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How Long Does It Take For A Fishing Show To Be Filmed?

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Guess it would depend on the fishing.

Waters and Woods is a show here in IL and WI that is filmed weekly 51 weeks a year. The show is always current. It's not edited like all the "mainstream" shows and it's a multi species show. Because it's multi species show he has the opportunity to call around to see what's biting where, and then travel wherever. He also always fishes with guides. Most shows are taped in 1 or 2 days depending on the fishing. Not a bad gig if you ask me.

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Several years back I did the Fishin' Hole with J. McKinniss. He didn't tell me how long he would be filming but he allowed three days to do the shoot for a 30 minute show. We had a terrible storm the morning of the second day, so it was good to have three days to film. He was very concerned with camera angles and location to shoot the scenery as much as he was in catching the stream bass. I would guess that of the 35-40 bass caught, only about a dozen made the shoot. Jerry tried to hand land the larger of the bass that I caught like it was his. We only filmed live (real)catching action, never fish taken out of a live well as some do.

Worst part of the deal for me was being told to put back on my same smelly shirt worn the first day so it would appear like we shot the show in just one day.

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I was with Iaconelli for a shoot for "City Limits" and it really was shot exactly as you see it on TV. All in one day, chronicled exactly as the day went. The off-the-water scenes were shot the next day.

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City Limits does seem about as real as it gets, which is why it's probably my favorite show.

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Obviously the time needed to meet the goals of the producer can vary greatly. I've done it in two days and I've gone as long as five days. OLN, (now Versus), did a show on Stick Marsh with me that involved a total of 48 hours, (five days), with 22 hours of filming for a 22 minute show. It all depends on how weather, catch, and so on, come into play.

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Back in the days when it was done on film not tape, I attended a Joe Foss talk. He said they allowed 5 days for filming with a major issue being the weather. Cloudy one day and blue bird clear the next was a big issue. I would think this would be cut down quite a bit with the ability to video tape and having more cameras.

For those who haven't joined me in the "geezer" class Joe was a WWII fighter pilot who had a weekly fishing show and hosted ABC's

the American Sportsman after the war. To be a fighter pilot ace you needed to shoot down 5 enemy planes. Having shot down 25+ Japanese aircraft Joe was a 5 time USAAF ace. He also claimed to be a 1 time Japanese ace by way of being shot down 3 times being and crashing 2 times so he destroyed 5 U.S. planes.

Joe Foss was a true hero. Go to Google and plug in Joe Foss for a larger account of his contributions.

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Lunkerville is shot in one day. Depending on the day, it might result in two episodes.

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I did a new upcoming show that hasn't aired yet this past spring called Country Fried Cletus in less than half a day. I was on good fish but feeling a little under the weather and told them to just show up at noon and we would have enough fish for a show in a few hours. They were a little worried that I told them to sleep in until we fished the first point and started catching good fish. We got a six or seven pounder that made us all dance around the small boat we were using a few hours later and that was all they needed to make a good show.

I did a Lunkerville show a few years ago and we fished till we couldn't take the heat anymore. It was over 100 degrees that afternoon. We fished half a day but never got a big one in the boat but they did a great job of making a good show out of it.

What I like about both of these shows and the people doing them is they just came to the lake and we did a show. Nobody asked me to save up big fish to hook on the line later etc. They said we were going fishing just like anybody normaly would and it would be on film to make a show out of however it came out in one day. I think these shows may be an exception to the norm though since they are a little different type of fishing show.

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we're on our 7th season of Lunkerville and i like to film an episode in one day... on average, we spend 6-8 hours on the water... sometimes we'll have a show in a few hours and film a second in the afternoon... if my guest is on fish and we catch a whole lotta them, i'll edit it into 2 episodes... and like randall says, we try to show it as it is out there: the good, the bad and the ugly... it's all about real fishing in Lunkerville.

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Mike D is an editing monster... Just saying!

Anyway, slone I was amazed at how fast Gillespie pumps those shows out. He works his butt off and he has one quality show!

PETE GET THE NET! WHAT DO I DO PETE, WHAT DO I DO!?

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we're on our 7th season of Lunkerville and i like to film an episode in one day... on average, we spend 6-8 hours on the water... sometimes we'll have a show in a few hours and film a second in the afternoon... if my guest is on fish and we catch a whole lotta them, i'll edit it into 2 episodes... and like randall says, we try to show it as it is out there: the good, the bad and the ugly... it's all about real fishing in Lunkerville.

That's what is great about your show Mike, it's real life, the way it is! Keep it real! :D

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Back in the days when it was done on film not tape, I attended a Joe Foss talk. He said they allowed 5 days for filming with a major issue being the weather. Cloudy one day and blue bird clear the next was a big issue. I would think this would be cut down quite a bit with the ability to video tape and having more cameras.

For those who haven't joined me in the "geezer" class Joe was a WWII fighter pilot who had a weekly fishing show and hosted ABC's

the American Sportsman after the war. To be a fighter pilot ace you needed to shoot down 5 enemy planes. Having shot down 25+ Japanese aircraft Joe was a 5 time USAAF ace. He also claimed to be a 1 time Japanese ace by way of being shot down 3 times being and crashing 2 times so he destroyed 5 U.S. planes.

Joe Foss was a true hero. Go to Google and plug in Joe Foss for a larger account of his contributions.

Wasn't he also the first commissioner of the old AFL later to become the AFC of the NFL?

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I've been the camera boat for six shows shot down here in South Florida. The norm has been 2 days however, with bad weather and slow fishing it has extended to more than 3 days. I was never involved with one for just one day. They are full days with lots of activity, all distilled into about 18-19 minutes of actual fishing action. The shows budget typically 22 minutes so there is some time for intro's and an exit.

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we're on our 7th season of Lunkerville and i like to film an episode in one day... on average, we spend 6-8 hours on the water... sometimes we'll have a show in a few hours and film a second in the afternoon... if my guest is on fish and we catch a whole lotta them, i'll edit it into 2 episodes... and like randall says, we try to show it as it is out there: the good, the bad and the ugly... it's all about real fishing in Lunkerville.

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Mike,

You appear to have no ego as you fish on your show, and I like your pertinent questions. If you want to do some stream smallie fishing in th Ozarks in winter, holler at me.

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