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Anglers Digest

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Join expert American angler Bill Boyce as he travels from Alaska to Puerto Rico taking in all the top saltwater destinations. In each programme he teams up with a local skipper, who invariably finds the right spot, and a fishing bonanza ensues. Sailfish, Tuna, GTs and Wahoo are just a few of the species he encounters.

 
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A chance to sample a few of the highlights from the Anglers Digest series, as host Bill Boyce takes you to... South East Alaska, where he fly fishes for Steelheads on a wonderful stretch of freshwater - to Tahiti for a totally insane day of deep sea sport fishing - to Puerto Rico for a fast action Blue Marlin tournament, where he's in the money - and also to San Diego where he joins a large charter boat for an amazing day of Bluefin fun and games.  
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To the angling world, The U.S. Virgin Islands are famous. St. Thomas is strongly considered one of the hottest blue marlin fishing grounds in the Atlantic. What is remarkably missing from that reputation is that the British Virgin Islands are actually closer to some of the most productive marlin grounds off St. Thomas….!! The reason for this distinct lack of fishing interest in the British Virgin Islands is that they are best known as a world class sailing destination and have historically never catered to the sport fishing industry. We found some amazing offshore and inshore fishing, the last thing I expected was to be fly fishing bonefish over excellent quality flats habitat. Fishing the flats of Anegada in the BVI with Garfield Faulkner – who has guided these waters for over 25 years – quickly proved he really knows his stuff! Then we went offshore with Capt. Donnell on the Big Ting, a 42’ Bertram that got so covered up by schoolie dolphin we felt like we were under attack. The offshore real estate found off Anegada is textbook marlin country, but that's not all it is. We also found some great wahoo action and saw evidence of good tuna activity as well. All in all, stunning beaches, super friendly islanders, great food, amazing weather, and fishing that is off the charts and under the radar of most international fishermen.  
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Panama
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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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No one in the world would deny that the King's crown of sailfish-fishing belongs to Guatemala. The Pacific side of this ancient Mayan country abounds with high concentrations of bait species – which in turn brings sailfish to this area in unprecedented numbers. Add in a stay at Casa A-Fin-Ity with Capt. Davis Clapp and you'll find yourself in great hands in the sailfish capital of the world. To fish this area in comfort you want a “express boat” – a boat with an open air cockpit where air flow through the salon area keeps you cool all day and you're never far from the rods. The A-Fin-Ity, a 39’ Knowles, is one of the fishiest boats in the country and a perfect example of what a proper express boat is all about.  
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More great fishing exploits as Bill continues his stay at Casa A-Fin-Ity, on the Pacific coast of Guatamala, as the guest of Capt. Davis Clapp.  
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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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Alaska
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No other lodge in Alaska does it quite like Dove Island Lodge. Owners Duane and Tracy Lambert bring their Napa Valley roots and eloquent dining experience to the rugged yet scenic splendor of Southeast Alaska. We take viewers on amazing flights in Duane’s super custom DeHavilland Beaver float plane to distant waters to fly fishing for steelhead with the lodge guide. Then go up-island to troll for salmon, fish the abundant pinnacles for local varieties of rockfish, and then go deep dropping for halibut with master anglers Brett Ryan and Stephanie Choate. All these featured fishing moments will make you wonder why you are sitting on a couch and not fishing at Dove Island Lodge. But the fishing is only part of the fun, local amusements in Sitka include tours of the Alaska Raptor Center and getting up close and personal with the fury friends at Fortress of the Bears are fun travel features.  
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We once again join the amazing crew of the 93 custom catamaran sport fisher, the Ultimate Lady but this time in the gorgeous Austral Islands of Tahiti. Just imagine the fishing action you’ll experience when you fly with us 300 miles south of Tahiti to fish a remote island group like the Austral’s. Owner Fred Lewis and his New Zealand friends provide the hospitality and Captain Tom Francis puts us on a variety of offshore fish only a dream could envision. Tunas, marlin, wahoo, GTs, jacks, and deep sea snappers are all given our attention as we are captured in their rapture. Several island touring moments brings the viewers right to the spot the HMS Bounty was taken after the mutiny with Captain Bligh took place in the 1700’s. We fish waters even more virgin than those fished by Zane Grey in his historic angling pursuits in the early 1900’s.  
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Bill continues his trip with the amazing crew of the 93 custom catamaran sport fisher, the Ultimate Lady in the gorgeous Austral Islands of Tahiti. Just imagine the fishing action you’ll experience when you fly with us 300 miles south of Tahiti to fish a remote island group like the Austral’s. Owner Fred Lewis and his New Zealand friends provide the hospitality and Captain Tom Francis puts us on a variety of offshore fish only a dream could envision. Tunas, marlin, wahoo, GTs, jacks, and deep sea snappers are all given our attention as we are captured in their rapture. Several island touring moments brings the viewers right to the spot the HMS Bounty was taken after the mutiny with Captain Bligh took place in the 1700’s. We fish waters even more virgin than those fished by Zane Grey in his historic angling pursuits in the early 1900’s.  
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Bill and his team take you all on a fishing nirvana vacation aboard Captain Frank LoPreste’s famous long range sportfisher, the Royal Polaris. This eight day trip is a two part episode that will show viewers just how much fun and how much fishing time is provided on these amazing multi-day trips to Baja waters. Bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, yellowtail, calico bass, halibut, and other Baja favorites are hitting the decks with the happiest passengers in the world. Not just from the incredible fishing they experienced but with the 5 star dining they were catered to the entire trip. Experience the professional fish cleaning / processing facility that packs your catch for an easy transport home. If you are thinking about a long range trip out of San Diego, this is a MUST SEE adventure…!! We also take you on a quick tour of San Diego which gives viewers the best reason they need to come visit America’s Finest City.  
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Bill and his team take you all on a fishing nirvana vacation aboard Captain Frank LoPreste’s famous long range sportfisher, the Royal Polaris. This eight day trip is a two part episode that will show viewers just how much fun and how much fishing time is provided on these amazing multi-day trips to Baja waters. Bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, yellowtail, calico bass, halibut, and other Baja favorites are hitting the decks with the happiest passengers in the world. Not just from the incredible fishing they experienced but with the 5 star dining they were catered to the entire trip. Experience the professional fish cleaning / processing facility that packs your catch for an easy transport home. If you are thinking about a long range trip out of San Diego, this is a MUST SEE adventure…!! We also take you on a quick tour of San Diego which gives viewers the best reason they need to come visit America’s Finest City.  
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The 60th anniversary of the famous Club Nautico Yacht Club provides the venue for this exciting marlin fishing extravaganza where the docks are filled with the WHO’S WHO of the Caribbean sport fishing industry and several IGFA dignitaries as well. We fish with Tim Mossberg and his Team MOJO as well as with Tim Choate of WILD OCEANS while we share laughs and try to gain respect in this prestigious tournament. We also take the time to fish the local estuaries for tarpon with Captain Omar Orraca out of Tarpon Nest Lodge. Back offshore, we join the National Geographic Critter Cam Team of Sam Friederichs and Sjon and Jamey Harless as they deploy a underwater camera on a released blue marlin. REALLY COOL segments to a beautiful show.  
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St Lucia
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The beautiful Caribbean paradise of St Lucia with its volcanoes and jungle offers many attractions, but it is also the centre of some spectacular fishing. Bill heads out onboard Lucky Strike skippered by Bruce Hackshaw with Barracuda, Blue Marlin and Tuna among the target species.  
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Curacao
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This is Bill's first visit to Curacoa, and as well as taking in its many sights and cultural attractions he teams up the crew of the Lady Gusta to take part in the island's annual Blue Marlin competition.  
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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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With white sand beaches and pure turquioise waters the Turks & Caicos Islands are an idyllic Carribean retreat. The Blue Haven Marina provides a perfect base for Bill to enjoy the deep sea fishing to be had just offshore, and also go scuba diving around the reef.  
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In Part 2 of his trip to Turks & Caicos, Bill hits the backcountry flats armed with lighweight tackle and targets bonefish under the guidance of local expert Edward Missick.  
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Bill returns to southern Baja, starting his trip in San Jose Del Cabo. Before sampling the local tequilla, he enjoys some excellent action, fishing for Striped Marlin, and then teams up for the innaugral deep water competition.  
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On the second stage of his return to southern Baja, host Bill Boyce is in Cabo San Lucas, where there is a huge variety of exciting offshore fishing to be had. He also joins the locals on the beach for some early morning surfcasting, aiming at a huge shoal of mullet.  
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East Cape
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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 returns to San Diego, California's sportfishing mecca. He joins Capt Bob Woodard for some light tackle jig and lure fishing for Yellowfin Tuna and Yellowtails a few miles out of the harbour. 
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Bill's back in San Diego where, as well as a great day's offshore fishing for Tuna on a 56' Mikleson, he's given an exclusive tour around the USS Midway, a decommisioned aircraft carrierand, which in its time was the largest ship in the world.  
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Bill returns to Alaska, America's last frontier and this time he's based in Ketchikan, where a trip out with local skipper Sean Mitchel produces a halibut bonanza and plenty of salmon.  
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Islamorada in the Florida Keys, provides a great base for some spectacular sportfishing. Offshore for swordfish, aswell as flats fishing on light tackle for tarpon and permit. Bill also joins Captain Spencer Slate for some amazing scuba diving in and around the nearby reef. 
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Fiji
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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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