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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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St. Pete Smokers


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. This week he puts me on some killer 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!


Not much else going on right now, but don't let the lull fool ya . . . my schedule is about to get crazy again. I'm just taking it easy and enjoying a breather for now. We've got some new Dick's Sporting Goods stores opening up in the Southeast this summer that I'll be at (will keep you posted the closer we get to the dates), we've got our annual industry convention (ICAST) coming up next month as well, and I'm still shooting a few episodes to wrap up this year's season. Right now like I said, I'm just kicking back for a couple of days with nothing to do . . . oh, I'm sure my wife Cari can find something for me to do (hopefully she doesn't read this week's blog - ha!). 


By the way . . . make sure you catch next week's episode too! We're fishing off of the rigs in Louisiana catching redfish and red snapper. I know that Snapper season is brief here in Florida so if you can't get out before it closes, at least you can see how cool and beautiful these fish are on the show. 

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." Y'all have a great weekend!!

Until next week . . . tight lines,
Blair
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Melton Drags


This week's new episode is 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 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 >>


He sure put me on the Tripletail though too . . . I love how I can stand up on my Engel Cooler, use it as a casting platform and see into the water where the fish are. Just that little extra bit of height makes all the difference. This casting platform does double duty though . . . does it's job while I'm fishing and keeps my drinks ice cold when I'm done. 

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! 


You can book a charter with any of the captains you see on the show, ya know? Just click on the Book a Fishing Trip button on the AF website. It takes you to a page where we have the captains listed. I get to fish all over the place, but each place I visit I charter a captain because they live those waters day in and day out . . . they know where the fish are!  

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." I'm heading out on the water today to see what's biting . . . y'all have a great weekend!!

Until next week . . . tight lines,
Blair 
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Speck-tacular Episodes!


We've got 4 new episodes coming up for y'all next week! Super excited to share these new episodes with you . . . got a couple of big sharks from the Keys, Kingfish from Tampa Bay, then fishing the rigs in Louisiana for snapper, and inshore for redfish. Thanks to all the captains that have worked with us this season so far. I've had a blast!  It's been awhile since we've had a shark show, and I absolutely love what the Mogan Music Boys do whenever we have a shark episode, so can't wait! 


Y'all liked that clip we posted this week where I'm fishing with Capt. Mark Nichols of DOA Lures and the small tarpon jumps over the dock? Our laughs gets me every time. Love to fish with that guy and need to get back over there to do it again soon. Mr. Producerman will be posting more clips like that one . . . quick viral clips that should make ya laugh. We need a lot more laughter in our daily lives, do y'all agree? Check 'em out on the AF YouTube channel (make sure you subscribe to the channel while you're there), or Facebook when we share them over there too. 



I love catching Speckled Trout, and in this week's replay episode, I'm fishing with one of my favorite people to fish with, Capt. Billy Henderson. He's definitely putting me on the trout bite. Capt. Billy discovered the Mogan Series Mirrolures at Dick's a while back, and he says the Trokar hooks on them are perfect for slayin' trout. Unfortunately, they work too good, and Billy ended up getting hooked in the arm not once but twice. Had a blast, as usual with Capt. Billy . . . he's a hoot and a great fisherman. So, 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 "Speck-tacular." Preview this week's episode >>


Oh yeah, I meant to ask . . . y'all see me wearing my new blue Costa sunglasses? I dig the blue frames and as always, the lenses are second to none. I can really see what's on the water. What do ya think, does blue look good on me? 

Until next week . . . tight lines,
Blair
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