What We Fish For
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.
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?
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!
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.
The Hemingway Challenge
from Reelin in the Keys
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 Hemingway.
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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