In reflective mood, Host Randy Bowser introduces this mini season of Yucatan Anglers TV which was hampered in 2020 with two major tropical storms and of course the global pandemic. With restrictions on travel, Randy was forced to fish closer to home in the Yucatan but the quality of fishing was still pretty good, with inshore species like Tarpon, Snook, Sea Trout and Barracuda readily found within a short boat ride of his hometown of Progreso, Mexico.
Capt George Clark Jnr hosts this season of Reelin in the Keys and meets up some of the top charter boat Captains in the Florida Keys. With such a huge variety of water available from deep sea, to inshore, the flats and the backcountry channels of the Everglades, there is always a hot bite to be had here no matter the conditions. The Keys is well known as the sportfishing capital of the world and we see a wide range of hard fighting species including Redfish, Snook, Jacks, Sea Trout, Permit, Lemon Shark and Marlin. George is an expert angler and shows just what it takes to be successful here landing some fantastic fish throughout the series.
Unchartered Waters is a true saltwater adventure film set in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Mozambique with 6 anglers realising their dreams after 3 years of planning. Conditions are cramped with 10 people in all on just a 42ft Catamaran and they've brought a ton of fishing gear too, with trolling rods for Sailfish, Marlin and Tuna as well as a range of heavyweight fly rods from 8 weights all the way up to 16 weight. After 3 days, they finally approach Bassas and the trolling rods start beding over with some nice Yellowfin Tuna coming to the boat. With sharks now circling the boat and Sailfish, Wahoo, Barracuda as well as abundant Tunabeing caught, the first day's fishing has been a lot of fun. With a lot of fly anglers on the boat, they approach the captain to devise a plan to target the huge schools of Tuna around, which entails pulling them up to the surface with poppers and then casting flies at the fish. The action is relentless but sharks are playing havoc by attacking their hooked fish near the boat so often the only way is to step up their tackle and bully fish in quickly which is easier said than done. The following day, they reach the Bassas area and leave the main boat to fish on the flats around an atoll targetting Parrotfish and Kingfish. They soon find huge quantities of Parrotfish but these fish are not easy to catchand it requires a lot of skill to firstly stalk and then sight fish them in much the same way as you'd fish in a chalkstream! As they move location again, there's moreaction behind the boat with a variety of species landed including some wonderful Giant Trevally. Back on another flat, this time they find Bonefish and other reef species. This is an excellent film that gives a real insight into the terrific fishing available in the Indian Ocean
A Year in The Life follows 6 anglers as they visit some of the world's premier fly fishing destinations. We begin with renowned UK river angler and journalist, Paul Proctor as he introduces us to his favourite Icelandic River, the Minnivallalaekur. The Brown Trout here can grow to prodigous sizes with fish to 20lb caught every season, often on small dry flies, and this fact makes it the world's best trout river in many fly anglers eyes. This spring fed river boasts an incredible midge population and this is what these huge trout predominantly feed on. After landing a couple of stunning fish, Paul moves to the Laxa River, which depsite being more famous for Atlantic Salmon, can offer some incredible dry fly fishing for Brown Trout too. Next up, we join fly fishing instructor and guide, Mark Windsor on the stunning Christmas Island for some high quality saltwater fly fishing. As Mark explains, Christmas Island is a large island and has a huge amount of fishable coastline which pretty much guarantees that anglers are fishing virgin water. Trophy sized Bonefish, Giant Trevally, Trigger Fish, this island has it all inshore, as well as a huge variety of offshore species like Tuna, Wahoo and Sailfish. Mark lands a nice GT before showing us how to catch Trigger fish which is one of his favourite species on the fly. We then visit New Zealand's South Island where Paul Proctor gives us a great overview of the range of fly fishing there, before latching into a nice 7lb Brown on a small backcountry creek. Paul explains his approach to fly fishing here and what it takes to be successful and we see him put this into practice several times. Music mogul, Duff Batty is in Ascension Bay in Mexico and explains what makes this place so special for fly anglers. Local guide, Manuel Chac catches a stunning Bonefish in the Mangroves before discussing his true love, the Permit which also reside in the area. In fact Acension Bay, makes a claim to be the Permit capital of the world and offers agood opportunity to catch these illusive fish. Back in England, we meet Charles Jardine discusses his love affair with Chalk Streams. Fly Fishing Instructor, Gilly Bate explains how the water clarity makes fishing these streams such a unique experience and what draws anglers from allover the world to fish rivers like the Test and the Itchen. Charles is on the River Frome in Dorset, a beautiful and wild chalk stream, famed for its sizable Grayling and Charles doesn't let us down, catching a stunning 2lb plus fish. A Year in the Life is a visual treat which shows off some of the world's top fly fishing destinations, through the eyes of renowned anglers and is highly recommended.
Ocean exploration is a romantic notion that reaches out to the adventurer in all of us. From an early age people dream of exploring the farthest reaches of Earth – uncovering history and ancient stories, witnessing the true beauty of nature while discovering the raw essence driving that simple word, ‘exploration’. ‘Big Fish Big Adventure’ is an 8 part original Australian-made series featuring an exploration charter company ‘Big Cat Reality’ that caters to the desires of open-water fishing enthusiasts and adventure seekers, introducing them to some of the most beautiful, still unexplored fishing destinations the world has to offer. The series offers adventure, reveals Queensland’s long-lost maritime history, undersea life, the thrill of extreme fishing and ocean exploration. Captain James McVeigh, seasoned mariner and once commercial diver who has spent his life on or under the water, takes his clients to the furthest reaches of the reef, chasing their ‘fish-of-a-life time’. James and his crew deliver a true adventure experience, which, as the real adventurist knows, means facing down an unforgiving sea, and Mother Nature’s ability to throw the unexpected at them, at any time. This is what it means to maintain a charter business supplying high end experiences while navigating the spectacular waters of the Coral Sea. The fish may be big but the adventure is bigger. This series represents the truth of ocean charter work alternating daily between relaxed lounging, battling big fish, tales of high adventure played out on the sea floor, racing storm fronts and re-discovering some of Queensland’s seldom seen seascapes. This is Big Fish Big Adventure.
Running the Coast
The Striped Bass is almost certainly the most revered and sought after saltwater species in North America, and this epic, near 3hr film delves deep into the subject of angling for these hard fighting fish. Following a group of 'striper' lifers, the film starts in the spawning grounds of Chesapeake Bay where expert anglers, the Tylers are looking for their first fish of the season. As sunset arrives, they finally find the fish they have been looking for and a big striper is boated to kick off the film in style. Further up the coast we meet Jo Shastray, a New York city firefighter and fishing boat captain who is equally obsessed by these fish. He explains how the currents and tides of New York harbour provide excellent opportunity to target stripers, and what an amazing backdrop we see as Jo does just that in front of the Manhattan skyline at night. As the water warms and fish migrate, they can be sighted up and down the coast and targeted out in open water and the Tylers show just how to find and catch these fish. We meet legends like Lefty Kreh and Bob Popovics who are both addicted to catching stripers and have played a hefty role in the development of fly angling for them. Greg Myserson also shows us how its done, fishing a worm hatch in Rhode Island, and he should know whathe's doing as in 2011 he became the IGFA World Record Holder for Striped Bass with a huge 81lb fish. We follow the migration up the coast culminating at Montauk where hoardes of anglers arrive each year to find stripers in what could truly be called the surf fishing capital of the world. We also join Pink Floyd's Roger Waters in Montauk as he fly fishes 'the blitz' where thousands of stripers hit bait on the surface and the action is relentless. This is a must watch film for saltwater anglers providing an incredible insight into the Striped Bass fishing scene, along with plenty of information about how to successfully target these amazing fish.
The IFA Redfish Tour is regarded as one of the top series of tournaments of its kind in the States and is certainly the most popular. It hosts a number of qualifying events in 5 regional divisions across the south east of the country, with teams vying to make it through to the Championship Final at the end of the season. In 2019 this was held at Venice in Louisiana, considered to be the best Redfish destination in the world. Most of the qualifying competitions are one day events where the teams of two anglers are looking to bag the heaviest total of two fish. Sounds easy, but all states impose a slot, outside which fish that are too small or too big must be put back. So the largest fish that count are either just under 27 or 28 inches, with the heart breaking realisation that something slightly bigger than this won't count. Anglers will try a variety of patterns, looking for something that works on the day, but generally they like to sight fish in clear water where they can see and cast to the shoals of Redfish. The IFA Tour also includes events for kayak fishing, sponsored by Hobie and in this series we include the season finale Championship from Grand Isle, Louisiana as well as the Hobie World 8's, the world championships from Gold Coast Australia. To watch the 2019 IFA Redfish Tour now, just login or join
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
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
Watch host Henry Waszczuk as he seeks out some of the best saltwater fishing hotspots in the US. Each episode sees Henry target a particular saltwater species working with top local guides to find the hottest bite around. From inshore species like Redfish in North Carolina to deepwater giants like Amberjacks and Grouper in the Gulf of Mexico, this series pulls no punches in bringing some amazing angling action. Each show is filled with invaluable tackle, bait and lure tips as well as an in depth guide to the target species including their lifecycle, feeding habits, range and how to locate them. There's also a segment about IGFA records so there's a lot to learn about each species and particularly targetting trophy fish. We'll also look back at some of the biggest fish Henry has caught over the years, and as you can imagine with 25 years hosting fishing tv shows, there's quite a collection of monsters. This is highly informative saltwater fishing series with some spectacular fishing for some truly hard fighting saltwater species. To watch just login or join
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
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
Host Henry Waszczuk is back with more great saltwater in Fishing the Flats 2. Henry is a very lucky man, as well as being able to fish his home waters on the Gulf coast of Florida, he gets to travel to some of the top game fishing destinations around the world. In Belize he wades the shallow lagoons of the coral reef at Turneffe Atoll casting to Bonefish, Permit and Triggerfish, all hard fighting fish who are incredibly quick in the water. Costa Rica is long established as a go to destination for big game fish and here Henry enjoys a day out on open water catching Sailfish and Mahi Mahi. In the Mexican Pacific he targets trophy Roosterfish, with their amazing looking spiney dorsal fins. Then in Costa Rica has the the catch of the series when he wins a 30 minute tussle with a massive Tarpon weighing in at 145lbs. The variety of fishing he can enjoy back in Florida is also on show and combine that with plenty of tips and advice on tackle selection as well as some tasty fish recipes courtesy of Dr BBQ chef Ray Lampey and you've got another great series. To watch Fishing the Flats - Series 2 now, just login or join
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