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Cape, Matlacha featured on Animal Planet’s ‘Extreme Catches’

By Staff | Aug 3, 2012

Showtime Eric Young, an avid yet novice outdoorsman and professional wrestler, is getting out of the ring and turning in his tights for some tackle. He’s on the adventure of a lifetime to hear, smell and taste big and small stories of the one that got away.

All across America, some fisherman go to extremes to haul in their catch from using pantyhose on a rod and reel to catch sharks in the Atlantic Ocean to launching live bait with fire extinguishers on Lake Michigan. Young will try his hand at all of them.

Using all sorts of unique bait, tackle, poles and transportation, he is aiming to be the makeshift MacGyver of fishing while learning the best and most unique techniques this country has to offer!

Showtime Eric Young is about to embark on the ultimate amateur angling road trip and quench his thirst for adventure on the new series “Off the Hook: Extreme Catches.” Each half-hour episode follows Young as he crisscrosses the country to try his hand at various fishing practices, ranging from wildly dangerous to all-out weird!

Young finds himself in good company with a handful of Florida fisherman from Matlacha, Cape Coral, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.

The series gets a special pre-Shark Week promotional premiere on Discovery Channel Monday, July 30, at 9 p.m., with repeats on Animal Planet Sundays at 9 p.m. Animal Planet will premiere new episodes regularly beginning Sunday, Aug. 19, at 9 p.m.

From the waterways of New England to the beaches of North Carolina and from the coasts of Florida to the shores of California (and everywhere in between), Young is about to meet his match.

Paddleboard and jetski fishing for sharks? No problem! Underwater spear fishing and nighttime squid jigging? Easy! Fishing for dangerous alligator gar or invasive species like snakehead fish and carp? Um, that might be an issue

During his quest, he learns an interesting array of intricate and industrious methods employed by some of America’s fishing masterminds. Young will come to embrace odd local traditions practiced for decades and centuries.

No matter how long it takes, how crazy it seems or how many bumps and bruises he gets along the way, Young won’t stop ’til he catches the ultimate fish, including the one that got away.