Fishing on TV

Because of our frequent arctic blasts this winter, I found myself at home one Saturday morning trying to stay warm. Not able to be out on the lake myself, I decided to do the next best thing and watch other people catch fish on TV. Flipping through the channels, I came across an earlly show that I had not seen since I was a kid, and honestly didn’t know it was still aired.

Hosted by professional angler and guide Bill Wilcox, the show is a local TV show featuring Texas lakes and rivers. The program is unique in that there are no re-runs. Every week has a new show that highlights bodies of water and fishing techniques matching the time of year. In each episode Mr. Wilcox describes in detail, each of the lures that he used to catch fish during the show. There is also a maps segment that pinpoints the exact location where he and his guest co-host caught fish that day.

This show was originally created in the mid-80’s by the late Jerry Dean. For over 20 years Mr. Dean hosted the TV show and published a monthly magazine by the same name. He was a strong advocate to the sport of fishing in the state of Texas including promoting ideas like Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Sharelunker program. Mr. Dean was also one of the first to endorsed catch and release helping anglers to become more conservative-minded.

This show airs on each Saturday morning at 6:30 AM and on every Sunday at 5:30 AM. The broadcast is very informative and a great resource for the Texas angler.

In case you missed the eight hours of the 2010 Bassmaster Classic on ESPN 2 this weekend, Kevin VanDam won the $500,000 world championship of bass fishing. A field of fifty-one anglers began the tournament on Alabama’s Lay Lake Friday morning for the first of the three-day event. Contestants qualified for the Classic in 2009 through the BASS Elite series, BASS Open tournaments, BASS Weekend series and the BASS Women’s Tour.

Ardmore, OK pro, Jeff Kriet, lead the contest by 2 ounces going into the last day of the tournament. However, Kevin VanDam, who many consider the best bass angler in the world, brought in 19 pounds 7 ounces on the final day to close the door on the title. VanDam has now won three Classic trophies to go along with five BASS Angler of the Year titles.

Interestingly enough, the top five anglers going into the last day of the tournament all were fishing within the same creek and for the most part catching their fish on the same type of lure; a lipless crank-bait commonly known as a rattle-trap. Many thought the cold winter of 2010 would position the bass in deep-water, however, most of the fish were caught in less than six feet of water.

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