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Lake Okeechobee, Florida
Okeechobee County, centrally located in Florida, provides an escape from hustle and bustle with convenience to Florida attractions and beaches within a short drive. Located on the north shore of Lake Okeechobee, the second largest freshwater lake in the United States, and the famous Kissimmee River to the west there are unlimited opportunities for water sports and native wildlife viewing. Although tournament anglers flock to Lake Okeechobee, you don’t have to be a professional angler to have fun here. Bring your boat or utilize local professional guide services to catch bass, crappie, catfish and bream. With the beautiful subtropical climate in Okeechobee County it is a year-round paradise for outdoor enthusiasts to also enjoy archery, hiking, biking, equestrian activities, hunting, golfing, sporting clay facilities, boating, air boating, bird, butterfly and wildlife observing. Florida's rich history of the cattle, dairy, citrus and farming and fishing industries are preserved in Okeechobee County's landscape and continues to be celebrated through annual Rodeos, County Fair and other Historical Festivals. For further information call 863-763-3959 or go online at www.visitokeechobeecounty.com
Cherokee Lake, Morristown, TN
Nestled in the lush valley between the Great Smoky Mountains and the rugged Clinch Mountain, Morristown, TN, known as the gateway to the Lakeway area, is half-way between Bristol and Knoxville in E. Tennessee. Surrounded by both Cherokee and Douglas lakes, Morristown features world-class fishing and boating; historic sites and attractions; unique overhead sidewalks; three championship disc golf courses and a wide variety of cultural and community events. For additional information call, 877-586-6382 or visit www.visitmorriwntn.com.
Lake Kiowa / Oconee County, SC
Oconee County, SC is located in the northwestern-most corner of South Carolina, known as the Mountain Lakes Region. National Geographic identified this area as one of the “World’s Last Great Places – A Destination of a Lifetime”.
Come to Oconee and enjoy multiple lakes with over 95,000 acres of water, over 150 water falls, 2 rivers with world class fly fishing and white water paddling, over 85,000 acres of the Sumter National Forest.
For more information, please visit our site at www.SCMountainLakes.com.
Truman Lake, Clinton, MOTruman Lake has the distinction of being the largest lake in the state of Missouri spanning an impressive 259 square miles. This magnificent lake offers superb fishing year round. Truman Lake is a popular destination for fishermen in the summer as well as in the winter. This is thanks to the heated waters provided by the power plant in Truman Dam that keep lake temperatures elevated during the cold Missouri winters. Great fishing is not the only attraction however. There are many historic sites in the surrounding area including, The Historic Hooper House, The Elmore Cabin Complex, the Concord Schoolhouse, as well as Benton County and Henry County museums which contain artifacts dating back to the early 1800’s. With the mix of cozy resort accommodations and authentic camping opportunities there is almost certainly a vacation to suit your needs.
Lake County, FL / Lakes Harris, Eustis, Griffin and Dora
With a name like Lake County, it’s no surprise that the area is a top notch location for fishing tournaments, boating competitions and kayaking. Featuring 1,400 named lakes and seven of the top 11 lakes for number and size of bass fish in Florida, Lake County is the place to catch big trophy fish.
Anglers regard Lake County’s glistening lakes as some of the most diverse and abundant fishing opportunities in the state. If Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World, Lake County is the crown jewel.
That’s why popular tournaments such as the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bassmaster Southern Open, Fishers of Men National Championships and Oakley Big Bass Tour have all called Lake County home.
Lake County’s moderate climate, 67 boat ramps and abundant fishing on lakes Harris, Eustis, Griffin and Dora, as well as Johns Lake and the St. Johns River, make it a year-round fishing destination.
For more information on planning your next fishing trip, visit www.lakebigbass.com.
Alpena, MI and Lake Hubbard: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes
Positioned as the hub of a four-county region, Alpena is a dynamic area known for authentic experiences and serves as your destination base-camp for a sincerely genuine, warm, and inspiring escape. Known as the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes, Alpena is the place where cultural heritage and history collide with relaxed outdoor adventure.
Lake Huron kisses the shore to the east and inland lakes and forests beckon with adventures to the north, west and south. This is that place where you find history, heritage, and friendly people along-side just the right blend of inspiring natural landscape. Fish, kayak, bike, or hunt for fossils during the day and then relax with friends over wine or take the kids for ice cream, enjoy gourmet creations downtown, or catch a theater show at night. It is the comfort of families rediscovering those things that matter most in life as they refresh and reconnect in a modern community that is insulated from the stress of the busy world.
Alpena is a refuge from the noise of life. Tranquility is never more than a cast away in your Sanctuary of the Great Lakes!
Start your Alpena adventure here: www.visitalpena.com
Lake Oconee / Greene County, GA
Welcome to Lake Oconee. Located in Greene County, Georgia, halfway between Atlanta and Augusta, Lake Oconee is an oasis of tranquility, rejuvenation and recreation. Lake Oconee’s 19,000 acres boast more fish per square foot than any other lake in Georgia, as well as swimming, boating and a plethora of water activities. For the avid golfer, Greene County is home to over 120 holes of championship golf. If you’re looking for Southern charm, the surrounding towns are steeped in history and culture and offer shopping, antiquing and dining. For more information visit us online at www.visitlakeoconee.com.
Fulton County, New York, Lake Sacandaga and Canada Lake
In the Southern Adirondacks – 44 Lakes….44 Choices
Fulton County, where the Adirondack Park meets the Mohawk Valley, an area so varied, beauty is abundant and the splendor of the seasons come naturally. Whether you seek an active vacation, or just want to relax, Fulton County offers the ideal location for both, conveniently located near Saratoga and Albany, and a few short hours from New York City, Syracuse, Montreal and Boston.
In spring, summer, and fall, Fulton County is shimmering with an abundance of lakes and streams for fishing, boating, and swimming. The mountains and valleys boast quiet sylvan paths lined with pine needles and maple leaves.
Adventure awaits you on our bicycle and hiking trails; play on an array of golf courses; explore our many museums, art galleries, and attractions; patronize our local farm markets and agritourism venues.
Winters in Fulton County are for skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing. The trails transform into cross country ski and snowshoeing paths. Some become a part of 400 miles of snowmobile trails winding throughout the County. Our lakes are spotted with ice shanties and fisherman enjoying the traditional upstate New York winters.
Discover 44 Lakes…44 Choices in Fulton County. For more information logon to 44lakes.com and call 1-800-676-3858 for a free Travel Guide.
Palatka, FL and the St. Johns RiverPalatka is a city in Putnam County, Florida, United States. It has been called by some people, “The River City”. It is located on the beautiful St. Johns River. The population was 10,558 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Putnam County. Palatka is the principal city of the Palatka Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is home to 72,893 residents. The city is also home to St. Johns River State College, St. Johns River Water Management District Headquarters, Georgia-Pacific and Ravine Gardens State Park. The area is well known for its local festivals, most notably the Florida Azalea Festival and the Blue Crab Festival. Palatka has been the host of many major Bass Fishing Tournaments, Mug Races, Boat Races and Biking Events. When visiting Palatka, you can visit the historical Bronson-Mulholland House Mansion, play golf at the Palatka Golf Club, tour the Palatka Water Works Environmental Education Center or even skydive at Skydive Palatka, located at the Palatka Municipal Airport.
Roane County, TN / Watts Bar Lake
There’s no place like Roane! Home to scenic Watts Bar Lake – one of the largest lakes in the south – here you will find some of the best year-round fishing available. Watts Bar is a popular lake for bass fishing as well as crappie, striper, rock fish, and even sauger, and the reason tournaments are held nearly every weekend from March to October. There are numerous launches throughout the county, including two large boat launches, complete with piers and docks. Roane County is also home to Whitestone Country Inn, Rocky Top General Store, Fort Southwest Point, Secret City Train, Bradbury Bluegrass Music Club, lakeside restaurants and campgrounds, and more than 400 events annually.For information about Watts Bar Lake visit www.GoWattsBar.com; for more information about Roane County visit www.Kentuckytourism.com
Kentucky Lake, KY
Spanning the western portion of Tennessee and southwest Kentucky, it’s the largest artificial lake in the state of KY, at 184 miles long, with 2,380 miles of shoreline, and 160,300 surface acres of water at summer water levels. Record catches of largemouth and small mouth bass can be had right here. For the professional angler to the novice, spring and fall offer the very best in fishing. Fishing continues throughout the summer with blue gill and stripers being the hottest species. The warmth of summer makes Kentucky Lake one of the most active lakes in the area. Events such as drag boat races, poker runs and open regattas are held on Kentucky Lake throughout the year. Boating, skiing, swimming and personal water crafts are a great source of family fun and recreation in the summer months. Area lodging includes cabins and resorts perfect for a comfortable weekend stay or campgrounds for those who prefer the outdoor experience. For your own KY Lake vacation, visit us atwww.Kentuckytourism.com.
Anderson County / Clinton / Rocky Top, TN—Norris Lake
Anderson County has an abundance of historical sites and picturesque views of the great outdoors. Norris Lake is nestled in the rolling hills of East Tennessee and is the ideal location for a family vacation or weekend getaway. Whether you are fishing, camping, boating or simply "taking it all in" from the shore, you will be satisfied with Norris Lake and the many marinas, restaurants, cabins, motels and campgrounds. You can also discover 18th century Appalachian life at the world famous Museum of Appalachia or the atomic age at the Secret City of WWII. For more information and to plan your next great fishing adventure, visit us at www.yallcome.org
It’s our 29th Year!
Fishing University begins its 29th year in 2015, airing to a national audience on the Outdoor Channel- America's Leader in Outdoor TV. As America’s original “teaching show”, each week we provide instructional, in-depth coverage on the whys and how-tos of each activity. We tell what specific equipment to use and show our viewers how to use it. Our goal is to teach viewers how to catch more fish on their home lake and to help our sponsors sell more product.
Every great show has a great team behind it. Although Charlie and Ray are the stars and co-hosts of the show, they are complimented by an outstanding team of highly trained and experienced personnel. Debra Talley is the Executive Producer and works as Vice President of Program Development, Jimmy Patterson is the Director of Photography, Rick Cheatham is the Art Director, Barry Cross is our editor, John Glenn is our Communications Director, and Bart Conover is our backup cameraman.
The "team concept" we incorporated a few years back where Charlie and Ray fish with two representatives from our sponsoring companies and they use the exact same lures, on the same lake, at the same time, in a tournament type format has been a huge success. Viewers learn how one bait can cause dramatically different results on the same lake, same day, and same conditions.
Our “Back to School” segments have been one of our greatest successes and such a great tool to teach and inform high schoolers about careers in the outdoors. From Park Rangers to Eco-Tourism to Fisheries Biologists, we have enjoyed a great season meeting these ‘guardians of our natural resources’ at every state we’ve filmed in.
Because of the shows’ huge success with younger audiences, Charlie and Ray are booked all across the US for personal appearances and both still compete in the two major tournament trails—Charlie in FLW and Ray in B.A.S.S
We hope you’ll tune in each week and join us as we travel and experience great bass fishing on rivers, lakes, and streams all across the US. And, to keep up where we are, visit us on FaceBook at Fishing University!
Upcoming Shows on The Outdoor Channel:
|All times listed are Central Standard Time|
|Great Sacandaga Lake, NY - Strike King||Tue Dec. 30 -11:30AM||Sat Jan. 3 - 3:00PM||Sun Jan. 4 - 7:00AM|
|Canada Lake, NY - Tuf-Line||Tue Jan. 6 - 11:30AM||Sat Jan. 10 - 3:00PM||Sun Jan. 11 - 7:00AM|
|Hubbard Lake, MI - Raymarine||Tue Jan. 13 - 11:30AM||Sat Jan. 17 - 3:00PM||Sun Jan. 18 - 7:00AM|
|Lake Oconee, GA - Buckeye Lures||Tue Jan. 20 - 11:30AM||Sat Jan. 24 - 3:00PM||Sun Jan. 25 - 7:00AM|
|Watts Bar Lake, TN - SPRO Frog||Tue Jan. 27 - 11:30AM||Sat Jan. 31 - 3:00PM||Sun Feb. 1 - 7:00AM|
|Lake Keowee, SC - SPRO Rat||Tue Feb. 3 - 11:30AM||Sat Feb. 7 - 3:00PM||Sun Feb. 8 - 7:00AM|
|Truman Lake, MO - Charger Boats||Tue Feb. 10- 11:30AM||Sat Feb. 14 - 3:00PM||Sun Feb. 15 - 7:00AM|
|Norris Lake, TN - SPRO Rock Crawler||Tue Feb. 17 - 11:30AM||Sat Feb. 21 - 3:00PM||Sun Feb. 22 - 7:00AM|
|St Johns River, FL - Power-Pole||Tue Feb. 24 - 11:30AM||Sat Feb. 28 - 3:00PM||Sun Mar. 1 - 7:00AM|
|Harris Chain of Lakes, FL - Jackson Kayaks||Tue Mar 3 - 11:30AM||Sat Mar. 7 - 3:00PM||Sun Mar. 8 - 7:00AM|
|Lake Okeechobee, FL - Freedom Lures||Tue Mar 10 - 11:30AM||Sat Mar. 14 - 3:00PM||Sun Mar. 15 - 7:00AM|
|Smith Lake, AL – T-H Marine||Tue Mar 17 - 11:30AM||Sat Mar. 21 - 3:00PM||Sun Mar. 22 - 7:00AM|
|Cherokee Lake, TN - Honda Marine||Tue Mar 24 - 11:30AM||Sat Mar. 28 - 3:00PM||Sun Mar. 29 - 7:00AM|
|Great Sacandaga Lake, NY - Strike King||Tue Mar 31 - 11:30AM||Sat Apr. 4 - 3:00PM||Sun Apr. 5 - 7:00AM|
|Canada Lake, NY - Tuf-Line||Tue Apr 7 - 11:30AM||Sat Apr. 11 - 3:00PM||Sun Apr. 12 - 7:00AM|
|Hubbard Lake, MI - Raymarine||Tue Apr 14 - 11:30AM||Sat Apr. 18 - 3:00PM||Sun Apr. 19 - 7:00AM|
|Lake Oconee, GA - Buckeye Lures||Tue Apr 21 - 11:30AM||Sat Apr. 25 - 3:00PM||Sun Apr. 26 - 7:00AM|
|Watts Bar Lake, TN - SPRO Frog||Tue Apr 28 - 11:30AM||Sat May 2 - 3:00PM||Sun May 3 - 7:00AM|
|Lake Keowee, SC - SPRO Rat||Tue Apr 28 - 11:30AM||Sat May 2 - 3:00PM||Sun May 3 - 7:00AM|
|Truman Lake, MO - Charger Boats||Tue May 12 - 11:30AM||Sat May 16 - 3:00PM||Sun May 17 - 7:00AM|
|Norris Lake, TN - SPRO Rock Crawler||Tue May 19 - 11:30AM||Sat May 23 - 3:00PM||Sun May 24 - 7:00AM|
|St. Johns River, FL - Power-Pole||Tue May 26 - 11:30AM||Sat May 30 - 3:00PM||Sun May 31 - 7:00AM|
|Harris Chain of Lakes, FL- Jackson Kayaks||Tue Jun 2 - 11:30AM||Sat Jun 6 - 3:00PM||Sun Jun 7 - 7:00AM|
|Lake Okeechobee, FL - Freedom Lures||Tue Jun 9 - 11:30AM||Sat Jun 13 - 3:00PM||Sun Jun 14 - 7:00AM|
|Kentucky Lake, KY T-H Marine||Tue Jun 16 - 11:30AM||Sat Jun 20 - 3:00PM||Sun Jun 21 - 7:00AM|
|Cherokee Lake, TN - Honda Marine||Tue Jun 23 - 11:30AM||Sat Jun 27 - 3:00PM||Sun Jun 28 - 7:00AM|
Ray Brazier is a veteran tournament angler with twenty plus years experience. He gained recognition in the early years as the engineer that could tweak a boat to its fastest speed. He was surrounded by some of the fastest people in the world on water such as Jerry Jaco and Darrus Allison.
When B.A.S.S. introduced the WFC- World Championship Fishing- of course, Ray was among those chosen. In the first event, anglers fished the first half of the day and then with the same boat, ran a slalom course, with the fastest time around the course winning the event. That first WFC paid $200,000! From that Ray went on to work with Earl Bentz and his team of seven Triton Pro Staffers and was eventually hired by Honda as a performance engineer. He has worked with propeller companies and other performance related industries all over the US because of his skills that are in such high demand. Thanks to Brazier’s motocross and maritime racing experience, he is uniquely qualified to get the most out of a bass boat. He could probably build one from scratch if he had to, including the outboard. For more than 20 years, he has made his living exclusively through the fishing industry.