On The Water TV

On The Water’s Angling Adventures premieres on Sunday, January 19th at 10AM on Comcast Sportsnet New England with all new episodes for 2014!

2014 On The Water TV Schedule

January 12, 2014 – April 18, 2014 & Aug. 31 – Oct. 3, 2014
Premiere Air: Sunday 10:00AM
Encore: Friday 12:30PM

April, 20 – Aug. 28, 2013
Premiere Air: Sunday 10:00AM
Encore: Thursday 8:30PM

This Season’s Episodes

Spring Weakfish on Cape Cod

Location: Cape Cod estuaries and bays

Time of Year: May

Targeting: Weakfish on light-tackle

Early season action on Cape Cod usually involves migrating striped bass and bluefish, but this past spring, another visitor made a strong appearance in the area — squeteague. More commonly known as weakfish, these fanged fish are voracious predators and violent fighters, yet they tend to fly under most anglers’ radars. Join Chris Megan and Jimmy Fee as they learn how to hunt these uncommon gamefish while wading through the bays and backwater estuaries of the Upper Cape. Using light tackle to target weakfish after the doldrums of winter, Chris and Jimmy tie into the biggest “weakies” they’ve ever seen.

Plymouth Trout

Location: Plymouth, MA

Time of Year: July

Targeting: Big Brook and Rainbow Trout on the fly

In search of big trout on the fly, the OTW crew travels to Chiltonville Fly Fishing Club and Gilbert Trout Hatchery, one of the oldest continuously operated trout hatcheries in the country. After touring the property and learning its history, Chris Megan and Jimmy Fee spend the afternoon casting weighted streamers to big rainbow trout in front of a beautiful backdrop of 100 acres of pristine forests and natural spring-fed streams.

Kayak Fishing: Smallmouth Bass & Pike

Location: Old Town, ME

Time of Year: June

Targeting: Pike and Smallmouth Bass

A mecca for outdoorsmen, Maine is home to many legendary local companies like L.L. Bean, Old Town Canoes and Kittery Trading Post. In this episode, Chris Megan takes a journey down the Penobscot River with the crew from Old Town, taking kayaks designed for fishermen into some of the most remote pike and smallmouth bass spots in the country. Fallen trees, weedy shoreline, and breathtaking scenery provide an awesome day on the water and an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Bluewater Tuna

Location: Offshore/Northeast Canyons

Time of Year: August

Targeting: Bigeye and Yellowfin Tuna

After receiving a last-minute call from good friend and OTW offshore columnist Jon Pilcher, the OTW TV crew hustles to catch a last-minute trip aboard the Provider, a 42′ Wesmac, leaving from Hyannis. Following a 120-mile steam towards the continental shelf, Captain Johnny Walker tracks down a giant school of bigeye tuna during one of the best summers for bigeye in recent memory and gives host Chris Megan one of his most exciting trips of the season.

New England Billfish

Location: Offshore/Northeast Canyons

Time of Year: September

Targeting: Billfish and tuna

After a thrilling trip targeting tuna, the OTW crew heads offshore again, this time with Andy Nabreski playing host. Watch as Andy, Jon Pilcher and Captain John Galvin board the Mulberry Canyon, a 40′ Cabo, in Falmouth, MA and blast out to the canyons in search of billfish. Hunting marlin on the troll during the day and dropping baits deep for swordfish at night, the crew experiences endless offshore action with tuna, mahi mahi, and sharks making appearances in addition to monster swordfish and marlin.

Kayaking the Elizabeth Islands

Location: Elizabeth Islands, MA

Time of Year: October

Targeting: Striped Bass

With the doldrums of summer over and the bass on the move, Kevin Blinkoff and Chris Megan head down to the Elizabeth Islands in their kayaks to target stripers at sea surface level. The Islands provide a wild, undeveloped backdrop to the giant boulder fields and eel grass that make the Elizabeths a striper fisherman’s dream. Watch as Kevin and Chris navigate these obstacles with ease via kayak, pulling trophy bass out of some of the Northeast’s most technical fishing spots.

New England Sharks

Location: Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard

Time of Year: July – August

Targeting: Sharks and Shark Education

With Great Whites just off the Outer Cape beaches attracting tourists year after year, Kevin Blinkoff and Chris Megan take a closer look at these apex predators as well as other shark species that swim just off the coast of the Northeast. First, Chris heads south of Martha’s Vineyard to learn shark fishing and safety techniques from Capt. Mike Pierdinock and shark biology from Senior Marine Fisheries Biologist Dr. Greg Skomal. In the second half of the episode, Kevin takes a trip out aboard the OCEARCH research vessel anchored off Chatham. Their mission: capture, tag, and release a Great White shark. Tune in to see some of this jaw dropping footage and learn how fishermen and scientists can collaborate to raise awareness and gather much needed information about sharks, the lions of the ocean.

Oak Orchard Brown Trout

Location: Oak Orchard Creek, NY

Time of Year: October

Targeting: Brown Trout on the fly

After hearing tales of 15-pound brown trout taken in a foot and a half of water, OTW TV heads to Upstate State New York to target monstrous fall trout on the fly. Once there, the crew finds Oak Orchard Creek to be an excellent angling alternative to the busy Salmon River, while still providing all of the same species and action. Chris Megan teams up with old friend Scott Glazier and Capt. Phil Bortz of the Schoolhouse Inn Guide Service to fish chilly water and a red hot bite. Hooking into some beastly trout right off the bat, Chris and crew get a look at big brown trout that can barely fit in the net. Tune in to learn tips and techniques for targeting big fish on the fly and see an all time first for OTW TV.

Island Beach State Park/Jersey Shore Stripers

Location: Island Beach State Park and Monmouth County, NJ

Time of Year: November

Targeting: Fall run Striped Bass

OTW TV heads south to team up with serious Jersey surfcasters targeting blitzing striped bass from the beach. Host Chris Megan and surfcasting legend Shell E. Caris of Shore Catch Guide Service tour Island Beach State park by buggy before chasing hungry striped bass down the beach by foot. Chris learns more about local surf culture and the camaraderie and community that was strengthened after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. With fantastic fall run action, tune in to learn how to extend your surf season the Jersey way.

Nantucket Bluefish

Location: Sankaty, Nantucket

Time of Year: June

Targeting: Bluefish on Topwater

The rips off the sandy bluffs of Nantucket swarm with big hungry bluefish blitzing on squid and Chris Megan and Captain Terry Nugent of Riptide Charters are on the scene. Watch the young anglers onboard target and cast to acres of breaking blues during this exciting episode filled with awesome topwater action!