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The Next Bite Fishing Show to Air 100th Episode This Season

The Next Bite to Air 100th Episode This Season

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What started out as a simple idea among three of North America’s most hard-core anglers is reaching a true milestone in 2012. Professional anglers Keith Kavajecz (Kaukauna, Wisc.), Pete Maina (Hayward, Wisc.) and Gary Parsons (Glidden, Wisc.) first toyed with the idea of producing their own TV fishing show over a decade ago. The show would be focused on their favorite fish species, Walleye, Muskie and Pike; Fish with Teeth! Pete Maina recalls; “We discussed what would make a great and successful TV show and wanted it to have a very unique format, one that every angler, from beginner to fanatic, would appreciate and enjoy.”

The formula seems to have worked, as their show, The Next Bite, is getting ready to begin its eighth season on the air.

Maina continues, “It started with three individual fishing personalities with differing specialties. We wanted hard core info, real fish catching with the whole story surrounding that success and effort. And it had to be FUN; something that anglers everywhere could relate to.”

And relate they have. The show’s popularity has gained momentum each and every year. Keeping it “Fun” is important, as Kavajecz often stresses, but it’s the high level of education the TNB crew brings to their audience that brings them back week after week.

“Although I fish tournaments for a living,” says Kavajecz, ”hosting The Next Bite show allows me to really get into the details of fishing for walleyes in different locations. All of us try to not only catch fish but then educate the audience so they can go out and be more successful on the water.”

Gary Parsons has been teaching other anglers how to catch walleyes most of his adult life. In his opinion, what makes The Next Bite show so successful is, that “we try to fish in lakes and rivers that relate to everyday fishermen and women.  One week we may be on Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin, the next trolling muskies on the St. Lawrence River, but in every location we talk technique… so our viewers leave their chairs with a little better understanding of how to get their Next Bite.”

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No doubt the highlight of Season 8 for The Next Bite fans will be the show’s 100th episode, scheduled to air the week of February 20. This will be only the second episode in the show’s history that all three TNB crew members will be sharing a boat at the same time, the first time being the very first episode to air back in 2005. The 100th episode will feature some of the crews favorite moments from the past seven seasons.

The Next Bite airs on the NBC Sports Network (formerly the Versus Network) during the NBC Sports Outdoors block, Tuesdays at 1:00 PM ET and again on Thursdays at 10:00 AM ET beginning December 27, 2011. It can also be seen on WFN (World Fishing Network).

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The AMSOIL Next Bite named Best Overall Outdoor Fishing Program

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The professionals at the AMSOIL sponsored The Next Bite are pleased to announce that they have been awarded “Best Overall Outdoor Fishing Program” in the 2011 Outdoors 360 Programming Excellence Awards.

TNB’s Pete Maina, who was also up for the Best On-Air Talent Award, is humbled by the recognition. “We were up against some pretty Pete Maina The Next Bitestiff competition- names that I grew up with. This really means a lot to all of us at TNB.”

When asked about the secret to their success, Maina responded “Lots of people deserve the credit for this. Our team, our viewers, our sponsors–they’re all part of the TNB family. It’s funny, because when we first sat down 8 years ago, we discussed what we thought it would take to make a successful fishing show– something that would be viewed as a trend-setter. We built the show around those ideas. Those elements are the same today as they were then– entertainment and education wrapped around a unique format. Sponsors who believe in us. Viewers who can relate to us. And fish. Lots of fish.”

TNB’s unique personality is part of the appeal. Maina, whose looks would fit just as easily with a surfboard on Long Beach or thrashing a flying V on stage with many of his rock n roll musician friends, is viewed as a rebel of sorts within the fishing world. From authoring books like Muskies Suck to being a guest host on numerous other shows, Maina brings an edgy look and feel to everything he does. When asked if that is a departure from the public’s perception of what fishing personalities usually are, Maina’s response is a simple “Who says fishing aint cool?”

If Maina is considered irreverent, then his two partners would be considered stalwarts to traditional fishingThe Next Bite enthusiasts. Both Gary Parsons Gary Parsons The Next Biteand Keith Kavajecz have been around the lake a few times, and are considered by many to be the top two Walleye professionals in the world. Winning a combined 16 world titles including series championships and Angler-of-the-Year awards, and pioneering the AIM Walleye Tournament, their knowledge of the Midwest’s top game fish is second to none. When they aren’t on the tournament trail or teaching at a seminar, both Kavajecz and Parsons do their fair share of tube time, on their own show and as guests on others.

“Fishing is the greatest sport in the world.” Parsons says. “I’ve been blessed to be able to make a career out of my passion. Working with guys like Keith and Pete make it that much better. We have fun, we get to educate people so that their fishing experience is better, and we make a living doing it. Tell me what could be better?”

Kavajecz agrees. “TNB is a unique show, and I’m lucky to be a part of it. As our experience grows, so does our knowledge. We just want to share as much of that as we can. It’s pretty cool that we have that opportunity.”

The Next Bite can be seen on the Versus Network, a part of the NBC Sports Group, Tuesdays 1:00 pm ET (Noon Central) and Thursdays at 7:30 am ET (6:30 am Central) through June 23, 2011.

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