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  The cool thing about the new year is that the fishing shows on cable TV start up again usually during the first full weekend of the new year.  So I have my DVR set to record a ton of fishing shows and I've watched some of them already.  

 It's good to see Bill Dance back and to be honest, he's the best.  It looks like he's in a new boat for this year and still sponsored by Bass Pro Shops.  He pushed a couple of fishing items in this first episode and didn't have much enthusiasm for them, it was like he was simply reading a script.  Anyway, Bill Dance is the only bass show I can take the whole year.  

 Facts of Fishing - In this show they went carp fishing which was a nice change up from the typical bass fishing show.  But it was mostly about Mercer and his guest acting like fools while waiting for carp to bite.  Not very informative.  

 Hook and Look.  This is one of the best bass fishing shows on TV and one of the most informative, or tries to be informative.  Another nice episode from them.  

One More Cast with Shaw Grigsby.  When I first got into bass fishing I really enjoyed Grigsby and his show.  He's funny, nice, enthusiastic, etc...  But now after a few years his salesmen shtick is a little tiring.   He seems more a hack for Strike King than anything.  I still like Shaw and always pull for him when he's competing on MLF and Bass Tournaments.  

 Major League Fishing.  It's good to see this program back on and I'l say I've been waiting all fall/winter for this show to return.  I really enjoy this show.  Also, you get to learn about a lot of different pro anglers.  

 Salt Water Experience.  It's not a bass show but I think it's the classiest fishing show on TV right now.  

 The Bass Pro's.  This is a fun show to watch because they feature three or four different topics in each show.  It's looks like they added a few more people to the cast this season including Ish Monroe. 

 Bass University.  I've not watched this show yet but I'm not a big fan of the hosts.  

 

  So who out there is watching the fishing shows this winter? 

 

 

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Shaw gives the same boring show for 30 minutes each week. MLF is fun to watch and so is FOF. I don't care about informative, I just want to like watching it...

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I don't like MLF as much as informative shows like Bill Dance and Babe Winkleman. But I grew up watching informative fishing shows as well as National Geographic and Wild America 

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Bill Dance is still number 1. I have watched him for years and never get tired of him. He probably is reading his lines but hey, he is 75 years old. Also a Jimmy Houston fan, he just a young guy, just 70. :D

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I enjoy watching people catch big fish, I enjoy learning new techniques, and I enjoy seeing new products.  So if a shoe has any or all of those, I'm there.  The only one I absolutely can't do is Sweetwater.  Those guys...holy cow...I'll take rednecks noodling catfish any day over them.

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So glad they're back. I have a bunch set to my DVR - MLF, Zona, FoF, Roland, Bill, Jimmy, Hank, Babe, SMC, Reel in the Outdoors, Lindner, Fishing University. Probably missing a few. 

Big fan of MLF. Also, the Lesson shows are about as good as it gets. Very informative. 

I also like Zona and Mercer as they break the monotony of many of the other shows. They are entertaining and don't feel like half hour sales pitches. Zona also gets a bunch of quality guests. 

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Linders are always good,Zona brings a lot fun back to it.

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IMO, Bill is right up there with Roland on the marketing stuff. It's like watching a 30 minute fishing infomercial. I just can't deal with it. Bill's a super nice guy in person, but I can't watch his show.

MLF, Zona's AFS, and FLW are on the DVR right now. I have WFN, Outdoor Channel, and one other though so I have fishing shows on 24/7 :)

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I'm a big fan of MLF.  Just watched some FLWs this past week and only saw about 10 minutes (maybe) of fishing in the 60 minute show....

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12 hours ago, Firefish Tracker said:

I don't like MLF as much as informative shows like Bill Dance and Babe Winkleman. But I grew up watching informative fishing shows as well as National Geographic and Wild America

I look at BD, Jimmy Housotn and Roland as info-tainment and learn more from MLF. Since recently reading an article about how fake these shows are. I'm watching them very closely to see how many of the fish look like they were really caught and not plants from the livewell. That's the reason I like MLF best. When they're worried about the weight of the smallest fish, you know it's not fake.

 

I have WFN channel so I have a lot to choose from. There's one I can't think of right now, set in TX, and the host swears you only see what he and his guests can catch in a single outing. He fishes public lakes, but you don't see a lot of other boats. He probably fishes prime times and has to delete a lot of footage. But there are a lot of smaller bass in the show. That's how to know it's not just a 30 min commercial, chock full of other commercials. Some of these show hosts have to wear the same clothes for three days to make one episode.

The topwater episodes are pretty hard to fake and are the most exciting.

Watch a YouTube of a pro on a public lake in the middle of winter and you'll get a feel for real bass fishing. They fish all day for a bite (sometimes).

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I did watch MFL and  enjoy watching guys catch fish but I wish they shared what they're using more and what presentation they're using on the jig or lure.

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16 minutes ago, Firefish Tracker said:

I did watch MFL and  enjoy watching guys catch fish but I wish they shared what they're using more and what presentation they're using on the jig or lure.

They have Major League Lessons which is a 2-hour show. I believe they do these after the major events are over. It's an in-depth review of with several of the anglers where they show you exactly what gear, lures and presentations were being used. It's really informative. 

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Bill Dance certainly pushes products from his sponsors, but he's still informative and fun to watch.  His bloopers are hilarious.  Saw an interview w/ Jimmy Houston.  He called Bill, "a walking blooper", and said when Bill and Roland get together it's like watching clowns at the circus.  He said Bill makes so many bloopers, sometimes they will reenact them to get a better camera shot.

I notice a lot of his fishing is on the same lake.  Never any other boats.  I suspect it is stocked and managed just for the show.  And I suspect you could probably catch real nice bass there just about any time and on any thing.  Even knowing all that, I still like his show.  He seems like he'd be a fun guy to fish with.

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31 minutes ago, Toeshots said:

They have Major League Lessons which is a 2-hour show. I believe they do these after the major events are over. It's an in-depth review of with several of the anglers where they show you exactly what gear, lures and presentations were being used. It's really informative. 

I didn't see that on Comcast lineup I'll have to do some searching. thanks

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Honey Hole Outdoors was the one supposedly shot in the same day and guarantees to only show what they catch in one day.

 

BD and Jimmy usually are fishing private, trophy managed, waters or club ponds. Not knocking them for that because who wants to watch pros striking out? You can see plenty of that in B.A.S.S. or FLW coverage or YouTube.

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50 minutes ago, Firefish Tracker said:

I didn't see that on Comcast lineup I'll have to do some searching. thanks

 

it's on there.... i have comcast and just recorded one this past week.

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2 hours ago, buzzed bait said:

 

it's on there.... i have comcast and just recorded one this past week.

I found MLF on Comcast line up for 1/14, Ill DVR it and watch the endings to see if they had it.  Hope they do

 

Edit: found them on MLF website

thanks

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Pretty good summary of the newest fishing shows. I think Mercer can be entertaiining but he and Fish Fishburn try too hard to be "cute" sometimes.  I am sooo tired of Mercer on the Bassmasters and his "Boom Shacka Lacka" - very annoying. I like MLF and Zona easily as much as any shows.

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1 Bill Dance Outdoors

2 The Bass Dr 

3 Major League Lessons

4 Major League Fishing

 

I cannot watch Johnny Johnson. His laugh is beyond annoying. I tried to watch it one night while my wife was working in the background and she threatened to unplug the tv. 

 

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12 hours ago, the reel ess said:

Honey Hole Outdoors was the one supposedly shot in the same day and guarantees to only show what they catch in one day.

 

BD and Jimmy usually are fishing private, trophy managed, waters or club ponds. Not knocking them for that because who wants to watch pros striking out? You can see plenty of that in B.A.S.S. or FLW coverage or YouTube.

Honey Hole is a good show. Bill Wilcox is a good host and good stick. He does fish a new lake every week and one day to shoot. Some shows he catches dinks, but you feel better about yourself, lol.  The episodes are on YouTube  and the channel is All Outdoors Media, I think. 

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