DENVER, CO. – IGFA Saltwater Adventures, the new fishing show hosted by industry veteran Bill Boyce and produced by WFN: World Fishing Network, North America’s only 24-hour television network and the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), the leading authority on angling pursuits and the keeper of the most current world record fishing catches, premiers on WFN on Wednesday, June 22nd at 8:30pm ET. A new episode will air in this time slot each week.
In the first episode, Boyce and his crew travel to Costa Rica to fish with Billfish Safaris. Appropriately, the series begins with two IGFA world records being set by world record hunter Sjon Harless. The two line class records were; an 11 lb. 8 oz. Mullet Snapper caught on an 8 lb. test line and an 11 lb. 4 oz. Mullet Snapper reeled in on a 6 lb. test line. If two world records being set on the first episode is any indication of what’s in store for the rest of the season this show should make for some exciting and record breaking television.
IGFA Saltwater Adventures is presented in stunning high-definition as Boyce takes viewers to some of the world’s premiere saltwater fishing locations including; the Bahamas, California, Fiji, the Florida Keys, Mexico, New York, Panama, St. Thomas and St. Lucia. Viewers live vicariously through Boyce as he stays at the best resorts, visits the local hot spots, and goes on the water for a memorable and potentially world record setting fishing adventure.
“Each week, viewers will go on a spectacular saltwater fishing vacation at some of the world’s best resorts in just 30-minutes and in stunning high-definition from the comfort of their couches,” said Corey Russell, VP of Programming and Production at WFN. “The combination of WFN, the IGFA, our spectacular resort partners and our host Bill Boyce, will make IGFA Saltwater Adventures a memorable trip every week.”
Here’s a look at the first five episodes.
- Episode #1 (June 22 @ 8:30 pm ET) – “Costa Rica” – We take a trip to Costa Rica to fish with Billfish Safaris out of Papagayo Marina to set two IGFA World Records.
- Episode #2 (June 29 @ 8:30 pm ET) – “Panama” – We visit Panama to fish with Cebaco Bay Sportfishing and hook up with a couple of huge Black Marlin.
- Episode #3 (July 6 @ 8:30 pm ET) – “St. Lucia” – Boyce takes viewers to IGY Marina in St. Lucia. While fishing on the Hack Attack, the gang hooks up with Blue Marlin, Wahoo and Dorado.
- Episode #4 & #5 (July 13 and July 20 @ 8:30 pm ET) – “Fiji” – In this exciting two-part episode, the crew travels to the Matava Resort in Fiji and locks horns with some Giant Trevally and some huge Barracuda.
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 this unique fishing show and are thrilled with the results”, 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.”
WFN marketing partners for the new series include; Fox International Rods & Reels, Stemsons World Fishing, Tuf-Line, Aftco Clothing and Accessories, Reactor Watches, King Sailfish Mounts, and Plano – makers of travel gear and tackle boxes.
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, Fla., 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.
About WFN: World Fishing Network
WFN: World Fishing Network is the only 24/7 television network dedicated to all segments of fishing with programming that covers instruction, tips, tournaments, travel, food, boating, outdoor lifestyle and more. WFN’s wide-ranging programming lineup includes primetime theme nights, regional bureaus from across the nation, a selection of the best international series and the most diverse species coverage of any TV channel. Featuring popular programs hosted by the world’s top anglers, the schedule includes a variety of exclusive lifestyle shows including; Hookin’ Up with Mariko Izumi, Reel Fishy Jobs with Mark Melnyk, Lost Lake and Getting School’d with JP DeRose. The beauty of WFN’s programming is available in 100 percent stunning High Definition. WFN’s multimedia platform includes a mobile portal, WFN Fishing Log (fishing app for the iPhone and iPad) and a robust fishing website, www.WorldFishingNetwork.com.
Originally launched in December 2005, today WFN and WFN HD are available in more than 30 million households through North American cable, satellite and telecommunications distributors including DISH Network, Charter, Comcast, AT&T U-Verse, Verizon FiOS and more. For more information, visit www.WorldFishingNetwork.com.