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October 10, 2012

WFN To Debut New Gear Review Show: Beyond The Cast With JP DeRose

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Original Series Presents a Non-Biased, Straightforward Consumer's Guide to Helping Viewers Buy Gear at Great Value

WFN: World Fishing Network, North America's only television network, online and mobile platform dedicated exclusively to fishing and outdoor enthusiasts, announces an all-new original series, Beyond the Cast with JP DeRose, produced in association with Hook Line and Sinker Productions (HLSP) and premiering in January 2013.

JP DeRose is recognized by viewers as the host of Getting School'd, which has aired on WFN the past four seasons. Each of the 13 episodes of Beyond the Cast with JP DeRose brings together a panel of experts consisting of a guide, a retailer and two tournament anglers to test and evaluate some of the best-in-class fishing gear, including rods, reels, lures and accessories. Four products similar in function and price range will be evaluated on performance, quality and durability by the panel every episode, with JP designing each controlled test and making sure it's properly conducted.

JP will be on the water each episode, giving viewers the opportunity to learn proper technique application with some valuable pointers and helpful tips that involve the category of products being rated. Full recaps and results from the testing along with a panel discussion conclude each show.

"When you take into account the availability of all the great fishing gear out there today, it can be overwhelming for beginner and advanced anglers alike to determine what may or may not be a good fit for them," said Mark Rubinstein, President & CEO of World Fishing Network. "Beyond the Cast with JP DeRose educates viewers on what to buy and why they should buy it in an objective and unbiased manner. WFN's mission is to help anglers make informed buying decisions so that they can maximize their enjoyment on the water."

Beyond the Cast with JP DeRose will encourage anglers to contribute their personal reviews on Beyond the Cast online forums as well as Facebook and Twitter platforms.

Said DeRose: "I want to encourage anglers to share their hands-on experience with the gear we're testing on the show; we want to know what he or she thinks of it. Whether it be good, bad or indifferent, Beyond the Cast will provide honest and unfiltered opinions on the best (and not so good) equipment out in the marketplace."

Host JP DeRose has been fishing for nearly 30 years – 11 competitively and six professionally – and has 130 Top 10 and 30 tournament wins to his credit over the past 11 years. President of the Canadian Bass Anglers Federation for the last seven years, JP's focus has always been to help people become better anglers.

Additional information, including the full telecast schedule for Beyond the Cast with JP DeRose exclusively on WFN, can be found at

September 11, 2012

World Fishing Network Announces Fall 2012 Programming Schedule

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WFN to Deliver Fifteen New & Returning Original Series

Lunkerville, Jarrett Edwards Outdoors, Big Coast Fishing and Fishing the Flats Headline the Roster of Returning Shows; Emmy Winning The Joy of Fishing Joins Fall Lineup

WFN: World Fishing Network, North America's only television network, online and mobile platform dedicated exclusively to fishing and outdoor enthusiasts, today announced its schedule of Fall programming featuring 15 new and returning television series.

New shows debuting on the network include: the HT Redfish Series featuring 32 teams battling it out for the championship title; Backwoods Angler TV, where Eastern Pennsylvania guide and smallmouth bass specialist Blaine Mengel travels and fishes the rivers, lakes and ponds of the Northeastern US; Fish O Mania Home International, the four way international fishing competition of the United Kingdom; Westcoast Sporting Journal, presenting the best steelhead, salmon and Pacific offshore species fishing in British Columbia; and The Joy of Fishing, the Emmy® Award-winning television series hosted by Northwest angler Wayne Van Burger, following his worldwide adventures from fly casting to giant trout in Kamchatka, Russia to landing roosterfish in La Paz, Mexico.

September starts with new seasons of Lunkerville, hosted by New York personality Mike de Avila, and Texas-based Jarrett Edwards Outdoors, the multi-species show dedicated to the public fishing waters of the Western US. New episodes will also air for Reel Animals with Captains Mike and Billy fishing the coastal waters of the Southeastern US, Water & Woods with host John Gillespie and his special guests on their quest for big fish in the Midwest, and the FLW Tour, the world's premiere bass fishing tournament circuit.

Returning to WFN with new season premieres are: Fishing the Flats featuring Master Angler Henry Waszczuk landing barracuda, bonefish, permit and other strong-fighting shallow water species; Fish TV, with its exciting, entertaining and educational destination fishing throughout the continent; Fish O Mania, the United Kingdom's largest fishing tournament; Extreme Angler TV, featuring host Karl Kalonka's realistic insights about angling techniques, equipment and strategy; and Big Coast Sportfishing, highlighting saltwater sportfishing adventures up and down the West Coast.

"The WFN programming lineup offers the widest array of entertaining and informative programming to over 45 million fishing enthusiasts in North America," said Pam Stinson, Director of Marketing for WFN. "WFN viewers will be treated to the debut of a large number of new series as well as the return of our most popular shows. It's the diverse offering of exciting and engaging fishing and outdoor lifestyle programming that has built an extremely loyal and continuously growing fan base for the network."

For the full TV schedule, click here.

Series Information

Backwoods Angler TV
Backwoods Angler TV is hosted by PA smallmouth specialist Blaine Mengel Jr. and produced in Eastern PA by Christopher G. Manley. Tag along with Blaine and his crew as they travel and fish across the Northeastern US, fishing both remote waters and those within casting distance of the largest cities in the area. Add loads of teaching, tips, and witty humor and you'll be educated and entertained.

Big Coast Sportfishing
For the angler, the Big Coast beholds a salty adventure of mythical proportions. Massive Chinook and acrobatic Coho salmon, monster halibut and a daunting fishing challenge. Add in killer and humpback whales, sea lions and bald eagles and nature in its finest state is on full display. Big Coast is produced in Whistler, BC, by Ridelounge HD. Shot in stunning 19x9 large format high definition. Hosted by Tim Milne and Brian Savard, Big Coast is the handcrafted HD saltwater sportfishing adventure of the West Coast. Tight Lines, wild salmon and screaming Islanders is Big Coast!

Extreme Angler TV
Extreme Angler Television has become so popular so fast because of its ability to target, appeal and entertain a wide viewing audience by combining fast paced editing, unique and innovative camera angles and often amazingly large fish. At the core of Brand-X is the popular host Karl Kalonka who offers the home viewer a realistic insight about techniques, equipment and strategies involved in fishing at an up-tempo pace with cutting-edge, innovative entertainment in both regional and exotic filming locations.

Fish O Mania
The United Kingdom's largest fishing tournament, Fish 'O Mania is an annual event that pits 16 competitors head-to-head. Working at stations on a small body of water, each angler is given a time limit to catch as many fish as possible. With regular weigh-ins throughout the day, the tension mounts in anticipation of a grand champion.

Fishing the Flats
With 20 years of experience under his belt, Master Angler Henry Waszczuk explores shallow water fishing for some of the most dynamic saltwater fish that can be caught on rod and reel.

Fish TV
Your hosts Leo Stakos, Ron James and Owen Nolan set their sites on great fishing destinations throughout the continent. The 3 E's in outdoor television. Excitement, entertainment and education. Fish TV is also devoted to the conservation of our natural resources, while at the same time enjoying everything it has to offer. Our motto "Fishing is a Family" encourages and promotes fishing, the outdoors, something the whole family can share.

HT Redfish Series
The Academy Sports and Outdoors HT Professional Redfish Series is an invitational tour where the top 30 teams from across the country were invited to compete in the most lucrative, professional redfish tour available today. With tour stops from Florida to Texas these coastal shootouts are 3 day tournaments, all teams fish days 1 and 2 with the top 10 teams moving on to fish day 3 and for their part of the nearly $500,000.00 in cash and prizes by season's end. First place at each event pays $25,000.00 and all 10 teams making the cut to fish on day 3 are guaranteed a check. Each event takes place in the very best areas available today for big crowds, big redfish and big money.

Jarrett Edwards Outdoors
A groundbreaking multi-species show dedicated to the popular public fishing waters of the western US.

While other fishing shows rely on fast-paced pro-tournament competition, host "Mike D" casts his line at everyday, recreational bass fishermen, traveling to their secret spots and sharing their special techniques.

Reel Animals
Called the fishing show "with an edge", Reel Animals Fishing Show features our two popular fishing captains doing what they do best—searching the scenic coastal waters of the Southeastern United States and beyond. They find all the fish biting spots. When our viewers get in the boat with Captain Mike and Captain Billy –they get two things; first – an exciting fishing adventure and second, a heck of a lot of fun!

The Joy of Fishing
Beaver Hill presents the Emmy® Award-winning television series, The Joy of Fishing. From Oregon's Adventure Coast, follow Wayne Van Burger as he seeks out fighting fish at destinations across the world while learning successful techniques and cooking up gourmet seafood with the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute. Created by Emmy® Award-winning producer Travis Cooper, The Joy of Fishing is a cinematic blend of music, motion and nature as experienced through the people who love the journey.

Water & Woods
John's entertaining on air style sets him apart from the other outdoor shows. He himself portrays the average angler going on a fishing trip with an expert. He employs some of the biggest fishing names in the Midwest such as Pete Maina. These regular co-hosts take John all over the Upper Midwest and Canada on a quest for big fish.

Westcoast Sporting Journal
A west coast television series from British Columbia dedicated to both gear and fly techniques for chrome bright steelhead, salmon and offshore species providing the hottest saltwater and freshwater fishing destinations each week with detailed instruction needed to succeed as an angler.

July 23, 2012

Comcast Launches WFN: World Fishing Network

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WFN to be added to XFINITY TV throughout the summer

WFN: World Fishing Network, North America's only television network, online and mobile platform dedicated exclusively to fishing and outdoor enthusiasts, announced today that it will be available to Comcast's XFINITY TV customers after a multi-region rollout taking place through the summer.

By the end of the rollout, WFN will be available to over 40 million multichannel households in North America through multiple video providers. WFN will be added as part of the Sports & Entertainment package throughout the Central and Southern U.S., as well as Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Minnesota, Arizona and Utah. Customers interested in receiving WFN can call 1-800-XFINITY to order, or visit for additional information.

"We are proud to bring fishing entertainment to this vast area of the U.S.," said Mark Rubinstein, President & CEO of WFN. "From Chicago to Florida, anglers will enjoy the variety of programming that only WFN can offer."

WFN provides a daily escape for North America's 44 million recreational and sport fishing enthusiasts with a comprehensive programming line-up that includes travel, lifestyle, sportfishing, tournament coverage, and more. There's something for every angler and it's easy to find with "WFN Theme Nights," each evening's prime-time block of programming dedicated to various aspects of the pastime: Big Bass Monday, Fly Fishing Tuesday, Offshore Wednesday, Inshore Thursday, Freshwater Friday, and World Fishing Saturday.

"Comcast provides customers with quality and entertaining programs for outdoor enthusiasts," said Lars Lofas, Vice President of Product Management for Comcast's West Division. "We are pleased to offer WFN and expand our array of viewing options."

To find out if WFN is available on their cable system, customers can visit

May 22, 2012

"IGFA Saltwater Adventures" Season 2 Premiere on WFN

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"Best-of Season 1" episode starts the prime time block on Wednesday, May 23rd at 8:00 p.m. ET

IGFA Saltwater Adventures, hosted by industry veteran Bill Boyce and produced by WFN: World Fishing Network and the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), will return to WFN for its second season on Wednesday, May 23rd at 8:30 p.m. ET. Leading into this, a "Best-of Season 1" episode will air at 8:00 p.m., which highlights the most amazing fish and destinations Boyce captured on film.

IGFA Saltwater Adventures is presented in stunning high-definition as Boyce takes viewers to some of the world's best saltwater fishing locations: Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Tahiti, the Seychelles, Grand Cayman, Grenada and Southern California. Viewers can live and fish vicariously through Boyce as he stays at the best resorts, visits the local hot spots, and heads out on the water for a memorable, and potentially world record setting, fishing adventure.

Here is a look at the first four episodes of Season 2:

Episode #1 (May 23 @ 8:30 p.m. ET) - "Guatemala" -- Boyce travels to Guatemala to fish with Team A-FIN-ITY and tries paragliding at Lake Atitlán.

Episode #2 (May 30 @ 8:30 p.m. ET) - "Costa Rica" -- Boyce fishes with world record chaser Sjon Harless from Billfish Safaris in Flamingo, Costa Rica.

Episode #3 (June 6 @ 8:30 p.m. ET) - "Panama" -- Boyce travels to Cebaco Bay, Panama in search of yellowfin tuna, and giant blue and black Marlin.

Episode #4 (June 13 @ 8:30 p.m. ET) - "Guatemala #2" -- Boyce returns to Guatemala to fish with Davis Clapp from Team A-FIN-ITY during prime Pacific sailfish season with spectacular results.

Boyce has been active in the angling, conservation, and journalistic aspect of sport fishing his entire life. After 16 years as a fisheries biologist, his career took a turn when interest in his underwater photographs exploded. Now a photojournalist in the sport fishing industry, his underwater video talents have been used in Michael Fowlkes Productions Inside Sportfishing and with many filming expeditions with Guy Harvey, and the B.B.C. Bill hosted the World Class Sport Fishing series, and then created his own production company, directing, producing, and hosting the TELLY Award winning TV series, IGFA Angler's Digest. Boyce has been a long standing representative of the IGFA since 1996, and a board member of the NCMC since 2007.

"All of us at IGFA are very excited about the second season of this unique fishing show", said Mike Myatt, Chief Operating Officer at the IGFA. "WFN has created a platform that will highlight great fishing, the world's premier destinations and excellent corporate partners coupled with Bill's infectious passion and knowledge of the sport; we anticipate many years of success with this series."

The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) is the leading authority on angling pursuits worldwide. The organization operates the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, FL, and is committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible and ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping.
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