World Fishing Network, the leading entertainment destination and digital resource for anglers throughout North America, today announced its Fall 2014 programming schedule, which includes 20 new and returning series headlined by two all-new World Fishing Network original productions, Wheels & Reels and PESCA.

“This fall, World Fishing Network’s programming lineup delivers the best selection of entertaining and informative programming to angling and outdoor enthusiasts across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean,” said Ana Rodrigues, Director of Programming for World Fishing Network. “We’re premiering two new original programs, Wheels & Reels and PESCA, new monthly episodes of World Fishing Journal and all-new seasons for 17 more shows. Regardless of your skill level or whether you’re a freshwater or saltwater angler, there’s always going to be something on during the day that’ll appeal to you.”

Racing action at the track and some great fishing all merge together to create a show that viewers will find engaging and entertaining from start to checkered flag on Wheels & Reels , premiering exclusively on World Fishing Network starting Sunday, Oct. 12 at 12 p.m. ET. This 10-episode reality competition series brings together all the excitement of NASCAR and all the togetherness of recreational and sport fishing to create a fun-filled event to benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation.

Founded in 2002, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation provides support for people with paralysis and seeks to prevent spinal cord injuries by educating young people about ways to prevent them.

NASCAR fans get this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fish with or against their favorite NASCAR driver or personality at some of motorsport’s famous settings, including The Daytona 500 and The Coke Zero 400 from the Daytona (Fla.) Motor Speedway and the Ford Ecoboost 400, NASCAR’s championship event, held at the Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway. More than 20 popular drivers and personalities participate in this made-for-TV spectacle, including Ryan Newman, Kyle Larsen, Jamie McMurrary and Brad Keselowski, giving the audience a rare opportunity to see the competitiveness that expands beyond the track and onto the water.

“It’s awesome to watch these NASCAR greats take the time between races to fish with their fans and help raise awareness for a great charity. This is a fantastic opportunity for NASCAR fans to see their favorite drivers participating in a fun competition off the track and on the water,” said Russell Naftal, Executive Producer of Wheels & Reels.

Culture, cooking and history all come together in PESCA , the story about a man and his love of New York, food and the sea. Meet Dave Pasternack, chef and partner at ESCA, the famous Italian seafood restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen where he partners with Iron Chef Mario Batali and Master Chef judge, Joe Bastianich. Told from a first-person perspective, Pasternack takes viewers on this culinary journey from catch to plate. The audience gets a rare glimpse into high-end dining, the competitive New York City culinary scene and what it’s like to be on the water with a man who lives with a rod in his hand and a fish on the line.

Obsession drives Pasternack, an avid fisherman who is equally enthusiastic about catching a fish as he is about serving it. And now 13 years later, on the eve of the opening of his second restaurant, Barchetta, Pasternack’s obsession and passion continue unabated and help to create a show never before seen on World Fishing Network.

PESCA airs exclusively on World Fishing Network beginning Sunday, Nov. 16 at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Other shows making their network debut this fall include: Know Fishing, a series devoted to bass fishing in the Southeast; Hooked on Africa, where big game isn’t just on land in this aquatic safari; Crappie Time, hosted by seven-time national crappie champions Ronnie Capps and Steve Coleman, delivers crappie fishing at its best; Fishing Expedition Amazonia embarks on an eight-episode, two-river adventure to the Amazon with Steve ‘Snapper’ Townson as he pursues some crazy-looking fish, like the fruit and nut-eating pacu, shovelnosed surubim/tiger fish, peacock bass, payara/vampire fish, piranha and the pike-like bicuda; Hooked Up with Tom Colicchio , featuring chef/owner of Craft Restaurants and head judge of Bravo’s Top Chef, Tom Colicchio, and guests fishing various locations across the U.S.; retired English rugby star, Matt Dawson, and Mitch Tonks, an award-winning restaurateur, take a seafood tour around the British coast on Mitch & Matt’s Big Fish; and Following in the Footsteps of Mr. Crabtree, as John Baily traces the path laid out by the best-selling book Mr. Crabtree Goes Fishing, which has inspired millions of angling fathers and generations of their children for more than 60 years.

October launches new seasons of Mark Berg’s Fishing Addiction, where Mark surprises anglers across Australia with incredible fishing adventures; join Alan Gibbins and Bill Davis as they explore the art and conservation of sport fishing throughout North America on The Fish Finders; hit the skinny water with Fishing the Flats, featuring master angler Henry Waszczuk landing barracuda, bonefish, permit and other strong-fighting shallow water species; former NHL star Owen Nolan pursues his passion for the outdoors on Sportsman 360, fishing oceans, lakes and rivers in some of the most scenic locations; and Westcoast Sporting Journal , a television series from British Columbia providing action from the hottest saltwater and freshwater destinations every week.

Additional shows returning to World Fishing Network with all-new season episodes include: John Gillespie presenting a new episode every week fishing the Upper Midwest on Waters & Woods; Fish TV, with Leo Stakos and Ron James delivering exciting, entertaining and educational destination fishing throughout the continent; South Bend’s Lunkerville, hosted by New York personality Mike de Avila; and the always popular Wild Fish Wild Places wants to know what’s on your bucket list as every show takes fishing to a new extreme at off-the-beaten-path locations across the globe; and four anglers compete each week to see who can land the big prize on Big Bass Battle.

Rounding out the list is World Fishing Journal, another World Fishing Network original production, brings together a roster of talented sports producers to craft engaging, story-driven features based around the angling community and fishing industry with a fresh episode the first Sunday of every month at 11:30 a.m. ET.

For additional information on these shows and more, please visit For detailed schedule information, check local listings or visit


Hayne Ellis
Director, Brand Communications
Phone: (720) 873-5030

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