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2017 SEASON - EPISODE 1

ISLAMORADA, FLORIDA KEYS:  DOLPHIN ON THE GO! –  Aboard his brand new MARC VI, a Mako 334 (www.mako-boats.com) center console powered by triple Mercury Verado (www.mercurymarine.com) 350hp outboards, Poveromo and Captain Shannon Attales head offshore in search of dolphin during a couple of hot August days.  Although some anglers write off dolphin fishing throughout the Florida Keys (www.fla-keys.com) in late summer, Poveromo and Attales prove that it’s a great period for bigger fish.  They use the boat’s Simrad (http://www.simrad-yachting.com/en-US/) Halo 4 radar to search for birds working low to the water and binoculars to find floating debris. Once discovered, the run and gun race for the birds pays off with quality fish, however, it’s trolling that produces their two largest dolphin. Poveromo’s MARC VI docked at World Wide Sportsman (http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPageC?storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&appID=94&tab=3&storeID=21),  whereas Pines & Palms Resort (http://pinesandpalms.com/) served as home base for the team.

NBC SPORTS NETWORK:

December 28 (Wednesday) - 1:30 p.m.
March 29 (Wednesday) – 1:30 p.m.
May 20 (Saturday) – 9:30 a.m.
June 21 (Wednesday) – 1:30 p.m
 

World Fishing Network
January 5 (Thursday) – 8:30 p.m.
January 6 (Friday) – 12:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
January 8 (Sunday) – 9:30 a.m., 8:30 p.m.
March 30 (Thursday) – 8:30 p.m.


2017 SEASON - EPISODE 2

RUSKIN, FLORIDA: SNOOK AND REDFISH –  This action-packed light tackle episode finds Poveromo trailering his SHALLOW-WATER MARC, a Mako 21 LTS (www.mako-boats.com), to the state’s west central coast.  Here, he meets up with renowned guide Captain Mike Goodwine of Blackneck Adventures Fishing Charters, to sample the local fishing for snook and redfish.  Goodwine wastes little time taking Poveromo to his prime spots, where they catch snook, redfish and sea trout by pitching live baits underneath mangroves and within bottom depressions. This trip also coincides with Poveromo’s birthday, and Goodwine surprises him with a cookout and celebration later that evening.  If you’re looking for the little subtleties involved in locating and catching snook and redfish, don’t miss this episode!  The Poveromo team stayed at The Resort & Club at Little Harbor (www.staylittleharbor.com).

NBC SPORTS NETWORK:
January 4 (Wednesday) – 1:30 p.m.
March 22 (Wednesday) – 1:30 p.m.
April 5 (Wednesday) – 1:30 p.m.
May 21 (Sunday) – 9:30 a.m.
 
World Fishing Network
January 12 (Thursday) – 8:30 p.m.
January 13 (Friday) – 12:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
January 15 (Sunday) – 9:30 a.m., 8:30 p.m.
March 31 (Friday) – 12:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
 

2017 SEASON - EPISODE 3

BIG PINE AND THE LOWER FLORIDA KEYS: ALL ABOUT THE SNAPPERS -  Aboard the MARC VI, a new Mako 334 (www.mako-boats.com) center console powered by triple Mercury (www.mercurymarine.com) Verado 350hp outboards, Poveromo is once again docked at Cudjoe Gardens Marina (http://www.cudjoegardensmarina.com/). On this trip, he and friend Priscila Jager Clawges head to the local reefs to catch yellowtail.  Priscila, a fishing fanatic who resides part time in Big Pine Key (www.fla-keys.com), immediately goes to work chumming up the ‘tails. Although poor water current and clarity - and a few sharks - are difficult obstacles, they score some quality yellowtails thanks to sand-balling and persistence. When the next day yields the same poor conditions, Poveromo decides to pull anchor and race to the rock piles around the Marquesas, some 51 miles from Cudjoe.  Within an hour, the duo are anchored and enjoying fast fishing with groupers, yellowtail, mangroves and even quality size mutton snapper!  Parmer’s Resort (http://parmersresort.com/) hosted Poveromo and his team.
NBC SPORTS NETWORK:
January 18 (Wednesday) - 1:00 p.m.
April 12 (Wednesday) – 1:30 p.m.
May 27 (Saturday) – 9:30 a.m.
July 1 (Saturday) – 9:30 a.m.
 
World Fishing Network       
January 19  (Thursday) – 8:30 p.m.
January 20 (Friday) – 12:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
January 22 (Sunday) – 9:30 a.m., 8:30 p.m.
April 2 (Sunday) – 9:30 a.m., 8:30 p.m.
 

2017 SEASON - EPISODE 4

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, CANADA: GIANT BLUEFIN TUNA - “Epic” is the best word that describes Poveromo’s September trip to Prince Edward Island (https://www.tourismpei.com/). This is big tackle country, and Poveromo, the guest of local captain Mark Jenkins with Top Notch Tuna Charters, brings his Penn International 130s and bent-butt chair rods.  The months of September and October are the best time to capture giant tunas, as droves of the largest bluefins migrate out of the Gulf of Mexico and into these forage-rich waters, simply to gorge on massive herring concentrations.  Under perfect weather conditions, Poveromo and Jenkins cruise some 17 miles to a bank in 80 feet of water, as herring boats tend their nets. While drifting and chumming with whole herring, it doesn’t take long for the monsters to rise to the boat; the team catches four giant tunas, three of which are released.  To fulfill the captain’s annual kill tag prior to it expiring, Poveromo boated one of his fish – a 701 pounder!  Poveromo and crew stayed at the Rodd Brudenell Hotel and Resort (https://roddvacations.com/hotels/rodd-brudenell-river/) .

NBC SPORTS NETWORK:
January 18 (Wednesday) – 1:30 p.m.
April 19 (Wednesday) – 1:30 p.m.
May 28 (Sunday) – 9:30 a.m.
World Fishing Network                          
January 26 (Thursday) – 8:30 p.m.
January 27 (Friday) – 12:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
January 29 (Sunday) – 9:30 a.m., 8:30 p.m.

2017 SEASON - EPISODE 5

ISLAMORADA, FLORIDA KEYS:  BACKCOUNTRY MADNESS! - The backcountry waters behind Islamorada in the fabulous Florida Keys (www.fla-keys.com) can be intriguing; one can take in the beautiful natural settings while catching anything from mangrove snapper to giant tarpon, all within relatively shallow water. Aboard his SHALLOW-WATER MARC, a Mako 21 LTS (www.mako-boats.com), Poveromo teams up with legendary guide Captain Ron Brack. Leaving from World Wide Sportsman (http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPageC?storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&appID=94&tab=3&storeID=21), Brack leads Poveromo toward a small channel paralleling a backcountry island. With a perfect tide, they Power Pole down and pitch baits up current and underneath the mangroves; Snook becomes the reward for the perfect bait presentation. When Large lemon sharks make their presence known, Brack, a true variety fisherman, pitches a slab of bait into the channel.  He and Poveromo then go on to battle the sharks within the tight confines; afterward, they move on to a grass flat and target sea trout.  This episode exemplifies the variety of fishing awaiting for those who venture out back of Islamorada. The Pines & Palms Resort (http://pinesandpalms.com/) hosted George Poveromo and his production team.

NBC SPORTS NETWORK:
February 2 (Thursday) - 2:00 p.m.
April 26 (Wednesday) – 1:30 p.m.
June 3 (Saturday) – 9:30 a.m.
 
World Fishing Network 
February 2 (Thursday) – 8:30 p.m.
February 3 (Friday) – 12:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
February 5 (Sunday) – 9:30 a.m., 8:30 p.m.

2017 SEASON - EPISODE 6

CHUB CAY, BAHAMAS: BACK TO THE POCKET!   -  This is Poveromo’s first long-range run aboard his new MARC VI, a Mako 334 (www.mako-boats.com) center console powered by triple 350hp Mercury Verado (www.mercurymarine.com) outboards, and a return to the fabled Chub Cay Resort (http://www.chubcay.com/).  It’s mid June, and Poveromo and Carl Grassi depart Miami’s Haulover Inlet for the 144 mile journey to Chub Cay.  Although these waters are legendary for their offshore fishing where Poveromo has enjoyed numerous successes over many decades, this time he and Grassi experience a poor troll bite.  This prompts them to activate the Bird Mode feature on the MARC VI’s Simrad HALO 4 (http://www.simrad-yachting.com/en-US/) radar and switch to running and gunning tactics. On the move, the radar picks up a few birds between Chub and Andros and Chub and Nassau, yet each bird find gives up dolphin.  Tripletail are abundant on just about every piece of floating debris, adding variety to the game. Ironically, the big score occurs during their final day of fishing, when the radar marks birds a couple miles out and directly in front of the resort. Upon reaching the birds, Grassi and Poveromo pitch baits to two large dolphin. The result: Grassi boats an 18 pounder, whereas Poveromo scores a whopping 38 pounder! 

NBC SPORTS NETWORK:
February 8 (Wednesday) - 1:30 p.m.
May 3 (Wednesday) – 1:30 p.m.
June 4 (Sunday) – 9:30 a.m.
 
World Fishing Network 
February 9  (Thursday) – 8:30 p.m.
February 10 (Friday) – 12:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
February 12 (Sunday) – 9:30 a.m., 8:30 p.m.

                                     

2017 SEASON - EPISODE 7

BIG PINE AND THE LOWER FLORIDA KEYS: GULF WRECKS –  On his second trip of the year to Cudjoe (www.fla-keys.com) with his MARC VI, a Mako 334 (www.mako-boats.com) center console, Poveromo and local pro Captain Andrew Tipler focus on the Gulf wrecks. Leaving Cudjoe Gardens Marina (http://www.cudjoegardensmarina.com/), Poveromo and Tipler make their way into the Gulf through Kemp Channel to a wreck that Tipler is confident is holding fish. After taking in the current and wind direction, the MARC VI anchors precisely and baits are dispatched; live pinfish and small crabs are fished on the bottom - as well as free lined without weight - for cobia and permit.  The cobia bite proves to be exceptional and the duo also scores one out of two permit bites. Poveromo’s biggest thrill, however, is when a shoal of large mangrove snapper appear in the chum slick, prompting him to scale down in tackle and boat a few for dinner. This episode showcases the fine art of wreck fishing, and the subtleties involved at catching fish on them.  Poveromo docked his MARC VI at Cudjoe Gardens Marina, and stayed at nearby Parmer’s Resort (http://parmersresort.com/).

NBC SPORTS NETWORK:
February 8 (Wednesday) - 4:00 p.m.
May 10 (Wednesday) – 1:30 p.m.
June 10 (Saturday) – 9:30 a.m.
 
World Fishing Network 
February 16 (Thursday) – 8:30 p.m.
February 17 (Friday) – 12:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
February 19 (Sunday) – 9:30 a.m., 8:30 p.m.
  

2017 SEASON - EPISODE 8

BIMINI, BAHAMAS: LIGHT TACKLE VARIETY –  A mere 50 mile run from Miami’s Haulover Inlet, Bimini is an angler’s paradise.  Just about every prized fish an angler dreams of swims within these waters, be it on the backcountry shallows, reefs, wrecks or offshore.  When it comes to fishing in Bimini, Poveromo’s hardest decision is what to actually fish for.  It’s July, and Poveromo takes Kari Pallotto aboard the MARC VI to the Bimini Big Game Club Resort (http://biggameclubbimini.com/) to try their luck.  Not surprisingly, the reefs yield their typical yellowtail snapper, plus an assortment of giant blue runners, amberjack and horse eye jacks.  Poveromo replaces the light fluorocarbon leader on a small Penn spinner with 30-lb test Titanium wire and a small circle hook for the Ceros; the duo hits it just right, catching a variety of fish including a Cero mackerel topping 11-pounds.   The catch of the trip, however, is when Poveromo scores a huge king mackerel from an anchored boat with light spin tackle intended for yellowtail snapper. After a tedious 30 minute fight, Pallotto gaffs the big king, a whopping 55 pounds!  Aside from the fishing, the ever-changing Bimini is showcased in this exciting and entertaining episode.
NBC SPORTS NETWORK:
February 15 (Wednesday) – 1:30 p.m.
May 17 (Wednesday) – 1:30 p.m.
June 11 (Sunday) – 9:30 a.m.

 
World Fishing Network 
February 23 (Thursday) – 8:30 p.m.
February 24 (Friday) – 12:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
February 26 (Sunday) – 9:30 a.m., 8:30 p.m.
 

2017 SEASON - EPISODE 9

MARATHON, FLORIDA KEYS: WINTER WONDERLAND – December in Marathon (www.fla-keys.com) is an explosive time for fishing. Sailfish are pushing ballyhoo on the patches, king mackerel are solidly migrating through the Florida Keys (www.fla-keys.com), and numerous species compete for habitat and food along the local reefs and wrecks.  In this episode, Poveromo and Captain Jason Long take advantage of some cool water opportunities off Marathon. With the MARC VI docked at the Hyatt Place Marathon’s Marina (https://marathonfloridakeys.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html), Poveromo and Long load up the MARC VI’s live wells with pilchards - which will serve as chum and baits, then cut out to the ocean side underneath the Seven Mile Bridge. Here, they try their hand at dropping live baits along several deep water wrecks, and are met with success. Next, they drift live pilchards along the shallow reefs, concentrating on placing baits throughout the entire water column. Again, more success. And to top it all off, they score some impressive mangrove snapper on the patch reefs.  The Poveromo team stayed at the Hyatt Place Marathon, Florida Keys (https://marathonfloridakeys.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html).  
NBC SPORTS NETWORK:
February 22 (Wednesday) – 1:30 p.m.
May 24 (Wednesday) – 1:30 p.m.
June 17 (Saturday) – 9:30 a.m.
 
World Fishing Network
March 2 (Thursday) – 8:30 p.m.
March 3 (Friday) – 12:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
March 5 (Sunday) – 9:30 a.m., 8:30 p.m.
                        

2017 SEASON - EPISODE 10

CAYMAN ISLANDS: WAHOO –  Poveromo returns to Grand Cayman Island (http://www.caymanislands.ky/) once again for their incredible winter wahoo fishery. He and his friend Albert Castro hope for the best as a previous fishing trip yielded 15 wahoo, four yellowfin tuna and a released blue marlin in just two hours of fishing.   Charles Ebanks, lead captain on this journey, steams through the night to Pickle Bank, some 84 nautical miles from Grand Cayman. A spread of five wahoo baits are set out prior to sunrise and, shortly thereafter, all five lines hooked wahoo – simultaneously!  Three of the five wahoo are boated, with two fish shaking free of their hooks. The fast bite continues until around 1:30 that afternoon; the team accounts for ten wahoo up to 55 pounds and a dolphin. This episode showcases the tricks of the trade to consistently troll up wahoo, as well as just how good fishing can be off the Cayman Islands. Cayman Airways (https://www.caymanairways.com/) provided air transportation for Poveromo and his team, with the Sunset House on Grand Cayman (www.sunsethouse.com) providing the accommodations. Poveromo was the guest of the Cayman Islands Angling Club (www.fishcayman.com).

NBC SPORTS NETWORK:
March 1 (Wednesday) – 1:30 p.m.
May 31 (Wednesday) – 1:30 p.m.
June 18 (Sunday) – 9:30 a.m.

 
World Fishing Network
March 9 (Thursday) – 8:30 p.m.
March 10 (Friday) – 12:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
March 12 (Sunday) – 9:30 a.m., 8:30 p.m.

2017 SEASON - EPISODE 11

KEY LARGO, FLORIDA KEYS: POUNDING THE PATCHES - Some of the easiest and most enjoyable fishing throughout the Florida Keys (www.fla-keys.com) is on the patch reefs.  With the MARC VI’s live wells loaded with pilchards and ballyhoo, Poveromo and Captain Kevin Jeffries find themselves probing the patches off Key Largo.  Situated inside of the deeper reefs, in depths between 15 and 40 feet of water, these patches often hold impressive quantities of bait; they also serve as sanctuaries for groupers and snappers.  The other plus: they are often fishable when the offshore reefs and waters are too rough to reach.  It’s early December, muttons become more prominent along these patches, feasting on schools of ballyhoo and in addition, some hefty groupers move onto them as well, along with big barracuda and mackerel.  As anticipated, Poveromo and Jeffries keep the rods bending with a variety of fish, proving just how productive these patches can be.  This is a must see episode for anyone seeking fast action throughout the Florida Keys.  Poveromo and team stayed at the Ocean Pointe Suites in Key Largo (http://www.providentresorts.com/ocean-pointe-suites/key-largo-resorts.php).

NBC SPORTS NETWORK:
March 8 (Wednesday) – 1:30 p.m.
June 7 (Wednesday) – 1:30 p.m.
June 24 (Saturday) – 9:30 a.m.

World Fishing Network
March 16 (Thursday) – 8:30 p.m.
March 17 (Friday) – 12:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
March 19 (Sunday) – 9:30 a.m., 8:30 p.m.  

2017 SEASON - EPISODE 12

RETURN TO THE MARQUESASWhen fishing off Key West (www.fla-keys.com), Poveromo ranks the Marquesas as his favorite area. Having fished the rock piles and hard bottoms to the north and also to the west of the Marquesas atoll since childhood, it’s the fast-paced bottom action that still thrills Poveromo enough to keep coming back. On this excursion, Poveromo and long-time pal Captain Mark Schmidt head for these rocks aboard Poveromo’s Mako 334 (www.mako-boats.com) MARC VI. Schmidt, a Key West light tackle guide, is also a fan and expert at fishing around the Marquesas. Together, they showcase just how fast and easy it can be to keep the rods bending with groupers, muttons, Spanish and king mackerel.  All the fine points of bottom fishing in the shallow Gulf are covered, ranging from tackle on up to tricks to coax a holed-up grouper out of its structure. The Ibis Bay Beach Resort (http://www.ibisbayresort.com/) hosted the Poveromo team.
NBC SPORTS NETWORK:
March 15 (Wednesday) – 1:30 p.m.
June 14 (Wednesday) – 1:30 p.m
June 25 (Sunday) – 9:30 a.m.
World Fishing Network
March 23 (Thursday) – 8:30 p.m.
March 24 (Friday) – 12:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
March 26 (Sunday) – 9:30 a.m., 8:30 p.m.