Bass are America’s favourite fish. In the kitchen, Donna shares a hearty recipe for venison and biscuits.
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Joe Dorman and Tom Morketter experiment with beetlespin lures in this episode of The Carolina Outdoor Journal, fishing a pond for Bass and Panfish. Springtime in Cumberland County can be tricky, but Joe and Tom have confidence in this underrated method. They discuss their use of lines, lures and retrieve techniques while catching Crappie, Bream, Bluegill and Largemouth. They switch up their lures and fish a snag, and the bigger fish begin to bite. Back in the studio, Donna shares a recipe for juicy wild Duck.
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Kurt Hinchman and Bob Lusk go fishing for Chain Pickerel on a mill pond in this episode of The Carolina Outdoor Journal. A variant of the Pike, these predators are a common but underappreciated fish across the southern states. Kurt and Bob begin casting spinners and lures amongst the snags, exploring popular lures, retrieve rates and location. After great Pickerel fishing and even some surprise Bass, Donna prepares fresh Red Snapper and tomatoes in the kitchen.
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In this episode of The Carolina Outdoor Journal, Kurt Hinchman and Joel Richardson fish for big Striped Bass and Largemouth during a cold front on Virginia’s Kerr Lake. The biggest lake in the state is a daunting task during a snowstorm. Fishing soft plastics from the boat, Kurt and Joel move along the bays looking for structure. They discuss how to move lethargic fish, tackle theories and maximising catches from a spot. After some healthy Striped Bass, the snow clears, feeding birds move in and Joel hooks one of the biggest Largemouth of his life. Back in the kitchen, Donna prepares her new recipe for Trout.
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Paul Rose joins Captain Craig Price on Lake Norman fishing for winter Striped Bass Hybrids, in this episode of The Carolina Outdoor Journal. This special White Bass and Striped Bass Hybrid species has been growing in size and popularity on Lake Norman, So Paul and Craig begin trawling through the cold misty water looking for shoals. They suddenly open the day with a double hook-up, which sets the tone for a great session. In gear time they discuss how to locate the feeding fish, and Donna prepares a hot crab dip recipe.
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Joel Richardson and Paul Rose bag up through tough conditions in this episode of The Carolina Outdoor Journal, fishing for Largemouth Bass with Crankbaits. High Rock is a big, old lake with big, old Bass, but a cold front and low water levels make things tricky. Joel knows the lake well, so they target the sunken boulders in the shallows close to shore with Deepwater crank baits. When a shoal of bait breaks the surface, both men adapt their tactics and start getting into the big fish, which they discuss in gear time. In the kitchen, Donna closes the show with a unique recipe for a fish reuben sandwich.
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This episode of The Carolina Outdoor Journal enjoys America’s favourite water sport; top water Bass fishing with Joe Dorman and Tom Morketter. It’s springtime, and the ponds of Carolina are at their most active. By casting between the snags, lily pads and grass beds, Joe and Tom enjoy huge blow-ups from good sized largemouth. In gear time they discuss the stick baits and buzz baits that did the job, and Donn prepares a spicy seafood salad.
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Joe Dorman joins Phil Cable on Jordan Lake to fish deep water lures for a variety of species in this episode of Carolina Outdoor Journal. It’s a freezing cold December in North Carolina so the fish are feeding deep, stacked over the structure ready to ambush prey. Phil Cable knows this lake better than anyone, so he employs his bottom spoons system, and the pair catch an array of good-sized fish from Striped Bass to Crappie and White Perch. After talking through their methods, Donna demonstrates a special almond crusted oyster recipe.
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The Carolina Outdoor Journal’s back in the mountains on Boone County fishing for river Smallmouth Bass on topwater flies. Judson Conway returns to drift the river with his 12-year-old son Colter Conway after a successful session in season two. But the sun’s burning hard are the fish won’t feed. After Colter suggests switching from popping bugs to a small grasshopper imitation, the fish finally cooperate, and he ends he day with a smile on his face as he lands his biggest bass ever. In gear time they look at the tackle that did the job and Donna shows off a shrimp recipe in the kitchen.
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In this instalment of the Carolina Outdoor Journal, Paul Rose joins local legend Jerry Neeley on Lake Norman to jig fish for big springtime Crappie. This time of year, the fish are moving through the shallows to feed, so the anglers circle the lake fishing tight to the little treelined coves and docks that line the shore, which produces some beautiful big, dark fish. In gear time, Jerry runs Paul through the different types of jigs he likes to use, and Donna cooks up a luxurious baked pheasant recipe in the kitchen.
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Hunter Albea and Captain Mitchell Blake head for the Cashie River in this episode of the Carolina Outdoor Journal to fly fish for Bluegill. Recent storms have risen the water levels and the bluegill have been ushed into the swamps that surround the river. Hunter and Mitchel work to pull up close to the weed beds and snags, so they discuss the light tackle and popping bugs needed to pull the fish from their hiding places. In the kitchen, Donna’s cooking an easy shrimp and tomato salad.
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Speckled Trout are the target species in this episode of the Carolina Outdoor Journal as Captain Ricky Kellum’s joined by Bert Owens in the backwaters of Carolina. The anglers arrive to some cold November water and the fish are holding deep. They switch to soft plastics to get the where the fish are feeding, and the action comes fast. In gear time they discuss the plastics imitative shrimp patterns they used, and Donna prepares crab and ricotta fritters.
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Carolina Outdoor Journal gets stuck into some Bass fishing with Jamie Olive and Joe Dorman at Falls Lake. It’s a hot summers day at the beautiful Falls Lake, so it takes a lot of work for Jamie and Joe to locate the fish. They soon realise the Bass are sitting tight to the underwater structures in the deepest parts of the lake to escape the heat permeating the shallows. They look over the tackle needed to get to the bottom and quickly get into some trophy sized largemouth, while Donna shows a recipe for a venison meatloaf sandwich.
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In this episode of the Carolina Outdoor Journal, Ted Mosely and Ron Bennet hit the Alligator River for their annual Yellow Perch fishing trip. This little species is growing in popularity across the US and they’re great fun to catch on such light tackle. Using jigging poles and plastic micro jigs the pair cast amongst the snags in the cold, deep water and have great sport. Gear time looks at the specialised poles they used, while Donna’s in the kitchen cooking her Turkey Pot Pie.
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Captains Stu Calder and Jerry Dilsaver try live baiting for big Red Drum in the backwaters of Carolina for this episode of the Journal. It’s a foggy July morning and the fish are proving hard to catch, so it’s the perfect time to try the live baits. It certainly pays off, as shortly after casting out both men find themselves hooked into big Drum. After discussing the special rig they use to catch these aggressive feeders safely, Donna heads to the kitchen to stir fry some shrimp.
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Brothers Steve and Wayne Hensen return to the Pidgeon River in North Carolina to spin lures for Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass. The Pidgeon wasn’t always the rich, clear water bass habitat it is today. It’s only in recent years that the fish populations have returned after years of terrible pollution, so Steve and Wayne are overjoyed to pull these small, fin perfect bass from their childhood river. They discuss the little plugs that they used to fish the shallow ripples, and Donna shares a fancy quail recipe in the kitchen.
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Husband and wife team Joe and Taina Dorman work through tough conditions Bass fishing in the Carolina backwaters in this episode of the Journal. Its October but the weather is close to one hundred degrees, so the fishing is difficult. The duo has to look for Bass sheltering close to the snags, so casting the tiny lures is difficult, but the fish soon come on the feed. Joe looks at the array of crankbaits and soft plastics that did the job in gear time, and Donna shows off a strange recipe for cornbread stuffed apples.
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Carolina Outdoor Journal visits a country farm pond in this episode to fly fish on the surface for feisty Largemouth Bass. Old school anglers Mark Dupree and Joe Jenkins patrol the margins casting surface flies called popping bugs. These noisy and colourful topwater lures induce very aggressive takes from these big Bass. Casting amongst the fallen trees and underwater snags where the fish like to hunt, both men encounter fish over 2 pounds, a tough fight on such light tackle. In gear time they discuss the different colours and styles that did the business, and John and Joe look at the popping bugs on the market back in the studio. As always, Donna closes the show with a simple recipe for Shrimp and Cornbread Casserole.
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In this season 3 premiere episode of Carolina Outdoor Journal, Kurt Hinchman joins Offshore Charters for a sport fishing session in the Gulf Stream off the Carolina Coast. The rich ecosystem of the gulf stream is filled with big predators, so trawling big lures through shoals of bait fish can bring all sorts of species to the boat. Deckhand Jonathan Oglesby and Captain Rom Whitaker discuss the different bait/lure combinations used to pick out different species, teaser rigs and even how to use a kite to drift a bait. The crew spot a floating bed of grass, the perfect ambush spot for aggressive hunters, and the reels quickly start screaming wit Tuna, Dorado and Amberjack. Donna closes the show with a delicious recipe for seared scallops in an orange sauce.
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In the land of the midnight sun, the Inside Sport Fishing Team head to the Canadian Yukon to fish for monstrous Pike and lake Trout. Located in the untouched landscapes bordering Alaska, Kluane Wilderness Lodge is heaven for anglers, with 24 hours of daylight, unlimited fishing and some of the largest specimens in the world. The crew join owner Brian Dack on the lake trolling and fly fishing for enormous Lake trout up to 50 pounds, before heading the smaller waters for some good fun on surface lures for aggressive jack Pike.
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Pure Instinct Montana is not just a movie about fishing, a tutorial on how to fill your net or where to get a bite. It’s a film about the kind of person that does fish, and why you should. The story’s written and narrated by D.L. Stiffarm, a man on the other side of years of depression and misdirection. He talks of the power of the wilderness and the water on the meaning of life, what it is about the pursuit of a fish that drives a man to obsession and fulfilment. The same story can be seen in the other characters. Elite competition Bass fisherman Zach Lugabihl, Drew Forster and Zach Powell embody the passion and dedication of the world’s best anglers. D.L. meets Blackfeet Native American guide Keith Wolf Tail, a quiet man honouring the traditions and lands of his ancestors fly fishing for Trout. Told amid the vast and beautiful wilderness of Montana, this movie implores us to follow the human instinct to live a wild and happy life.
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The Geo Bass boys may have bitten off more than they can chew in this episode, as they head for the rainforests of Papua New Guinea to fly fish for the strongest fish in the world, the Black Bass. Although very little is known about this mysterious species, they’re famous for their incredible power and size. Known as an unlandable fish, it’s no wonder no ones ever tried fishing for them on the fly. From broken wrists, to overturned boats, everything that could go wrong on this trip goes wrong. When a black bass finally takes the lure, the 16-weight shark rod immediately snaps in two.
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In this instalment of their hunt for the world’s craziest bass sport the Geo Bass crew find themselves fly fishing for Golden Bass in Botswana. The Kalahari Desert may not be the first place you’d think the find good fly fishing, but newfound friend of the show Hunter’s heard rumours of big Goldens near the borders of Namibia and Zimbabwe. Exploring countless waters filled with Hippos and Crocodiles brings nothing but razor toothed Tigerfish and surprise Emerald Fire Bass, so spirits are low. On the last day, the crew get word of a lake filled with submerged trees, the kind of structure American Bass love. As soon as they arrive, the boys hook into some fish bigger than they could have ever hoped for.
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The Geo Bass crew head for the remote waters of Nicaragua in this episode looking for illusive Rainbow Bass on the fly. None of them knew this rare and colourful fish even existed until they began their expedition, and it’s no wonder. They’re found only in the most remote areas of central America, several days of trekking and boating through crocodile infested jungle to a lagoon never before accessed by fisherman. After 3 days of clearing a path, hunting iguanas and experimenting with tackle, the boys finally make it through the jungle where some massive rainbows are waiting for them. This is extreme fishing!
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In part two of their Mexican Bass fishing adventure, the Geo Bass crew try to hone their skills fly fishing for huge Largemouth. After the dangers of their first trip, the team visit the Bassmaster Classic in Alabama to look for some advice from the pros. Once they’ve tied up some new patterns, they head for the newly stocked Lake Picachos to practise their skills within a submerged cemetery. Back on the big fish waters everything they’ve learned finally comes together when Jay finishes the trip with his biggest Bass ever.
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The Geo Bass team take a road trip to the backwoods of Mexico in pursuit of enormous Largemouth Bass on the fly. In their usual fashion, the guys have decided to fish in perhaps the most dangerous area in North America. Navigating corrupt police and gang violence on their journey, the boys arrive to the biggest bass lake in Mexico amid the country’s most prolific drug trafficking region. Boating through the structures close to shore and throwing big flies, the bites are hard and fast, and several members of the group soon connect with some of the biggest Bass they’ve ever seen. Just as things start looking up, they turn the corner to find fields of marijuana, and quickly come under fire from the Mexican drug cartel… stay tuned for part 2!
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We start this episode back in New Hampshire on Lake Winnipesaukee with husband and wife ice fishing supremos, Beau and Jacqui who are fishing for White Perch which they love to feed their family with. Jacqui gets a good hole and picks up some real chunks on her rod. Beau is also catching on his trap hole and its plain to see why this couple are such revered ice anglers. The next fish Jacqui catches is huge and measured at 15 inches is pretty much a world record but as producer Josh explains can't be considered as her rod didn't meet the IGFA regulations for length. Pretty impressive though as is the rest of this final episode.
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We start in New York on Lake Ontario at Sackets Harbor where Scott Jamieson is looking for a big Walleye. He's using a Velixar, a sonar device that detects fish movement, and starts with a live Minnow to try and attract one. Switching to a dead stick he gets a bite and after a tricky fight, he pulls in a huge 31 inch, estimated 12-13lbs Walleye which he releases. He's elated at beating his PB by several pounds and so he should be. In New Hampshire, we join producer Josh and his friend Rick Warbin on Bakers Pond for something completely different as they attempt to catch Horn Pouting, a kind of Catfish through the ice.
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We start this episode in New Hampshire on Lake Winnipesaukee with Beau and Jackie, a fishing mad husband and wife duo who have been fishing since kids and love to catch fish for the pot. We meet another local angler, Rick who has a different approach and likes to fish with light tackle and we see him catch a stunning Rainbow Trout. In Fort Peck Montana, the guys settle into a long winters night on the ice and those that put the work in seem to be rewarded as we see some nice Walleye coming up. Local angler Jason, shows us his innovative technique using bright underwater lights to pull the fish in, but will this tactic work?
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In this episode, we head to Lake Ontario in search of Walleye. Its near the end of the season and they're fishing at Chaumont Bay near Sackets Harbor. Before starting, the guys send some considerable time checking and scouting the ice as the thickness can be unpredictable here. Producer, Josh is in New Hampshire fishing on Lake Winnipesaukee, one of his favourite home waters. Its a huge lake covering some 69 square miles which again makes it important to check the ice depths. We join Scott on the ice for some amazing footage as he uses a video camera next to his bait and watches when to move his bait as a nice Lake Trout swims past.
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This instalment of Ice Fishing Hardcore takes place back in the wilds of northern Maine and Vermont. Over on Lake Champlain’s Missisquoi Bay, the crew arrive to all the flags up in the air. It’s Pike-a-plenty, but our anglers are shocked to find an unwelcome bonus fish come to the surface. Over in the Allagash wilderness at Ross Lake, a seemingly empty trap reveals a spinning reel attached to a big black Lake Trout. When one of the boys land a famous Ross Lake Whitefish, they fire up the grill for a winter feast on the ice.
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In this episode of Ice Fishing Hardcore, the team continue their sessions in remote Maine and Montana, before live baiting for big Pike in Vermont. The second morning on Ross Lake is more brutal than the last, with high winds and temperatures well below zero, but one of the crew hook into a big, rare Lake Trout to lift the spirits. Over on Missisquoi Bay, Lake Champlain in Vermont the boys have been promised a big Pike, so they experiment with bigger liver baits to single out a monster. There’s more pike on offer in Montana, a rare sight at Fort Peck.
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Ice Fishing Hardcore’s road trip continues in this episode as they go chasing Pike, Pickerel, Bass and more in Maine, Montana and Pennsylvania. Back in the wilderness of Ross Lake the Lake Trout are finally making an appearance, whilst some crew members ditch the traps for a jigging rod to catch Cusk. The guys out at Fort Peck go looking for a 30-inch walleye. Finally, the boys take an exploratory trip to Pennsylvania where the flags are popping fast with Pickerel and Bass.
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In this episode of Ice Fishing Hardcore, the crew set up in Maine and Montana for extreme remote sessions. In the Alagash Wilderness of northern Maine near the Canadian border lies Ross Lake, one of the United States best Whitefish fisheries. Four miles off the road by sled through Wolves and Coyotes, you can’t get much further off the grid.Over in Fort Peck Monatana, another crew visit the massive Crooked Creek, 245,000 acres of frozen lake with the fish to match. Known for its big Walleye, a state record is never far behind.
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Every year a group of friends get together in Burlington, Vermont on the US Canada border to ice fish on Lake Champlain. The quarry is Northern Pike and conditions can be harsh and dangerous so they'll need all of their skills and knowledge to win the friendly competition they aspire to win. We learn about how the guys prepare for this trip and the work they need to put in to be successful.
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In this final instalment of Musky Country Lessons, we join Brad Bohen in the final weeks of his Musky fly-fishing season. It’s October and the fall is setting in across Canada. Brad joins seasoned guide Gabe Schubert on a cold morning to drift the river. They discuss navigating the features of the water, working the rod to induce an attack, and tie a few monster flies developed from their years of experience.
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In part two of Musky Country lessons, Brad Bohen continues his guide to the world of Musky fly fishing. One of Canada’s pioneering Musky anglers, Brad visits the rod builders and fly tiers helping to develop the sport and its culture. The show takes a look at the unique qualities of the species, and the conservation of the special lake and river habitats necessary to its survival.
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Randy returns with a special episode of Yucatan Anglers as he heads to Campeche, the juvenile Tarpon capital of the world. His host, Capt Chino from Tarpon Town Anglers takes them to a beautiful bay next to the mangroves and it isn't long before Randy gets of the mark. Creeping stealthily through the small inlets of the mangroves, using light tackle, the guys catch some lovely hard fighting and acrobatic Tarpon showing what a fishing paradise this place really is.
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Its winter and Charlie has headed down to Florida for the warm weather and some Bass fishing fun. He's decided on a friendly golf buggy fishing competition with his friends fishing on one of his favourite courses.  Its a 3 day competition and the rules are pretty simple, 2 hours fishing, most fish wins and the angler with the fewest each day loses his golf cart for the next day. After a suitable amount of trash talking, the 3 anglers set out in different directions and its isn't long before Charlie gets a fish on his spinnerbait. The fish continue to come throughout the day with some chunky specimens being landed. Charlie has made the early pace with a haul of 14 Bass but with two days to go, the competition is still wide open.
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Charlie leaves the wintery weather of  New England and heads to the sunshine state of Florida to meet up with 10 time, World Pool Champion, Mike Sigel for a spot of Bass fishing. They hit a nearby Jack Niklaus designed golf course, deciding to fish the course rather than 'golf' it using golf buggies to get to the numerous lakes and ponds. Charlie gets off the mark and takes the lead in their friendly competition with a small Smallmouth before Mike scores too with another Smallie.  More fish soon follow as the pair lock on to the best spots to target whilst we learn more about Mike's incredible pool career and his work on the renowned movie, The Color of Money with Tom Cruise and Paul Newman. A bit of golf in the afternoon followed by a sumptuous evening meal that night before Charlie returns to the golf course the following day to try and find some specimens. An entertaining episode and if you like playing pool, you may learn a few new tricks too!
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In this season 2 finale edition of the Carolina Outdoor Journal, we fish an estuary for schooling Red drum. For a fish that’s usually a solitary hunter in the rivers of Carolina, it’s a treat for any angler when these Red Drum shoal up in the estuary to feed. With an excess of 200 fish in front of them at any time, Captain Stu Calder and Chris Pope have great sport on soft plastic bait fish imitation lures amongst the waves. Our anglers discuss the tackle that did the job in gear time, and Donna Reynolds closes off the season with some delicious shrimp and salsa in the kitchen.
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This week on the Carolina Outdoor Journal, we venture to the coast to target Black Tip Sharks. Hosted by John Moore and Joe Albea, the show joins Captain Jon Huff and Nicholas Pierce at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. It’s here that the bait fish congregate on the tide, creating the perfect hunting ground for these massive predators. Using the bottom bait and balloon float tactics discussed in gear time, the boys come across some very big Sharks. Over in the kitchen, Donna Reynolds prepares a tasty scallop recipe.
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In this instalment, the Carolina Outdoor Journal goes fishing for puppy Drum along timber littered shorelines. This is classic American bass fishing on steroids. These young Red Drum are great sport, but they live and hunt in tough structure, so it takes a lot of skill for top anglers Walker Golder and Stuart Caulder to get these fish to the boat. In gear time, they discuss the modified spinner baits, plastics and topwater lures that get the job done, and Donna Reynolds cooks her special quail recipe in the kitchen.
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This week on the Journal we’ll fish a Carolina farm pond in the spring for Largemouth Bass. Ted Moseley and Bryan DeHart return to one of their old spots where the Bass are holding close to shore, which makes for a challenging fight. In gear talk, they discuss the soft plastics baits and tackle that allows them to fish the snags where the fish like to feed. In the kitchen, Donna Reynolds serves up her own fish Reuben recipe.
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On this edition of the Carolina Outdoor Journal, we’ll fish under popping floats for Speckled Trout. John Moore and Joe Albea host the show, eager to learn this strange method from expert anglers Stuart Creighton and captain Gary Dubiel. A popping cork is special kind of float that creates topwater disturbance above a suspended bait, luring predatory fish like these trout to the hook. It proves very effective, so Stu and Gary run us through the rig in gear time, while Donna Reynolds cooks up a delicious salmon recipe in the kitchen.
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This week on the Carolina Outdoor Journal we’ll fish a pond for Channel Catfish using persimmon fruit as bait. Cliff Edwards calls Paul Shuey with a unique fishing opportunity. He’s seen some big cats picking off these small fruits as they fall from a tree on the lakeshore, and sure enough they get some great fishing. In gear time they discuss how to take advantage of this food source, and Donna Reynolds cooks up a creamy polenta dish in the kitchen.
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On this edition of the Carolina Outdoor Journal we fish top water lures for the sporty Red drum on a very windy day. It’s mid-September and the weather’s beginning to turn. Braving the storm is Captain Ricky Kellum and Dean Phillips, who use their angling experience to follow the wind and find where the fish are hunting, leading to some explosive bites. In Gear Time our anglers discuss the special top water lures they used, and Donna Reynolds prepares a potato crusted grouper dish in the kitchen.
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This week on the Carolina Outdoor Journal we’ll fish Sutton Lake, one of the top Bass fishing lakes in the state. John Moore and Joe Albea host the show as Joe Dorman and Randy Bryant head out on a cold morning. As the Largemouth Bass slow down in the colder months, our anglers discuss how to locate schooling fish and get bites. In gear time they take a look at the topwater lures that brought the most success, and Donna Reynolds demonstrates a soft-shell crab recipe in the kitchen.
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On this edition of the Carolina Outdoor Journal we’ll be fishing for Speckled Trout on a coastal river using kayaks. These versatile crafts have exploded in popularity in recent years, allowing anglers to reach the area’s most never could. Captains Ricky Kellum and Jerry Dillsaver have great success casting lures among the snags, and they discuss the special equipment needed to be successful fishing a kayak. In the kitchen, Donna Reynolds prepares a tasty crab cakes recipe.
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This week on the Carolina Outdoor Journal we’ll fly fish for large Bluegill bream using popping bugs. John Moore and Joe Albea host the episode as Robert Fulton returns to the renowned Kingfisher Society Lake to fish with Jim Morgan. Known for its massive Largemouth and stunning surroundings, this lake is now renowned for its bluegill over 2 pounds. The duo have some incredible sport with light tackle and topwater popper flies, which they discuss in gear time, and Donna Reynolds closes the show with her recipe for Oyster Dressing.
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This week on the Carolina Outdoor Journal we’ll venture out to the Pamlico Sound to catch and research giant Red Drum. Jim Hardin and Anna Barrios head out with Drum expert Captain George Beckwith, and it’s not long before his special bottom rig brings some of the biggest Drum they’ve ever seen to the boat. Anna’s on hand to tag the fish for her research into the conservation of the spawning adults. In the kitchen we join Donna Reynolds for a few of her fish cooking techniques.
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This week on the Carolina Outdoor Journal two fishing guides spend the morning in pursuit of the sporty Speckled Trout. John Moore and Joe Albea host this friendly head-to-head, as captains Ricky Kellum and Charles Brown put their methods to the test. While Ricky throws his own design of artificial shrimp, Charles casts out his favourite mirror lures, both of which yield massive results. They discuss their theories in Gear talk, while Donna Reynolds hits the kitchen for a delicious Trout recipe.
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Join the Carolina Outdoor Journal as we fish Lake Norman for the popular spotted bass. Hosted by John Moore and Joe Albea, we visit Paul Rose and Drew Montgomery as they boat along the many docks and structures that line the lake. This kind of habitat is the perfect hunting ground for this rarer species of bass, and they soon come across a big group of feeders. On Gear Time our anglers discuss the array of different lures that caught fish, and Donna Reynolds prepares sweet potato fries and fish in the kitchen.
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On this edition of the Carolina Outdoor Journal, we’ll fish early summer on Jordan Lake for largemouth bass. John Moore and Joe Albea host the episode as Phil Cable and Joe Dorman return since their incredible catches in the last season. The water’s warmed up and Phil knows exactly where the fish have gone to feed. After some fat Bass our anglers discuss the variety of jigs, spinners and crankbaits they used to get the job done, before Donna Reynolds cooks of some delicious blueberry cornmeal biscuits.
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This week on the Carolina Outdoor Journal we’ll fish the Neuse River for striped bass in early spring. Hosted by John Moore and Joe Albea, Kurt Hinchman returns to fish with Captain Gary Dubiel, one of the Neuse’s best guides, to catch the Stripers as they make their way upriver. On Gear Time our anglers discuss the tackle needed and how to work the soft plastic lures early season, and we join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen for a fish casserole recipe.
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In this special instalment of Yucatan Anglers TV, host Randy Bowser explores the backwaters of Sisal, Mexico lure fishing for Tarpon. Joined by Captain Gary Lira, the pair push through the dense mangroves from the coast where most anglers never dare to fish. Immediately upon arrival to the first pool, juvenile Tarpon known as Sabalitos begin tailing around the boat. Known for their acrobatic fighting style, these Sabalitos make for some of the most explosive and exciting sport in the world, particularly in this shallow water. As the crew push even deeper into the jungle, the tiny channels open into a wide pool known over 300 feet deep! It’s here that Captain Gary hooks into something big…
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On this edition, the Carolina Outdoor Journal goes fishing in an ocean inlet for the sporty and tasty Flounder. Hosted by Joe Albea and John Moore, we join Gene Griffin and Kurt Hinchman in one of the many coastal inlets that line the Carolina coast. Here, the Flounder lay in wait for baitfish drifting on the tide, so Kurt and Gene experiment with soft plastics. In gear talk we look at the unique tackle used to catch flatfish, and Donna Reynolds cooks up some special Crabcakes in the kitchen.
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This week on Carolina Outdoor Journal we’ll fish a very special place for Largemouth Bass. Robert Fulton joins Jim from the Kingfisher Society, who’s fisheries have become a mecca for Bass fisherman across Carolina. Fishing with topwater frogs isn’t a typical method in the spring, but these lakes and swamps are so crammed with hungry fish that the action comes thick and fast. After discussing these unique lures in gear talk, we join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen as she prepares a Tuna salad recipe.
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This week on the Carolina Outdoor Journal we’ll fish around Roanoke Island for a variety of coastal fish. Hosted by John Moore and Joe Albea, this episode see’s the return of Captain Bryan DeHart and Kurt Hinchman as they fish around the bridges and marsh areas that surround the island. This type of fishing brings everything from Speckled Trout, Flounder, Drum and Striped Bass to the boat, so Kurt and Bryan walk us through the versatile light tackle they fished with. Finally, Donna Reynolds in the kitchen for a southern Griddle Cake recipe.
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On this edition of the Carolina Outdoor Journal, we’ll venture into the Gulf Stream in search of the sporty Mahi Mahi (Dolphin Fish). Hosted by John Moore and Joe Albea, the show joins dolphin experts Buddy Bulow and Jim Hardin beside the floating grass that drifts along the edge of the current, the perfect hunting environment. In Gear Time our anglers discuss the special trawling gear you will need to be successful, and Donna Reynolds explores different types of corn bread in the kitchen.
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This week the Carolina Outdoor Journal takes us jig fishing for Hickory Shad in the Neuse River Basin. Hosted by John Moore and Joe Albea, we join Kurt Hinchman and Gene Griffin among the cypress and tupelo trees that form the Neause River swamps, the perfect hunting ground for all manner of sporting fish. In gear time, the boys discuss the ultra-light tackle and twister tail lures that landed their best fish and Donna Reynolds cooks up an unusual shrimp stuffed Hushpuppy recipe.
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This week on the Carolina Outdoor Journal we’ll fish for the sporty Striped Bass on the Cape Fear River. Hosted by John Moore and Joe Albea, the show joins Captains Jerry Dilsaver and Stu Calder on a perfect morning drifting along the grassy edges of the brackish water. Casting soft plastics close to shore brings a bumper session of several fish into double figures, so the boys discuss their secret weapon in Gear Time. Finally, we join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen for a personal twist on a shrimp salad recipe.
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In this edition, the Carolina Outdoor Journal takes us fishing for the sporty Sheepshead around the bridge pilings of the Carolina Coast. These wiry fish can be difficult to catch, due in part to their love of structure. Captain Ricky Kellum and Captain Wayne Crisco discuss the hardy tackle and live baits needed to get them to the boat, and soon hook into one of the biggest Sheepshead of their lives. Finally, we join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen for a Breaded Grouper Southport Sandwich recipe.
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This week on the Carolina Outdoor Journal we’ll follow the tide on the Cape Fear River in search of feeding Red Drum. Hosts John Moore and Joe Albea check in with Captain Stu Calder and keen angler Tara Lynch at the Southport Marshes. From here the pair chase the tide down to Wilmington, casting spinner baits into the thick grasses where the specimen Drum like to ambush their prey. On Gear Time they discuss the lures that caught the best fish and the heavy-duty gear needed for this kind of demanding fishing. To close off, Donna Reynolds hits the kitchen to prepare a delicious venison stroganoff.
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On this edition of the Carolina Outdoor Journal, we’ll head for the mountains to drift for smallmouth bass. Hosted by Joe Albea and John Moore, the show joins Guide Judson Conway and his Wife Eunice in Boone County North Carolina, where the small overgrown streams provide the perfect habitat for hard fighting smallies. By drifting the boat and casting between the overhanging trees, the pair soon find great success with a fly rod. In Gear Time our anglers discuss the unique and lavish top water terrestrial patterns worked the best. Finally, Donna Reynolds has a special recipe for a Venison break-fast casserole in the kitchen.
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On this edition of the Journal we’ll fish the Pamlico Sound for giant Red Drum, one of the largest fish found in those waters. On Gear Time our angler’s explain how to rig fresh bait to catch and handle these large fish. And we’ll join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen for a tasty casserole recipe.
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This week we fish for largemouth bass using top water frogs in heavy cover. This is a productive method for catching bass almost every month of the year. On Gear Time our angler’s will discuss the frog lures and how to fish them. And Donna Reynolds serves up a tasty shrimp recipe in the kitchen.
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Join us this week as we fish for the sporty Ladyfish. On Gear Time our anglers discuss the tackle needed and we’ll join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen for a duck recipe.
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On this edition of the Journal we travel to Currituck County to fish for Black Crappie using jigger poles. On Gear Time our anglers discuss how effective this method can be. And we’ll join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen for a duck recipe.
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This week on the Journal we’ll fish one of the few places on the North Carolina coast where you can catch Spanish mackerel from the beach. On Gear Time our angler’s discuss the equipment you need on the beach and we’ll join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen as she prepares a seafood salad recipe.
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On this edition of the Journal we are fishing Randleman Reservoir early in the season for Largemouth bass. On Gear Time our anglers discuss the lures that caught fish and we’ll join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen for a sweet and sour oyster recipe.
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This week on the Journal we’ll fish for speckle trout using a super productive lure. On Gear Time our anglers discuss the lure in more detail and we’ll join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen as she prepares a tasty scallop recipe.
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On this edition of the Journal we’ll fly fish bream beds using popping bugs. In gear time our anglers discuss the best popping bugs of the day. And we’ll join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen as she prepares a lemon dill catfish recipe.
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This week on the Journal we venture offshore to fish the Gulf Stream. Tagging dolphin and hooking up with two Blue Marlin at the same time proved exciting. In Gear Time our anglers discuss their tackle and we’ll join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen as she prepares sushi.
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On this edition of the Journal we’ll be in the mountains searching for the elusive Muskellunge (Muskie) . On Gear Time our anglers discuss the tackle and lures required. And we join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen for a corn bread muffin recipe.
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On this edition of the Journal we’ll fish for Largemouth bass using lures with blades. On Gear Time our anglers lay out the most productive lures of the day and we’ll join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen for a scallop recipe.
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This week on the Journal we’ll fish the Cape Fear River for autumn Flounder. In Gear Time our anglers discuss their technique in fishing for the flatfish and we’ll join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen for a tasty fish & chips recipe.
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On this edition of the Journal we’ll fish Jordan Lake in the spring for the sporty and tasty Crappie. On Gear Time our anglers discuss the lures they used and we’ll join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen as she prepares a spicy venison recipe.
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This week on the Journal we’ll fish a cold autumn morning for speckle trout. In gear time our anglers discuss the lures that proved effective that day. And Donna Reynolds prepares a recipe for shrimp cakes in the kitchen.
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This week on the Journal we’ll fish for red drum over two days in the surf zone of Portsmouth Island. In Gear Time our anglers discuss the tackle and bait that caught fish. And Donna Reynolds prepares a southern filet recipe in the kitchen.
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On this edition of the Journal we’ll fish the heat of the summer for largemouth bass. On Gear Time our anglers share the most effective lures and Donna Reynolds prepares a catfish recipe in the kitchen.
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This week on the Journal we target Striped Bass using topwater lures early and switch to subsurface later in the morning. On Gear Time our anglers discuss the lures that caught fish and we’ll join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen as she prepares a stuffed Striped Bass recipe.
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On this edition of the Journal we’ll fish the Crystal Coast for the sporty King Mackerel. On Gear Time our anglers discuss how they rigged up and we’ll join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen for a grilled venison recipe.
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Join us this week as we fish the Cape Fear River for the sporty American White Shad. On gear time our anglers discuss the tackle and lures they used to catch the fish. And we’ll join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen for a cornbread recipe.
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This week on the Journal we’ll re-visit a farm pond with two young men. On Gear Time we’ll discuss the tackle that is needed to fish a pond and join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen for a fish recipe.
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This week on the Journal we’ll target red drum in the surf during a cold day in January. On Gear Time we’ll take a look at what lure caught the fish and then join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen for a catfish recipe.
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In this edition of the Journal we’ll fish deep on Jordan Lake for largemouth bass. In gear time our anglers discuss the lures that caught fish. And Donna Reynolds prepares a lemon baked fish recipe in the kitchen.
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A Day Away
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In this season finale of Ultimate Catch, Eric Ciocher visits Tampa Bay, Florida to hunt for big predatory Snook. Returning guest Jeremy Heimes is the guide for the day, dealing with the massive tropical storm that's just cleared on the south shore. This may however have played into the hands of the anglers, as the winds have stirred up the bait fish and brought the bigger predators on the feed. Almost instantly, Eric starts the day with heartbreak when he struggles to land the biggest Snook of his life. As the day progresses, he gets his revenge with a bumper haul of Snook and Speckled Sea Trout.
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Host Eric Coicher tries something new in this episode of Ultimate Catch, as he breaks out a fly rod in pursuit of freshwater Shad on Florida’s St Johns River. Veteran fishing Captain Tom Van Horn knows his stuff when it comes to this river, and he spots an opportunity to catch these saltwater fish as they migrate upstream to spawn in the winter months. After a few small fish on the regular lures, Tom has a go with a fly for a quick catch and Eric follows his lead. The fish quickly begin to grow in size and it’s not long before our host gets his first ever double hook-up!
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Host Eric Ciocher gets a schooling in Largemouth Bass fishing on Fellesmere Lake, Florida in this episode of Ultimate Catch. There’s no better guide than Pro Bass angler Daryl Davis to help navigate this expanse of water. Daryl offers wisdom not just in how to locate these feeding Bass, but how to make a career as a professional angler. The water’s warming up in east central Florida and the fish are coming on the feed in the shallower margins, so the pair jig worms close to the weeds and structures. The fish come thick and fast for Eric, but Daryl proves his pro status when he lands a Largemouth of massive proportions.
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Host Eric Ciocher returns to Ruskin, Florida in this episode of Ultimate Catch in pursuit of big, shallow water Snook. The mangrove lined flats of Cockroach Bay are the perfect hunting ground for these ambush predators, so lifelong guide Jeremy Heimes suggests a live baits approach. In the gin clear water, bigger Snook can be spotted and targeted with small bait fish, leading to some very exciting sport. As the sun gets even hotter throughout the day, captain Jeremy moves the boat closer to the mangroves where the bigger fish hide ready to ambush their prey. His instincts pay off, when one really big specimen moves in on the bait.
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Kicking off a new season of Ultimate Catch, host Eric Ciocher goes fishing for the Rare and Illusive Clown Knife Fish on Lake Osborne, Florida. Eric’s old friend Brett Isackson returns to lend a hand in finding one of these clowns and takes Eric out to the deep-water docks and canals along the lake shore. Originally found in southeast Asia, Clown Knife fish are one of the most exotic and powerful invasive species in North America. It’s been three days of fun but frustrating fishing catching Catfish, Peacock Bass and Largemouths when Eric finally feels the heavy pull on the line he’s been looking for.
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In this episode of Ultimate Catch, host Eric Ciocher goes out to Lake Garcia in Florida for a Big Bass Bonanza. Local guide Daryl Davis knows the lake better than anyone, and he believes this time of year, as the water warms up, the Bass can be found spawning in the shallower waters. Casting jerk baits between the weeds is the perfect place to pick them off, and almost instantly the waters erupt with hungry Bass. After a few fish come to the bank, it quickly becomes evident how big the average size of fish is on Lake Garcia, but when Eric hooks one of the really big ones, the day reaches new heights.
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In this episode of Ultimate Catch, host Eric Ciocher goes out fishing for a variety of saltwater species in the Marina’s of Sebastian, Florida. Captain Jonathon Wilson returns to show Eric around his hometown waters, where he knows the deep holes that the fish have moved to in the winter temperatures. Casting soft plastics swim baits, the boys catch everything from Speckled Sea Trout to Jack Crevalle, Mangrove Snapper, Snook and Sheepshead. Just as the sun begins to set, Eric hooks into something far bigger than anything they’ve seen.
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Eric Ciocher visits the St Johns Waterway in East Central Florida for this episode of Ultimate Catch in pursuit of all manner of freshwater species. It’s the fall season and the waters of the St. Johns waterway have dropped to reveal shallow pools and grassy margins, where the bigger predatory fish are now cruising looking for bait. Captain Tom Van Horn is an expert when it comes to this kind of fishing, so he and John cast small jigs along the banks from the boat. After catching countless fiesty Bass and Panfish, Eric hooks into what turns out to be the biggest Tilapia he’s ever seen.
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In this episode of Ultimate catch, host Eric Ciocher joins Captain Brett Isackson in Delroy Beach, Florida to fish for big Peacock Bass. It’s winter in South Florida, but the backwater urban canal systems have remained a tropical temperature, which makes them perfect for this exotic species. Originally hailing from the Amazon Basin, Peacock Bass now thrive in the state due to exotic fish owners releasing their pets. Similar to their largemouth cousins, Brett and Eric find great success jigging plastic baits against the structures, and finish on a bumper haul of Bass.
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In this instalment of Ultimate Catch with Eric Ciocher, the show travels to Osceola County, Florida for some good old fashioned American Largemouth Bass fishing. Local guide Captain Jonathon Wilson is on hand at Lake Toho to navigate the biggest and best Bass fishery in the county and he kicks off the day teaching Eric how to drift floated fish baits along the shallow grassy banks where the fish hunt. After some great success in the morning, the boys switch over to jigging worm baits and Eric hooks in to one of the biggest Bass of his life!
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Eric Ciocher’s back in Florida for this episode of Ultimate Catch, as he heads out on the flats of Titusville to lure fish for big Black Drum. Local Captain Mark Wright joins the show and takes mark out to an area of Titusville renowned for its shallow water sport. It’s a Sunkissed flat calm day, perfect for spotting the drum tailing as they feed. Almost immediately, Mark hooks into one of the biggest Drums he’s ever seen on a plastic bait, and the pair get ready for the trophy session of a lifetime.
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In this season 5 premiere of Ultimate Catch, host Eric Ciocher visits Ruskin, Florida for some classic saltwater flats fishing for Redfish and Snook. The show begins at the Pirates Point Resort, where guest angler Kent Hickman’s waiting on the docks among the mangroves. Recent cool weather has brought the fish on the feed, so the crew head out to one of the local deeper holes to fish with jigs. Eric demonstrates how adding fish oil scents to the soft plastic of the lure can work wonders as an attracter, and it’s not long before Snook, Redfish, Speckled Sea Trout and even a surprise Flounder make their way to the boat!
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In this instalment of Untamed Angler, James Stokoe, Ripon Khalique and Hywel Morgan head north to Scotland for a Pike fishing showdown on the renowned Lake of Menteith. This massive lake near Sterling has a history of monsters, so master Pike angler Dan Essox lends a hand with our predator fishing novices. After a failed attempt, James and Hywel ditch the fly rods and get to work with the lures, casting big soft plastics along the shoreline. The next day, the boys go head-to-head in search of the biggest and longest combined bag, and Hywel hooks into something big!
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UFC martial arts stars Jim Miller and Dan Miller go for the knockout in this episode of Celebrity Fish and Fire, as they compete to see who can catch the most fish and who can cook the best dish in Ontario, Canada. It’s part two of Jim and Dans ice fishing adventure, so hosts Antonio Meleca and Shawn Degagne decide it’s time to brave the cold outside the hut. After a disappointing round one, Jim hits back hard with some serious sized Walleye. After blowing Chef Antonio away on the grill, the real competition begins, as the losers get ready for an icy forfeit.
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UFC martial arts stars Jim Miller and Dan Miller go for the knockout in this episode of Celebrity Fish and Fire, as they compete to see who can catch the most fish and who can cook the best dish in Ontario, Canada. It’s a long way from the usual sport fishing trip in the sunny Florida Keys, so hosts Antonio Meleca and Shawn DeGagne opt for a more civilised approach in the freezing north and build a fishing lodge on the water. Jigging lures through holes in the Ice, the boys put their competitive nature to work catching Walleye and Perch. After Chef Antonio shows of his incredible Tuna Ceviche, Jim and Dan get to work on their own signature Perch Chowders. But who will take home the belt?
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In this episode of Celebrity Fish and Fire, Guide Shawn DeGagne and Chef Antonio ‘Smash’ Maleca head down to New Orleans, Louisiana for another NFL star throwdown Robert and John Gallery. The competition kicks off in Rigolets Marina, where veteran captain Kenny Kreeger says big Redfish, Flounder, Sheepshead and Black Drum are hiding under a road bridge. Robert and John quickly get competitive jigging with baits, while Chef Antonio heads back to shore for a masterclass in Louisiana style breaded Flounder with Crawfish Bisk. Finally, John and Rob discover a secret talent during their fish sandwich throwdown.
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Hosts Antonio ‘smash’ Meleca and Shawn ‘fish on’ DeGagne visit Bear Creek in Calender Bay of Ontario, Canada in this episode of Celebrity Fish and Fire, this time joining NHL hockey stars Darren Turcotte and Scott Wray in pursuit of freshwater predators. Tough guys Darren and Scott already have fishing experience, so the competitive tension is high. After a bumper morning jigging worm baits for Bass, Perch and Walleye, Chef Antonio takes the haul back to shore to cook up some incredible beer battered Perch tacos. After a dangerous afternoon of Pike fishing, it’s Scott and Darren’s turn on the grill, where if anything the competition only gets more heated.
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Lunkerville goes international in this very special episode, as Mike De Avila travels out in search of exotic new species across the water. Rick Clark targets huge, rare, prehistoric White Sturgeon at the infamous Fraser River in British Columbia. Mike joins Newfoundland locals out to catch prized and protected Atlantic Cod out of St. John’s Harbour. Down in sunny Port Antonio Jamaica, the locals share how they forage for bait and food in the island’s jungles. Finally, Olympian Yuri Orlov risks it all in search of supersized, mutated Chernobyl Catfish on the Pripyat River, Ukraine. What a way to round off the season!
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In this episode of Lunkerville, Mike De Avila breaks into the world of one of the biggest competitive pass times in the United States; tournament Bass fishing! Each of these returning guests has a unique perspective on success in the sport. Lunker girl Stacey takes a break from catching big Bass on Catskills Creek to talk about her experiences as a woman in a male dominated sport. Bass fishing hall of famer Paul Ritchie gives us some tips and how and why you should join your local Bass club, while sight fishing for Smallmouth in suburban New York. Three-time Bass Master qualifier Pete Gluszek takes on Mike as his partner in the Hudson River Bass Tournament, fishing worms and jigs for Largemouth.
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Mike De Avila likes to keep things simple on Lunkerville, casting little baits for bass on calm lakes and rarely venturing out beyond the waves. In this episode, salty dogs from around the east coast are on hand to get our host his sea legs back. First up the show heads out to Mike’s home water of New York Harbour where Joey Leggio’s catching ‘Fluke’ on a high-low jigging rig. Tim Rushing is in Cabbage Key Florida, fishing under the submerged docks for big Snook with live Grunts. Rich Zaleski’s back on the show, fishing brackish waters for hard fighting winter Striped Bass in Connecticut. Last up, we head back out on the Harbour with Joey, where he shares his secret spot absolutely loaded with fish.
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In another compilation episode of Lunkerville, host Mike De Avila visits some old friends to find out how effective fishing from small boats can really be. Marty the lunker-boss is tossing spinner baits for ginormous Bass in an NYC reservoir. Jerome Simms makes a return, this time trolling soft plastic baits from his unique foldable boat for Smallmouth and Perch in New York State. Oliver Hughes is on the prowl for Largemouth in North Carolina, slinging stick baits and top-water poppers from his special made kayak. Finally, ‘Jighead’ Ronnie choses a classic rowboat to seek out bucket mouthed Bass on his favourite springtime venue.
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In this episode of Lunkerville, Mike De Avila’s out to prove that you don't need a boat to enjoy the beautiful, cheap and effective fishing that the United States has to offer. First up to prove that point is Jeremiah Lowe, who’s on hand to help Mike catch Largemouth Bass right in the centre of Brooklyn on plastic worm baits. In another world, Mark White’s testing out his homemade ceramic lures on some Smallmouth Bass in the clear blue waterfalls of Hawaii. Debbie and Nathalie return in search of Snook at their beachfront Paradise in Naples, Florida. Fish whisperer Ray Scully’s finessing small grub baits for Creek Smallmouth in the Hudson Valley of New York State.
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There’s no dispute among Bass anglers as to which member of the species fights the hardest, so in this episode of Lunkerville, Mike De Avila and the Lunkers travel around the states in search of Smallmouth Bass. Paul Ritchie’s jerking for early spring Bronze Bass at a small lake in West Chester County, New York. Noel ‘No Good’ Goode is real good at jigging spoons for smallies on Lake Eerie outside of Buffalo. Lunker girl Stacey tries out her shakey head lures for Fall Creek smallies on the Hudson River. Finally, reservoir dog Vick Vega is swimming a grub on a spider head in the New York City watersheds.
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In this episode of Lunkerville, Mike De Avila showcases America’s most popular freshwater sport fish, the Largemouth Bass. The folks from Lunkerville are here to prove just how easy and fun it is to catch these aggressive little predators. Nfl quarterback Kevin Kolb has some great sport with crank baits close to shore in Texas. Captain Dean throws creature baits among the reeds on the Saint Lawrence River in New York. Nearby, Big Dennis Garibaldi teaches Mike his power drop shot method on his favourite lake. Finally, famous outdoors writer Rich Zaleski’s chasing pre-spawn fish on a small Connecticut pond, which he quickly finds out contains Bass of massive proportions.
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Host Mike De Avila celebrates the little things in this episode of Lunkerville, as he joins the anglers that love chasing panfish. Whether it’s Perch, Bass, Crappie, Walleye or Pike, a panfish is simply any catch that can fit in a frying pan, the kind of stuff we all grew up catching. First up, Jerome Simms chases multiple species on swimbaits from the boat on Rockland Lake, New York. Lifelong pals Ron and Dave scare off a skunk with a panfish party on Atwood Lake in Ohio. Back in New York state, we check back in with fisher mom Susan and daughter Celeste jigging for urban river Bass. Finally, Mike Cusano proves you can catch every species with just one killer lure over on Oneida Lake.
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In this special episode of Lunkerville, Mike De Avila travels around the country learning from the women that love the sport of fishing. First up, Mike travels to Amelie Island in Florida, where Katie Corgiat’s hosting a fishing trip for her friends chasing Redfish and Sea Trout close to shore. Up the coast in Naples, Debbie and Nathalie teach Mike how to dodge stingrays and Fish for Snook in the surf. Far north in up-state New York, ‘Fisher Mom’ Susan and her daughter Celeste jig for Smallmouth on the urban rivers. Finally, we join famous Canadian angler Heather Kuntz, who shares her secret swimbait techniques for catching big Bass in Minto, Ontario.
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In this special season finale episode of Maximum Limit fishing with Maxim Bloudov, we take a look back at some of the best moments from this year’s fishing in the Northwestern Territories of remote Canada. Whether it’s huge surprise Inconnu on the Yellowknife River, ancient Lake Trout at the Namushka Lodge, or record-breaking Whitefish at the Wilderness Resort, fishing with Maxim always delivers. This season is a perfect exhibition of the true wilderness that still exists in this part of the world, and the unbelievable sport fishing to be had. Stay tuned for season 5!
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In this big fish instalment of the Maximum Limit Fishing show, host Maxim Bloudov and Erika Nyyssonen return to the Namushka Lodge to try out some flatline spooning for trophy sized Lake Trout. It’s autumn in the Northwestern territories of Canada and the Trout of Harding Lake are moving into the shallows to spawn. As Maxim and Erika approach the flats, they spot several old lakers over the monumental 30-pound mark, and the excitement begins to build. After trolling their way past a few nuisance jack Pike, both anglers hook up with some world class Trout.
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Host Maxim Bloudov returns to Harding Lake in this episode of Maximum Limit Fishing, hunting out Pike and Pickerel in the remote Northwestern territories of Canada. Maxim’s once again joined by friend Erika Nyyssonen, who visited Namushka lodge with him and Danny back in June in search of Pickerel, a close relative of the Pike. The pair go straight to a hole where they caught the last time, but the fish have moved on, so they head for a line of bubbles close to shore that indicates a concentration of bait. It doesn’t take much time of trolling and jigging with soft plastics before the fish begin to reveal themselves…
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In this episode of Maximum Limit Fishing, host Maxim Bloudov goes downrigging for Lake Trout on the remote Harding Lake. Bordering the famous Namushka lodge, Harding Lake is only accessible by floatplane, making it one of the most remote fishing lodges on the planet. It’s September, so as the Trout begin to spawn, Maxim and friend Erika Nyyssonen line up the boat to troll along the shallow shoreline. After a few quick bites, the pair soon realise that the fish are hugging tight to the boulders and structures, so an adjustment of course soon has the lines tight! As the boat fills up with fish, Maxim cleans his catch and fries up some breaded Trout right there on the boat…It doesn’t get any more Canadian!
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Maxim Bloudov sets himself a challenge in this episode of Maximum Limit Fishing, trying for a Pike, Walleye and Lake Trout grand slam in the Northwestern Territories of remote Canada. Back on the home water of Blachford Lake at the Wilderness Resort, Maxim and friend Pete Brunette set out to net five fish of each species with three different methods by the end of the session. After quickly bagging up on Lake Trout by trolling with the downriggers, the pair locate a pod of fish in a deep hole close to shore. Casting small jigs and spinners, Pike and Walleye of huge sizes come on the attack!
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Maxim Bloudov heads back to Canada’s Yellowknife River for this episode of Maximum Limit Fishing, fishing for trophy sized Whitefish. It’s September, which means spawning season in the Northwestern Territories, so Maxim and friend Erika Nyysonen head for the shallow bays on the river where the fish lay their eggs. Spinning and bobber fishing with egg replicas quickly brings Whitefish and Lake Trout to the boat, but as a massive Pike steals Maxim’s prize catch at the last moment, they quickly realise they’re not the only ones hunting in these spawning grounds. At the end of the day, the one time Maxim doesn’t bring his scales, he catches a Whitefish of what he thinks might be record proportions.
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Once again fishing the Northwestern Territories of remote Canada, host Maxim Bloudov is searching out big Pike and Walleye on the mighty Mackenzie River in this episode of Maximum Limit Fishing. Joined by friend and new fisher Erika Nyysonen, the pair hit the water looking for bait sholes. As one of the biggest rivers in North America, the Mackenzie is also one of the deepest, so vertical jigging with heavy soft plastics is the best way to get down to where these predators hunt. After spotting Seagulls feeding on the surface, Maxim and Erika can barely get their rods in the water without catching one of these massive Pike and Walleye.
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Maxim Bloudov and the Maximum Limit Fishing crew are back chasing Lake Trout in this episode, trolling lures on the mighty Blachford Lake. It’s moving into summer in the Northwestern territories of Canada, so the waters around the Wilderness Lodge are starting to warm up. As the Trout push deeper in the water, Maxim and Pete break out the downriggers to troll lures across the bottom. As the boat approaches an underwater ridge, the duo locate a massive pod of fish, and the fishing becomes all too easy. When the conditions are this good in the remote reaches of Canada, it’s hard to imagine a better place to fish.
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Host Maxim Bloudov’s on another big fish lake in this episode of Maximum Limit Fishing, looking for Pike and Lake Trout on lures. Maxim’s still staying at the Namushka Lodge deep in the Northwestern Territories of Canada, this time fishing right out from the dock on Harding Lake. It’s summer now, but the water’s still freezing cold, so friend Danny Weissenberger is again on hand to help with fishing the downriggers. Maxim covers how to use these complex deep water trolling systems, and quickly proves how effective they are in catching these big wild Trout. Before the sun sets, the boys head for a shallow weedy bay, where the flat calm conditions make for incredible sport fishing top water lures for Pike.
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Once again exploring the remote Lakes of the north western territories of Canada, host Maxim Bloudov visits the Blachford Lake Lodge in search of Walleye and Pike. Not far from Maxim’s home of Yellowknife, Blachford is one of the thousands of lakes in the area filled huge predatory fish. Joined by friend Pete Brunette, the duo hit the Lake early to look for schooling fish. Walleyes are sensitive to light, so the boys troll the shore where the wind is blowing looking for deeper holes where these fish like to hunt. After constant frustration with small jack Pike, the chosen quarry soon begins to make an appearance…
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Host Maxim Bloudov is back in the northern territories of remote Canada for this episode of Maximum Limit Fishing, this time looking for deep water Walleye on lures. Namushka lodge near the town of Yellowknife is as secluded a fishing location as anyone could wish for. Harding Lake is at last warming up after a cold winter, so Maxim’s friend Dan Weissenberger joins the party for a little friendly competition. Using different approaches of jigging and trolling, the boys quickly get hooked up with some good-sized fish. This is remote Canada, so fish means food. Back at the lodge, after a quick lesson in fish gutting, the crew serve up everyone favourite treat…deep friend Walleye cheeks!
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The fishing gets crazy in this episode of Maximum Limit Fishing, as host Maxim Bloudov goes creek fishing for Pike in the Northern Territories of Canada. After a great session on the Yellowknife, Maxim pushes north to Duck Creek, a small shallow tributary of the river known to be a breeding ground for predators. Pulling up, he notices clouds of minnows breaking the surface and the underwater camera confirms swarms of Pike laying in wait. The regular jigging techniques start getting too easy, so Maxim pulls out the fly rod for some of the best sport an angler could hope for.
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This episode kicks off a brand-new season of Maximum Limit Fishing, as Canadian master angler Maxim Bloudov goes looking for big Predators in the Northwest territories. It’s May, and while the big lakes are still frozen over, the Yellowknife River has finally thawed out ready for fishing. The water’s still Ice cold, which means fat fish and hard fights, so Maxim breaks out the light Jigging gear to make things a little more interesting! Drifting through Yellowknife Bay, the small Pike and Whitefish are coming thick and fast, but Maxim gets the ultimate surprise when a rare monster Inconnu or ‘coney’ fish takes the line.
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In this episode of Fishing Road Trip USA, Paul Young samples two very different ways of fishing in the capital state of Maryland. Out of Fort Washington Marina, a mere casting distance from the White House, Captain Tim puts Paul onto a trophy sized Potomac River Blue Catfish. Deep out in the west, the clear and beautiful Savage River offers a chance at some dry fly stalking for big Brown and Brook Trout. Guide Harold talks us through his refined theories on imitating natural insects with his fly collection, but will it be enough to tempt these clever fish?
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Paul continues his travels north in this episode of Fishing Road Trip USA, as he hunts out two very different species of bass in rural Virginia. First up is a bucket list species for Paul and Captain Cathy is just the person to find it for him. The crew join her in the early hours on a pitch-black Smith’s Mountain Lake. With fresh live bait in the well, it’s not long before these big fish make their way to the boat. Over in the town of Roanoke, guide Sam subjects Paul to some rough water rafting; the only way to get to the pristine Smallmouth Bass that live in the beautiful New River.
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The next Leg of Paul’s east coast adventure has him in North Carolina, where he explores the waters around Morehead City in pursuit of Redfish, Blue Fish and every other colour of fish, in another episode of Fishing Road Trip USA. With not a cloud on the sky, the crew join Captain Dave, a legend in the backwater fishing scene. Greeted by miles of bays and estuaries, Paul enjoys exciting action jigging for Redfish and Bluefish on light tackle. Up towards the town of Oriental, Captain Gary knows some good spots for speckled Sea Trout. When the action proves slow, Paul pulls out his trusty fly rod and suddenly catches a fish most fly anglers would never dream to encounter.
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In this episode of Fishing Roadtrip USA, Paul doubles back and travels east to South Carolina in search of Redfish, Speckled Sea Trout and Blue Catfish. Out near Mount Pleasant, skipper Rick takes Paul on a tour of the ancient docks that border the miles of waterways in Carolina, docks that provide shelter for big, predatory Redfish and Trout. After great sport on light spinning tackle, Captain Don Graham brings Paul out to the canal connecting Lake Marion, where Blue Catfish grow big and hungry in the shallow, muddy water.
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Paul young’s off to spring break in this episode of Fishing Road Trip USA, sampling the best of angling around Daytona Beach, Florida. After chatting with the local anglers, the crew head to Tomoka State Park, where local fishing legend Kit Gibbons puts his decades of experience to work on the gator infested natural canals. There’s certainly Redfish in the area, but Paul and Kit aren’t the only ones with dinner on their mind. Frustrated, the crew drive back to Daytona beach, where the offshore King mackerel fishing is booming. Finally, Paul goes back to basics with local angler Joanne, dropping a simple pole and worm off the jetty for mullet in the backwaters of the old south.
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After a great day out in the keys, Paul Young heads inland in this episode of Fishing Road Trip USA to another historical spot for American anglers; the Everglades. Everglades City just suffered a beatdown from Hurricane Wilma, but local skipper Captain Jerry remains confident. The crew head out to the bay of 10,000 islands, where Speckled Sea Trout and Snook can be found patrolling the shallow water beneath the mangroves. The action comes thick and fast, before a surprise species takes the bait, one that skipper Jerry has never seen in the everglades. Finally, Paul heads to nearby lake Okeechobee, where Captain Angie gets him into some all-American Largemouth Bass.
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In this final episode of 10 Ridiculous Ways to Fish, Finnish anglers Ismo Apell, Ville Haapasalo and Janne Kapylehto pull out all the stops to put an end to the series. Armed with rods and chainsaws, Janne gets to work on their greatest accomplishment yet, a spinning ice carousel worthy of Disneyland from which they can troll lures. After a crowd gathers to witness the insanity, Ville decides to enter their trusty ice boat in a downhill sledding competition. At the finish line, Janne, Ismo and Ville take the time to look back at some of the weirdest creations from the series.
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Hosts Ismo Apell and Ville Haapasalo take their pursuit into the water in this episode of 10 Ridiculous Ways to Fish, as they receive their first lesson in cold water Scuba Diving with a twist. While Janne works on a secret project behind doors, friend and scuba fanatic Jani joins the cause. After a quick instructional and snow clearing session, the crew suit up and hit the lakebed armed with rods and reels. When the fishing proves difficult, they turn their attention downward and find themselves an unlikely prize worth even more than fish soup.
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The fishing is proving difficult so far in this series of 10 Ridiculous Ways to Fish, so Ismo Apell, Ville Haapasalo and Janne Kapylehto decide to see if a little friendly competition will provide the necessary inspiration. In an effort to finally catch a fish for Ville’s Russian Ukha soup, the boys employ an army of robotic drones and homemade jet ski’s to make it out to the fishing spot. When all hope looks lost, Janne feels a tug on the end of the line, and it only makes sense to celebrate with a freezing cold swim.
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Hosts Ismo Apell, Ville Haapasalo and Janne Kapylehto try getting up close and personal with their intended quarry in this episode of 10 Ridiculous Ways to Fish, as they once again go in search of supper in the frozen lakes of northern Finland. Still in the middle of a freezing ice storm, it takes a lot to brave the elements of this Finnish winter, so as a thank you for his sacrifices through the series, Janne and Ismo construct Ville the ultimate salvagers survival suit. Once fully protected, Ville can jump into the sub-zero water where the fish of the day are waiting to be caught.
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Hosts Ismo Apell, Ville Haapasalo and Janne Kapylehto are feeling the frustration in this episode of 10 Ridiculous Ways to Fish, so they try their hand at boat fishing on the ice. It’s been a long winter in Finland, and the boys are missing the ease of the summer angling. It seems the only thing to do when the lake is frozen with three feet of ice...is take out the ice. Once the makeshift river is finished, the boat is ready to set sail and Ville’s bouillabaisse seafood soup is within reach.
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There’s a brutal snowstorm in northern Finland, so Ismo Apell, Ville Haapasalo and Janne Kapylehto come up with a slightly warmer way of catching dinner in this episode of 10 Ridiculous Ways to Fish. The topic of the day is renewable materials, so after a trip to the recycling centre our hosts put together three ecological contraptions of drainpipes and tents to try and trap a Mackerel. Ecuadorian encebollado soup usually requires deep sea Tuna, but the boys will take whatever they can get. Once the traps are set, it’s back to the revolving sauna for a little whisky while the fish come on the feed.
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Hosts Ismo Apell, Ville Haapasalo and Janne Kapylehto take passive fishing to new heights in this episode of 10 Ridiculous Ways to Fish, as they merge the two great Scandinavian traditions of fishing and saunas. After awaking from a night of drinking on a frozen river boat, the boys have a craving for Norwegian fish soup. It seems the only option is cut a huge hole in the ice, strap on a bicycle and create a rotating, steam heated fishing hut. Ville once again gets the short end of the stick and jumps into the icy water to add some swim power to the contraption. Perhaps the extra rotation will bring a fish to the bank? Perhaps these guys are a lost cause…
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Finnish anglers Ismo Apell, Ville Haapasalo and Janne Kapylehto take ridiculous to the next level in this episode of 10 Ridiculous Ways to Fish, as they create the ultimate modern day fish trap to target Zander beneath the ice. As yet unsuccessful, Ville has his heart set on a Thai zander ‘Tom Yum’ soup for dinner, so the crew need to pull out all the stops. Out of the workshop comes a prototype for a musical fish trap unlike anything else. A combination of manpower and bicycle power feeds the underwater disco, which Ismo, Ville and Janne hope will draw spawning Zander to the trap from around the lake as they lay back in their makeshift hot tub. It looks like they’ve finally lost their minds…
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Finnish anglers Ismo Apell, Ville Haapasalo and Janne Kapylehto are back on the ice in this episode of 10 Ridiculous Ways to Fish, as they come up with their own unique way of catching Whitefish from a frozen lake in northern Finland. The Spring has come, but the ice is still thick up north, so the boys decide to put their own spin on a local method of fish stalking. After arriving to their chosen spot on one of Ville’s old relic snowmobiles, they construct a makeshift periscope, allowing Ismo to lay face down on the Ice to search for fish below…
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In this premiere episode of 10 Ridiculous Ways to Fish, Finnish anglers Ismo Apell, Ville Haapasalo and Janne Kapylehto face trials and tribulations in search of subsurface Grayling on a frozen lake. In this special winter edition, the unforgiving nature of the cold Finland wilderness is on full display. To even make it out of the house, Janne, Ismo and Ville must jump in an old warrior of a 4x4 from Janne’s garage. When even that struggles to get to the lake, the boys work through the night creating a Frankenstein’s monster machine capable of working in the icy conditions. But the problems don’t stop there. Upon arrival, the crew quickly discover the ice is too thick to be drilled by hand…
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In this instalment of Urban Fishing, expert predator angler Ant Glascoe Jr. is back in his hometown fishing lures on the River Irwell, searching out that big Manchester Pike that eluded him in the last episode. He begins in the grimy centre of Salford, casting beneath the graffiti covered bridges and weirs he fished as a young boy. Ant explains how to stay mobile when fishing lures on these big rivers, constantly moving between structures and pools to locate these wily predators. Once again, drama strikes as Ant’s girlfriend goes into labour in the middle of a promising session. However, once the dust settles, he returns to a beautiful stretch of river two weeks later and finally gets the opportunity he’s been looking for. This episode proves that no matter where you are or what obstacles you face, there’s always a fish to be caught!
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In this final episode of The River Duel, Lasse Pauhe and Kimmo Puosi put it all on the line to catch the final all-important Salmon from the Torne River in Swedish Lapland. The Torne is known for its huge runs of Salmon, so it’s the perfect place to settle the score. Lasse and Kimmo pull out all the stops and head for the lower reaches, where the depth and width of this huge river can hold thousands of Salmon at one time. The scores are close and one fish could decide the outcome of an entire season of competitive fishing. Finally, Kimmo hooks into perhaps the Torne’s most acrobatic Salmon, but it only counts if it makes it to the net!
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Kimmo Puosi and Lasse Pauhe brave the elements in this episode of The River Duel, as they fish for Rainbow Trout, Sea Trout, Salmon and Pike on the Kokemaenjoki River in Finland. The water is low but oxygenated by the rain, which means the fish are more compact and hopefully easier to catch. Sticking with the lure trolling approach to cover water, the boys head for a new fishing spot, the Arantilakoski Rapids. After the Rainbow Trout come on the feed, Lasse is still trailing behind in the competition. He’s hoping for miracle, perhaps catching two fish on the same hook could even the scoreboard?...
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In this episode of The River Duel, Lasse Pauhe and Kimmo Puosi share the boat with some special guests, doubling down to catch Sea Trout and Rainbow Trout on the Kokemaenjoki River in Finland. It’s the end of May, which means it’s prime time for Sea Trout on the Kokemaenjoki. Kimmo is currently in the lead with a 2-0 score, so Lasse is praying his single fly approach can outfish kimmo’s team of 16 lures! After little success in the morning, local fishing newbies Anne and Maria join the cause. Soon after, Anne quickly proves that the women’s touch in fishing is just as real as they say.
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In this episode of The River Duel, Lasse Pauhe and Kimmo Puosi go all out to achieve their goal of a big Finnish Salmon on the fly, as they visit the Kalix River rapids. After missed opportunities on the Torne River, our hosts travel north to employ the expertise of their friend and local expert Joonas. The Kalix has been producing fresh fish thick and fast, so before they cast out, Joonas gives a tour of his secret weapon fly box. In perhaps the sketchiest fishing spot on the river, stood on top of a tumbling waterfall, the boys finally get the fishing session they’ve been dreaming of.
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Lasse Pauhe and Kimmo Puosi are back on the banks of the Torne River in Svanstein, Lapland for this episode of The River duel, fly fishing for big Finnish Salmon. Before the duo begin their competition, they visit the sonic Salmon counter near the Korpiksoki Dam. Here they witness some of the 100,000 Salmon that run the river each year, some of which reach close to 1.5 metres long! Encouraged by their findings, Lasse and Kimmo decided to fish directly upstream of the counter in the Korpiksoki rapids, this time ditching the usual lure trolling for a traditional fly fishing approach from the bank.
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Lasse Pauhe and Kimmo Puosi leave their usual stomping ground in this episode of The River Duel and travel to Svanstein, Lapland, competing for an Atlantic Salmon from the Torne River. Known as one of the most productive Salmon rivers in Europe, The Torne see’s runs of over 100,000 Salmon every year through its 400 kilometres of water. Trolling teams of lures behind rowing boats creates a good chance at one of these silver travellers, but can Kimmo and Lasse make it through the Pike, Perch and Ide to hook into the real prize? Not long into the trip, tensions begin to rise…
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In this episode of The River Duel, Kimmo Puosi and Lasse Pauhe enter the next leg of their fishing competition on Finland’s Kokemaenjoki River, trolling and fly fishing for Chub, Asp and Sea Trout. As the new day begins, Lasse and Kimmo face their demons of the previous evening when a monster Sea Trout slips the net. Not deterred, Kimmo heads out to once again troll lures behind the boat, while Lasse opts for a more delicate spey fly fishing approach from the boat jetty. After a very competitive session with Chub and Asp, the competitors host a fish cookout for the Kokemaenjoki locals.
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In this episode of The River Duel, Lasse Pauhe and Kimmo Puosi are back on the Kokemaenjoki River in Finland to settle some unfinished business, fishing for Rainbow Trout, Sea Trout, Chub and Asp. It’s part two of Kimmo and Lasse’s lure fishing competition and this time the river is in perfect condition. The water is lower, which means more fishing spots, more fishing time, and hopefully more fish! While there’s plenty of Trout and Chub still to be caught, the boys have some extra species they need to tick of the list; Sea Trout and the lesser known Asp. After hours of perseverance, something heavier takes the lure…
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This season premiere episode of ‘Kilpailu Joella’; The River Duel sees Finnish anglers Lasse Pauhe and Kimmo Puosi compete to catch Rainbow Trout on the Kokemaenjoki River. Setting out on traditional Laplandic rowing boats, each man puts his trust in his own small self-made wobbler lures. Both are adopting a somewhat unusual method to better their chances of landing these fat river Trout. By fixing multiple rods, each with multiple lures to the boat and rowing up and down the swims, Lasse and Kimmo can each fish up to eight lures at a time. Both men are confident, but who will take home the crown?
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In this instalment of Urban Fishing, expert predator angler, Ant Glascoe Jnr shows us some of the great lure fishing to be found in his hometown of Manchester. He starts on a small lake in the middle of a housing estate that he used to fish as a kid and knows to hold some good Pike. As its mid summer and with a fair bit of weed growth, Ant's explains that his preferred tactics are to use are weedless frogs and rats here, skipping them in and out of the lily pads and making plenty of commotion. The Pike soon wake up and he gets some aggressive follows and takes. Disaster strikes that evening as the film crew's car is broken into and Ant loses a huge box of lures so its off to a local tackle shop in the am where the owner kindly lends Ant some more. He heads to Salford Quays and finds some action in the myriad of canals and waterways with some lively Perch on ultra light tackle. This is a great insight into the marvelous fishing available in the city if you're prepared to look.
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In this episode of The New Fly Fisher, hosts Colin Mckeown and Bill Spicer fly out to Northern Ontario for some spring Pike and Walleye fishing on the fly. Hosted by Hearst Air, the pair have access to countless remote outposts and pristine Lakes across thousands of square miles of wilderness. The lake chosen is Napkin Lake, which Bill and Colin are lucky enough to have all to themselves. While peaceful, this makes for a challenge in finding out where the fish are feeding, how deep they are and what flies they're likely to rise to. Nonetheless, both men soon find themselves attached to big, Canadian predators in excess of 25 pounds.
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Keen fisher Jenna Mckeown is back in Saskatchewan, North Western Canada in search of modern day dinosaurs, big aggressive Northern Pike on the fly, for another episode of The New Fly Fisher. The boundless wilderness, majestic wildlife and peaceful serenity of rural Canada make the Cree River Lodge an anglers paradise. It’s the sheer size of the Pike however that make the area famous, growing to gargantuan sizes well in excess of 20 pounds. Drifting boats along the shallow weed beds of Wapata Lake, guide Dwayne Cromarty puts Jenna onto Pike so aggressive they have no problem going airborne in pursuit of a lure. This fishing is insane!
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In this episode of The New Fly Fisher, host Phil Rowley goes deep into Northern Saskatchewan, Canada to try for big Northern Pike and Lake Trout on the fly from Scott Lake. Only accessible by float plane, Scott Lake Lodge sits in picture perfect Canadian Wilderness, a fisherman's wet dream. Phil learns tactics from some of the country’s most experienced guides such as Mike Demyen, Paul Hamilton and Greg Hamm, who begin by taking him along the shallow bays for some exhilarating, visual, surface Pike fishing. After some great sport, the team head for deeper water, stripping big lures for even bigger Lake Trout. From the fishing, to the scenery, to the people, this episode is quintessentially Canadian.
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In this episode Paul enjoys two completely different trolling sessions. In the first half he's on Loch Awe, Argyllshire in the heart of Scotland where he teams up with expert troller John Douglas. John uses lures and spinners for wild Atlantic Salmon and Paul not only picks up a few nice fish but also tips on how best to succeed. In the second half Paul travels to County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland, and still trolling, sets out in the company of Andy Nicholson in search of big Upper Lough Erne Pike.
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This time Paul heads to Esthwaite Water in the beautiful Lake District of Cumbria in search of double figure Pike. He teams up with local guide, Dave Coleman and together they begin using a variety of conventional lures and jigs. Then to make things a bit more interesting, Dave suggests they try for a Pike on the fly. Dave seems to know what he's doing and helps Paul connect with a few lunkers in the 20lbs plus range.
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Badenoch and Strathspey in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, is an area famous for Salmon and Trout, but Paul has arrived here on the hunt for Highland Pike, which can be found in many of its lochs. To help him in this endeavour, he once again teams up with Dominic Moore on Loch Alvie where Dominic shows Paul a whole variety of methods that can be used to catch the king of predators. It proves to be a good partnership and the day produces many double-figured fish.
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Paul is in Michigan State in America, where, Ron J. Spittler takes him Bass fishing. This sporting species has become an institution in America with over 20 million devotees’ nationwide, one of which is Ron. He’s one of the top tournament Bass fishermen and is keen to prove to Paul that Bass are definitely worth catching. Bass are found everywhere and as Paul soon finds out, when you start catching them; it’s hard to stop. Lake St Clair is teeming with Smallmouth as well as Largemouth Bass. This is just a little bit of the crazy world of Bass fishing in the United States of America.
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It’s mid August and Paul visits the beautiful tree lined River Ness in Invernesshire, to fly fish for Atlantic salmon. With bright sunshine and high water river conditions fly fishing is far from simple and nothing is caught. So, as evening approaches, it’s on with the spinning tackle, which to Paul’s delight accounts for a handsome early autumn salmon. In part 2 it’s something completely different as Paul heads even further north to Loch Garve in Wester Ross to fish for pike with Dominic Moore, a pike fanatic form Essex. Dominic, who now lives in Scotland, is convinced the new British record pike will come from these northern lochs and he has all the equipment needed to catch the big one, including high tech bait launchers, hand held digital depth sounders and mercury switch bite alarms!
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On the shores of Lough Furnace near Newport, County Mayo Paul teams up with well-known fish scientist and fanatical angler Dr Ken Whelan, who along with his team of specialists runs the Burrishoole salmon research agency of Ireland. After a whirlwind look at the agency facilities it’s time to set off for some lough fly fishing for Salmon. But after only a few Trout have been caught in the bright, windless conditions, a change of tactics is called for. So Ken offers to take Paul to one of his secret little loughs for a spot of fly-fishing for Pike, which turns out to be a great success, with lots of surface action, fly caught Pike and even Perch.
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Paul Young goes fishing for big predatory Trout and Pike in this episode of Hooked, in the wild and beautiful Scottish Highlands. First stop is the renowned Loch Awe, the home of almost every British record for the first species on the list, the illusive Ferox Trout. A massive brownie turned cannibal; these monsters have been known to grow in excess of 30 pounds. Paul’s ghillie for the day, Alistair ‘Aya’ Thorne, knows this only too well. British record holder of the time, Aya is a founding member of the Ferox 85, a group of scientists dedicated to catching and studying the species. After fly fishing the River Don of Aberdeenshire for spring Brown Trout, the show travels to another famous Loch, Loch Lomond in search of big Pike. This episode gives a look at the expansive beauty of the Scottish Highlands, and the monsters that lurk beneath.
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On his trip to West Argyll, Paul begins by fishing on the River Fyne for salmon. Then on to beautiful Loch Awe to explore its potential for pike. The programme also includes shots of the then new British brown trout record, a magnificent specimen of just under 20lbs.
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Paul sets off to discover the great variety of fishing available in Loch Lomond, perhaps Scotland's best known loch. The Loch holds a variety of Coarse species, plus salmon Trout and Pike. In fact, it holds the Scottish Pike record, with a fish of 47lbs caught in 1945. Paul meets up with Pike fishing expert Mike Maules, and they make an early start heading out on Mike's boat and getting 4 bait rods out. After a slow start, they finally get a run and after a tough fight, Mike lands a lovely 12lb fish. Game angling on the loch is controlled by the Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association so Paul meets some of their members to discover just how the fishing works and the best way to fish it.
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Paul is in Northern Ireland in this episode and meets up with Alan Hanna who is to introduce Paul to the world of fly fishing for Pike. After Alan has shown Paul his set up and the type of flies they'll be using, they head out on Lough Erne in County Fermanagh. Drifting along the bank and stripping back the large lures pays dividends for Paul as he lands a sprightly Pike on the fly. The action is short lived though so they decide to try a different lake the following day and try a small lake that Allan knows on the Blessingbourne Estate. Having found an area here Pike are holding, Alan shows exactly how its done, landing several Pike in quick succession. In the second part of the show, Alan has Paul scaling down a rock face on St Johns Point in County Donegal, in order to access a cracking sea fishing mark where they hope to tempt some Pollak on the fly. Again Alan talks through the set up and flies before they both start casting into the choppy water. Alan gets into a fish and not long after Paul breaks his duck and lands a Pollack too. The day isn't done yet though as Alan lands a couple of bigger Pollack that put up a strong fight.
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Simon has decided to try something new, and has put the Carp rods away this time. Its December and having only caught one Pike before, really fancies having a proper go at it so joins Savage Gear Pro, Robbie Northman on Billingford Lakes in Norfolk for a 24hr tutorial. After picking up the casting pretty quickly, Simon's enjoying this active style of fishing lures, which is in complete contrast to his usual Carp fishing. Robbie teaches Simon how to break down a swim into sections so its easy to cover the water effectively. Robbie then shows how its done as he stealthily creeps down the bank and casts gently into a likely looking spot, and nicks out a 10lb plus fish. Simon has the Carp rods out overnight but to no avail and in the morning, gets in the van and heads to their next location in Cambridgeshire this time, meeting Robbie in Benwick. They start with some dropshotting under a lovely old bridge on the river Nene. Moving downstream they get the lures out and Simon has a follow from a nice Pike, but it refuses his lure. The rain comes at lunchtime which colours the water a little and Robbie thinks this will help their chances. He's proved right as he hooks and lands another nice sized Pike in the afternoon. Its not to be for Simon today but he's learnt a lot and is full of confidence as his visits Heybridge Basin on his own a few weeks later, but will this solo Pike mission prove successful?
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Western Australia isn't the first place you'd think of for Trout, but in the South West of WA, is Waroona Dam, which is stocked with both Brown and Rainbow Trout providing an interesting change from the saltwater fishing. Nick starts by trolling along a tree lined bank and soon gets into a couple of small yearling Rainbow Trout. Moving up to the dam area he then finds a good sized Rainbow on a Rapala lure which looks very similar to a small trout. After taking a break to show us the various lures he favours for these trout he continues fishing. Trolling around 3.5kph seems to bring consistent results throughout the day, despite the bright weather. The following day, Nick makes an early start and is soon into the fish again rounding off the trip with a succession of hard fighting Rainbows.
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In this episode of Fishing In Uzbekistan, the show travels deep into the desert to fish for predatory Zander on Lake Sichankul. The trip coincides with the grand Bukhara Silk and Spices Festival taking place across Uzbekistan, allowing the crew the chance to experience the rich history of this unique country. Far away from the festivities, hidden from human view in the lifeless Kashkadarya region lies the Sichankul oasis, home to all manner of sporting fish and wildlife. Using bottom bait techniques, the group search for the trophy Zander that thrive here. Fishing through burning sun, sandstorms, and tarantulas, it becomes obvious how much the Uzbeks value this lake and its treasures.
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In this episode of Fishing In Uzbekistan, the show travels to Lake Tudakul to fish for feisty Snakehead. The adventure begins at the architectural wonder of the Poi Kalyan in Bukhara, a prime example of the underappreciated beauty of Uzbekistan. Pushing out into the desert, we come across the clear waters of Lake Tudakul. Upon arrival the group realises that the lake has just been drained to water the surrounding crops, making fishing difficult. Nevertheless, with a few wise words from local veterans, the surface soon erupts with hungry snakehead bites. Catching these small Snakehead on spinning tackle is fun, but our host want a bigger prize, so he goes in search of deeper pockets of water where he knows the monsters will be hiding.
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Its the Lunkerville Christmas special and Mike is reflecting on a tough year for everyone and how fishing has provided some respite from all the depressing news that we have endured. There's some expert ice fishing tactics and tips using the Deeper fishfinder as well as a look back to Mike's trip to a Lake Champlain where huts are positioned on the ice and anglers sit around, fish and drink beer with some home comforts. We also visit some of Mike's viewers in Colorado and Canada who also show off their ice fishing skills.
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Mike D celebrates families who fish together in this episode. He looks back at some of the families he's met over the years who share their leisure time together out on the water. First up he enjoys some Crappie fishing with the Daddio family aboard their boat on Lake Candlewood in Connecticut. Next up, Clay and Cindy Roberts from Colorado, introduce Mike to fly fishing, something he's never tried before. After some initial casting tuition, he goes out on their boat and hooks and lands his first fly caught Rainbow Trout. Next he's ouut with Bass fishing fanatics Kaz and Isumi Ota on Lake Hopatcong in New Jersey, before ending the show out with the Vargo family on Lincoln Pond in New Jersey.
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Mike looks back at some of the incredible kids he's met over years through Lunkerville, who have impressed with their passion for fishing and their angling skills. In fact, quite a few of them have taught Mike some great tips too as you'll find out. Most of all though, Mike just shows how inspiring these keen young anglers can be and how important it is that encourage more of them to take up fishing and enjoy the outdoors.
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This episode features some of the best bits of Mike D fishing in his native New York and showing how you can find some great fishing on your doorstep if you're willing to look hard enough. There's the well known section when he meets up with a New York Post journalist and successfully catches a Bass in Central Park as well as other features where he meets up with local New York anglers and Lunkerville fans and fishes with them in their hotspots.
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Keith and Rae meet up on one of Rae's favourite stretches of the Great Ouse in an area he knows holds plenty of Pike. Its a cold morning and as Keith sets up a rod with a dead bait, whilst Rae decides on a mobile approach seeking out some likely looking spots with his lure rod. Rae finds some small Pike immediately, but the dead bait rod isn't working yet so Keith joins Rae in some lure fishing. Wandering the banks, they meet a local club member, Darren who has is into a fantastic Pike and Keith helps him by netting a cracking twenty pounder. In the second part of this show, Keith arranges for them to meet up with former Tight Lines colleague and fellow Talk Sport presenter, Nigel Botherway, Nigel is an avid Pike angler and has got them onto Orchard Lake in Oxfordshire, a renowned Carp fishery, it is rarely fished for Pike but Nigel knows its a real haven for them. Again the 3 anglers split up, trying a mixture of dead bait and lure methods to find the fish. Plenty of Pike start showing up but can they find a specimen?
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Wade fishes a new lake and uses his instincts to start a drift downwind and throw a Jerk Bait. He gets some instant success with a nice Largemouth before the bites dry up. Wade switches to a slow sinking hard bait which he's never fished before but likes the look of it. It seems to be working well as he quickly gets into some fish proving that trying new things can sometimes pay off. This Spy Bait from Spro, seems to wiggle as it falls through the water column and it appears to be the action the fish are attracted to. Wade ends the show by  talking through some top tips to employ on the Garmin Livescope to help locate targets.
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Wade is fishing in Springtime on a lake with flooded timber and vegetation and the Bass are in various stages of the spawn, and spread out amongst the cover. Wade favours a swim jig in this scenario and is having some good success as the lure zips past the holding fish imitating a small Bluegill darting for cover. Wade shows exactly how to effectively cover snags and trees with his swim jig and lands some great Bass in the process. Wade discusses several different Swim Jigs and the types of rods and reels he likes for this kind of work. Wade then shows a great lure for getting lots of bites, the Weightless Worm which can be fished in a few ways and can be excellent during the spawn.
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As fish move into shallower water, prespawn, Wade and Clark show what's needed to find them. This is the time of year when if you can get things right, you can expect a lot of bites. As the fish stage up and are tightly crowded, bait choice isn't so important according to Wade and they can be caught on numerous types of bait. Wade explains that bigger fish can often be found on the outside edge of the grass line and proves his point catching a stunning Bass which gives him a strong fight in the cold water.
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Wade and friend Clark are on Choke Canyon Reservoir in early Spring and start by discussing how weather conditions affect the fishing, both recalling a bonanza day here 10 years ago when they caught some huge bass including a 8lber and a fish of 12lbs! With a lot of experience fishing here, they are confident that conditions are once again on their side as they head out. Fishing just inside the grass line, Wade makes a great start landing a chunky Largemouth before Wade quickly follows suit. Wade explains where the fish will be holding at this time of year as they push into the grass to spawn, and sit in the holes and gulleys. This is turning to an epic session as the pair unlock the formula for success today.
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There are times when its key to get into narrow channels in backwaters to find fish and a big Bass boat just doesn't work. Many anglers use small aluminum boats to reach these areas but Wade looks at the Ranger RT178 which has many of the features of a bigger boat and is perfect for backcountry fishing. Wade talks through the accessories he's added to this boat to achieve maximum performance and fishing comfort. Wade then takes it out to some backwaters and gets into some Bass. Finally we head out on a small  local lake using the Ranger RT178, with Secret Lures Pro-Staffer, Terry Williams who shows us how to fish some brilliant new lures in tight conditions.
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Wade has a new boat, a Ranger Z521L, and he kicks off this episode by talking  through some of the key features which he believes make it the best Bass fishing boat on the market. Wade shows us how he's set his boat up with his his preferred equipment and how he's installed it on the Ranger. After an in depth look at the boat, Wade take it out on the water and sees how all the theory works in practice, catching some nice Bass in good conditions.
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In this episode, Wade and several top Bass pros reveal some of their top secrets that give them an edge in competition. First up, they discuss fishing line and when to use certain line types and braid in different situations. Wade favours FC Sniper from Sunline when it comes to fluorocarbon and discusses the properties it displays in various breaking strengths. We then take a look at hard baits and the pros extol the virtues of the Aruku Shad which comes in a range of colours and can be irresistible to Bass. The Wameku Shad is another must have hard bait as it boasts a very loud rattle and is brilliant in grassy areas in Spring. Finally we take a look at soft plastics and when and where to fish them and the different styles you should use.
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In this episode Wade looks at how fish behaviour changes throughout the seasons each year and how the angler must be aware of these changes and adapt accordingly. In Summer, fish will start pushing out to the ledges and dropoffs and into deeper water and often their feeding windows will be far reduced. Mike McClelland discusses thermoclines that appear in summer months and Jeff Reynolds enjoys some good sport fishing behind a thermocline. Many anglers are also hunters, so in Fall, lakes can be far less crowded opening up some great sport for anglers. Fish will move to shallow water eventually but its important not to rush there immediately and to find the areas they are holding at on their way in. In Winter as the water cools down, the fishing hots up and a wide array of baits comes into play and Wade discusses some you might want to focus on now. Fish will slow down in winter so fishing slowly on the bottom will also pay dividends now. Its important for anglers to recognise how seasonal changes will affect their local lakes to ensure success throughout the year.
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Electronics have revolutionised boat angling in the past few years and modern day anglers have become experts at using them to their advantage. Wade takes a look at some of the new Garmin technology such as the Panoptix Livescope which provides a real time view of his bait and the fish reacting to it. Bass pro's, Mike McClelland, Jason Christie and Scott Martin discuss how game-changing Livescope has been for them and how it enhances their sessions. Wade unboxes a new Garmin unit and shows us how to install it on the boat and correctly configure it with Livescope. We then take a look at the multiple award winning Garmin Force Trolling Motor, which offers unrivalled power and automatically syncs with your other Garmin boat technology seamlessly.
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In this episode, Wade looks at flooded lakes and the challenges they bring when fishing for Bass. How the fish react to flooded conditions varies greatly but one place where Wade likes to try first is the old bank line, an area the fish will already know and feel comfortable with. His tactic proves correct, quickly locking into a nice Bass on an Aruku Shad lure. With more water in the lake, there's a lot more cover and although its tempting to stay in one spot after a fish, Wade likes to cover as much water as possible in these conditions. Sticking to the old bank line pays dividends for Wade as is seems the fish have stayed out and not moved in to the flooded areas. As the water warms, fish think about the spawn, they start to move in to the shallow flooded banks and the bushes and Wade shows exactly the kinds of places to target. Looking for irregularities in the cover helps Wade find the fish.
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Low water conditions affect all lakes from time to time, and in this episode, host Wade Middleton examines the tactics and techniques you'll need to employ to target Bass when this happens. Wade explains that low water often results in a loss of marginal cover and the angler needs to adapt just as the fish will have done and find the new areas that they will now hold in. In low conditions, fish can often be more tightly concentrated so if once you find some then, it can really pay dividends. Crankbaits can be deadly in low water and Wade shows us exactly how its done, catching some chunky Largemouth. Moving offshore, Wade then shows how he locates the right structure on the fish finder and the lures to use here.
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In the final episode of this series, Ville is in Teijo and fishing the coastal waters for Pike, Perch and Zander. At his first mark, Ville sees a lot of fish on the sonar with some big ones at 18m but the majority around 12m which is where he starts fishing. He starts trolling using different swim baits to try and find the Zander but its a small Pike that he first lands. With no more action, he switches location, to a channel between 2 islands but despite the area looking good and a couple of missed takes, he moves on again. This time he finds a rocky bottom area and sees lots on the fish finder but again the fish are playing hard to get. A small Pike is landed but the Zander are proving elusive. Another Pike arrives followed by a nice Perch and the day is getting better by the minute. Ville decides to try a Spinnerbait which he knows can be great for finding more Perch but despite an early hit, he doesn't find any other willing fish. Its been a successful day and Ville returns for fillet a Pike for a well earned dinner.
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Its mid summer and Ville and Henna are fishing on the Kiskojoki River for Pike and Zander and Ville is hopeful of some sizable fish. The river is wide here but he knows that fish will only be found in a few locations that they will concentrate on. Seeing fish on the sonar, they start fishing jigs, and as Ville vertical jigs, Henna casts her jig out across the river. Henna strikes first with a small but perfectly formed Zander and gets them off to a good start. As night falls, Ville heads down river on his own looking for some deep holes that the Zander hold in as they migrate down river towards the lake. At his first hole, he uses a brightly coloured fluorescent jig and gets a few early hits that don't stick before landing his first Zander of the night. It isn't long before another Zander is boated which is soon followed by another as Ville continues to take advantage of the conditions.
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Its Summer and Ville has returned to Sarkisalo where he fished earlier in the series. The Pike have finished spawning now and should be in good condition and with light winds and an overcast sky, Ville is confident of some action. He heads to an area where several islands lie and heads to the windward side of the coast which has a rocky bottom and nice reeds in the margins. Ville moves along the shore and into a bay he knowsis a good bet for Pike and soon gets into the first fish of the day, which isn't big but is certainly welcome. Red and white seems to be the killer colour combo today and it isn't long before Ville lands another fish. Next, Ville decides to move to another location and try some trolling at depths between 2-4 metres and with 4 rods out, he can try a wide variety of colours and lure types. Ville explains in detail how to troll effectively, looking for features on the sonar and varying the depth and speed his lures swim at. Ville moves towards shore a little into shallower water and is rewarded with a nice Zander which he's delighted with. Soon after, he completes his day with another Zander, this time a little bigger.
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Its an overcast day and Ville is heading to Kirkkojarvi Lake in Salo. He's planning to do some vertical jigging for Pike and Zander and if that doesn't work, he'll use dead baits and has some Smelt with him for this. Its a cold Spring day and Ville is going to fish deep with a 35g natural coloured jig. Finding a single fish on his sonar and he is able to drop the lure right in front of it and sees the fish approach on his screen but this time it isn't interested. A change in lure colour doesn't provoke a response either so Ville changes tactics, abandons the vertical jigging and fishes close to the shore in shallower water. Casting and fishing his jig normally gets a hit almost straight away and Ville has a tough battle with a good sized Pike. At the last moment it breaks his line, but it isn't long before Ville is into another and this time lands a stunning Pike. The following day, Ville returns to the lake and with calmer conditions, feels he has a great chance to find some Zander. Spotting another individual fish on the sonar, Ville skillfully drops the jig on to it and this time, he hooks up and lands another good sized Pike from Lake Kirkkojarvi. With more fish around and perfect conditions, can Ville find that Zander he's been looking for?
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We join enna and Ville back on the boat and seemingly with a shoal of Perch beneath them responding to their lures. Ville is keen to keep changing the lures to keep the fish interested as he knows there are plenty here. As the sun drops, they move to a rocky outcrop which has cast some shade on the water and where they think could now be holding. The theory proves correct as Ville catches a decent Perch in around 7m of water which is quickly followed by another of similar size. Henna also gets in on the action before call it a day on what has been a very fruitful session. Returning to their camp kitchen, Ville and Henna prepare a few of the Perch and smoke them with wood chips and sprigs of wild Juniper. Once cooked, Ville adds the Perch to some 10% saltwater before draining and serving with baked potatoes and the pair enjoy a thoroughly deserved evening meal.
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Picking up from the previous episode, Ville heads out on the lake with friend, Henna in search of some Springtime Perch. The water is a little murky especially around the river mouth so he decides to fish a few kilometres south at Kokkila where he knows the water is clear. Ville explains that in the Spring, prior to spawning, the Perch are less voracious feeders than in Autumn as they prepare for winter, so action is likely to be sporadic. However, there is a very good chance of catching a bigger than usual fish. Ville anchors the boat on a soft muddy bottom around 6m deep and they cast Jigheads towards the shore into around 3m of water and it isn't long before he has a nice Perch on his silver jig. Another fish follows but sport soon dries up and the big ones have eluded them, so Ville marks the spot on his fishfinder and looks for a new mark. The next spot Ville tries lies behind an island and here in around 15m of water is a shipwreck that Ville knows can fish very well. With no immediate success, they both change lure colours and Henna then Ville suddenly catch fish showing just how important it is to keep ringing the changes.
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Ville heads to a river near the town of Kisko, in South West Finland and the target species today is Perch with the chance of Zander too. Ville starts with a 5g  2 Tone Jig Head and he prefers Citrus and Red colours for Perch here. He quickly catches a small Perch and knowing that Perch often shoal at this time of year he gets the Jig into the same spot hoping for a bigger one. Unfortunately that's al he finds here so moves downstream to another larger pool. It certainly looks fishy and he gets some instant reactions before landing another smallish Perch. The weather is still very cold for early May and Ville isn't convinced the fish are here in numbers yet so decides to switch location and heads to the lake downstream and into his boat with friend, Henna.
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Ville continues his Trout fishing trip in the lakes of Teijo National Park, with friend Henna. With Henna already 2 fish to the good, Ville has found a large rock which is attached to the shoreline by a pontoon. Before heading out onto it, he targets the area from the shore as he thinks a big Rainbow Trout may be lurking around it in the deeper water. After getting a couple of follows, and now knowing the fish are definitely here, he changes lure and confidently tries again. He moves out to the rock and quickly hooks up using his bright orange Crankbait but the fish slips the hook mid fight. Another lost fish follows, so Ville once again changes the lure to try and avoid any more losses and it proves the right decision as he finally lands a bright coloured Rainbow Trout on a spinner bait. With a camp kitchen erected, Ville and Henna are going to cook up their catch using two different methods, with one fish stuffed with herbs and baked in newspaper on the campfire and the other filleted and pan fried. It s the perfect way to end a successful day's fishing in the Teijo National Park.
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Ville takes a trip to Teijo National Park in Lohenrengras to fish 4 artificial ponds which hold Trout, Salmon and Whitefish. He has two preferred outfits, a light spinning rod and a bait rod with a float and paste for bait. He starts with the float rod and some brightly coloured paste set around 2ft from the float. After placing his rod in a rod rest he attaches a small bell to the end of the rod so he can hear any bites too. He starts with the spinning rod too and covers the water with a small crank bait hopeful that the Rainbow Trout will be high in the water. Ville's friend Henna shows up and she's keen to learn how to fish for Rainbow Trout with a spinning rod so Ville gives her some useful tips. They see several fish move, but with no fish on the bank, they decide to move locations and at the same time change to some darker coloured lures.  Henna is excited to hook into her first ever Rainbow Trout and even happier when Ville slips the net under it. It isn't long before she makes it two, and  a very successful first ever Trout fishing trip.
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Ville is heading to Sarkisalo, which is well known for its excellent Pike fishing, and he's accompanied by friend and pro guide, Pasi. Its pre spawning time and the Pike will be spread out so they find a nice bay with a depth of about 3m and start to target the reed lined shore. Ville gets a couple of hits which don't stick so rests the Pike a little before having another go. Ville discusses the importance of ringing the changes when it comes to lure colours before they decide to move locations. A tough day ends with little reward but still an enjoyable time to be had with two good friends. Its now early summer and Ville returns to the lake on his own and with water levels higher than before, and a warmer south westerly wind, he's hopeful for a better day. The Pike have now largely finished spawning and he finds a nice bay and starts fishing in shallow water. After a couple of early misses, Ville soon gets a fish, not big but certainly welcome and is quickly followed by a slightly bigger Pike from the same spot. Another fish soon comes and Ville has kicked off the summer Pike fishing season in style.
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Ville is in the Teijo National Park, in South West Finland and today, he's fishing for trout in the fast flowing rapids that run through the middle of the park. Fishing is usually prohibited here but Ville has special permission to fish and will start near the bottom of the rapids for Sea Trout as they enter from the sea. There are also native Brown Trout, Perch and Vimba here and Ville is optimistic of success. Casting his lure upstream in the heavy flow, he gets an early hook up but the trout doesn't stick this time. But soon after, he hooks another fish and lands a bright coloured Vimba. Moving upstream next to an old mill, Ville targets some slack water at the top of a fast run where fish may lay up but despite one missed pull, he can't locate more fish. As eveningapproaches, Ville finds some slower water and hits into a big trout but it slips the hook before Ville manages another Vimba. The day ends with no more fish but Ville has tomorrow on the rapids so there's time to make amends. An early start and a change of lures, Ville uses a silver Mepps spinner and gets the day off to a great start with a stunning Sea Trout.
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Meet Ville Toivonen, an expert professional angler from Finland and in this opening episode, Ville is spinning for Pike in Teijo National park in South est Finland. Its a warm sunny day in April, conditions look good and the Pike haven't started spawning yet. Ville has 3 or 4 areas of the lake that he wants to concentrate on and firstly takes a moment to talk us through his tackle and the lures he'll be using. Getting the right colour combinations is crucial for success and Ville shows us what he likes with Wobblers and Jigs at this time of year. Ville drives a couple of kilometres from the pontoon and finds a bay where a small river enters the lake, which he knows is shallow and where the Pike like to hold up before spawning time. Starting in the mouth of the bay, he sees several fish on the Sonar, so drops the electric motor and starts fishing. With no luck here, Ville moves to a channel between two islands which he's confident will hold Pike and starts fishing with a Rapala Fire Tiger lure. He gets a hit straight away which drops off unfortunately but his confidence is up and he soon lands his first fish of the day, a small but brightly marked Pike. Moving to another likely area, he starts fishing with a Wobbler in slightly coloured water but soon changes to the Fire Tiger wwith instant results and another nice Pike. As the sun sets, Ville reflects on a decent day on the water where moving locations was the key to success.
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Smoked Bream
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Today Mika is going to set a longline fishing trap on the lake and see what he can catch. He's already saved some worms from his garden and now has the unenviable task of putting them on 100 hooks. He then sets out on his boat and finds an area near the shore with a steady depth before setting the trap and leaving it overnight. With a couple of Bream caught, Mika decides to smoke them as this will give them a better flavour. He guts the Bream before adding to the smoker which is prepared with wood chips, juniper and sugar. Afetr 30 mins the ream is smoked and once cooled he sits down and enjoys his fish with a dark beer.
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Today Mika going to cook Bulgogi, a Korean dish that is normally made with beef but also works well with lake fish. He's trolling on Lake Saimaa and starts things off with a nice Perch. This is quickly followed by a decent sized Pike which gives a good fight on his light tackle. Mika heads to shore with his catch and gets ready to cook up his feast. He firstly makes a marinade of chopped leeks, ginger, garlic, soy sauce and brown sugar before carefully filetting his two fish. He cuts the fish into strips and then adds them to his marinade to take on the Korean style flavours. Finally he adds the mixture to a hot frying pan and cooks it thoroughly before serving with some boiled rice.
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In this episode, Mika is cooking Zander and firstly heads out on his boat to check his net trap. He finds a small Bream which he'll use later to catch Crayfish, before getting a nice 1kg Zander. After filleting the Zander, Mika cuts it into strips and fries them in some butter until crispy so they don't break up too much in the risotto. He has previously prepared a stock using the head and bones of the Zander, and uses this in his risotto gradually adding it to the risotto rice. Once the risotto is underway he gradually adds some chopped tomatoes and parmesan before adding the fish. Towards the end he adds some finely chopped garlic and parsley and hey presto, his Zander Risottto is ready.
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Today Mika is planning to fry up some small Perch for a bankside lunch. The most effective way of catching them is via traps and a longline net, so the rods are left at home this time. Mika checks his first trap which has around 10 small fish before heading out onto the lake and seeting hs net in some deep water. He then heads to shore and after cleaning his catch, he fries the Perch in some butter and bay leaves. Forgetting his cutlery, Mika decides to find a suitable dead stick in the forest and whittles a pair of chopsticks to eat his perch lunch. He also toasts some bread to dip and enjoys an al fresco perch lunch.
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Mika is back on Big Saimaa Lake and finds a deep dropoff on his sonar so decides to anchor up and do some vertical jigging. He catches a small Pike to start at around 9m down. With no other action here, he moves to a spot he's previously marked, a 10m trench where he quickly hooks and lands a nice Zander. He checks the Zander meets the 42cm minimum size limit before despatching it and planning his Zander Pesto Pasta evening meal. Returning to the shore he boils some water and gets some spaghetti on and whilst that's cooking he shows us how to filet a Zander. He then fries the whole filets in butter. After turning the filets over, Mika smears a generous spoonful of Pesto over each one before mixing the mixture with his cooked spaghetti. As the sun sets, Mika is pretty happy with his bankside meal.
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Pike Cutlets
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Mika is out trolling on the Big Saimaa Lake, looking for Zander or Pike. He starts by catching a small Pike which he duly releases, before something bigger bends over his rod and puts up a good fight on his light tackle. Its no monster but Mika thinks it will make a good meal so he keeps it for the pot. Returning to his kitchen, Mike skins and filets the Pike before cutting into strips which then puts through a mincer. He then adds 2 eggs, breadcrumbs and some curry powder which he kneads together and then forms into the cutlets. Next Mika frys the cutlets in butter and olive oil until golden brown, before removing them. As final step, Mika heats some teryaki sance in his pan and glazes the cutlets in it. Voila, the strong Pike flavour is masked and Mika enjoys his Oriental Pike Cutlets.
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Mika heads out on on Big Saimaa Lake at Palvainniemi today fishing for Perch. He hasnt fished here for a while due to the recent strong Northerly winds but today is calm so he has high hopes. This lake is deep and he expects the fish to be at 6-8 metres but will be searching until he finds the right depth. With a high population of Vendace here, he's using lures that imitate their colours with much brighter lures at depth. Mika starts by trolling, using weights and a deepener device to get to the perfect depth. Its a slow start with just one small Perch for the pot so Mika heads for some protruding rocks in the middle of the lake, moors up and tries throwing some spinners. He catches another small one before heading to shore to make dinner. He's planning to pan fry them, so firstly part boils some potatoes before pan frying them in butter. Next he rolls the fish in a rye flour and salt mix before frying with the potatoes. Its a simple dish but tastes all the better outside in the Finnish evening sun.
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Today Mika is without his rods and instead planning to get a head start on the Crayfish season. He starts showing us how he prepares his traps with some Bream as bait, before heading out on the lake on his boat. After finding a good rocky spot in around 5 metres of water, he places the creels out in the water. Typically Crayfish are found in numbers in shallower water but by going deeper, he thinks he's more likely to catch the bigger ones. He returns 24hrs later and collects 10 nice looking Crayfish from his traps which he then transfers to a larger pot that he's filling with crayfish for a few days. Mika then shows us how he likes to cook these Crayfish. He firstly boils a large pan of salted water into which he adds Crown Dill and a can of dark beer before adding 5 or 6 Crayfish which he cooks for 5 minutes or until they float to the surface. Once he's removed the Crayfish, Mika adds more Crown Dill to the boiling water before letting thr pot cool down. He then adds the Crayfish back into the water and puts the whole pot in the fridge overnight to further impart flavour into the Crayfish. Finally Mika, sits down at the table and shows us exactly how he eats the Cayfish, getting every last delicious piece of meat out.
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Pike Curry
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Mika is lake fishing again and heads out on his boat looking for some nice Perch or Zander using jig head soft plastics. After a slow start, Mika finds some deeper water around 5m deep and sees some fish activity on the sonar. The Perch aren't playing ball but Mika does hook into a strong Pike which gives him a tough fight on his lightweight Perch outfit. Mika then heads to shore and shows us how to fillet the Pike before taking it to his lodge kitchen. First, Mika cooks some curry paste in hot oil before adding the Pike strips and filets. Whilst the fish cooks through, Mika adds some chopped red pepper plus some leek rings, garlic and fresh chillies. Finally, he adds some coconut milk and some green beans before simmering for a few more minutes. Et voila, Pike Curry is served, who would have thought.
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Host and outdoorsman, Mika Lahikainen kicks off the series with a Perch fishing trip on Lake Saimaa, the largest freshwater lake in Finland and 4th largest in Europe. After setting out in his boat, he finds a deep 6m hole on the sonar, and starts fishing with a vertical jig, hoping to find a big Perch or Zander that hunt around these kind of features. With little initial interest he changes tactics to a spoon, which is often a reliable Perch catcher, and drifts along the reed lined shoreline making casts into the edge. After chopping and changing lures a few more times, Mika is finally rewarded with a small Perch which he keeps for a 'Rantakala', a traditional Finnish fish stew, before he then lands a larger 1/2 kilo fish. After catching a few more Perch, Mika heads to the shore to cook his Rantakala over an open fire. After gutting and preparing the fish, he drops them into some boiling water, before adding potatoes, carrots, onion, bay leaves, dill, salt and pepper to the one pot stew. As the sun sets, Mika settles down by the lake shore and enjoys his Rantakala whilst reflecting on a tricky day's fishing. This show is presented in Finnish with English subtitles
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Day 2 of the Championship Tournament provides the most exciting action of the 2019 Texas Team Trail season. 116 teams are competing at Belton Lake in central Texas and after a first day that proved tough for most of the pairs, struggling to bag over 16lbs, one team, BJ Carothers and Thomas Wells have a commanding lead. The rest have to hope that these guys come up short today, whilst bagging a big limit themselves. There is great tournament coverage with cameras out on the boats of all of the top 3, so enjoy every twist and turn. As well as the Championship Trophy, the Team of the Year Award will also be decided, this rewards the most consistent pair over the course of the whole season and as we enter the last dat only 1 point separates the top two. To watch the 2019 Championship Day 2 at Belton Lake now, just login or join
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The biggest event of the season and the climax to the 2019 Texas Team Trail is the Championship, this year at Belmont Lake. This is a rocky clear water impoundment in central Texas that holds some big Bass, the last time the tour stopped here a Largemouth over 13lbs was caught. The 116 teams competing over the two days will be hoping to find something similar, but the water levels are high after recent rain and the currents are stronger than normal as the water is being released. It's also fairly cloudy, so expect a lot of finesse tactics over rocky ledges and teams targeting the many docks and marinas dotted around the lake. As well as the Championship trophy, there's also the Team of the Year award to be decided, so everyone will be hoping to put themselves in a good position going in to day 2. To watch Texas Team Trail Bass Championship 2019 Day 1 now, just login or join
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The second of back to back tournaments at the world famous Sam Rayburn Reservoir on the 2019 Texas Team Trail, this is the the last qualifier before the season finale Championship at Belton Lake. Fortunately the wind and rain have eased off, so the 247 teams competing for over $100,000 of prizes will have a lot more options available to them. Yesterday they were all catching plenty of fish, but only small ones, in the 2lb mark, so with the water more accessible they are hoping they will be able to locate something a bit bigger. But its seems that the fish are all over the place and the teams have to be versatile and adopt a variety of patterns. Its looking like anything over 20lbs may win it. To watch 2019 Sam Rayburn 2 now, just login or join
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The Sam Rayburn Reservoir is arguably one of the best Bass fishing lakes in the States and The Texas Team Trail was scheduled to visit it twice in 2019. The February event had to be postponed because of severe flooding, so it was moved to coincide with the meeting in mid May, taking place on the Friday, with the second, totally separate competition taking place the day after. It seems that the weather just doesn't want to play ball this year as one of the pre-fish days was interrupted by a hail storm unloading rocks of ice the size of tennis balls all over the lake. On their early morning arrival at the ramps for event 1 the teams are greeted by strong winds and heavy rain. The tournament officials are happy to give it the green light, so with their waterproofs about to be well and truly tested, it's game on. The consensus is that with all the rain there won't be any topwater action with the fish moving out to a depth of 14-20ft. But despite this there are going to be some big Bass caught and there will be some heavy bags at the end of the day. To watch 2019 Sam Rayburn Bass Tournament now, just login or join
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Into April and the second stop on the 2019 Texas Team Trail is at Lake Texoma. With the temperature in the 60's the Bass have moved up on to the beds and are in full spawn, but a rain storm with 30 mph winds is forecast, so conditions are going to be interesting. Over 200 teams are once again competing, all with their own theories on where best to find the big Bass. There are plenty of docks and marinas on Texoma and these prove to be very popular with teams sight casting soft plastic and crank baits to the large fish that have already moved up. The shoreline proves even more popular late in the day once the heavens open and lightning strikes are seen in the area. No one w To watch Lake Texoma Bass Fishing now, just login or join ants to be stuck in the middle of the lake in weather like this.
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The 2019 Texas Team Trial kicks off at Lake Travis, a highland reservoir on the Colorado River in central Texas. It's early March and the lake is transitioning into a Springtime pattern, but the large females have been put off moving up into shallow water to spawn by a series of cold fronts. 220 two man teams have gathered for this one day event, looking to fill a 5 fish limit and take home a share of the $100,000 worth prizes that are up for grabs. Because of the colder than normal conditions there is a difference of opinion on the best tactics to use, whether to fish the rocks and docks along the shallows for the spawning fish or to head out into deeper water looking for the pre-spawn Bass. Either way, it's not going to be easy and a bag over 20lbs can expect to be in the mix. To watch 2019 Lake Travis now, just login or join
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The 2019 IFA Redfish Tour Championship comes from Venice, Louisiana, the premier Redfish destination in the States. 115 teams have qualified through the 5 regional divisions and they are going to be competing over two days to see who can bag the largest total weight of two fish each day. The Louisiana slot is up to 27", so anyone getting over 15lbs a day will stand a great chance. The preferred pattern is sight fishing, but high winds, heavy rain and rising water are in the forecast, so some deeper blind fishing may be needed. At the end of day one husband and wife team of Jimmy and Angela Adams hold a small lead over Kristian Robert and Fred Peterman and with them both bagging a couple of decent fish early on day two, it looks like it's going to be a straight shoot out. To watch 2019 IFA Redfish Tour Championship now, just login or join
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The IFA Redfish Tour heads to Georgetown, South Carolina for the last stop in the Atlantic division and a last chance to qualify for the season's grand finale, the Championship. 62 teams are signed up and ready to enjoy a day's fishing in great conditions, with beautiful clear blue skies. One of our two featured pairs Tony Gaskin and Dan Connolly head off down the river into open ocean, hoping to head through a cut in a sand bar to access a backwater they are sure is holding fish, but they can't see the cut through the breakers and decide to fish some structure until the tide rises enough. The Redfish around here aren't massive and it's expected that any total over 8lbs will be right up there. We also take a look at the evolution of the Power-Pole which is celebrating its 20th birthday and has become an essential piece of kit for any tournament angler since it was invented by John Oliverio back in 1999. And there's a short preview of the Championship Finals from Venice Louisiana. To watch 2019 IFA Georgetown now, just login or join
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The 2019 IFA Kayak Championship comes from Grand Isle, Louisiana. Competitors have qualified through regional events throughout the southern states and at stake is a place in the Hobie World Championships. The format here in Grand Isle is a two day event where the anglers are looking for the largest total weight from one Trout and one Redfish each day. From the outset the conditions are choppy in anticipation of the storm forecast for day two, so a big soft lure on a heavy weight is the preferred pattern, getting bait down deep along the channel where the shoals feed. There are some big Redfish to be had with a few competitors breaking their pb's, so expect some big totals come the final weigh in. There are also highlights of the Hobie Fishing World 8's from the Gold Coast of Queensland Australia, where 8 man teams from around the globe competed over 3 days for the title of World Champion Kayak Fisherman 2019. We also pay a visit to the ICAST exhibition 2019 held in Orlando, Florida to take a look at the new Hobie Mirage Drive 360 which takes the control of a kayak to another level. To watch 2019 IFA Kayak Championship now, just login or join
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In this episode the IFA Redfish Tour 2019 visits Steinhatchee Florida, a quiet fishing village on the Gulf side of the upper peninsular. It has recently been hit hard by storms, so much of the area is underwater with a clean up operation in progress. That's not put a stop to the fishing though and 99 teams have gathered at the legendary Sea Hag Marina, in the hope of netting the biggest total weight of a 2 fish limit in this one day event. The flood water has devastated the shallow bays, so the teams are expecting to make long runs to find clean water. One of our featured pairings is Justin Blanton and Billy Emerson, they're fishing in their first ever tour event. Their first reaction is "Man! There's a lot of boats... This is different", it will interesting to see how two novices handle the pressure. Our other featured pair, Adam Davis and Michael Neu have slightly more experience, they're planning to head off in order to find clear water where they can spot bait fish and then plan to spend most of day casting surface lures. Will either of them manage to fill a big bag? To watch 2019 IFA Steinhatchee now, just login or join
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The second stop on the 2019 IFA Redfish Tour is at Houma, Louisiana. This is regarded as one of the best inshore fisheries on the schedule, with a host of options available. This year though the area is recovering from a recent hurricane which has left high muddy waters in its wake, so the anglers will need to think hard on where they are likely to find the fish. There are 106 teams competing for a total purse of over $50,000 and they are all looking to fill a two fish limit from a 20-28" slot. We have two cameras out on the water, each with a featured team and they both get off to a flying start with some nice early fish, in one case just a bit too good, its always very frustrating when a large fish turns out to be just over the slot mark. In the murky waters the guys are tending to use darker colours on bigger lures in an attempt to attract the fish, the general consensus is that it's going to be tough To watch 2109 IFA Houma now, just login or join
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Coverage of the 2019 IFA Redfish Tour kicks off at Port Aransas, Mustang Island on the Gulf Coast of Texas. 54 pairs have gathered for this one day event, looking for their best two Redfish in the 20-28" slot. Reports from the pre-fish days were encouraging with shoals of Shad seen moving in with the Redfish just behind them. This stretch of coastline offers a huge variety of potential locations, with the strong winds dying away some of the teams decide to head out into the open water of the gulf but others prefer the more sheltered conditions found inshore on the Laguna Madre. Metallic spoons are a popular lure, but the one that seems to be most successful is the Berkley Gulp, a selection of soft rubber baits. All the competitors know that they are going to need a couple of fish in the 8-9lbs bracket to stand a chance of taking home first prize. To watch 2019 IFA Redfish Port Aransas now, just login or join
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The 2019 National Walleye Tour comes to an exciting climax here on Day 3 of the Championship. 87 pro anglers started the event hoping to lift the Tour Championship trophy and 10 of them have made it into the third and final day. Conditions have been tough and anyone with a two day total over 36lbs has made it in. They are now looking to add to that with a full 5 fish limit. Dusty Minke is top of the leader board with 43.18lbs but close behind is John Hoyer who is on a hot streak having featured strongly in the last two events. Veteran Tom Keenan, has said he will retire at the end of this season, has extended his career by one more day having qualified in 8th place, he now looks favourite to take the Angler of the Year Award, which would be a fantastic way to bow out. To watch 2019 NWT Championship Day 3 now, just login or join
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We continue highlights of the 2019 NWT Championship with action from day 1 and day 2 from Devils Lake, North Dakota. 87 of the top Walleye anglers from across north America have come together to decide who will be crowned 2019 Tour Champion and also who will become Angler of the Year. Conditions are wet and windy, so most anglers won't be travelling to too many spots, but trying to make the most of the ones they have recced in pre-fish. Mike Goffron heads the leaderboard at the end of the first day with a bag weighing in at 28.22lbs. When the anglers arrive for day 2 they are greeted by very strong winds, so tournament director Anthony Wright postpones the action for a day. Conditions are a lot calmer and a little warmer the following morning so it's all systems go. All the anglers will be hoping to net a full 5 fish limit to give themselves a chance of making the top 10 and qualifying for day 3. To watch 2019 NWT Championship Day 2 now, just login or join
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In this 2019 NWT Championship Preview, we cover the largest event in the 2019 National Walleye calendar, the Tour Championship. This year it is being held on Devils Lake, North Dakota and carries the largest purse ever in NWT history. 87 of the top Walleye anglers in the country are here to battle it out over 3 days. There is a 5 fish limit on the first two days and then the top ten anglers will continue into Day 3. As well as the Championship trophy, the Angler of the Year Award will also be decided and coming into this meeting, last year's winner Brett King is again sitting in top spot. Can he do enough to retain the crown? High winds and rain affected pre-fish and storms are in the tournament forecast, so tough conditions lie ahead. To watch the 2019 NWT Championship Preview now, just login or join
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The third stop on the 2019 National Walleye Tour is at Sault Ste Marie in Michigan. This fishing opportunities here are almost endless, as it sits on the St Mary's River that runs the short distance between Lakes Superior and Huron. It's not unheard of for competitors to travel over 100 miles to reach a favourite marque. Conditions on day 1 aren't ideal, as there is no wind and the anglers are presented with flat calm waters. Local pro David Atkinson starts by trolling spinners over an area of rock piles that he knows, but to little effect. One summer tactic that proves popular is "shivering" where a glidebait is jigged on deep structures. With less than half the field making the 5 fish limit, the overnight leader is David Kolb with a total of 30.97lbs. But sitting just behind him is last week's champion John Hoyer, hoping to go back to back. Whilst David is trolling, John is casting baits and after his co-angler Robert Olson hooks a couple of big ones early doors, it looks like game on! To watch 2019 Sault Ste Marie now, just login or join
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The 2019 National Walleye Tour moves on to Marinette on the Bay of Green Bay, part of Lake Michigan. Experience says that the Walleye are hard to find here, but the ones you do find are big, so watch out for some heavy bags at weigh in. The bay is 120 miles long so there are plenty of options open to the teams, but by heading north they are likely to find the really big Walleye. Day 1 proves to be tough, high water and lower than normal temperatures take their toll, but one man smiling at the end of it is John Hoyle, who with a bag weighing 41.37lbs takes the overnight lead. On day 2 he carries on with the same tactics, ripping lipless crank baits along sand and rock transition points. A lot of the other teams decide to troll, but not second placed Korey Sprengel, with only just over a pound to make up he too is casting crank baits. A couple of early fish around the 8lb mark put him right in the frame, but will John be able to crank his way to another big bagful? To watch 2019 Marinette, Green Bay now, just login or join
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Highlights of the 2019 National Walleye Tour kick off on Lake Winnebago, Oshkosh, Wisconsin where 166 boats are competing over two days, with over half a million dollars worth of prizes up for grabs. It's early May and the water temperature is in the 50's, meaning that conditions are going to be tough. On day 1 there are a few early attempts at trolling but gradually the teams start stacking up on the most popular spots. At the weigh in only 23 teams had achieved a 5 fish limit and taking a narrow lead into the second day with a bag of just 14.79 lbs is local angler Tom Keenan. Although the weather is a lot more pleasant on Day 2, Tom thinks he just needs a bag of a similar weight to finish in top spot. But there are plenty of guys just below him on the leader board with other ideas. To watch 2019 Lake Winnebago Oshkosh now, just login or join
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Day 2 of the AFTCO Collegiate Bass Fishing Open 2019 is severely delayed by fog, but once it lifts, clear blue skies signal an exciting, if slightly shortened day's fishing. Garrett Warren and John Owens from Snead State Community College are carrying a half pound lead into the second day with their 17.85 lbs bag from day 1. They head back to where they were successful yesterday, but in close proximity are the teams lying in second and third places, all fishing the same area, near the shore, half way down the lake. Garrett and John know that with only a short session available, 3 or 4 good fish might be enough. To watch 2019 AFTCO Open Day 2 now, just login or join
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Lake Dardanelle in Arkansas is one of the most attractive and popular stops on the Collegiate Bass Fishing circuit and here it is playing host to the 2019 AFTCO Open. This is one of the biggest events of the season, so over 350 students have assembled from all over the country. It's late autumn and the cold, windy conditions are going to make things difficult. At this time of year the Bass are feeding on Shad, so all the talk in the build up is about getting hold of the best imitation Shad lures. Out on the water it's "find the Shad, find the Bass". Last year's winners Rudy Worley and John David Nowlin from Blue Mountain College are here to defend their trophy, but aren't finding things quite so easy this time around. One pair who do get off to a good start are fellow "Toppers" Isaac Duncan and Taylor Owens, but it looks like many of the teams will be struggling to fill their limits. To watch 2019 AFTCO Open Day 1 now, just login or join
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The 2019 Collegiate Bass series Big Bass Bash from Kentucky Lake, Tennessee enters day 2 with the hundreds of student anglers all looking to bag the biggest single Bass of the two days. There are 4 weigh in sessions each day, all carrying prizes and points. The largest Bass caught on day one weighed in at only 4.85lbs, much less than was expected, so everyone is hoping they can go out and smash that today. The conditions are slightly more favourable, but the organisers have added a twist, the only baits that can be used are those of the tournament sponsor, Berkley. With the water temperature warmer than normal, it sounds as though the top water lures will be used the most. Session 2 is won by Hunter Schneider from Adrian College with a largemouth at 5.16lbs, but will that be enough to win the whole event? To watch 2019 Big Bass Bash Day 2 now, just login or join
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The first ACA event of the 2019-20 season is the Big Bass Bash, this year staged on Kentucky Lake at Paris, Tennessee. This meeting should have taken place back in March, but due to unseasonally high water, had to be moved down the calendar to October. Almost 200 teams have arrived, all with one aim in mind, to catch the biggest fish over their two days out on the lake. The Fall isn't always the easiest time to catch Bass, add to that abnormally high temperatures and who knows how the fish are going to behave or where they are going to be found. Although everyone agrees it's going to be tough, opinions vary on what size will win it, with the consensus suggesting somewhere around 7lbs will be enough. There are 4 weigh in sessions each day with prizes and points being awarded for each one, but it's the big one that they are all hoping to catch. To watch 2019 Big Bass Bash Day 1 now, just login or join
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After day 1 of the 2019 Collegiate Bass Championship, last years winners Cole Floyd and Carter McNeil were top of the leader board with a total of just under 23lbs, can they go back to back? They know they will have to produce something similar on Day 2 to do so. The rest of the field will be hoping they can find a shoal of large fish to give themselves a chance, something over 25lbs will be needed. The conditions are similar to Day 1 with plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the high 90's. As well as the Championship trophy, the School of the Year Award is also going to be decided, with McKendree University looking favourites having held the top spot for the previous 8 weeks and having two teams in the top 10 after day 1. To watch 2019 Collegiate Bass Championship Day 2 now, just login or join
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After all the build up, we finally get into the action on Day 1 of the 2019 Collegiate Bass Championship on Pickwick Lake, Alabama. There are over a hundred teams representing their respective colleges and universities, in what is regarded as the biggest event of the year. As well as the Championship trophy, the award for School of the Year will also be presented. The pairs have to fill a 5 fish limit and the guess is that anything over 20lbs will be near the top of the leaderboard. A couple of practice sessions have suggested that the Bass will be deep in the water and that locating some well inhabited ledges could be key to success. Defending champions Cole Floyd and Carter McNeil from Bethel University are out early and putting a decent bag of fish together, can they make it two years in a row? To watch 2019 Collegiate Bass Championship Day 1 now, just login or join
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Here we preview the culmination of the 2018-19 Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, the biggest event in the calendar, the 2019 Championship. Held in late May on Pickwick Lake at Florence, Alabama, hundreds of college anglers arrive early for practice sessions and to be "wined and dined" by some of the big names in the Bass fishing industry. Yamaha hold an appreciation evening, with a casting competition and plenty of prizes. Garmin show off their latest technology including the PanOptix Livescope and on "Banquet Night" the competitors fill their goody bags with freebies from a host of other sponsors. Feedback from the practice sessions is mixed, in mid summer the Bass tend to go deep, so the teams are looking for ledges holding shoals of fish. The winners will be the ones that can get the most out of their electronics and make the best choice of baits. As well as the Championship trophy, the 2019 School of the Year award is also up for grabs, so it promises to be two days of intense competition. In the next episode we follow the highlights from Day 1. To watch 2019 Collegiate Bass Championship now, just login or join
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Whenever Clark Wendlandt comes across a new body of water, whether it's a large lake or a small pond, he's immediately wondering if it's holding Bass and how he could go about catching them. It's a fascination shared by all avid fishermen. In this episode he's taking his boat out on a small lake in north Texas and sets about explaining his thought processes on how to find the fish and how best to catch them. The water temperature is cold so he starts with a jerkbait just above the top of the grass. As he moves around the lake he obviously relies heavily on his electronics and finds some fish out in open water near the dam. He uses a swim bait to cover the area quickly and is encouraged when he quickly hooks one. He's now thinking there are probably some bigger Bass to be had. As he starts reeling in 8-10 pounders he knows he's hit the jackpot with this new water. To watch Catching Bass in New Water now, just login or join
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Choke Canyon Reservoir in south Texas is one of host Clark Wendlandt's very favourite places to fish. Sometimes it's "on" and sometimes it's "off", he's heard that it's on an upswing, so is relishing his chance to get out on the water again. As usual he's come armed with a deckful of pre-rigged rods, so that he's always got an alternative bait ready to use if he needs to swap tactics. He knows there will be a lot of grass to fish in or around, but as the water is quite warm he starts on the top skipping a super soft plastic gurgle toad across the surface. First cast he's into a lovely big Bass. Because the water is clear we switches to a swim bait and gets that wiggling just above the hydrilla, its predominantly a visual bait and it seems the Bass just can't resist it. Choke has plenty of cover, there's reeds, brush, wood and loads of hydrilla, so plenty of places for the bass to hold up, Clark explains how choosing the right bait on a lake like this is vital. To watch Choke Canyon Reservoir now, just login or join
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Host Clark Wendlandt thinks that Deep Water Bass Fishing in the summer is something we could all be a little bit better at. So here he talks through all aspects of deep offshore fishing from the use of electronics, to the different baits and techniques that can be used. He starts off by giving us a guided tour of his boat, the Ranger Z520L, with a look at all the features and what he keeps in all his compartments. Because using your electronics correctly is key to success in deep water, he talks us through how he sets up his screens and what he expects to use each of them for. The first bait he turns to is a deep diving crankbait, one of his favourite lures, but stresses how important it is to use this on the right rod and reel. You need to be able to cast it as far as possible. Another option he likes is a jointed structure head with a rage bug rubber body, dropped to the bottom and moved slowly this looks just like a crawfish and can be very effective on flat ledges. The last thing he goes through is finesse fishing with a drop shot, for this he likes to use a spinning rod and reel, his choice of hook will depend on whether he is fishing in cover or not. To watch Deep Water Bass Fishing now, just login or join
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Most anglers hate being cooped up over the winter months and Clark Wendlandt is no different, he can't wait to get out and do a bit of Pre-Spawn Bass Fishing in early Spring. Here he gives tips and advice on how to make the most of the chance to catch some big Bass. Use your electronics, the Bass will tend to hold up on the edge of a grass bed before they spawn, so find the edges and use a sinking bait that will get down to the fish. Make sure the bait has plenty of action, the Bass are in an aggressive mood, so make it easy for them to see and attack your lure. Be prepared to change tactics, as always Clark comes armed with a load of pre-rigged rods so he can easily swap when something isn't working, he's got plenty of tips on which lure to use with which which rod and reel for a whole host of conditions. To watch Pre-Spawn Bass Fishing now, just login or join
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Host Clark Wendlandt maintains that topwater must be everyone's favourite way of Bass fishing. The excitement of the water exploding as the Bass hits your bait can not be matched. He's also certain that some big fish can be caught this way. He talks us through his rod, reel and line selection, how to get the best combination for the distance he is casting and the type of lure he is using. He's fishing on Lake LBJ, post spawn in lovely clear water and has some early success with a popper, then switches to a popping perch bait to skip it in under some of the boat docks and nabs a nice 4.5 pounder. Other baits he uses with great success are a sexy dog junior walking bait and a frog lure. The secret seems to have a number of options rigged and ready to go, so that you can quickly change tactics to match the conditions. To watch Topwater Bass Fishing now, just login or join
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In this episode Clark Wendlandt offers up plenty of advice on Bass Fishing in Grass. Grass is good. Bass thrive in grass, but conditions will dictate where in the grass you will find them, on sunny days they will tend to sit low, looking for cover, whereas on cloudy days you may find them cruising around the top. The time of year will also affect where in the grass Bass will hide, in colder winter months you might find them under thick matting in very shallow water up against the bank and in summer when the grass is at its longest and deepest, the only way of presenting a bait might be by vertical jigging. Clark has a favourite lure for all of these scenarios and he shows you how to use them once you have found the fish. He's also got some great tips on how to use your boat electronics to do just that. To watch Bass Fishing in Grass now, just login or join
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Host Clark Wendlandt has plenty of tips and advice on Which Bass Fishing Bait to use in any situation. First up is his Carolina rig, not the sexiest of baits but very useful when fishing big flat bottomed lakes or flat hard areas at the edges of a grass bed. Next is a Tube bait where he mounts the hook just showing through the surface of the rubber, this he uses in grass beds where the Bass will be a bit finicky. In pre-spawn he likes to fish lakes with a lot of boat docks, the big Bass will hole up under or around these and the best bait to tempt them out is a skipping jig, which is very versatile and can be cast into various awkward positions. For fast, power fishing he likes to use a square billed crank bait, its irregular movement through the water makes it irresistible to the Bass. There are loads more options in Clark's bait box that get a mention and he also shows how to use a pole lure retriever when your favourite bait has got hung and you must get it back. To watch Which Bass Fishing Bait? now, just login or join
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The general consensus is that Sam Rayburn Reservoir is the the Best Bass Fishing Lake in the country and Clark Wendlandt isn't about to disagree. He hasn't fished it for a while, so he's treating it like a new water, fishing familiar looking features, such as the overhanging vegetation on a shallow bank. He's got plenty of lure baits rigged up and ready to go, a swim jig, a buzz bait, a popping perch as well as a few baits to flip with, so he's keeping his options open and waiting to see what works. He starts off skipping a 1.5 crankbait in under the cover and manages to tempt a few Bass. As things go quiet he switches to a buzz bait which he likes to use as a search bait, covering a lot of water. Sure enough it finds him a bigger Bass. Plenty of tips on how to make the most of your Power Poles to position the boat correctly and on how to fish in lakes with a lot of grass or other deep vegetation. To watch Best Bass Lake in the Country? now, just login or join
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In the first of a new series host Clark Wendlandt spends a couple of days Bass Fishing on Brandy Branch reservoir. Its a typical east Texas grass lake, with plenty of submerged vegetation and timber. Because he hasn't fished here before Clark has to rely on his instinct and of course his sophisticated array of Garmin electronics. He starts by vertical jigging in about 20ft of water, right on the edge of an area of grass that he has seen on his PanOptix. It works, he lures a fish out of the cover with just about every cast. The following morning he adopts a different approach, casting surface lures with a slow retrieve. The secret here is to stay alert, constantly looking out for rising and breaking fish that you can cast to. Again he is spot on and bags a load of good looking Bass between 3 and 6 pounds. To watch Bass Fishing on Brandy Branch now, just login or join
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Des arrives at the Palm Tree Lagoon resort on his first trip to Thailand for a weeks fishing, hoping that he is going to be pulled all around the lake by some of the monster fish lurking in its depths, top of his wish list is an Arapaima, these fantastic prehistoric looking fish can grow to over 500lbs. The fishery was bought by Englishman Tim Webb in 2008, he's continually trying to improve the number and variety of fish on offer, it currently holds 100 different freshwater species, 14 of them to over 100lbs. Des's guide Benchawan baits up his three rods, one with very smelly fish guts, the second with a chicken neck. Both fished in mid water on 80lb braid with an 80lb heavy nylon leader. The third uses pop up boilies from a method feeder in which she puts a sticky mixture of brown rice and bread crumb. His first bite is a Big Headed Carp quickly followed by a Catfish Shark, both weighing in at around 40lbs, but mere tiddlers here. Highlights that follow are a lovely Siamese Carp, a Redtail Catfish and a gigantic Mekong catfish but quite honestly the variety of species that Des catches is amazing, most of them new to him, but his trip of a lifetime is completed when he lands an Arapaima at over 300lbs. "The most beautiful fish I've ever seen in my life." To watch Palm Tree Lagoon Thailand now, just login or join
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In this episode Wade Middleton and Clark Wendlandt have plenty of tips and advice for Bass Fishing in Windy Conditions. Many anglers will consider a strong wind their enemy, something they will have to battle with if they want to catch fish. But Wade and Clark show how to make the wind your friend. Fish a bank where the wind is behind you, so it helps the cast. Boat positioning will be difficult so go with the wind along the bank rather than trying to head into it. If you get it right, a day out in conditions like this can be very rewarding, as the fish seem less wary and the bites come thick and fast. To watch Bass Fishing in Windy Conditions now, just login or join
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Wade Middleton and Jeff Reynolds get together for another friendly battle, this time using soft lures for Largemouth Bass. They are on Choke Canyon Reservoir, Texas in early Spring, the water is very high and the lake has recently flooded, so the guys find themselves cruising through a lot of submerged vegetation. The Bass are pushed up shallow looking to spawn, so the guys are trying to find and fish a distinctive feature such as the bank of the lake or a submerged track. They quickly find a pattern that works, casting a Trick Stick large soft rubber worm. Jeff talks us through a few ways he likes to set this up and get it moving in the water. Later in the year they are out together again fishing close to the dam wall on a larger lake, this time Jeff has success on another large soft rubber lure the Tour Swim Worm, which is designed to swim effortlessly through shallow grass, he shows that by changing the weight, you can control the retrieve speed. To watch Soft Lures for Largemouth Bass now, just login or join
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Whenever you turn up at a body of water one of the first things you need to assess is where in the water column you are likely to find the Bass. Your electronics can help with this, but so will years of experience. Wade Middleton has just that and here he passes on some tips and advice. He starts off fishing a small pond in late summer where he is expecting to find the Bass on the top, so he uses a floating frog bait and jumps it across the surface. You're quite likely to find a lot of vegetation in a pond, so might need to use a lure that will get you through that. When trying to locate fish at the bottom of a bigger lake he relies heavily on his electronics to spot any potential baitfish as well as the Bass, but also uses the feel of his lure as he pulls it over the contours. He and Jeff Reynolds discuss their favourite bottom lures, Jeff is a big fan of the MVP Football jig because of the way it moves across the lake bed and you can see why here. To watch Bass Fishing from Top to Bottom now, just login or join
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No two visits to the water are the same, even if you keep fishing the same lake and here Wade tries to unravel the mysteries of what it takes to keep catching Bass. He's out on a large dammed reservoir with old buddy and fellow pro angler Jeff Reynolds, whenever these two are fishing together it's always competitive. Wade is on a poor run of form, not having caught anything over 3lbs on his last ten outings. It's a cold windy day so he decides to bounce a crankbait over the rocks on the wall of the dam. And it works, immediately he's into a run of big Bass. Jeff was convinced he was going to catch them on his trap lure but doesn't have the same luck. How long before he switches to a crankbait too. Wade is delighted that he's chosen the right shape and colour combination for the conditions. Eventually Jeff swallows his pride, switches lures and lo and behold!
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If you walk down the aisles of any major tackle shop, you will be overwhelmed by the vast choice of Bass Fishing Rods and Reels on display. Here Wade Middleton and Clark Wendlandt pass on some great tips and advice on how to make sure you end up choosing the equipment that's best suited to your needs. When thinking about buying a rod things to consider are budget, length, strength, loop size, the type of handle and how you want the reel to sit, it's also worth considering whether you need a range of rods to cover different fishing conditions. Baitcaster reels come in a lot of different sizes and set ups. Things to consider here are left or right hand, gear ratios and retrieve speeds, the braking system and range of adjustment on the drag. Spinning reels get discussed too. Generally the more money you've got to spend, the higher the quality of equipment you will get. One of Wade's best tips is to try the feel of a rod and reel combination in the shop before you commit, its got to feel right for you. To watch Bass Fishing Rods and Reels now, just login or join
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While most Bass anglers will admit to preferring the no nonsense tactics of flipping and spinning, the best ones will have mastered Finesse Tactics on lightweight line and tackle. Clark Wendlandt shows how he ties his dropshotting rig so that he can jiggle a rubber worm 18 inches above the bottom. John Crews matches his hook size to his bait when using smaller rubber lures. Gerald Swindle shows how to tie the Red Phillips knot he uses when he wants to fish a sensitive, lightweight flourocarbon leader on his braided mainline. When conditions get tough this is a go to set up for a lot of the pros and the bait that a lot of them like to use is the Shakey Head. Just throw it out, let it sink to the bottom and then slowly retrieve, allowing it to bounce and hop over the contours. It's the bait that gets a "ton" of bites in all conditions. To watch Finesse Tactics for Bass now, just login or join
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Wade Middleton takes a trip down memory lane as he fishes the lake that he grew up on at Ardmore Lake Club, Oklahoma. He is joined by childhood buddy Jeff Kriet, the two spent all their spare time here when they were kids, as well as few days skipping school. Its obviously been the venue for many Bass fishing battles and here they lock horns once again. Jeff has gone on to become a highly rated pro-angler competing in the 2019 Bassmaster Classic, so Wade knows he's in for a mighty tussle. At only 232 acres the Ardmore Club Lake is relatively small but holds a good head of Largemouth Bass, so as well as catching plenty of fish the guys have a load of tips for fishing smaller lakes, including a review of the Ranger RT178 boat they are using with its Yamaha F25 engine. The action is only interrupted by the banter and jokes, as the guys try to score points verbally as well with the Bass. To watch Wade and Jeff Go Small now, just login or join
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Host Wade Middleton takes a look at some of the new developments in Boat Electronics that are making huge differences to his ability to catch fish. First up is the Garmin Panoptix Livescope which with its HD resolution screen presents with amazing clarity an image of what is under the front of the boat. It's now possible to see the shape and size of the fish as they swim below, it almost makes it too easy. He also takes a look at the advancements in mapping, in particular the new colour depth shading, that makes it very easy to navigate over the same depth, once you have found fish. Wade also shows how using both of these in tandem can make it much easier to find holes in submerged grass. The poor Bass don't stand a chance. To watch Boat Electronics Explained now, just login or join
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This episode of the Fisherman's Handbook is split into two sections. In the first part Wade Middleton heads to Minnesota to join Steve Pennaz for a session ice fishing on one of its many frozen lakes. What's got him most excited is that it gives him the chance to play with his Garmin PanOptix. Once they've drilled a hole in the ice he's able to drop his sensor and see on his screen, all the fish activity going on below him. Steve's hoping they will find some decent Pike and Bass, but the first bite Wade gets is a lovely little Sunfish. The PanOptix also allows you to scan the surrounding water for fish and Steve has great fun when he finds school of Crappies. In the second part we take a close look at boat electronics and see how a Garmin PanOptix can be set up, optimising the LiveVu Forward functionality. To watch Ice Fishing and Boat Electronics now, just login or join
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In this episode host Wade Middleton and some of his pro bass angler friends demonstrate how important it is to correctly position your boat for successful Bass fishing. All too often they see 'good' anglers come unstuck when they lose control of their boat as they start to cast. Being too close to a target can result in over-casting with the inevitable snags and hook ups. Allowing the boat to turn means you're constantly having to change your position on the boat, or moving away from the target zone makes it much harder to reach the fish. There is general consensus that a Power-Pole is the most important piece of equipment, when it comes to slow, controlled manoeuvring in shallow water and there are plenty of tips here on how to make the most of it. In deeper water the boat electronics become invaluable, so Wade and the team take time to demonstrate how best to set these up. To watch Position Your Boat for Bass now, just login or join
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Host Wade Middleton and his team of pro anglers have plenty of advice to offer when it comes to Targeting Bass on Boat Docks. Most good fishing lakes around the States will have any number of boat docks that come in all shapes and sizes, from the small fixed jetties in shallow water to the large floating marinas but they all have one thing in common, they are great places to find Bass. But when you are presented with so much choice how do you decide which one to fish? The general consensus is to look for something that's a bit different, one that's on its own or sticks out into the lake a bit further than the rest or has strange features such as cables or poles attached to it. Wade is out on a breezy, overcast day so decides to fish aggressively with a jerkbait. Clark Wendlandt likes using a skipping jig as he can cast it right up underneath the dock to where the larger fish are holding up. They're both catching big Bass proving that the theory works. To watch Targeting Bass on Boat Docks now, just login or join
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Host Wade Middleton believes that fishing for Bass on or near dams is always a great idea. Whether the dam in question is a small earthworks on a pond or a huge concrete structure on a big reservoir, you will always find plenty of fish holding up next to it. As with any new water the first thing to do is check it out, use your electronics at assess the drop off, look for any signs of baitfish, see what sort of vegetation there is on or near the bank. Quite often dam walls will be made of piles of rocks and the edge of these and other riff-raff areas can be very productive. Wade and some of his fellow Bass professionals offer up great advice on what types of lure work best in these conditions and what rods, reels and line to use with them. They also talk about how to make the most of the currents and winds that can are usually be quite unique to the larger man made structures. To watch Bass Fishing Near Dams now, just login or join
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In this the first episode of a new series, host Wade Middleton has made his way over into East Texas, to head out on to the Sam Rayburn Reservoir in search of pre-spawn Bass. It's early Spring, the weather is cold and wet and he only gets an hour or so out on the water, but explains that these low pressure conditions can often be the best for Bass fishing and shows how to make the most of them. First up he stresses how important it is to have good waterproof gear to keep yourself warm and dry. Use your electronics, by finding water just a couple of degrees warmer you will find active hungry fish and by choosing the right bait will have success, here he's using a Spro Aruku Shad to great effect. The next day, the weather has completely changed, clear blue skies, bright sunshine and higher pressure, so he switches tactics. To provoke what he assumes will be more lethargic fish he likes to use a suspending jerkbait, just throw it out, twitch it down and leave it in the strike zone and waiting for them to hit it. He also talks you through rod, reel and line selection to use with these and although this isn't his favourite form of Bass fishing, it certainly works in conditions like these. The Sam Rayburn Reservoir is one of the best Bass fishing lakes in the USA and Wade certainly makes the most of it, as always his tips and advice are well put and easy to follow. To watch Sam Rayburn Reservoir now, just login or join
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In this episode Des is joined by his good mate Keith on an adventure into the Celtic Deeps in the Irish Sea fishing for sharks. They're onboard The Antlantic Blue, skippered by Andy Truelove out of Dale, a beautiful village on the Pembrokeshire coast. It's a two and a half hour trip out to the Deeps where Andy thinks they will have a very good chance of catching a Blue Shark or two and possibly a Porbeagle. But the journey isn't dull, as there's quite often dolphins and whales to be seen. Andy recommends drift fishing, letting the boat follow the wind and the currents, hoping he can attract the sharks with the scent trail he is leaving with the chum in his 'Rubby Dubby' bag. They are using mackerel deadbaits, with the tails chopped off to stop them spinning and the bellies cut open to create as much scent as possible, dropped to a depth of around 50 feet. They've got four rods out at various distances from the boat and its one of Des's that's first to go. it's not one of the monsters they are hoping for but a nice 'bluey' none the less. The sighting of a Fin Whale creates some excitement but not as much as the bend in Keith's rod as he's into his first ever shark. The successful boating off a bluey in the region of 50lbs leaves him "chuffed to bits". Des adds another blue shark but is desperately hoping he can hook a Porbeagle Shark. His dream comes true towards the end of the day as he boats a lovely fish around the 40lb mark. Then Keith hooks the biggest Blue Shark of the day, just as they are about to head for home. To watch Celtic Sharks now, just login or join
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It's early January and Des is Pike fishing on one of his favourite lakes at Weston Park in Shropshire. Des arrives early to find the lake blanketed in mist, and as the sun breaks, he reflects on what a perfect winter Pike fishing day he's blessed to be out in. Des starts off by showing us how he puts together his ledgering rig and how he likes to hook up the Smelt and Pollan dead baits he prefers to use on lakes like this. After casting out the dead bait, Des shows us the importance of being ready to deal with a Pike once landed, with an unhooking mat, long pliers, cutters and water all essential items that should be ready and to hand. With no early action on the ledger, Des notices some Pike working near the surface, so decides to put a float rod out to target them and try and get a bite. The tactic pays off and Des is soon into a feisty Pike which he duly lands and demonstrates how easy it is to unhook. It's not long before the ledger rod starts beeping and Des is into a strong double figure Pike to end the session on Weston Park Lake. This is a great film, showing how to approach a day's winter piking for the best chance of success To watch just login or join
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In this FREE EPISODE we take a look at some of the highlights from series 2 of Fishing the Flats. Host Henry Waszczuk has to be regarded as one lucky so and so, he travels to exciting, exotic locations and enjoys some of the finest saltwater game fisheries to be found on the planet. In this series he makes his first trip to Belize, where he stayed on the Turneffe Atoll and got to fish the coral reef lagoons for Bonefish, Permit and as we see in this episode Triggerfish. He is also spoilt for choice in his adopted home state of Florida, where he can fish the Gulf waters around his home in Charlotte Harbour or travel down to the Keys, where the variety of fishing is second to none or, as we see here hook a huge Sea Trout in Tampa Bay. Another new location is Puerto Rico where Henry enjoys some fantastic, high jumping aerial displays from the monster Tarpon on the end of his line. His trips to the Pacific coast of Mexico provide some great action such as the amazing Roosterfish we see him boat here. We also get a look at the selection of rods Henry uses throughout the series made for him by Hank Altenkirch and Dr BBQ Ray Lampe takes us through his recipe for Planked Tex-Mex Grilled Redfish. To watch Series 2 Highlights now, just login or join
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We rejoin host Henry Waszczuk on his visit to the Turneffe Atoll resort in Belize and this time he's in search of the hard pulling Permit. One third of the angler's magical grand slam, Permit have amazing reserves of strength, speed and stamina, add to that their beautiful colouration of a dark grey and bottle green back graduating to a white belly with vivid yellow markings and they make for one desirable catch. Henry's fishing the inside water flats of the island in about 3ft of water, looking for the the black dorsal fins breaking the water as a tell tale sign of a shoal. Henry's using a hermit crab bait on his lightweight spinning gear and although none of the Permit he catches approach the all tackle record of 60lbs (27.2kgs) caught in Brazil, they are still decent fish providing long tough battles. The programme contains some great tips and advice on how to target and successfully hook these fantastic fish and there's also another great recipe from Dr BBQ Ray Lampe, this time it's Blackened Grouper prepared on the grill. To watch Hard Pulling Permit now, just login or join
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In 'Puerto Rican Tarpon' host Henry Waszczuk and the Fishing the Flats team have unearthed a fantastic new destination to rival Costa Rica, the Bahamas and Belize, its Puerto Rico. An island in the middle of the Caribbean, it can offer excellent all round saltwater action but in particular it has established a reputation as a Tarpon hotspot. Henry is in the capable hands of brothers Armando and Karim Chaar who run the Magic Tarpon guiding service, reagrded as the best on the island and they have taken him out onto the San Jose Lagoon. It offers between 4 and 8 feet of water and seems to be absolutely packed full of the 'silver kings'. The great attraction of Tarpon is the fight they give you, no matter what size they are there will be plenty of thrills and spills as they jump out of the water on the end of your line. Henry is in for a real treat though, as he hooks one weighing in at 145lbs, needless to say it gives him one hell of a battle. There's another excellent BBQ recipe from chef Ray Lampe, this time it's cedar wrapped scallops. To watch Puerto Rican Tarpon now, just login or join
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In this episode Henry's fishing his home waters of Charlotte Harbour in south west Florida. He's out on the flats with Capt Todd Gilbert and they've got some favourite spots, where they know they can find a wide variety of fish, pretty much all year round. Charlotte Harbour has 129 square miles of protected fishable waters which includes grass flats and hundreds of mangrove lined islands and inlets. Its known for its migratory Tarpon and has a huge population of Redfish, Snook and Sea Trout. Today they are setting out not really having a particular target in mind, just determined to follow the tide and the conditions and have a fun day on the water. First up they target an old disused pier, casting their small live baits around its concrete pillars. Todd hooks a lovely Crevalle Jack, with its yellow fins and distinctive black spot. Henry hooks a couple of smaller ones that he puts in the live well as bait for something a bit bigger later in the day. After a decent Snook each, Henry puts those small Jacks to good use and tempts a Goliath Grouper to bite, cue a long hard fight. In case you're hungry at the end of all this action, Dr BBQ Ray Lampe shows how to cook a grilled Salmon Frittata. To watch Henry Fishing Charlotte Harbour now, just login or join
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Henry is back in Belize, wading the shallow lagoons of what is the second largest barrier reef in the world. This time he's targeting Triggerfish, which will enter the lagoons from the ocean in search of food, such as small crustaceans, molluscs and urchins. Henry's casting a small hermit crab bait, prepared for him by his local guide. The idea is to cast with the wind and drop the bait right in front of the Trigger's nose. Once hooked they put up a great fight and are incredibly fast in the water. There are about 40 different species of Triggerfish, the most common being the 'Queen' with its incredibly vivid colour markings and the 'Ocean' which are dark grey in the water but become almost white under the stress of being hooked. It's these that Henry has in his sights, they are also known as Ocean Tallys. The Triggerfish gets its name from its ability to make its first dorsal fin rigid, as a means of avoiding being eaten, an angler can 'reset' this by pressing down on the third dorsal fin, as if it were a trigger. The Triggerfish is an excellent eating fish and chef Dr BBQ Ray Lampe shows how to prepare grilled Triggerfish tacos with a mango salsa. To watch Trigger Happy in Belize now, just login or join
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Henry heads just a few miles south for this episode to fish out of Boca Grande on Florida's Gulf coast, he's out in open water with buddy Mark Brooks and they are fishing over reefs and heavy structure for Goliath Grouper. These are the largest fish found off south west Florida and can grow to over 500lbs. Because they are delicious to eat, they were heavily over fished commercially, during most of the 20th century, seriously endangering their survival. But a moratorium, in place for over twenty years now has seen their numbers rebound dramatically. They hold up in holes and crevices amid the structure on the bottom and can be tempted out by sizeable live baits. They put up one hell of a battle, Henry certainly knows he has been in a fight after boating his first. For his tip of the week he shows how to crimp a 400lb monofilament leader to a size no. 14 hook. Big gear for big fish. On his lighter tackle he also catches some great looking Amberjacks. Dr BBQ Ray Lampe cooks up another fantastic recipe, this time its Redfish Pot Pie. To watch Gearing Up for Goliath Grouper now, just login or join
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In 'Open Water Mexican Mix' we have more action from Henry's trip to Mexico's Pacific west coast, this time out in open water in search of a mix of game fish. He's a guest at the Punta Mita resort and the waters around here hold a wide variety of exotic species, all capable of growing to formidable sizes and with the ability of putting up a great fight. Its great fun boatfishing for a day, when you're not quite sure what you're going to catch, especially if you're using light tackle. First up they hit a feeding shoal of African Pompano, these are beautiful looking members of the Jack family with petrol shades of sheen coloration and one long spine extruding from its dorsal fin. The all tackle record for these is just over 50lbs or 22kgs. Next up is a slightly bigger proposition, cue a screaming reel and a massive battle as Henry boats a lovely Roosterfish. These fish migrate up and down a 300 mile stretch of America's Pacific coast and grow to twice the size of the Pompano. In his tip of the week Henry shows how he ties his braid to his mainline using a Double Uni knot and Dr BBQ Ray Lampe shows how to make the most of your catch with a smoked Pompano pizza. To watch Open Water Mexican Mix now, just login or join
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In 'Florida Bay Shark' Henry heads down the coast to Southern Florida. Islamorada in the Keys is one of the top sea fishing destinations in the world, with a huge choice of possibilities. The Atlantic Ocean stretches out to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the west, add to that hundreds of islands, sand bars, spits and gullies and you have fishing heaven. Its early Spring so the species Henry is targeting is Shark. He's out with expert local guide Capt. Steve Impallomeni who knows exactly where to find them, he's tied some lacerated fish to the back of the boat to create a chum scent trail and Henry is casting chunks of the same deadbait fairly close to the boat. First to bite is a small pup which is not too difficult to handle but the next hook up puts a huge bend in Henry's rod and he know's he's in for one hell of a fight. The show also contains plenty of facts and figures about the various species of Shark found in Florida waters and Henry's got some great tackle tips and advice. Dr BBQ Ray Lampe shows the expert way to set up and light your BBQ and then how to grill delicious Swordfish steaks. To watch Florida Bay Shark now, just login or join
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A lot of time and a considerable amount of money has gone into creating the Marina Papagayo, establishing it as one of the top destinations for Game Fishing in Costa Rica. It's on the country's Pacific west coast and it's here that host Henry Waszczuk spends a day cruising offshore with Billfish Safaris in the company of IGFA record holder Sjon Harless. They are trolling Benito and Ballyhoo deadbaits hoping to hook one of the classic gamefish species readily found here. It's not long before one of the reels is screaming and a beautifully coloured Dorado or Mahi Mahi is jumping high out of the water on the end of the line. And between two hard fighting acrobatic sailfish Henry takes time to talk us through his tip on setting up your reel to maximise your chances when boat fishing like this. There's also another great recipe from Dr BBQ Ray Lampe, who shows how to cook up a delicious looking seafood cioppino or fisherman's stew. To watch Game Fishing Costa Rica now, just login or join
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In Monsters of the Gulf Henry takes two trips out to the deeper waters of the Gulf of Mexico from Florida's west coast. First he's on the all new Andros Offshore 32 with Andros president Andy Eggebrecht, this is a sleek, purpose built sports craft, armed with all the electronic gadgets you could wish for and it soon gets them into an area teeming with a variety of big species. Andy is vertical jigging for Amberjack and he strikes first, into a monster. After a rod bending fight lasting 30 minutes they realise that what he has actually hooked is a Goliath Grouper, these prehistoric looking fish are common in these waters and can grow to an amazing 680lbs. Henry's second trip is with guide Capt TJ Shea, he knows the wrecks, features and hotspots dotted around these waters and puts Henry on to an assortment of great bottom feeding fish including Gag Grouper, Red Snapper and AJs. As well as some great tips from Henry on jigging on the bottom there's another great seafood recipe as Dr BBQ Ray Lampe shows how to create snapper with a devil crab crust, yumm. To watch Monsters of the Gulf now, just login or join
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In this episode Henry is fishing for Bonefish in Belize. This small Central American state sits between Mexico, Guatamala and the Atlantic Ocean and is home to the second largest coral reef system in the world. Henry is staying on an atoll in the middle of this at the Turneffe resort, surrounded by crystal clear shallow flats. He can cruise these in the boat of local guide Winston "Pops" Cabral or wade in about a foot of water. Bonefish can be found on the flats just about all year round, they thrive on the lush ecosystem and love to eat the small crabs that live here, so it is with an imitation crab fly, tied by his buddy Cory Koenig that Henry has success. The Bonefish here can grow to around 8lbs in weight but the average is 3-4lbs and Henry has a great session with "Pops" catching a few of these, only interrupted when half of his largest fish of the day is grabbed by a predatory Barracuda. There are plenty of tips on reading the conditions, casting techniques and choosing the right fly as well as another excellent recipe fro Dr BBQ Ray Lampe, this time grilled skewered shrimp with orzo salad. To watch Bonefish in Belize now, just login or join
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Henry doesn't have to travel too far from from home in this episode, which is a good job as he's paddling his own kayak. He's fishing the shallows around Pine Island Sound on the Gulf Coast of Florida targeting Sea Trout. These fish love the hundreds of islands, points, sand bars and grass flats that provide their feeding grounds when they are migrating and even the very largest trout can be caught close to shore. The Florida record is 15lbs 6ozs. Henry's fishing in 2-4 feet of water looking for sand holes, where the Sea Trout tend to hold up. He's using lightweight gear, his Carrot Stix ML rod with a Qualia 30 NLF reel and casting soft plastic lures. There are plenty of fish around and Henry has a great session with his largest being over 24 inches. In his tips section Henry advises on rod selection and shows how to prepare the types of soft plastic lures he was successfully using here. Dr BBQ Ray Lampe also shows you how to prepare a delicious looking seafood paella. To watch Kayaking for Sea Trout now, just login or join
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In the first of a new series, host Henry Waszczuk visits Mexico's Pacific Coast to spend a day out on the waters of the Bahia de Banderas with Hollywood actor/director/producer James Keach. They are targeting trophy Roosterfish, distinguished by its "rooster comb" of seven long spines out of its dorsal fin, these sought after fish can grow to over 1.6 meters and a weight of over 50kgs or 100lbs and are renowned for putting up a very hard fight. The Roosterfish is a voracious predator on smaller fish species and it's very easy to spot when they are attacking a shoal of baitfish such as Sardines near the surface, this is the area to cast and retrieve your surface plugs. James is first into a fish and after a gruelling battle that runs for almost 15 minutes lands a lovely specimen. The local captain has put them on such a large shoal that they both enjoy plenty more action. Henry also talks us through a selection of his favourite 'chuggas' or top water plugs and how best to use them and chef Ray Lampe shows how to cook marinated tuna steaks on the BBQ. To watch Trophy Roosterfish now, just login or join
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Fishing The Magic Hour takes us to the land of the Murray Cod and the Western Great Dividing Range in New South Wales, Australia. Adventure anglers and film makers, Josh Smith and Jamie Condon just love fishing for these apex predators which can reach sizes of 80lb and can live for up to 70 years. As the sun drops in the evening and the shadows start coming over the pools in the gorges, surface lures are the way to go and can elicit some explosive attacks from Murray Cod. The boys get off to a great start landing several decent size fish on the first evening using these tactics. Making an early start the following morning, Jamie finds a nice backwater below a small waterfall and tempts another nice fish as he imitates a stunned bait fish. Looking for structure and ambush points the guys continue to catch more Murray Cod throughout the day using soft plastics. These fish are hard fighting and dont give in, as Jamie finds out later that day hooking and landing the biggest fish so far at around 14Kg. As the sun disappears again, its back on the surface lures with more immediate success. This is a great film for anyone interested in finding out more about Muuray Cod and what it takes to catch these fantastic predators.
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Join filmmakers and adventure anglers, Josh and Jamie as they embark on an epic fishing trip to Cape York in northernmost Australia. The Cape is one of the remotest areas of Australia and home to a terrific array of sport fishing species including the most famous of all Australian fish, the hard fighting Barramundi. Using a 56ft cruiser as their mothership, the guys are well equipped with fishing and camera gear to capture the best fishing that Cape York has to offer. Arriving by plane, they first scout the area with a helicopter trying to identify the best locations. There are just so many places to fish here with lagoons, mangroves, inlets, rivers and reefs, and almost certainly the fish here won't ever have seen a lure so hopes are high as they start fishing. Day one sees the weather gods play up with a huge downpours of rain but this doesn't stop the team as they fish the mangroves and catch several nice Barramundi as well as Blue and Threadfin Salmon. With a break in the weather, the fishing hots up with more stunning, aerobatic Barra coming to the guys. After a while in this area, they realise that all the rain has coloured the water too much so decide to move location, South in search of clearer conditions. Finding another inlet, the guys find some stunning mangrove and are soon into more hard fighting Barramundi. As well as the terrific boat fishing, the team experience some great action from the shore using light tackle spinning and fly rods to catch Queenfish. With some incredible scenery, and amazing wildlife shots including some big saltwater crocodiles, this film gives a great insight into the spectacular fishing to be had on Cape York. To watch just login or join
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Host Henry Waszczuk has fished in over 30 countries and in this the final episode of the series he brings you his Top 10 International destinations. Starting at Punta Mita on Mexico's Pacific coast where Henry enjoyed some fantastic top water Roosterfish action. These amazing fish are lured into the bay by the migrating population of sardines and during their feeding frenzy its possible to catch a 40lb monster every cast. We also join him landing a Permit at the Grand Slam Fishing Lodge on Mexico's Caribbean Coast, where there is a huge variety of flats fishing to be had. Then he's off to the Caymen Islands where the Barracuda provide the fun. We also take in Central and South America where the highlight is a 50 minute fight with a monster Tarpon in Costa Rica. GT's in Christmas Island, Cubera Snappers in Panama and to complete his International Top 10 he hooks an acrobatic Sailfish in Guatemala... you have to admit Henry is one lucky son of a gun. To watch this video now, just login or join
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Host Henry Waszczuk heads offshore from Englewood Beach, Florida with local guide Kyle Martin. They're fishing a well known marque called 'The Box Cars' which is a man made reef in about 70' of water, holding a huge variety of species. It's early spring and the waters are just starting to warm up, so the tactics are to anchor up and put a large amount of chum into the water. The guys start off on their lightweight gear and are soon into some Snapper, but once they lose a couple to what they suspect is a prowling Goliath Grouper they get the heavier gear out and go for him. These are quite awesome fish that can grow to over 8 feet in length and up to a weight of 800lbs and they love to patrol the bottom around reefs, wrecks and other features, preying on smaller fish. Henry spots some large fish entering the area on the sounder and thinks they must be Amberjacks, so the guys go for these with artificial lures on their lightweight gear again. The AJs are hard fighting fish who put up a great battle. With his tip of the week Henry shows how to make up a leader, thats sets your hook away from your weight when fishing off the bottom. To watch Offshore Goliaths now, just login or join
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Henry heads up the coast to Wilmington in North Carolina to fish the the inshore backwaters of the Cape Fear River in the company of local guide and expert Capt Rennie Clark. They are after the Redfish that thrive in the creeks, ponds and grass channels that make up this beautiful, sheltered inshore hot spot. Henry is happy that his 20lb braid is strong enough to cope with any battles in the reeds and grass along the margins, where the fish like to hang out and that's where he and Rennie cast their jigs and plastic lures. Its a red letter day and Henry catches fish after fish, his rattle-head hard plastic lure proving most successful. This is also featured in his tip of the week, where he talks us through some of the all time favourite lures he keeps in his 'Inshore' tackle box. There is also an IGFA feature on the Jack Crevalle with plenty of facts and figures on this hard fighting, attractive looking fish. To watch Inshore North Carolina Redfish now, just login or join
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In this episode Henry visits a couple of hot spots known for their Striped Bass, starting in his native Canada, on the Miramichi River in New Brunswick. Here he is fishing with retired NHL hockey player Steve Ludzik, they've got a friendly competition going and Steve gets off to a flying start with 3 decent school fish. Henry gets a couple of his own, but Steve wins the day with a lovely 18 pounder. There are plenty of facts and figures about this anadromous species, that can live in both fresh and salt water. The females or 'cows' grow bigger than the males and the IGFA all tackle record is almost 82lbs. Henry doesn't catch anything quite this big at his second location, which is in deeper water off Montauk, New York. Here he's in seasonal waters fishing with ex NHL coach Mike Keenan and they have a great day seeing plenty of saltwater stripe action. To watch Striped Bass Hot Spots now, just login or join
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Host Henry Waszczuk is in the Florida Keys for this episode, chasing one of the fastest fish in the water, the Spanish Mackerel. He's out with Capt Aaron Sutcliffe and buddy Mark Schrader and they soon attract a school to their chum line. The guys are fishing with 1/4oz hair jigs with thin strips of Ballyhoo on lightweight tackle and although they get almost a fish a cast from the average size 'schoolies' they are struggling to tempt the bigger fish. The Spanish Mackerel world record was caught up the coast in North Carolina in 1987, weighing in at just over 13lbs. Henry and Mark give plenty of tips on where to find and how to catch this very quick, hard fighting fish, and we also get to see the highlights Henry had, fishing for one of its near cousins the King Mackerel. To watch Spanish Mackerel in the Keys now, just login or join
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Henry is with Captain William Pugh again, fishing offshore from Panama Beach in North West Florida, and hoping to catch some Red Snapper, the signature fish of the Gulf of Mexico. No matter what their size, Red Snapper are tough fighters, stunning looking fish and renowned eating fish. In Fish Eye, we learn all about the Red Snapper including their lifecycle, migration patterns and habitats. Next its Henry's turn to get into the action as he hooks a powerful fish that takes a strong first run and applies some big headshakes, but when he pulls its up, only half of the fish is left as its been attacked by something bigger during the fight. Its not long before he hooks another and this time lands it in tact, but the next fish is much bigger and Henry fails to get it clear of the reef and eventually loses the battle showing just how hard these fish fight. In the tip section, Henry talks us through all the kit he takes with him when fishing for deep water reef species like Snapper, Amberjack,  and Kingfish. We also look at some of the biggest Red Snapper ever caught courtesy of the IGFA. To watch just login or join  
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Henry is back in North Carolina with Captain Rennie Clark and this time, he's to be doing something a little different as he'll be fishing for Redfish in the surf as they migrate up the coast. They start off in some backwaters of the Cape Fear River and they expect it to be tricky as its March, the water is cooler and the Reds don't feed as much. Nevertheless, Henry soon finds a pod of Reds and using his Rockport Rattler lure lands a lovely 28 inch Red to kick off proceedings. In Fish Eye, we take a look at Redfish cousin, the Black Drum which is also a great sporting fish which can grow to prodigous sizes and inhabits the same areas as Reds. Next up its shore fishing and as Henry takes control of boat and searches the shoreline for a shoal of Reds. When they find one, Rennie casts in and the action is fast and furious with so many Reds together like this. In Henry's tip section, he shows us the Gulp Shrimp and how he combines it with a Rockport Rattler to make a deadly Redfish lure. Now its Henry's turn to fish as Captain Rennie finds another sizable shoal of Reds and first cast he's into a strong Red in the surf. These saltwater Reds are stunning fish and more silver than when in the backwaters and lagoons but fight every bit as hard. The team also discuss record Black Drum and we see some footage of some big Black Drum that Henry and his guests have caught before including an 82lb goliath. To watch just login or join
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Henry is in Sarasota Bay on the central west coast of Florida and today fishing for Snook  with guest and PGA Tour Pro golfer, Andy Bean. The area they'll be fishing is full of  sandbars, channels and small bays which local guide, Captain Billy Clyde knows like the back of his hand. Billy will be hosting the pair and the target is to get the shallow water Slam of a Redfish, Snook and Speckled Sea Trout. In Fish Eye, we take a look at the Common Snook, its range, feeding habits and lifecycle. Henry starts proceeding with a small Snook before Andy hooks into its bigger brother and lands a cracking 40 inch Snook which the whole team are delighted with. The pair then land some beautiful Speckled Sea Trout before taking some time out to show us a new Livetarget lure that he's been using. As the day comes to a close, Henry hooks into a good sized Redfish which strips off all off his line before being boated and the slam is complete. Finally, we take a look at some of the biggest Snook ever caught, and see at a giant 22lb Snook Henry caught a few years ago. To watch just login or join