Go fishing, get paid for it and eat well

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2002

And you thought you're living the good life, catching the rays and an occasional king salmon.

Four people on a 2 1/2-year fishing trip, served by a gourmet chef, cruised into Juneau this week as part of their cable television show, "Offshore Adventures."

"So much to do up here. So much to eat," said Brett McBride, who is skippering the show's vessel, Go Fisch.

Co-hosts and producers Chris and Melissa Fischer, Capt. McBride and chef David Traylor, all from California, are beginning their long journey in Alaska. They travel on the Fischers' 72-foot, custom-built, long-range yachtfisher. It can travel 1,500 miles without refueling.

Their fishing and land excursions in southern California and Mexico recently were the source for 13 episodes of the show, broadcast on the Outdoor Life Network at 9 a.m. Saturday local time. The new trip will be aired on ESPN2, they said, to a potential weekly audience of about 850,000 people.

"Hey, love your shows, man," a Juneau boater said Saturday as his small vessel, outfitted with a pirate flag, cruised past the docked Go Fisch. "Welcome to Juneau. Kill 'em."

They plan to fish, dive with spear guns, visit towns and videotape segments for their weekly half-hour show as they travel along the West Coast of the United States, Mexico and Costa Rica, through the Panama Canal, across the Caribbean, up the East Coast of the United States, then by river across to the Great Lakes, and down through rivers to the Gulf of Mexico and points south.

Chris Fischer expects to pick up his father in the Ohio River city of Louisville, Ky., and drop him at his vacation home in Florida.

"It's fishing, free diving and food," Melissa Fischer said. Free diving is diving without scuba gear. "But up here there's not a whole lot of free diving."

"It's almost more a lifestyle show," Chris Fischer said. "However, it's based around fishing and diving and gourmet food and local people."

Chef Traylor, who has worked in resorts and on private yachts, said, "I just try to use whatever we find wherever we go - seasonal produce, what we catch. It could be digging clams in the beach."

They expect to tape six or seven shows in Southeast Alaska. They have visited Sitka, Elfin Cove and Pelican, and caught king salmon, halibut, lingcod, Dungeness crab and rockfish.

The two-person camera crew left the boat Saturday and will rejoin it July 5 in Juneau. Until then, the Fischers will go out on fishing trips with their parents. They haven't decided yet what they will tape in Juneau for the show. The Southeast Alaska segments likely will air in late October and early November, they said.

Eric Fry can be reached at efry@juneauempire.com.

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