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Saturday, August 11, 2007

• The Outdoor Channel and Fishing

If you ever watch the Outdoor Channel, you'll know that fishing shows are few and far between. Monday is the big fishing day and then you have to have eyes like a hawk to spot another fishing show on any other day of the week. I believe there is something on Sunday morning, but I'm usually fast asleep. The rest of the week is all hunting except on Fridays where various forms of racing are on.

Let's talk about those fishing shows for a moment. Several fishermen don't watch them anymore because those things start sounding like one big infomercial. Very little teaching of technique is offered. However, this is not to say that the shows aren't worth watching. If you prefer a little bit of competition, Ultimate Match Fishing is a pretty decent little show and usually it's funny too. The In Fisherman TV is so/so. I get the magazine subscription, so what is in the show is supplemented by the magazine. I get more out of it. You just get to see what they were writing about in action. The hosts on that show do sprinkle tips here and there. Hank Parker does an okay job, but I don't get a lot from it. It's neat to watch him fish, but how many of us regular fishermen go down to Mexico? I'm sure El Salto was fun, but it's not helping me any. I don't see much of Bill Dance anymore, although many of his shows were more or less an infomercial in my eyes. I've heard Jimmy Houston is a great guy to meet in person and his shows are so/so, but I wouldn't say I learn a lot.

Now there is that show I mentioned that someone told me is now on Sunday mornings. The Bass Pro's do a show and do teach a fair amount. From the couple of shows I've seen, I was impressed. There are also a few smaller shows that come on infrequently like the young girl with BPS who did a show on shakey heads. I was not entertained in the least bit, nor did I learn anything new.

I'm not sure how the salt water anglers feel. There's one old guy that's on who seems like an ill tempered old coot with a pronounced my way or the highway attitude.

If you catch any of the hunting, someone like me finds some of the stuff less than sportsman-like to say the least. Shooting off a timed feeder isn't hunting. An African safari is like Hank Parker in El Salto. No thanks. Hollering like a baffoon after shooting your kill as if you were attempting your best Howard Dean impression is ridiculous. What's worse is that in talking with hunters, they inform me that regular hunters don't behave that way. I beg to differ. Sit in a bar or a barber shop during deer season. Idiots with guns would be my best description.

I haven't seen fishing on VS in ages.



That fishing show with Roland Martin is one big commercial! I set my DVR to search for bass and/or fishing and then programmed a timer for the good ones. We have a local show here in Sacramento on Fox Sports Bay Area called Fun Fishing, it shows gear and techniques and is entertaining and informative.

Angie T said...

What about ESPN outdoor shows? I would love to hear your thoughts on them....

I like the Bass Pros show too. They really did some different things this year with thier production approach.