Passing this along from the folks at Animal Planet (no affiliation to Florida Sportsman). They say it’s going to be “TV’s biggest, wildest fishing competition.” From what I understand, they’re looking to winnow the field down to 10 cast members. You’d live with the crew–without access to outside communication–for a 4- to 5-week shoot, at an undisclosed location, during which you’d fish different waters and scenarios. A casting coordinator I spoke with said the producers are prepared to pay a stipend each week to help cover bills while you’re on leave from work. Yeah, they could’ve chosen a better title for the show, but oh well. Not sure what the Grand Prize is, but someone from Florida go set the hook and tell us about it! –Jeff Weakley, Editor

The producers of Top Shot, Dirty Jobs and The Ultimate Fighter are seeking America’s best and boldest fishermen to take on Animal Planet’s extreme fishing competition, Top Hooker.

On this new TV show, you and a handful of daring fishing enthusiasts will tackle exciting and intense challenges on America’s rivers, lakes, streams and even the open ocean. Are you ready for adventure?

We are looking for competitive, outgoing and skilled anglers, spear fishermen, game fishermen, fly fishermen, trawlers and trappers from all walks of life. It doesn’t matter if your experience is commercial, sport or recreational. As long as you’re skilled, adaptable and confident enough to take on anything we throw at you, you could win a big grand prize and the title of Animal Planet’s first Top Hooker.

To apply, send an email to with your name, phone number, location, a recent photo and a brief explanation of why you could be America’s first Top Hooker.

* Deadline to apply is August 28, 2012. Due to the high volume of submissions, we highly encourage you to apply as early as possible. All applicants must be legal U.S. residents and at least 21 years of age. For more information, visit

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