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The Pro's Pond => Zona's Awesome Fishing Show => Topic started by: djkimmel on December 29, 2011, 05:07:37 PM

Title: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: djkimmel on December 29, 2011, 05:07:37 PM
You won't want to miss the 2012 season opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show this Friday at 9pm (and 11am if you can pull that off) on the Outdoor Channel!! BIG Michigan smallmouth bass and lots of them! This might be the most fun fishing show EVER on TV! I know it will be the coolest sight-fishing show you have ever seen! Zona and Byron Velvick stroke some toad smallies and get some amazing underwater video that will help everyone become a better sight-fishing angler!!

If you don't agree, let me know after you watch it! Here's a short teaser:
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150489935432210
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: Durand Dan on December 29, 2011, 06:14:56 PM
It looks like it's on at 9pm Friday on Dish
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: TCook on December 29, 2011, 06:41:15 PM
Can't wait just got the outdoor channel a few weeks ago so now I can actually watch zona. I like how he comments on the NRX 852s, I have 3 now it blows any other spinning rod I ever used away. I like it so much I am selling every other spinning rod I own because they wont get any use.
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: djkimmel on December 29, 2011, 08:43:53 PM
I had the time wrong but I was corrected by the Z-Train over on facebook. It also reruns on Saturday and Sunday so there are lots of chances to see the show. I think this will be an awesome season for Zona's Awesome Fishing Show and this first show will really kick things off!
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: djkimmel on December 30, 2011, 12:54:29 AM
Z is one funny guy! I think the best part of his teaser video should have been how the Flogger sight fishing tool starts out as the cone of shame for Byron Velvick, but ends up being the Ring of Power by the end of the day - (I think Mark Zona refers to it as the orange cone too - I've already got mine from Poor Boy's Baits)! I guaranty Byron has one of these in his boat this year! I can't wait to see what the editors did with so much incredible footage!
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: bigjc on December 30, 2011, 01:36:01 AM
sounds like a can't miss episode...love that show
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: djkimmel on December 30, 2011, 04:25:01 PM
There will be two Michigan smallmouth shows this season that I'm aware of. This one will be awesome for sure.

The next one... the fishing that day was just short of paradise from what I've been told so I'm glad I'm not the editor for either of these shows trying to condense so much great footage into 20 some minutes! From watching on Facebook, the Z-Train really got into the big 'uns for the 2012 season!
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies
Post by: bigmojet on December 30, 2011, 05:26:28 PM
Sweet. I don't have a dvr so I end up watching Friday, Saturday and Sunday because they are so entertaining.

Hook n Look is smallmouth bobber fishing in New Hampshire at  11:30 pm.
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: dartag on December 30, 2011, 06:25:40 PM
Big day for us TV fishermen.  Zona, Scott Martin Challange, Pro Journal, Bass Pros   My DVR is looking good for the weekend.  Won't get off the couch all weekend.

Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: djkimmel on December 30, 2011, 08:01:44 PM
It will be fun! I enjoy float 'n fly fishing too!
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Post by: bigjc on December 30, 2011, 11:03:10 PM
I missed it, so I will have to watch it in the morning, and strike king journal were fishin reds.  At least bassmaster is a good one.
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: djkimmel on December 31, 2011, 06:05:54 PM
That was a really, really great show!! I loved the underwater video of the big bedding smallmouth bass behavior, and how they couldn't feel the bites all the time and the camera guy getting attacked!! Going to be hard to top that show! Great job Z!!
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: Durand Dan on December 31, 2011, 07:45:16 PM
That was a really, really great show!! I loved the underwater video of the big bedding smallmouth bass behavior, and how they couldn't feel the bites all the time and the camera guy getting attacked!! Going to be hard to top that show! Great job Z!!
I have to agree!. This was the best show Zona has put together. I was concerned that his last season would lead to the show not being renewed due to the fact all the presentations were the typical Bubba goes fishin. GREAT JOB!!
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: djkimmel on December 31, 2011, 08:26:00 PM
I think this season could be amazing from what I've seen and heard! He wasn't in any risk of not being renewed. If you just follow him around a little you'll see he is only getting more popular. This season shouldn't hurt that at all! I don't expect any Z-Train wrecks this year either but you just never know...
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: djkimmel on December 31, 2011, 08:54:38 PM
What is really cool about this is that Michigan is slowly, steadily becoming the center of the bass fishing universe! Now I know, many of you will think that is crazy but we already have the number one bass angler in the world born, raised and living here! A growing number of rising bass pros.

Louie Stout lives in Michigan along with many other well known outdoor writers. Top TV show hosts live here - Zona and Stricker - have two of the best outdoor shows now! NBAA is one of the largest circuits and growing! A number of growing tackle companies. Tons of TV shows are being shot here now from all over and not just bass! I see and hear about crews out and around Lake St. Clair alone all the time.

I think we'll start getting more national tournament attention each year now with some really good moves being made by a number of key persons. And we have tons of really, really, really good bass fishing! If we get a little more active in combating overzealous aquatic plant control, that can be expanded.

It's just sneaking up on people... which is probably a better way for it to happen up here.
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: Mike S. on January 01, 2012, 07:24:12 AM
The new show was awesome. I have to say, Zona has my favorite fishing show, hands down. I liked "The World's Greatest Fishing Show". But, the new one just blows it away.

Wasn't that awesome when that smallie attacked the camera man?  Good stuff.
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: Waterfoul on January 01, 2012, 12:22:26 PM
What is really cool about this is that Michigan is slowly, steadily becoming the center of the bass fishing universe! Now I know, many of you will think that is crazy but we already have the number one bass angler in the world born, raised and living here! A growing number of rising bass pros.

Louie Stout lives in Michigan along with many other well known outdoor writers. Top TV show hosts live here - Zona and Stricker - have two of the best outdoor shows now! NBAA is one of the largest circuits and growing! A number of growing tackle companies. Tons of TV shows are being shot here now from all over and not just bass! I see and hear about crews out and around Lake St. Clair alone all the time.

I think we'll start getting more national tournament attention each year now with some really good moves being made by a number of key persons. And we have tons of really, really, really good bass fishing! If we get a little more active in combating overzealous aquatic plant control, that can be expanded.

It's just sneaking up on people... which is probably a better way for it to happen up here.

If so, why is that we can't seem to score a BASS open here in Michigan?  I'd like to fish one but just can't afford the travel expenses to go out of state to do it.
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: dartag on January 01, 2012, 12:35:52 PM
you mean this BASS open

Northern

Date Tournament Fishery Location Host
6/14/2012-6/16/2012 Northern Open #1 James River Richmond, Va. Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau
7/19/2012-7/21/2012 Northern Open #2 Detroit River Detroit, Mich. Detroit Sports
8/16/2012-8/18/2012 Northern Open #3 Cayuga Lake Seneca Falls, N.Y Seneca County Chamber of Commerce
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: Waterfoul on January 01, 2012, 02:56:38 PM
Well I stand corrected.  Didn't know they were on the River again this year.  Sure would like to see them fish somewhere else though... up north perhaps?  Lake Michign shore line lake maybe? 

Second question... why can't the Elite series fish up this way?  And I don't mean the river.  I mean IN MICHIGAN.  The Burt/Mullet chain or Grand Traverse Bay would be fun to go and watch/ride along as a marshall.  If fishing is so good up here in Michigan I guess the big tournament leagues would rather fish the same old lakes down south all season long.
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: djkimmel on January 01, 2012, 04:46:43 PM
They fish were they get the support the expect. I know Macomb County is now figuring that out. I've definitely seen positive change within the MDNR about attracting more anglers and recognizing that tournaments draw a lot of anglers to the sport of fishing, and to our waters. Change is slow and tough up here, but I'm seeing it. I expect we have a shot at our first Elite Series event in 2012 with the mystery lake. I have no inside information, but the odds are decent.

A big challenge is winter. When they want to have a lot of tournaments, the weather is too cold here, but both circuits are having more summer and fall events. Eventually, I think we may be able to have tournaments of some kind in the spring in Michigan too. It will just take some work and some business / local government support to change that. I think it is inevitable, but like I said, change is hard for some people up here.
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: djkimmel on January 01, 2012, 04:48:30 PM
The new show was awesome. I have to say, Zona has my favorite fishing show, hands down. I liked "The World's Greatest Fishing Show". But, the new one just blows it away.

Wasn't that awesome when that smallie attacked the camera man?  Good stuff.

James really too one for the team in their attempt to get some great video! That camera guys are always the unsung heroes! Often, they don't even get to fish! ;D
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: cameraguy on January 01, 2012, 11:10:06 PM
The new show was awesome. I have to say, Zona has my favorite fishing show, hands down. I liked "The World's Greatest Fishing Show". But, the new one just blows it away.

Wasn't that awesome when that smallie attacked the camera man?  Good stuff.

James really too one for the team in their attempt to get some great video! That camera guys are always the unsung heroes! Often, they don't even get to fish! ;D

Camera ops for that show might not get to fish but I'm sure they get paid. So do the editors. That is an option if that's what you want. It's easy to send an invoice and leave the rods at home.  ::)
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: djkimmel on January 03, 2012, 12:58:20 AM
Send me an invoice... and it will sit in the 'In' bin for a while. Quite a while... maybe next time I'll let you fish! ;D
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: bigjc on January 08, 2012, 06:03:52 PM
Anyone see this weeks show w/ Davey Hite?  I have been wanting to go to the King Fisher for quite some time.  Now I want to go even more.
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: djkimmel on January 08, 2012, 06:34:21 PM
I've added it to my todo list too!!! I felt skinny looking at those bass!!! ;D
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: TCook on January 08, 2012, 07:31:41 PM
Im sorry I just dont see the fun in that place. I mean feeders give me a break, dont get me wrong I like brainless fishing once in awhile but that is rediculous.

Hook and Look was the show to watch this week great footage of LM relating to pontoons really gave you some insight and really showed why they are bass magnets.
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: bigjc on January 08, 2012, 08:19:56 PM
Im sorry I just dont see the fun in that place.

Really??  Beautiful scenery; Incredible fishing; Skeet and trap to keep you busy while not on the water...IF you cannot see the fun in that place, you had better check your pulse.  Sounds like a vacation to me!!!
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: bigjc on January 08, 2012, 08:21:44 PM
Hook and Look was the show to watch this week great footage of LM relating to pontoons really gave you some insight and really showed why they are bass magnets.

Now that I can agree with.  That was probably the best episode of H/L that I have seen.
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Post by: Mike S. on January 09, 2012, 03:22:35 PM
That is a rich man's vacation. I got on their website last night. It is $500 a night for up to 6 people. It is also $600 a day per person to fish. That is, if you have a group of 4 or more. They also had pricing for everything else, but I was only interested in the fishing. But, unless you are of Mark Zona fame, you can't start fishing until 8:30 am. That is after the feeders shut off.

I don't know if it would really be worth that kind of money. It would be awesome to catch fish like those, one after another. Not a real challenge, though. Almost seems like shooting an enormous buck that is in a pen. Not really a trophy by my standards.

Nonetheless, that is a beautiful lake. The fish are definitely chunkers. Can we get a couple thousand of those for Muskegon Lake...........Please?
Title: Re: Don't miss 2012 opener of Zona's Awesome Fishing Show! BIG Michigan Smallies!
Post by: djkimmel on January 09, 2012, 04:22:18 PM
I'm sure it would be fun to whack a bunch of bass like that once anyway. Maybe geared towards people who don't get to fish often and want to make sure they catch a bunch of nice fish practically guaranteed? I'd go for one day if I had the money. Maybe two days! ;D But my list of places I need to fish is already sooooo long. Just in Michigan! We are lucky to live in a place like this!

I wonder if next week will be another Michigan smallmouth show, or something else? I'm sure we'll see something about it very soon on Zona's Awesome Fishing Show - Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/ZONAs-Awesome-Fishing-Show/117489488299241).
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Post by: REEL_MAN on January 09, 2012, 06:29:00 PM
Saw both shows a couple of times this weekend and they were great!!!!! I like Hook and Look better because Kim spent the time to show the skipping method and show the bass under the pontoons and how they react. He didn't just show catching fish like Mark. Mark is just fun to watch, But as to the previous posted pricing how many of us could afford to a private lake like King Fisher (but it would be fun). We can all go dock skipping.
I look forward to this weeks shows and hope all of you can see them.
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Post by: djkimmel on January 09, 2012, 08:52:01 PM
I love fishing docks. That was a really good show too!
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Post by: Dave T. on January 15, 2012, 06:37:14 PM
Love Mark's show... love where he fishes... and I LOVE those smallies he catches!