Brotherhood Outdoors is a unique outdoor TV series that showcases the American workers’ commitment to their communities and their love for the great outdoors. These deserving, blue-collar characters are rewarded with a guided hunting or fishing trip in North America or the opportunity to show off their skills by taking noted outdoorsman and host Tom Ackerman to their own honey holes.
Three years ago, McNally had the opportunity to fish for bass in Texas with Ackerman on the USA’s former TV show. When he learned about the opportunity to return the favor by hosting Ackerman for an episode of Brotherhood Outdoors and showcasing his hometown of Chicago, he recruited the help of Popplewell and Crum.
Members of the United Association (UA) Local 597 in Chicago, the trio boasts more than 55 years of community service combined. Passionate about building a future generation of sportsmen and women, McNally, Popplewell and Crum launched “Operation Brotherhood Outdoors” as a way to highlight the variety of fishing opportunities a big city can offer.
“Growing up in Chicago, my first fishing pole consisted of a stick, string and a bent paperclip with some rolled up bread on the end,” said McNally. “But that didn’t stop me. My brother and I would get on the CTA bus with all our gear and take a 30 minute ride to Marquette Park Lagoon to get our fix.”
Honored to show off Lake Michigan’s plentiful waters and famed salmon and trout, the pipefitter trio enlisted the help of local charter captain Doug Iliff from Anglers Adventures. The episode features a full day of fishing in inclement weather on a tricked out 30’ Baha Cruiser 299 Sportfish. The group muscles in three lakers a piece—including one 14 lb. fish—amidst a healthy dose of friendly competition between Ackerman and the rest of the cast.
“I hope the definition of brotherhood rings true in our episode,” said McNally. “I want viewers to see the value of having a set of friends you trust and enjoy enough to work with and still want to spend time with outside of the shop. That’s what Kevin, Fred and I have and that’s the example we want to set for a future generation of Chicago anglers.”
Sportsman Channel is broadcast locally on Channel 416 and 554 or in HD on Channel 252 (city of Chicago only). Tune in at 7 p.m. or 10 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 to find out if Ackerman can hold his own with these Chicago sportsmen on this exciting episode of Brotherhood Outdoors.