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Check out Bottom Feeders (If you can)

May 23rd 2014 15:52
With the glut of "reality" programming on television these days, fishing, with its lack of action but heavy mental preparation, seems a natural fit for the genre.
Bottom Feeders

Granted, you have Wicked Tuna, Deadliest Catch or even Whale Wars but Outdoor Channel's Bottom Feeders goes a step further and shows a different side to fishing and you suddenly realize fishing isn't all about being on the ocean in a big boat.

Bottom Feeders follows commercial fishermen in the Northern reaches of the U.S., and and demonstrates how hard they work to harvest what people commonly call "bottom feeders"--carp, buffalo, drum, suckers, or other "trash fish."

Since these hardy souls are commercial fishermen, you're not going to see rod and hook angling. Rather, you'll see these guys out stringing nets in sub-freezing weather. Speaking of the weather, while the temperature may not be mentioned, you know it's cold because you hear the wind buffeting the microphones or hear the whistling in the background.

And it wouldn't be reality TV without commentary from each episode's participants. Staged or real, sometimes it's those catty remarks that make the show go!

Remember to take the hooks outta yer pocket before ya sit down!

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Comment by katyzzz

June 2nd 2014 21:33
Really interesting and informative, James, very much the big fish and the big boat out here, but fishing shows are certainly a nice change from the other rubbish on TV here.

Comment by James Rickard

June 3rd 2014 02:26
About ten years ago, before all the "reality TV" there was a program on ESPN called Shark Hunters. I loved it but, it was too ahead of its time using the "reality" format.

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