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Totally Tropical

White sand, blue water, and big fish
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In this episode the Reelin' in the Keys team head to the world-famous Hemingway Challenge - a blue marlin fishing tournament named for one of the most famous deep sea fishing afficionados of all time - author Ernest Heminway.  
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Your host Cody Herman leaves the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest and heads south of the Equator, to fish the tropical waters of Samoa. He learns how the island chain was devastated by a tsunami, and how to target warm-water, inshore species - we're talking big, fast, predatory fish in crystal clear waters. Can they catch an elisive billfish?  
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Steve and Mark team up to put a couple of brand new lures through their paces on longtail tuna, mackerel tuna, queenfish and diamond trevally out on Bargy's back yard in Queensland's Hervey Bay. Not only is the action fast and furious, but you'll also learn plenty about chasing pelagics on plastics.  
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Mark de la Hey explores the coast around 100km Durban, taking advantage of the delta of the Tugela River. They jig some livebait at a known amberjack mark and then head off to look for some marlin.  
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Rooster fish just offshore, and some great deepwater action, including Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna and Striped Marlin provide all the excitement for Bill and the crew as he concludes his trip along the Baja Mexico with this stop at the Buena Vista resort East Cape Los Cabos.  
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Bill is the guest of the Cayman Islands Angling Club, who provide him with a few days of magnificent fishing around this part of the Caribbean. Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna and Blue Marlin are on the wishlist.  He also meets up with marine biologist Guy Harvey conducting a survey of the many stingray to found here.  
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Michael is chasing hefty striped marlin off Newcastle in New South Wales on spinning tackle! This spectacular video features some brilliant underwater strike footage and lots of how- to info for keen blue-water anglers. Hervey Bay, in South East Queensland, is one of those rare "mixing pot" regions where fish species from the tropical north and the temperate south regularly overlap. This makes for some especially exciting angling action, and it doesn't get much better than chasing high speed pelagics such as tuna and billfish in shallow, clear water, where so much of the encounter is highly visual. We suggest you avoid watching this one if you have high blood pressure!  
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Join host Bill Boyce and crew as they drive down 1,100 miles the Baja peninsula to one of his favorite fishing and diving spots, in Los Barriles, Baja. Joining resort owners Axel and Felipe Valdez as well as dive master Mark Rayor at the world famous Cabo Pulmo reef and marine reserve. There they dive amongst hordes of snappers, jacks, and huge groupers. Then venture offshore with Felipe Valdez as they fish for the always present dorado, striped marlin and other surprising species they stumble across…! But not all great fishing has to be on a boat at East Cape, the long stretches of amazing beaches bring large predatory fish like roosterfish, jacks, snappers, and sierra just a short cast from shore. Felipe will guide viewers on how that fishery is best tackled.  
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Bill heads south to the stunning seaside city of San Jose Del Cabo. Not only is the excellent striped marlin fishery sampled with great success, the inshore roosterfish are given a test from the deck of the fishy 35’ Cabo Sportfisher, as Bill is in the expert hands of Captain Jorge and mate Louis.  
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On the Pacific side of Panama sits an island that has been lost to the test of time… Cebaco…. that is, until James Weise was marlin fishing near it years ago and discovered an untouched fishery. Black marlin, blue marlin, sailfish, large yellowfin tuna, dorado, and wahoo are found in abundant numbers and can be reliably caught year round. Jim took his mothership, the Cebaco Bay, and established a charter operation that is quickly becoming a must visit spot in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. Join us on this adventure as we live on the mothership and fish from it on Jim’s 56’ Viking, the Aguja. But most fishing is done on new 26’ center consoles with twin engine 4 strokes for inshore fish and from completely renovated 31’ Bertram’s when offshore. As far as inshore fishing is concerned, Cebaco Bay ranks amongst the best in the world. Deep jigging the high rocky pinnacles can be productive for a multitude of grouper and large amber jack species while throwing poppers into the surf line can get you tangled up with roosterfish, dog toothed snapper, bluefin trevally, and jack crevalle. The surfing is excellent near Cebaco Bay and some big fish can be found if freedive spearfishing is your sport of interest. Be sure you spend a day or two in Panama City as it is clearly the most modern city in Central America and has become a virtual Miami for those countries. Of course the Panama Canal is a must-see as well.  
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What We Fish is a documentary style film that explores the multitude of reasons that drive so many people to take to the water and go fishing. The film introduces us to four friends, an engineer, a journalist, a musician, and a professor, who share a passion for fishing. But each of them fish for different reasons. Joe, the musician, inspired by Ernest Hemingway, fishes to target some of the ocean's most thrilling game fish - blue marlin, tuna, dorado... Like Hemingway, he's seeking to test his mettle in the face of nature's power, whether that's the sea, or the fish. Sarah's a journalist who started fishing because she wants to know where her food was coming from. She's all about sustainability, and self-sufficiency. She's got a lot to learn, but she's keen to get stuck in. Ted's the engineer. He's a spear fisherman on a mission to help rid the Western Atlantic's coral reefs of invasive lionfish. He's making a one-man bid to try to slow the spread of this incredibly damaging species and save the reefs that have fascinated him since childhood. But for Andy, fishing is all about escapism - from the rituals and routines of daily life in the city. He's fished all his life, throwing flies for bonefish from a flats boat, not for food, but for the thrill of the hunt. As he starts to think like a hunter, his everyday cares are forgotten. With an evocative soundtrack accompanying stunning photography and underwater sequences, this film explores emotions that every angler has experienced.  
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In the last episode of this series Bill visits the south Pacific islands of Fiji where local expert Joe Tuko puts him on a fantastic assortment of fish. He also goes diving amongst awe inspiring mantis and samples some of the great sights to be found in this paradise location. 
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Cody's Samoan adventure continues - they had some success in part one, but conditions were tough. Now they are keen to add some more flags to the mast and put in some more tags. Cody's skipper explains the importance of tagging, and what to do if you catch a tagged fish.  
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