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Beach Donkeys and ICAST recap



This week's episode is a brand new one from Cape Canaveral with Capt. Jim Ross. We always have fun when Capt. Jim's on the Skeeter. And, like our notorious episode we did years ago, "Hour Jacks" we're catching big ol' Jacks again . . . this time we're also catching Goliath Grouper and Bonita. Tune in tomorrow (Friday) at 9:00 a.m., Sunday at 9:30 p.m. or Wednesday at 7:00 a.m. on FOX Sun Sports for this week's episode "Beach Donkeys." Click here for a preview >>>




So last week I skipped a blog because I was at ICAST in Orlando. ICAST is the world's largest sportfishing trade show and just about every product under the sun is there. I'm exhausted! Had a great time, got to see some amazing new products, catch up with sponsors and friends and hang out with some folks I don't get to see very often but when we do get together it's always a blast. 


I hung out with the folks from Wright & McGill, Mirrolure, Star Brite, Minn Kota, Humminbird, T-H Marine, Space Coast, Engel, and Seaguar . . . even grabbed a selfie with Capt. Rick Murphy at the Costa booth. 


Then, after hours everyone takes off their badges and logos and we all just have fun sharing fish stories and the love of this sport! I was doing the math and I think this was my 18th ICAST. Yikes!


Check out the AF Facebook page for more photos . . . I'm in Mobile, AL today and tomorrow opening a new Field & Stream and Dick's Sporting Goods store. Both stores right next to each other. In fact, the Dick's store has a hole in the wall so you can sneak over to Field & Stream to pick up some great tackle deals! Come on by if you're in the area!


Until next week . . . tight lines,

Blair



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Sweet Home Alabama


Hey y'all! I'll be in Mobile, Alabama tomorrow and Friday to kick off the Grand Opening of a new Field & Stream and Dick's Sporting Goods store side by side. I'm looking forward to this location for sure. The Dick's store has a hole in the wall where you can walk on into the Field & Stream store to get all your fishing, camping, hunting and outdoor supplies. Can't wait to see it!!  


Come by Thursday (23rd) from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Friday (24th) from 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. to see me and to pick up some great tackle deals!! You gotta check out how gorgeous the new Field & Stream stores are too. 

I'll have my coupons on hand for you to get an extra $10 off your purchase of $50 or more! Come by to just hang out by the big fireplace, check out all of the game mounts and browse all of the great brands. I know I'll be doing some shopping myself! Look forward to seeing y'all in Sweet Home Alabama!!

Every fishing, hunting, camping, outdoors season starts at Dick's (. . . and Field & Stream too!),

Blair

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Life's a Beach!


This week's episode was shot while in Louisiana (one of my favorite places on earth to fish, and eat). We caught redfish and snapper under the near shore oil rigs, and had a great time with Captain Kevin Beach. I had so much fun with Capt. Kevin, it was like I had known him all my life. Definitely a great time in Cajun country! Check it out, tune in tomorrow (Friday) at 9:00 a.m., Sunday at 9:30 p.m. or Wednesday at 7:00 a.m. on FOX Sun Sports for this week's episode "Reds and Rigs." Watch a preview clip now >>



Just finished shooting this week in Boca Grande. We've been trying to get back there ever since a couple of years ago when we shot that killer show with Capt. Tadd VanDemark. The folks at the Tarpon Lodge were so wonderful then that we've been looking for an excuse to return just so we could stay there again! Well, we did and we got a new episode coming with for ya. Stay tune! Oh, and if you're ever in that beautiful area, you need to stay at the Tarpon Lodge. Go like 'em on Facebook!



Me, my wife Cari, Producerman, Trice and Producer Sam are now all heading to ICAST next week in Orlando. Our industry's annual convention where I get to walk around all day drooling over new and exciting equipment coming out to market for the first time. Can't wait! 


If you're one of the lucky people that do get to attend, please check out my schedule below and come by to say "Hi!"


Wednesday, July 15th

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. in Wright & McGill/Trokar booth

3:00 p.m. - Minn Kota/Humminbird booth (New Ulterra and New Humminbird Helix 7 Series) 

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the Engel booth for happy hour!

Thursday, July 16th
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. in Wright & McGill/Trokar booth
3:00 p.m. - 4::00 p.m. in the T-H Marine booth
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Space Coast booth
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the Engel booth for happy hour!

I'll be walking the tradeshow floor next week so no blog . . . stayed tuned, I'll catch up with you soon!

Until then . . . tight lines,
Blair
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Smokin' Em!


Ever seen a Sawfish? I just happened to catch one a few years ago down in the Everglades when shooting an episode with Capt. Brian Sanders. They are a cool looking fish, look just like a saw and sharp as one too. They are federally protected so you can't target them, can't bring them on board and can't possess one, but if you happen to hook one, be sure to take the time to de-hook it and release with respect. These things are so awesome and cool looking, prehistoric almost. Definitely a treat to see! Did ya see what I saw?! Ha! Check out a throwback clip from that episode:  SAWFISH CLIP


I'm in St. Pete in this week's episode fishing offshore a bit with Capt. Ryan Farner. Capt. Ryan is sort of a Kingfish guru here on the Gulf side of Florida. He's also part of the Skeeter/Yamaha team, and we always have a good time fishing together. In this week's episode he puts me on some Mogan Kingfish, we like to call 'em smokers. You may also recognize Capt. Ryan from last season's episode "Hogs in the Fog" where we were catching those cool Hogfish in Tampa Bay on a foggy, foggy day. If you haven't seen that episode, you really need to check that one out too!




Tune in tomorrow (Friday) at 9:00 a.m., Sunday at 9:30 p.m. or Wednesday at 7:00 a.m. on Fox Sun Sports for this week's episode "St. Pete Smokers."


I can finally tell you about the top secret Minn Kota mission I was on a couple of weeks ago . . . the self deploy/self stow, saltwater Ulterra trolling motor. It makes ya feel like you're James Bond or fishing right out of Mission Impossible. All you have to do is hit a button to deploy and hit the button again to stow. I never have to get down out of my cobia tower if I don't want to. Charter Captains, your job just got a lot easier. Fishermen - if your fishin' buddy cancels last minute, don't worry, you can now go alone and not run around the boat getting trolling motor down, engine up, etc. It's all at your fingertips . . . this is the ultimate fishing gadget!  Check it out >>  Minn Kota Saltwater Ulterra

Well, Happy Independence Day America! Hope y'all have a great weekend celebrating our country's birthday, and if you're on the water this weekend, be safe.

Until next week . . . tight lines,
Blair
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Hot Enough for Ya?


Man - is it hot or what?! Someone turned up the heat down here in Florida, and the only way to cool me down is get out on the water. Ha! Been a couple of crazy weeks for me, but starting to slow down for a little bit so I can catch my breath, and then I head out again. Just back from South Carolina opening a new Dick's Sporting Goods store, before that, I was at the DOA Writers' Fest, then right before that I was in Islamorada capturing some underwater shark footage for this week's episode. So, while I've been running around, I hope y'all have been watching the episodes? 


Last weekend I got to spend Father's Day in Mt. Pleasant, SC at the newest Dick's Sporting Goods store. Had a great time meeting some new faces and fans of the show. The Charleston area is one of my favorite places to visit, and even though they're going through some challenging times right now, it's still one of the most beautiful, hospitable and rich-in-history places I've ever been. We'll be back up before the summer's over, so if you didn't make it out this time, stay updated on Facebook and the AF website for details and dates for when I'll be back! 


How'd your Father's Day go? Just a while back I got to take my Dad out on the water and boy did we have fun . . . I got to put him on his biggest snook ever! It's always a good time, good laugh and fun fishing with Daddy Wig. 


This week's episode was shot with Capt. Tony Melton . . . we called it "Melton Drags" because that's exactly what we did that day, melt some drags on Tripletail and Sharks. We went down to Islamorada last month and shot this episode. Had a great time with Capt. Tony, he told me it'd been awhile since he was the one fighting the fish so when he hooked into a Mogan bull shark late in the day, I think he was sorry he ever shared that bit of information with me. Ha! Got his arms stretched a bit. Click here to watch a preview clip >> Tune in tomorrow (Friday) at 9:00 a.m., Sunday at 9:30 p.m. or Wednesday at 7:00 a.m. on Fox Sun Sports for this week's episode "Melton Drags." 

Just a little bit of rest before I'm back on the road.

Until next week . . . tight lines,
Blair 
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Take Dad Fishing!


It's Father's Day weekend and Dad wants to go fishing!! (I know mine does.) I'll be celebrating Father's Day in Mt. Pleasant, SC this Sunday at the new Dick's Sporting Goods store there. If you can't take Dad fishing that day, stop on it to see me and have Dad pick out his gift there! There are always great deals to be had during Grand Opening days at Dick's. I'll even save you an extra $10 just for stopping by to say "Hey!" Whatever you do, let Dad know you appreciate him and thank him for all the times he took you fishing. Thanks Dad!





You can also win Dad one of the coolest coolers on the market - an Engel 65 quart DeepBlue cooler. All you have to do is go on Engel's Facebook page and like the promo post to enter. Want to be Dad's favorite kid for a bit? Win him one of these!  


This week's episode I'm fishing with Capt. Lain Goodwin down in Key Largo, Florida. We head out in search of some Mogans to show you, and wind up on a flat catching Lemon Sharks. We got some killer footage of it, so make sure you tune in tomorrow (Friday) at 9:00 a.m., Sunday at 9:30 p.m. or Wednesday at 7:00 a.m. on FOX Sun Sports for this week's episode "Largo Lemons." Watch a preview clip now >>


Well, Cari and me are loading up the truck and heading to South Carolina for the weekend. Hope to see y'all in Mt. Pleasant on Sunday (the 21st) from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the new Dick's Sporting Goods. We love the Mt. Pleasant / Charleston area and look forward to meeting y'all!!


Happy Father's Day Dads . . . tight lines,
Blair
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Reds and Rigs


This week's episode was shot last month while in Louisiana (one of my favorite places on earth to fish, and eat). We caught snapper and redfish and had a great time with a new Captain, Kevin Beach. Capt. Kevin and I hit it off, had so much fun, it was like I had known him all my life. Definitely a great time in Cajun country! Check it out, tune in tomorrow (Friday) at 9:00 a.m., Sunday at 9:30 p.m. or Wednesday at 7:00 a.m. on FOX Sun Sports for this week's episode "Reds and Rigs." Watch a preview clip now >>



I've had a busy week since you last heard from me. Last Friday me, Mr. Producerman, Field Producer Sam and Trice all met in Islamorada to shoot some underwater footage we needed for an upcoming episode. We also had a top secret mission from Minn Kota to get done (can't tell y'all about it now, or else I'd have to kill you - ha!). From there I went on to the DOA Lures Writers' Fest (caught some nice Snook fishing with Sam Root, check out this photo), and then on to an AF shoot in Cape Canaveral. I'm worn out!  


But first, I need to tell you one of the funniest (and slightly scariest) shark stories that I've gotten to witness. Shark fishing Saturday morning, Trice hooks up first to about a 5 foot lemon shark. He runs good, but then he breaks off. Sam hooks up next to the same shark Trice had on, and we managed to get the line back from him. Then I finally hook up to a nice sized one. I fight him, get him close to the boat so Field Producer Sam can get the underwater camera in front of him. We're shooting, Sam's moving up to the bow of the boat and he slips into the water. The shark is still on my line, but Sam and he are swimming together now. I keep pressure on the line and grab Sam with my free hand to pull him into the boat. Sam gets back to work with the camera, but the shark is really annoyed now and bites the camera off of the Star brite brush handle we use. At first we thought he swallowed it, but I saw it sinking to the bottom.


Sam starts stripping off his already wet shirt, shoes and pants and gets back in the water to retrieve the camera. Trice and Producerman were behind us in the other Skeeter flying the drone at the time so they didn't really get to see everything happening until Sam jumped into the water the 2nd time. Once I knew he was safely back in the boat with the underwater camera, we all had a good laugh. Sam helped me land the shark and get the hook out, but by then he was really mad! The things we do to make good television. Ha!


We all got to tell the story again over dinner. The folks at Star Brite take good care of us, and they had cold beverages, grilled clams, flank steaks, and Caesar salad ready for us. Life is definitely good in the Keys!


Hey - so Father's Day is coming up next weekend . . . make sure you get him something good! The best cooler on the market - Engel - has a great promotion going on behalf of all Dad's. All you have to do is go to their Facebook page and "like" the post about the giveaway. Simple and man, would you score points!! Like their page says, "Dads don't want another polo shirt, Dads want an Engel cooler." I like it!


See y'all next week. Until then . . . tight lines,
Blair
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