SHOW # 2 - Airs week of Jan. 5
Backwater Bayou Reds – George Liddle
Fishing Tip: Pre-rigged Worm
Doc Talk: Walleye Hatchery
Knot Wars: Gryp Knot vs. Eugene Bend Knot
Field Test: Berkley Lightning Shock (7ft. Spin) & Rydon ImpactX Photo Polar Brown
Description: George Liddle finds himself deep in the Louisiana bayou in search of the illusive Redfish. Dr. Hal Schramm describes the science at work in walleye hatcheries, and next up on Knot Wars ... the Eugene Bend.
North American Fisherman TV - 2009 Television Airtimes: VERSUS
11:30 a.m. Sunday (Versus 360) - Premier date: 12/30/08
7:30 a.m. Tuesday (Versus 360)
4:30 a.m. Wednesday (Versus 360)
10:00 a.m. Friday (Versus Prime) - Premier date: 1/4/09
1:00 p.m. Friday (Versus Prime)
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SHOW # 3 - Airs week of Jan. 12
Prehistoric Giant – Florida Sawfish – Steve Pennaz
Fishing tip: Fishing Bass in the Fall
Doc Talk: Flathead Catfish
Knot Wars: Week 2 Winner vs. Miller Knot
Field Test: Spiderwire Stealth Camo Braid & Mitchell Avocet Gold
Description: While in the Florida Keys Steve Pennaz does battle with a living fossil ... the sawfish. Plus, is the flathead catfish causing havoc on eastern rivers? Dr. Hal Schramm lays out the facts. And Knot Wars puts the Miller Knot to the test.
SHOW # 4 - Airs week of Jan. 19
White Sturgeon on the Columbia River – Buzz Ramsey, Steve Pennaz
Fishing Tip: Saving Fuel While You Fish
Doc Talk: Seminole Bass
Knot Wars: Week 3 Winner vs. San Diego Jam Knot
Field Test: Abu Garcia Cardinal 604ALB & ST1N Multi-Tool
Description: Steve Pennaz and good friend Buzz Ramsey venture west to the Columbia River in search of its famed white sturgeon. Dr. Hal Schramm breaks down the fascinating Seminole bass, and the San Diego Jam enters the Knot Wars ring.
SHOW # 5 - Airs week of Jan. 26
Pike on the Prowl – Steve Pennaz and Nick Johnson
Fishing Tip: Hollow Belly Swim Bait
Doc Talk: Carrying Capacity
Knot Wars: Week 4 Winner vs. Fish-n-Fool Knot
Field Test: Berkley Taxtix Spinning Rod & Stren Sonic Braid
Description: Steve Pennaz teams with walleye pro Nick Johnson to chase huge spring hole pike. Dr. Hal Schramm explains what role carrying capacity can play when it comes to your next fishing trip. And next up on Knot Wars ... the Fish-n-Fool.
SHOW # 6 - Airs week of Feb. 2
Bass on the Border (Falcon Lake Largemouth) – Karen Savik
Fishing Tip: How to Fish a Football Head Jig
Doc Talk: Catching a Big Fish
Knot Wars: Week 5 Winner vs. Grinner Knot
Field Test: Abu Garcia REVO Reel & PowerBait HeavyWeight SinkWorm
Description: Karen Savik makes a run for the border as she tackles the bass of Falcon Lake. Plus, what are the odds of catching that fish of a lifetime? Dr. Hal Schramm breaks them down. And smile, because the Grinner Knot is up next on Knot Wars.
SHOW # 7 - Airs week of Feb. 9
Springtime Smallmouth – Steve Pennaz and Tom Keenan
Fishing Tip: Slip Sinker for Heavy Cover
Doc Talk: Stocking Salmon
Knot Wars: Week 6 Winner vs. Last year’s winner: The Palomar Knot
Field Test: Fenwick ELITE TECH Rod & Schrade Traveling Fisherman’s Set
Description: Steve Pennaz travels to Wisconsin with walleye pro Tom Keenan in search of a few giant bronze backs. Plus, Dr. Hal Schramm discusses why stocking dead salmon improves fishing. And it all comes down to this ... the final showdown on Knot Wars.
SHOW # 8 - Airs week of Feb. 16
Texas Reds – Karen Savik
Fishing Tip: West Coast Tip #1
Doc Talk: Turbid Waters
Knot Wars: Week 7 Winner vs. Homer Rhode Loop
Field Test: Shakespeare 5-Inch Utility Knife & Abu Garcia ABUMATIC 1276SLi
Description: Bass pro Karen Savik jumps at the opportunity to head to the Texas coast and fish reds for the first time. Dr. Hal Schramm weighs in on water turbidity. Plus, Buzz Ramsey on tipping your lures, and Knot Wars starts a new competition ... Loop Knots!
SHOW # 9 - Airs week of Feb. 23
Quebec Pike – Steve Pennaz
Fishing Tip: Organize Your Boat
Doc Talk: Establishing Macrophytes
Knot Wars: Week 8 Winner vs. Buffer Loop Knot
Field Test: PowerBait Atomic Teasers & Brick Sunglasses
Description: Steve Pennaz heads north of the border to Quebec in search of huge pike. Plus, Dr. Hal Schramm tells us why macrophytes are key to a healthy ecosystem. And Knot Wars starts to heat up when the Buffer Loop Knot is put to the test.
SHOW # 10 - Airs week of March 2
Bass in the Chippewa National Forest – Steve Pennaz and Todd Tisler
Fishing Tip: Knot Tying
Doc Talk: Walleye Lake
Knot Wars: Week 9 Winner vs. Canoe Man Loop Knot
Field Test: Abu Garcia Cardinal 504ALBi & Schrade MA6 Fillet Knife
Description: Steve Pennaz heads to the Chippewa National Forest with biologist Todd Tisler in search of a few national treasures. Plus, Steve has a few tips for the next time you’re tying knots. And does the Canoe Man Loop have what it takes? Find out on Knot Wars.
SHOW #11 - Airs week of March 9
Massive Browns - Iced!
Fishing Tip: Scented Bait - New GULP! Worm
Doc Talk: Crappie Movement
Knot Wars: Canoe Man Loop Knot vs. McNally Loop Knot
Field Test: Ultrathon Insect Repellant & Seafood Citrus Blend
Description: Steve Pennaz heads to iced-up Great Lakes harbors to target giant brown trout with friend Eric Haataja of Big Fish Guide Service. Plus, Dr. Hal Schramm has some theories on crappie movement. And the McNally Loop is the next combatant on….. Knot Wars.
SHOW #12 - Airs week of March 16
Fishing Tip: How to Use a Baitcaster
Doc Talk: Good Old Days
Knot Wars: McNally Loop Knot vs. King Sling Loop Knot
Field Test: SPOT Satellite Messenger & Snap Loc Walker
Description: Steve Pennaz and fishing guide Brian Brosdahl battle cool springtime conditions in their quest for giant slab crappies. Plus, Dr. Hal Schramm talks about the good ol’ days. And next up on Knot Wars… the King Sling.
SHOW #13 - Airs week of March 23
Fishing Tip: Flick Shaking
Doc Talk: Do Sport Fish Compete
Knot Wars: King Sling Loop Knot vs. Two-Wrap Hangman Knot
Field Test: Couple-Mate & Shakespeare Heavy Duty Pliers
Description: Steve Pennaz invites Berkley’s Eric Naig to join him in Alaska for a trip of a lifetime. Is your fish eating all of my fish??? Dr. Hal Schramm weighs in on competing sport fish. And which knot will rise to the top? We’ll find out as this season of Knot Wars draws to a close.