Mogan News

Smokin' Kings

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 today at 3:00 p.m. on Pursuit Channel for "St. Pete Smokers." Next week's episode on Pursuit is "Reds and Rigs" featuring Capt. Kevin Beach. We're fishing in Louisiana off of the oil rigs for Red Snapper and Redfish. It's a good time . . . Aieeeeee!! So check it out on Monday at 9 a.m., Thursday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. (ET) on Pursuit Channel.

Got another AF LIVE webinar coming up next week. I'll be LIVE in the AF studios taking your questions, talking Skeeter Boats and the Miami Boat Show. I've also got a couple of surprises up my sleeve. #1 - we've got a big announcement next week and I'll be talking more about it on Wednesday. #2 - I'll be giving away a FREE pair of Costa Del Mar Sunglasses LIVE on air. You gotta tune in to find out and to win. AF LIVE goes LIVE at 7 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday the 11th on YouTube. Don't miss it!

I'll be in Miami next week for the Boat Show . . . I'm taking the week off from the blog but will be back with a full report the next week. Hey - if you're in Miami for the show, make sure you stop by to see me!!

Until next time . . . tight lines,
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When Life Gives You Lemons

Islamorada is one of my favorite places on Earth to fish. Such a gorgeous fishery, full of just about everything that swims, clear water, sandy bottoms and it's always a little bit more interesting when the shark show up. In this week's episode I'm fishing with Capt. Tony Melton in Islamorada and we're hooking into lemon shark and Tripletail. Had a great time shooting . . . Capt. Tony told me it'd been awhile since he was the one fighting the fish so when he hooked into a Mogan shark late in the day, I handed him the rod. I think he was sorry he ever shared that bit of information with me. Ha! Got his arms stretched a bit.

Tune in today at 3:00 p.m. on Pursuit Channel for "Melton Drags." Next week's episode on Pursuit is "St. Pete Smokers" featuring Capt. Ryan Farner. We're fishing in Tampa Bay for smokin' kingfish. So check it out on Monday at 9 a.m., Thursday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. (ET).

Did I ever tell you the story about how our producer fell in the water with the 6 foot Lemon Shark we had on the line during Capt. Tony's shoot? Oh yes, true story! We were trying to get some underwater footage when producer Sam came up to the bow of the boat. I brought the shark close enough to dunk the camera in and Sam got a little too close to the side, and slipped off and into the water. Quickly, I grabbed him and pulled him back in, but shortly after that, the angry shark bit the underwater camera and took it right off the pole. Good thing I had my polarized Costas on, I could see that camera sitting on the bottom of the sandy flat. Sam had to go back in to get the camera and I don't know if I've seen anyone in and out of the water that fast, ever! Good times. Ha!  

A special thanks to our friends at Star Brite for the hospitality while in Islamorada. They opened up their home to me and the crew and we truly appreciate it. When you're on the road as much as we are, a little bit of "home" away from home makes a huge difference in the morale. We enjoyed it and will definitely be back. If y'all have never been down to Islamorada yet, you really need to check it out. Some of the most beautiful water I've ever seen.  While you're there, stop by Islamorada Boats, test drive a Skeeter bay boat, and meet Capt. Tony Melton!

Until next week . . . tight lines,
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That's Specktacular!

Since our move to Pursuit Channel, I've been getting a lot of emails from folks who have never seen us before. It's fun hearing from people in the Great Lakes region or the Oregon Coast who have just found Addictive Fishing. It's bringing back some memories and feelings of when we first started, and when we realized people really did like what we were doing. It's awesome to hear from y'all, so please keep the emails, Twitter posts, Facebook comments and YouTube "thumbs up's" coming!! 

This week's episode is "Speck-tacular" . . . I shot this in Homosassa with one of my best fishin' buddies, Capt. Billy Henderson in the wintertime, and the speckled trout showed up to show off. Check it out tomorrow night at 7 p.m. on Pursuit Channel. Next week's episode "Melton Drags" was shot in Islamorada with Capt. Tony Melton. We were hooking into triple tail and sharks. Check that episode out on Monday at 9 a.m., Thursday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. (ET).  

Talk about spectacular . . . I told y'all last week that I had been spending quite a bit of time on a family property, cleaning it up and bringing her back to her old glory. Well, I came across this gem in my Grandad's carriage house. It's a vintage bottle of Star Brite Car Polish. I snapped this pic and sent it to the Star Brite office to see if they remembered it from long ago. One of the owners said, "Wow! That was Product #1 for us. Collector's item." Grandad sure knew how to take care of his things, and I guess he's responsible for passing the love of Star Brite products down to me. Thanks! 

Hope y'all have a great weekend. 

Until next week . . . tight lines,
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New Year, New Season, New Network

Happy New Year Y'all!!  Hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season and survived eating all those cookies, cakes, pies, candies, . . . oh wait, was that just me? Ha! We're back at it already, getting ready for another season of rod bendin' drag screamin' television and can't wait. This 2016 season has already started off on a great foot . . . we got two new episodes shot while we were in Brownsville, TX opening the newest Dick's Sporting Goods store there. In fact, Producerman Kevin and Sam were just in a music session with the Mogan Music Boys this week scoring the episodes. They said the session jammed! Can't wait to hear it and see what they put together. 

In the meantime, we're airing AF on a new network right now as we speak - Mondays at 9 a.m. (ET), Thursdays at 3 p.m. (ET), and Saturdays at 7 p.m. (ET) on the Pursuit Channel. Make sure you check your local listings to find it in your area . . . here are a couple:  DirectTV - Channel 604 / DISH - Channel 393 / Pursuit Channel on Roku. This week's episode is "Roosevelt Remix" where I catch the biggest snook of my life with Capt. Greg Snyder (on his birthday too)!  Check it out. 

We're getting our new Skeeter boats delivered right now too. I'll be in a couple new models than you've seen the past two years. This season I'll be in the new SX210 and the SX2250 as well as the SX240. I can't wait to show y'all the SX210. It's actually one of the smoothest, fastest and driest rides I've ever been in. Of course, we'll have 'em rigged up with Humminbird electronics, Minn Kota trolling motors and Talons, T-H Marine's accessories and Atlas jackplates . . . the other really cool feature is that Engel coolers come OEM on all Skeeter boats, so you'll always have something cold to drink while you spend hours on the water. 

I've been keeping busy on my family's property over the past couple of months. I've been helping to bring a generations' old house and land back to it's original beauty and I've got to admit, I've been loving every minute of it. It's nice to get your hands dirty working the land, burning piles of rubble and settin' back to take in all your hard work. This land has been in my family for 4 generations and if these groves could talk, I bet they'd tell y'all some really good stories. I'm going to sit here for a bit and just listen. 

Until next week . . . tight lines,
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Five Golden Spoons!!

. . . just singing the Twelve Days of Christmas and every time I get to "on the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me" . . . I can't help but answer "FIVE GOLDEN SPOONS!" Ha! 

This is your last weekend of shopping before Christmas, and Dick's Sporting Goods is where I'll be! Stop into the Daytona store on Saturday, December 19th from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. or the Melbourne store on Sunday, December 20th, same time and I'll personally help you pick out the perfect fishing gift to put under your tree. It's been fun shopping with y'all this month, so grab your list of last minute items, and I'll help you cross every single thing off that list! 

To celebrate a little, we broke out the decorations for last night's "AF Live" set. Thank you to everyone who tuned in on YouTube and especially for all those questions! We had over 1,000 questions come in within the hour, and they were all good ones. We covered a lot about the Minn Kota trolling motors and how to use the Humminbird unit in conjunction with the Minn Kota to catch more fish. Lots of good stuff. If you missed it LIVE, check it out on our YouTube channel.

I'm heading out to do a little decorating and tree trimming, but don't let me forget to remind you to set your DVRs to record all the AF episodes on the Pursuit Channel starting on Monday, December 28th at 9 a.m (ET) / Thursdays at 3 p.m. (ET) and Saturdays at 7 p.m. (ET).  

See y'all at Dick's Sporting Goods this weekend and if not . . . Merry Christmas!!

Tight lines,
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'Tis the Season . . .

I have been laying pretty low these past couple of weeks. Thanksgiving came and went, spent Black Friday weekend with some of you at Dick's Sporting Goods, and then I climbed up into my deer stand and there I have stayed. It's been nice, but now it's back to work and back to some serious Christmas Shopping!!

One of the things I was very thankful for while I was up hunting was my Sunsect. Serious! The bugs and biting flies up at camp would have been killing me if my wife hadn't remembered to pack my Sunsect (sunscreen + insect repellent). I would have been swatting flies, smackin' mosquitoes and making a lot of noise up in the stand. Good thing my wife was thinking of me!!

I'll be at Dick's Sporting Goods this coming weekend. Come see me on Saturday, December 12th in Wellington and then on Sunday, December 13th at the Boynton Beach store. I'm in stores both days from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. just to help you shop and pick out that perfect fishing gift. I'll be doing a little shopping myself, I'm sure.

After a weekend of Christmas shopping and holiday spirit, I'm coming back to the studios to do another "AF Live" on Wednesday, December 16th at 7:00 p.m. ET, so make sure you log on and join us via YouTube to watch us live. I'll also be taking your questions throughout the webcast, and in fact, I really look forward to hearing from you. This episode I'll be showing off some of my Minn Kota moves . . . telling you about some tips that have worked for me and how it helps me to catch more fish. 

Oh, and it's coming soon too, so make sure you set your calendars . . . AF airs on Pursuit Channel on DirectTV and Dish network in January!!

Hope to see y'all this weekend in West Palm or Boynton Beach at Dick's!! 

Until next week . . . tight lines,

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Mogan Thanks!

I am truly thankful for so much . . . it's not a short list. But at the top of that list, I am thankful for my family and friends, health, country, and Addictive Fishing. We appreciate the Mogan Maniacs very much and send you all a very big Happy Thanksgiving!!

After I digest all that turkey dinner, I'll be heading over to the Tampa Bay Dick's Sporting Goods stores for both Friday and Saturday. Sales and Christmas shopping begin on Black Friday, and I'll be there to help you shop for that perfect fishing gift for the special angler in your life. We'll be at 4 stores in 2 days. Here's our Black Friday Weekend schedule:

Friday, November 27th
Brandon Town Center from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Westfield Citrus Park from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 28th
Westshore Plaza from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Countryside Center (Clearwater) from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

I'll be all over Florida helping Dick's shoppers this holiday season. Check the Addictive Fishing website for locations and times. 

Thanks for watching AF Live this week!  Check it out if you missed it on Wednesday. Head over to AF's YouTube Channel and catch up. 

That's it and that's all for this week's blog. Just a quick Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Addictive Fishing . . . we're thankful for you!
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