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Show #1
Airs May 1 & July 3:
What's New In Boats, Engines & Electronics
: Our 2004 season premiere takes a look at some items in fishing & boating. Not everyone makes it to the shows each off season  and many who do end up missing most of the good stuff. In this episode we visit with Mike Browne of Yamaha, Warren Reid of Honda Marine, Jim Erickson of All Island Marine  (Evinrude) as we look at new and exciting innovations in outboard engines. We also speak with Mike Gaunya of Lowrance and Rich Galasso of Uniden with what's new in some electronics for fishermen and then look at some awesome fishing platforms with Jeff Going of Zodiac, Dave Browne of Hydra-Sports and Jim Erickson of Mako Marine. This is s cool show with some great tech stuff and a great way to start 2004!

Show #2
Airs May 8 & Sept. 11:
Late Fall Gummy Stripers
Late Fall Bass: This trip in late fall was done with one purpose in mind, to catch fish....on light tackle, not how big or how many...just to bend the rod and feel the line come tight one last time before the 2003 season ended earlier than usual due to winds and weather. We instruct on how to catch good numbers of stripers during the migration using lead heads and swim baits...a.k.a...rubber shads. The shad of choice for The Fishing Line has always been the Gummy Shad by FJ Neil Co., a Long Island based tackle manufacturer. My guest is Bob Lowe, operations manager for FJ Neil and we catch plenty of fish in very sloppy conditions. The key though is the extensive segment on shad baits, how to rig them, choosing the right one, what the difference between brands is, what other "baits" you should include in your fall arsenal and we speak about boat control and the stupidity we see on the water from careless anglers. We cover the tackle requirements for this sort of fishing action as always give a well rounded informative show with plenty of action. Watch the First episode by clicking the projector icon
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Show #3
Airs May 15 & August 28:
Build Your Own Fishing Rod/Part 1
Webbed ribbingRod Building: In this our 10th season on the air, we are going back to our roots so to speak and going with what got us to where we are. Sure we can catch bass, blues and fluke every week...but over the years it was the in studio shows on rigging, tackle and building rods that you folks loved and have been asking for now over the last few seasons. So here you are...Part One of How To Build Your Own Rod. In this episode we work with one of the masters of the craft...Hank Altenkirch to build a perfect back bay rod for plugging bass, clam bellying, flounder, ocean fluke and more! Hank has been building rods on his own for 40 years and before that with his dad Micky Altenkirch in his shop in Hampton Bays on the Shinnecock Canal. In Part 1...we take you though the steps of selecting the right blank, finding the "spline", shortening the rod and building it up with grips, reels seats and cleaning it as we get ready to wrap the guides and varnish in Part Two next week. We cover al the basics and some tips for you experienced rod builders Watch the episode by clicking the projector icon below
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Show #4
Airs May 22 & Sept. 4 :
Build Your Own Fishing Rod
/Part 2: Over the years it was the in studio shows on rigging, tackle and rod building you folks loved so much....and have been asking for over the last few seasons. So here you are...Part Two of How To Build Your Own Rod. In this episode we work with master builder Hank Altenkirch to take you through the final process of realizing your own rod. We work with Hank's daughter Janice to wrap the guides and then Hank takes us into the Varnishing Room to complete the process as we finish with our own creation to do some fishing in the bays for bass. We also take a look back through history with the Altenkirch family and take a look at the shop today. We cover all the basics and some tips for you experienced rod builders and we continue our new formatted Boating Tip of the Week.  There was so much footage for this show...it killed me to have to take it out...so we are including it al in the home release version for sale. You get a 55 minute video of Parts 1 & 2 combined when you purchase this one including scenes not included, interview, extended versions of the rod building process and much more. Watch the episode by clicking the projector icon below
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Show #5
Airs May 29 & August 21:
Ocean Flounder Fishing New Jersey
: This 2004 flounder season will undoubtedly go down as one of the best flounder fishing seasons in the last decade. "Not where I live!" you may say...and that may be true...but when it comes to flounder fishing it's not where you live that counts...you have to go to the fish. When the Raritan Bay action for winter flatties is on fire or winding down...the ocean flounder fishing off the Sandy Hook shore in just 15 to 20 foot of water can be on fire...as it was this season. Some years it's Romer Shoals...others it is Jersey and this was one of those years where anglers were limiting out on a daily basis on the boats that picked up on the pattern and knew where the fish set up this spring. Capt. Bob Wiegand of the Flamingo III out of Gerritsen Beach, NY did and he fished for three weeks or more limiting out his fares nearly every day and sometimes no matter how many people were on board. In this episode we explain why shell baits work better than others, "flounder twitching," following the fish, we cover all the basics and some tips for you experienced flattie fanatics and we take a look back at the Flamingo tradition in Brooklyn. We'll give you the scoop on rigging, tides and current in flounder fishing, our tackle choices were small to medium baitcasting reels and the secret to keeping a mussel on the hook and so much more. This is sure to be a viewing favorite for years to come! Watch the episode by clicking the projector icon below
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Show #6
Airs June 5:
Pitching PA Mountain Smallmouth
Ray Cichocki: This freshwater episode was filmed at Lake Wallenpaupack, PA in the Pocono Mountains about 2-1/2 hours from Long Island. In this show we're pitching  plastic tubes to pre and post spawn smallmouth around rock croppings, rocky drop off's bordering new emerging weedlines and sandy flats along with some dock lines as well. My guests are Joe Farry along with expert, local guide and tournament angler Ray Cichocki of Ray's Guide Service (570-654-9555). We'll show you the newest plastics, speak with Ray about lake conditions and how dropping or rising water conditions effect smallies here since this is a man made lake for generating electricity, talk about how plastics how revolutionized fishing, go over our surprising tackle choices of light spinning reels and light line for this fishing and of course lots of great fishing and skyrocketing jumps by the stars of this show...the smallmouth bass of Lake Wallenpaupack.

We stayed at the very comfortable and lovely Ehrhardt's Waterfront Resort on the lake where the food and hospitality was great! This is sure to be a viewing favorite for years to come for sweetwater enthusiasts and of course our new formatted Boating Tip of the Week! There was so much footage for this show...it killed me to have to take it out...so we are including it al in the home release version for sale. You get a 38 minute video when you purchase this one including scenes not included, captain interview, extended versions of the rigging and how to work the bait segments and much more. Watch this full episode by clicking the projector icon.
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Show #7
Airs June 12 & July 10:
Fisheries Management Truths Part 1
: This could be one of the most important shows we've ever done. I'm sure there will be many who wondered where the action was, and in this episode and next week's it was in the council rooms in Wilmington, DE at the Sheraton Hotel. These meetings are where you and I are being screwed by the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAFMC) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and these are the bodies responsible for the mess we're in with fluke and porgies this year. In this episode we introduce the basic players, the executive directors for each board, some sitting members for both the commercial and recreational sides, find out what their intentions are and introduce the Conservation Equivalency. Sound confusing?....It is and this is why we did a show of this magnitude for you to help you all understand what the hell really goes on inside these rooms. Watch this full episode by clicking the projector icon.
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Show #8
Airs June 19 & July 17:
Fisheries Management Truths Part 2: In Part 2 of what could be one of the most important shows we've ever done, we get into the heart of the matter. The inequitable splits of the fishery and the Total Allowable landings (TAL's) in which the commercial fishery gets 60% of the fluke and 78% of the porgy fishery! How did this happen? Because we do not go to these meetings as a block of voting recreational anglers to stop it and this is why I did these shows. In part 2 we get into how Conservation Equivalency can bite a state in the ass, this splitting of the quotas, speak wit the RFA on how to rectify the situation, and then get into the real crux of the argument....faulty and just plain wrong information gathering by the National Marine Fisheries service (NMFS) and show how this is causing chaos and financial ruin for many. Watch this full episode by clicking the projector icon.
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Show #9
Airs June 26:
Summer Shark Fishing: This week's show takes us wpeD4.jpg (8346 bytes)on an exciting adventure this week in search of big sharks off Long Island's South Shore in the heat of July! We fished 35 miles south of Jones Inlet and in this episode instruct viewers on the best tackle choices, rigging mackerel baits, haywire twists, and chumming techniques and taught you how to catch big sharks. We also show the proper way to adjust the drags on big reels so you are only applying 33% of the line's pound test for tournament fishing and go over how the big reels work and how to properly apply pressure to bring BIG sharks to the boat quickly...within minutes and without trying to muscle them or break your back. All this with the weekly Boating Tip of the Week of the Week. A great action video as we landed three blue sharks to 250 pounds on 50 weight stand up tackle.

Show #10
Airs July 24:
Connecticut River Stripers: This episode was filmed in Mid June on the Connecticut River with Pradco rep, Capt. Eric Matland. We launched right under the I-95 Bridge in Old Saybrook, CT and in this show we're tossing 7-inch plastics to produce explosive top water strikes on bass to 20 pounds on medium size spinning reels. Light line and soft plastics produced these explosive strikes in just 3 foot of water on the mid river reefs and shoals that pop up out of nowhere just a mile or so from the mouth of the CT river where it empties into Long Island Sound. Just terrific fishing and easy enough for anyone to do from cartoppers to Cabo owners! Great state facilities here for easy access to this stretch of the river for all anglers in the metropolitan to enjoy! (You can also run 10 miles north for great northern pike fishing!). There was so much footage for this show...it killed me to have to take it out...so we are including it all in the home release version for sale. You get a 40 minute video when you purchase this one including scenes not included, captain interview, extended versions of the rigging and how to work the bait segments and much more. Watch this full episode by clicking the projector icon.
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Show #11
Airs July 31:
Drop-Shotting NJ Largemouths
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This freshwater episode was filmed at Lake Hopatcong, NJ in mid May about 1-1/2 hours from Long Island. In this show we're drop-shotting...an awesome way to present plastic baits...in one place for freshwater bass. My guest is Skip Lerman...a winning tourney pro from this region and we use light spinning reels to catch Jersey largemouths' using the plastics in shallow water. The big key in this technique is the rig we used. The components include specially designed Drop Shot hooks and the other main component is the specialty drop shot weights that are made of tungsten and unlike lead are environmentally safe to water fowl. We go over our tackle choices of light spinning reels, rods and 6 or 8-pound test line for this fishing and of course great action on largemouth bass and many other species before a late spring thunderstorm chases us off the water with thunder, lightening and gusty winds blow the roof off a house on film behind us! There was so much footage for this show...it killed me to have to take it out...so we are including it all in the home release version for sale including an interview with Tony Going who is president of the NJ Bass Federation. Tony did us a big favor in running he camera boat this trip You can see and learn more about the NJ Bass Federation but clicking on their name and going to their site. You get a 40 minute video when you purchase this one including scenes not included, interview, extended versions of the rigging and how to work the bait segments and much more. Watch this full episode by clicking the projector icon.
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Show #12
Airs August 7:
Brits vs. Yanks Hook & Release Shark Tourney from Montauk, NY:
This is one of the only totally Hook & Release shark tournaments we know of and we're proud to be one of the sponsors. This year, host Rich Johnson participated as a member of the American team finishing 10th among 30 Americans in this tourney landing 19 of his 21 hook ups on 30 & 50 Penn stand up outfits for blue sharks to 275 pounds. In this show we go fishing and cover it as an angler fishing a tourney with video diaries for each day as well. We scored some fantastic underwater footage of sharks chewing our camera and the prop shaft...this is like Shark Week on The Fishing Line with great action on blue sharks to 275 pounds! I fished with famed TV show host John Wilson of Britain and in the weekly tackle segment had John Wilson participate...concurring to the world class quality and performance of Offshore Tackle and the International series of offshore reels as John has fished around the world producing TV in the UK for 19 years. This is the 2nd year for this tournament and it doubled in size from 12 participants each to 24 anglers for each side. Watch this full episode by clicking the projector icon.
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Show #13
Airs August 14:
Brits vs. Yanks Hook & Release Shark Tourney from Montauk, NY:
This is part two which encompasses the second half of Day and Day 3's fishing. This is one of the only totally Hook & Release shark tournaments we know of and we're proud to be one of the sponsors. This year, host Rich Johnson participated as a member of the American team finishing 10th among 30 Americans in this tourney landing 19 of his 21 hook ups on 30 & 50 Penn stand up outfits for blue sharks to 275 pounds. In this show we go fishing and cover it as an angler fishing a tourney with video diaries for each day as well. We scored some fantastic underwater footage of sharks chewing our camera and the prop shaft...this is like Shark Week on The Fishing Line with great action on blue sharks to 275 pounds! I fished with famed TV show host John Wilson of Britain and in the weekly tackle segment had John Wilson participate...concurring to the world class quality and performance of offshore tackle and the International series of offshore reels as John has fished around the world producing TV in the UK for 19 years. This is the 2nd year for this tournament and it doubled in size from 12 participants each to 24 anglers for each side. Watch this full episode by clicking the projector icon.
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