30 New and Returning Series with New Episodes Start January 4 and 5

World Fishing Network, the leading entertainment destination and digital resource for anglers throughout North America, today announced its winter 2014 programming schedule that includes 30 new and returning series headlined by World Fishing Network’s new original production, Hookin’ Up with Nick & Mariko.

Combining her love for travel and passion for fishing, Mariko Izumi has taken viewers across the globe to experience the best that both have to offer on Hookin’ Up with Mariko Izumi, a viewer favorite over four seasons. Starting Sunday, Jan. 5 at 12 p.m. ET, World Fishing Network presents a new twist to the Hookin’ Up franchise as sport fishing and travel journalist Nick Honachefsky teams up with Mariko as they embark on all-new travel adventures on Hookin’ Up with Nick & Mariko.

“Travelers – and our viewers – have become more and more discerning over the past few years,” said Ana Rodrigues, Director of Programming for World Fishing Network. “They want more than just experiencing the action on the water; they want to discover everything that the destination has to offer off the water as well.”

Nick and Mariko arrive at each new destination with three goals in mind as they aim to experience the best of it all: Learn the secrets, find the hidden gems and catch some fish, revealing the true extent of each destination’s diversity and offerings. The duo participates in two very different excursions as they fish under the watchful eye and expertise of local guide and are then left to their own vices, relying on what they think – or thought – they know. And while their demeanor off the water is friendly, it’s not always the case on the water where the competition between Nick and Mariko is fierce as they battle to see who will win the day.

“We’ve sought to deliver a true travel-adventure show, and given the strong following that Hookin’ Up has garnered in past seasons, we thought it was the perfect platform to build on,” added Rodrigues.

The first four episodes of Hookin’ Up with Nick & Mariko feature:

Episode 1, Pine Island, Fla. – Nick and Mariko venture to the idyllic and inviting paradise of Pine Island, Fla. When not fighting sharks to the boat, pulling snook out of the mangroves and dropping lines off a bridge for jacks, they find time to relax long enough to beachcomb the soft sands for collectible shells.

Episode 2, New York City – Nick and Mariko’s city hopping includes fantastic fishing in the Verrazano Narrows, dropping some lines into Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, a ping pong battle with one of NYC’s iconic players and a nighttime stroll through Times Square.

Episode 3, Monterey, Calif. – Nick and Mariko take in California’s Monterey Bay. Highlights include hopping on a party boat to target multicolored rockfish, taking a guided bike tour along the Cannery Row coastline, pier fishing for octopus and witnessing spectacular whales on their annual migration.

Episode 4, Puerto Rico – Nick and Mariko are in the land of the Lambada to marlin fish the deep waters of the Puerto Rican Trench, take a lesson in salsa dancing, embark on a tour of the markets in Old San Juan and fish off one of San Juan’s most bustling bridges.

Other shows debuting on World Fishing Network starting Jan. 4 include: Bass Dr., Krappie Kings TV, The Legacy Experience, Fishful Thinker, Valentine Warner: Coast to Coast and Ultimate Fishing Experience.

They are joined by new seasons of BC Outdoors Sport Fishing, Big City Fishing, Big Coast Sportfishing, Bob Izumi’s Real Fishing Show, Extreme Angler, Fishing 411, Fishing with Joe Bucher, Florida Adventure Quest, George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing, Inside Sportfishing, Jarrett Edwards Outdoors, Lindner’s Angling Edge, Pro Tarpon Tournament Series, Reel Animals Fishing Show, The Fish’n Canada Show, The New Fly Fisher, The Musky Hunter, The Next Bite, The Scott Martin Challenge and Timmy Horton Outdoors.

Fresh episodes of Bass 2 Billfish with Peter Miller and John Gillespie’s Waters & Woods, airing as part of their current season, continue into the New Year.

World Fishing Network’s original production, World Fishing Journal, which brings together a roster of talented sports producers to craft engaging, story-driven features based around the angling community and fishing industry, continues to deliver a new episode the first Sunday of every month.

For detailed information about these programs, please visit WorldFishingNetwork.com/tv/fishing-shows. For schedule information, check local listings or visit WorldFishingNetwork.com/tv-schedule.

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