If I had my own fishing show, here are 25 things I’d do on the program.
There are many wonderful fishing shows out there. They entice viewers with exotic locations, the allure of big catches, and beautiful backdrops. They generally do a great job of promoting the sport, but have some limitations—and that’s okay.
However, if I were afforded the opportunity to have my own fishing show, I’d offer my own spin. First, I’d call it either “Angling Right” or “Reel Love” because they fit the fishing angle I take.
Below are the 25 things I’d do on the program:
1. Go fishing with commentators and politicians who like fishing
I’d go fishing with political leaders who support the fishing industry and directly partake in it to show their more human side. I’d do my best to give them “reel” coverage by talking about the joys of fishing.
2. Take veterans, disabled Americans, and young cancer patients fishing
There are many ways to be charitable in this country–especially with fishing opportunities. What better way to give back to our fellow Americans in need than with fishing? With the help of organizations like Project Healing Waters, Heroes on the Water, or Take a Kid Fishing, taking people who benefit from their programs out on the water would be a fun, rewarding experience.
3. Spotlight awesome fishing destinations
Fishing is not simply about catching fish; it’s also about enjoying one’s surroundings. Whether it’s saltwater fishing or freshwater fishing, a world-class fishing destination should be sought-after, enjoyed, and explored. Why not help promote popular and not-so-popular fishing destinations? I’d love to spotlight great fishing destinations.
4. Profile up-and-coming young angler professionals
Like other industries in the United States, the fishing industry could benefit from spotlighting more 18-30-something folks who live the fishing lifestyle. As a young angler myself–though one who needs to continually read up on stuff and practice my technique more–I would dedicate my fishing show to profiling up-and-coming anglers. The next generation needs to assume leadership roles, so the show would help them out.
5. Have cooking demonstrations with fish I catch
The outdoor lifestyle is integral to my life and the lives of many others, so showing the beauty of the catch-to-table movement would make a fishing program more interesting. For fish that can be consumed, there are countless recipes out there. I’d love to dish on and test delicious recipes!
6. Talk to those in fishing industry about the importance of their work
The fishing industry sometimes gets a bad rap from radical environmentalists, animal activists, and similar malcontents who malign the industry and its members. Yes, there are poachers and grifters who undermine the fishing industry–but they are in the minority. I’d love to demystify myths about the fishing industry since it plays an integral role in all of our lives with respect to food, entertainment, and sustainability.
7. Promote cool fishing brands
There are so many fishing brands out there. The variety of brands available for gear, tackle, clothing, or lifestyle are endless. Why not spotlight cool products that relate to fishing? Some of my personal favorites are Salt Life, Abu Garcia, SheFishes2, ReelCamoGirl, Take Me Fishing, and Shakespeare.
On a program, I’d showcase these brands and the people behind them—along with seeking out new brands that have a good product and good message.
8. Talk about rise of female anglers
As a young woman who enjoys fishing, I would use a show to highlight the rise of female anglers and the importance that trend is for the industry. There would be no pandering—just a celebration of more people joining our ranks.
9. Ask power players about state of the industry
I would dedicate time to talking to leaders in the industry to ask them about their work and what improvements could be made, if needed. I’d bring on representatives of the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation or BASS – Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, to name a few, to talk about their efforts.
10. Show how fun shopping for fishing supplies can be at Bass Pro or Cabela’s
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s are like theme parks for outdoor lovers. Both stores are meccas for fishing gear, with the former catering more so to anglers. I’d dedicate some portion of the show to going to either store to show how easy and fun it is to purchase gear, supplies, clothing, and such.
11. Talk about threat government regulations pose to the industry
Given my work as a political operative, I’d be happy to discuss the consequences of certain government policies that are detrimental to the industry. I’d also encourage fellow anglers to contact their elected officials to reject legislation that harms the industry.
12. Promote true conservation and sustainable fishing
The outdoor industry is the true conservation hub in the United States. Anglers and hunters are good stewards of the environment and care far more about the world around them than many would have you believe.
I’d use a show to discuss why fishing benefits the world around us. I’d also discuss the practice of catch-and-release and use of circle hooks to better preserve fish.
13. Invite celebrities and musicians who are fishing enthusiasts out on the water
There are many high profile people in the U.S. who love fishing, including country musicians Jake Owen, Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Maddie & Tae, Jimmy Buffett, and even actress Emma Watson. (Countless other celebrities have dabbled in fishing, as well.) It would be cool to fish with people like them. Many people would enjoy seeing a show profiling celebrities who have a soft spot for angling, no?
14. Fishing can lead to “reel” love on and off the water
Fishing not only is fun, it can bring people together romantically. Studies have suggested couples that fish together are generally more happy and fulfilled in their relationships. More importantly, fishing is a great for bonding with family and loved ones. I’d use the show to showcase this.
15. Promote the health benefits of fishing
Fishing reduces stress, helps one keep fit, reduces symptoms of PTSD, and helps one deplug from distractions, so I’d discuss all of its benefits when appropriate.
16. Discuss rise of urban angling
Fishing is becoming more popular among Americans, but has seen a spike in participants from more urban areas. Urban angling would be worth discussing on the program. I’d be keen on talking about fishing opportunities in and around the D.C. area and in similar metropolitan areas.
17. Profile good fishing books
Practice makes perfect in fishing, but can be strengthened by reading more books. I’d showcase fishing books I’ve read or books that are essential for every angler to read.
18. Attend fishing conferences
There are many fishing conferences for anglers, new and old, to attend across the country. They serve as great networking opportunities, great escapes from heydays of life, and make the latest fishing products available to purchase. I’d love to attend ICAST and similar conferences to see what they’re about and make others interested in attending too.
19. Learn straight from professional anglers about effective fishing techniques
Fishing professionals are knowledgeable about the sport, so why not have them on the show to discuss successful techniques and tricks of the trade? I’d love to fish one-on-one with a professional and learn directly from them on how to improve my technique and help others improve on their technique.
20. Share tips on what to pack for fishing trips
Everyone prepares for their fishing trip differently. I’d offer my tips on what food to pack, what clothes to wear, and what precautions anglers must take before fishing. I’d discuss the best food, drinks, and clothes to wear to ensure people get the most out of their fishing experience without any interruptions or lasting consequences.
21. Share tips on how to make the most out of a fishing trip without interruptions
Like others out there, I’ve had mishaps while fishing–most out of my control–so I know what preventative measures to take prior to going out on the water. I’d discuss the importance of Dramamine and other medicine to prevent seasickness. I’d also discuss what food or drinks to avoid consuming prior to and during a fishing trip.
22. Teach newbies how to fish
One of the benefits of having a show would be to introduce people who’ve never picked up a rod before and get them hooked on the sport. When people see how much fun fishing is, as many of my non-fishing friends have seen, they want to join in. I’d use a show to introduce non-anglers to fishing and hopefully get them hooked on it for a lifetime.
23. Talk about interesting fish species
Anglers are not only cognizant of their surroundings; they are curious about the kinds of fish they catch. I’d use a show to spotlight cool fish species–both big and small–to show how diverse fish are and to further admire in their beauty.
24. Discuss the benefits of a fishing license
In order to get the most out of fishing, yes, certain rules must be followed like fishing with a license when required. While this may seem burdensome on the surface, the license will allow one many opportunities to fish without fear of punishment. I’d explain the differences between licenses–basic or all-encompassing ones.
25. Fish with my dad
My dad was the person who got me hooked on fishing, so I might as well include him on a fishing show if I had one. He boasts infinite wisdom and knowledge about fishing, so he could impart advice to viewers on the benefits of fishing and why parents teaching their kids how to fish. Plus, he’s hilarious and would crack funny, family-friendly jokes.