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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Staying Cooler

The weather's still chilly in Florida, went fishing last week and the Pompano were just not biting, I'm tired of wearing shoes, and I'm ready for the thermometer to heat back up again.  The good news is when the Florida heat and humidity do return, I'm all set with keeping things cool on my boat. 

Engel sent us a pretty nice gift last month to kick the year off right . . . I think they've got us covered for every size and function that I can possibly think of. That nice big grey box up front is an fridge freezer powered by a cigarette lighter plug. That's what I'm most excited about! I can take it with me on long road trips, when I go hunting, store fish and game, and it's portable. The next cooler in the Engel line up that makes me happy is the BoomBox. That thing is actually the best stereo I think I've ever owned! It's got a JL Audio system in it and functions as a small cooler to keep a few beers (or your beverage of choice) cold while you crank up the tunes and tap your toes. It connects to the Bluetooth function on your phone and puts out killer crisp sound. I've always been impressed with Engel coolers, but now I'm simply blown away. You should check 'em out! 

Another thing to check out is the new AF website design. Mr. Producerman's been busy tweeking up the layout, adding more videos, after the fight webisodes, where to stay section, and book a fishing trip with AF guest guides, the schwag shop featuring Flats Blue fishing rods and more! Tell us what you think with the new Contact Form at the bottom of the page.

We're heading to Miami next month for the boat show . . . stop by the Skeeter Boats booth and see me, check out the new Saltwater SX series and register to win some seriously cool AF Sponsor Schwag! 

I mentioned it earlier that I was out fishing and the Pompano just weren't biting, right. Well, I forgot to mention that I was fishing with Capt. Mark Nichols, creator of DOA Lures. We were trying to film an episode of AF, and the fish just weren't cooperating. As always, we had a great time with Mark, and we'll be back for sure to finish what we started.

How can I resist River Palm Cottages' hospitality and fishing with Mark Nichols? Seriously, could you resist this? 

Until next week . . . tight lines,
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Happy Fishing New Year!!

I spent Christmas fishing off of Catalina Island in Southern California with my son Drayden, spent ringing in the New Year back home in Florida with my wife Cari out on the air boat just blowing off the last of 2014. Made it through a Coast to Coast holiday season, back hitting the gym and getting saltwater on everything again. Now, it's time to go fishing y'all! 

Got a lot in store this 2015 season . . . shooting new shows, some new locales, new guides fishing with us, opening new Dick's Sporting Goods stores, got some new sponsors and new product to show off. Can't wait to show ya. To kick things off, we'll be in Miami next month for the Miami International Boat Show. I'll be in the Skeeter booth next to all of those good lookin' SX Series Saltwater boats. We'll be giving away some big prizes too, so make sure you stop on by to get registered to win:  Minn Kota Talon, Minn Kota Trolling Motor, Humminbird (999HD SI Unit), Capt. Blair Wiggins Flats Blue rod and Flats Pink rod with Sabalos reels, Dick's Sporting Goods gift cards, Costa Del Mar glasses, Engel Coolers, Star Brite Bucket of everything you need to clean your boat, RV, car, motorcycle, you name it . . . oh, it's going to be good. I'll have more details later, but thought I'd get your attention now! 

Mr. Producerman's been busy too! He took some time off the water to spend a few days on designing a new AF website. Here's a sneak peak:

This week's blog is going to be quick. My fingers are out of shape, haven't been typing in a while. Ha! Looking forward to seeing y'all this season on the water, at Dick's, at boat shows, events and on the road. Happy New Year Y'all!!

Until next week . . . tight lines,

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Last Minute AF Christmas Shopping Guide

Got Skeeters? I see all the Christmas car commercials where Santa brings someone a brand new Lexus, Mercedes, or luxury vehicle . . . what about a boat Santa? How about dropping off one of these new beauties off to some lucky fisherman who's been good all year? C'mon Fat Man! Seriously though, if you're looking for a new boat in the New Year, check out Skeeter's saltwater series. You won't find a better made boat, rigged with the number one engine on the market, Yamaha. I've got some more gift ideas for you that would look mighty nice on that Skeeter:  

How about a nice cold Engel cooler to keep your drinks and fish cold when winter's done and you're back on the water in the hot days of summer. I use my Engel for just about everything, keeping things inside is just part of it. It makes a great casting platform and can even come with a cushion to provide extra seating.  That Minn Kota trolling motor is one of my favorite accessories and essential tools I use on the boat. It gets me into skinny water, quietly and quickly. Turn off that big motor in the back, quick release the Minn Kota on the front and I'm a fishing machine. 

To really set the Skeeter rig over the top, I always have an Atlas jack plate installed with my Yamaha engine. The Atlas is smooth, sturdy and the perfect way to lift that big motor up to get into shallow water when necessary. I always run with a Talon shallow water anchor on back too. Use it all the time to "Talon down" and stay put. It's great when fishing the flats and sitting on a school. Quiet, strong, always finding the bottom and just a touch of a button. My Humminbird 360 gives me such an advantage. The 3D images all around my boat let me check out structure, pot holes, oyster beds and find the fish. 

Here are some "stocking stuffer" ideas as well as something that will at least fit under the tree.  Mogan Maiden Reels are now in Dick's stores to pair up with that Wright & McGill Flats Pink rod. Pick up a Flats Blue rod too for that special angler. 
Dick's Sporting Goods has FREE shipping with no minimum purchase right now too, so if you can't get into a store, check them out online at for some killer "Santa" deals. 
No matter what's under the tree or in the stockings, have a Merry Christmas! Give the gift of fishing just by taking a kid fishing this year. A special thanks to all my sponsors, Star brite, Costa, DOA Lures, FINS braid, Seaguar, T-H Marine, and everyone who helps make AF happen. 

Happy New Year!!


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Shhhhh, be vewy, vewy quiet . . .

I've been hunting! Sorry it's been a couple of weeks since y'all have heard from me. I've been up in Georgia for a couple of weeks getting things done up here hunting and frankly, freezin' my butt off! At least the bugs aren't out. I love this time of year where I switch for a little bit from the water to the tree stands. I need a little time to shut off, recharge and get ready for another season of AF - shooting shows, on the road, appearances and oh yeah, fishing! 

The last time you may have seen me was in Naples at the grand opening of the new Dick's Sporting Goods store. Thank you to everyone who came out. 

We had one of the best openings of the year so far at that event. Mr. Producerman even tells me that we set a new AF record on Instagram that day with y'all posting your photos from the event. Pretty cool! Here's a "selfie" from that day . . . 

I love Thanksgiving. We all go over to my sister's house and celebrate the holiday with about 50 relatives and tons of food. We do a little bit of everything - turkey, stuffing, seafood and oh my, the pies!! Better get to the gym before next week. Ha! I'm thankful for a lot and just like most people, I bet I don't say it enough. I'm thankful for my wife Cari, my son Drayden and the rest of my family. I'm thankful for what I get to do each day and the sponsors that help us get it done. I am especially thankful for all the Mogan Maniacs out there that watch the show and come out to see us. What are you thankful for?  #thanksmoganmaniacs

It's that Holiday season again and I've got to get back home to start my Christmas shopping. I'm usually the type that waits until the last minute to get it done, so maybe I'll just stay up here in my deer stand for a little longer and worry about all the presents later.

Tune in this weekend to The Sportsman Channel for two episodes of Addictive Fishing. Tomorrow's episode is "Canaveral Slam" where I fish with Capt. Jim Ross and we hook into triple tail, cobia and big flounder. Then on Sunday, watch "Hogs in the Fog" with Capt. Ryan Farner. This was a first for me fishing for hog snapper with line and hook in Tampa Bay. Cool show and great lookin' fish! Check the website for times. Set your DVR's if you can't tune in on time, or check online, Mr. Producerman has the full length episode up on YouTube for y'all to watch! Click here for a preview. Isn't that just a cool lookin' fish? 

Until next week . . . tight lines,
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Chummin' Around

All over the place again. Hunting, fishing, photo shoots and grand openings . . . it's a crazy, busy world for me but lovin' every minute of it! Just wrapped up a photo shoot for Skeeter this week. Had beautiful weather, caught some fish and hung out with some of the coolest Skeeter Pros out there. In fact, I was fishing with Capt. Chad Manning again. Tomorrow's episode of AF just happens to be "Tampa Chums" from Tampa Bay with Capt. Chad. Had a blast fishing that episode. Caught snook, grouper and redfish in one day. Can't beat that! 

This week though, we were snapping photos and catching kingfish on a "floatilla" of about 6 brand new Skeeter boats. What a good lookin' group! Here's a shot of our early morning sunrise, getting ready to head out. Gorgeous!

This weekend I'm heading to Orlando to kick off the opening of another Dick's Sporting Goods store. Ya know that the holidays are right around the corner, right? What a great way to get ahead of the shopping madness than to come in, see me, get a coupon for $10, save on great "grand opening" deals and check some presents off that long list! Come see me on Saturday, the 25th from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the new store:  Fashion Square Mall 724 Herndon Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803

Here's another cool piece of news for y'all . . . AF sponsor, Star brite's CLO2 generator technology, is soon to be helping people, pets and livestock stay healthy near you. President and CEO Peter Dornau stated, "Performacide® is perfectly suited for use in outlying areas to help control viruses as well as to sanitize and disinfect."  I'm impressed and proud to be part of a team like Star brite! Read the entire press release here:  

Ocean Bio-Chem, Inc. To Donate Performacide® to Countries Facing Ebola Virus

Check out "Tampa Chums" tomorrow morning on The Sportsman Channel and then on Sunday tune in for "Keys Chronicle" where I'm fishing with the fine folks at Star brite. It's truly rod bendin' drag screamin' television this weekend! Check the website for times and replays. You can always catch AF on YouTube too! 

Until next week . . . tight lines,
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Friday, October 10, 2014

That's a hawg!!

Have you ever been out on the water in fog so thick you can't see the bow of the boat from where you stand at the console? Well, that's how foggy it was the day we went out in Tampa Bay to shoot this episode. Our guest guide, Skeeter Pro Capt. Ryan Farner had his buddy "escort" us out to the spot because his big offshore boat had radar. It was a scene from "The Fog" really, eerily quiet and a little strange. I was excited though because I was about to do something new in a fishery I really don't know much about . . . hogfish on hook and line. I've only ever spearfished for hogfish in the Keys and off of reefs, this was Capt. Ryan's specialty and so here we go! I've got to say it was a great day, super cool looking fish and probably one of the tastiest I've had too. 

Tune in Sunday (October 12th) at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. and Friday at 2:00 a.m. on The Sportsman Channel to see "Hogs in the Fog." Set your DVR's if you can't tune in on time, or check back online, Mr. Producerman has the full length episode up on YouTube for y'all to watch! Click here for a preview. Isn't that just a cool lookin' fish? 

I just got back from opening a new Dick's Sporting Goods store in Savannah, GA and it was awesome to meet the folks up there. I was happy to see (for the 1st time on the shelves) the Mogan Maiden pink Sabalos reels . . . Yup, they're here!! They will make that Flats Pink rod look extra good. Check 'em out at Dick's y'all. 

Gotta make this week's blog quick . . . I'm getting ready to hunt and leaving early in the a.m. Have a great weekend!

Until next week . . . tight lines,

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

2014 Season on Sportsman Channel

Moving to the Sportsman Channel this week, so if you haven't been able to see the 2014 season of Addictive Fishing yet, here's your chance! Check all of your local listings for the Sportsman Channel and get ready for another season of rod bendin' drag screamin' television. We start on Sunday, October 5th at 10 a.m. with "Canaveral Slam." I'm fishing with Capt. Jim Ross right off of Cape Canaveral and hooking into cobia, triple tail and flounder. Great time on the water with one of my favorite captains. Don't miss episode #1 this week! Check out the AF website for replay details. 

I'm heading to Savannah, GA tomorrow to celebrate the opening of a new Dick's Sporting Goods store! Come out and spend some time with me after you get off work. I'll be there from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. and can help ya pick out the perfect rod/reel combo, the right lures, line and everything you need to catch your next Mogan! They always have killer grand opening deals going on throughout the store, so no matter what you need get on in here! Make sure you stop by the Lodge at Dick's and say hello to me. 

After that, I think I'm going to take some time to do some hunting. Bow season is open and I'm in Georgia, so I need to get my hunt on! I spend so much time on the road, shooting shows and doing appearances that sometimes it's just nice to unplug, unwind and listen to the wind blow. Before long, I'll be back on the water shooting next season's episodes. If I'm not fishing, I like to be hunting. How many of you feel the same way? 

Our new Skeeter Boats will be here when I get back. They're on their way from Kilgore, TX and heading into Skeeter dealer, Central Marine in St. Petersburg, FL. Can't wait to pick 'em up. They're sweet fishing machines rigged with the top equipment in the industry. This year I've got a new Skeeter SX240 coming, but without the tower and another SX220 as well. Got Yamaha engines on the back, Minn Kota iPilot, Humminbird Onix and 360 imaging, Talons, Atlas Jackplates, and Engel coolers. New color schemes to keep things fresh on camera. Stay tuned, I'll have photos for you soon. Stay in touch with us. We love to hear from ya! Check out our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube channel. Got fishing questions, share your photos or just say hey! 

Until next week . . . tight lines,
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