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"Off the Hook: Extreme Catches" Season 2 on Animal Planet, formerly known as "Fish America," is a reality docu-series that follows Showtime Eric Young, an avid-yet-novice outdoorsman and professional wrestler, as he gets out of the ring and turns in his tights to embark on the ultimate amateur angling road trip. Each episode follows Young as he crisscrosses the country to try his hand at various fishing practices, ranging from wildly dangerous to all-out weird!

Young is on the adventure of a lifetime
"Off the Hook: Extreme Catches" (TV show) host Showtime Eric Young
Off the Hook: Extreme Catches (TV show) host Showtime Eric Young
to hear, smell and taste big and small stories of the one that got away. All across America, some fisherman go to extremes to haul in their catch — from using pantyhose on a rod and reel to catch sharks in the Atlantic Ocean to launching live bait with fire extinguishers on Lake Michigan — and Young will try his hand at all of them. Using all sorts of unique bait, tackle, poles and transportation (and a little SPF), he is aiming to be the makeshift MacGyver of fishing while learning the best and most unique techniques this country has to offer!

From the waterways of New England to the beaches of North Carolina and from the coasts of Florida to the shores of California (and everywhere in between), Young is about to meet his match. Paddleboard and jetski fishing for sharks? No problem! Underwater spear fishing and nighttime squid jigging? Easy! Fishing for dangerous alligator gar or invasive species like snakehead fish and carp? Um, that might be an issue ...

During his quest, he learns an interesting array of intricate and industrious methods employed by some of America's fishing masterminds. And he will come to embrace odd local traditions practiced for decades and centuries. And no matter how long it takes, how crazy it seems or how many bumps and bruises he gets along the way, Young won't stop 'til he catches the ultimate fish, including the one that got away ...

The series showcases some of the hardest playing and hardest working fisherman in the country, some of whom have pioneered ingenious and insane methods of catching fish for both profit and play. During each episode, Young meets two experts who help him go toe to toe with some of the biggest (and smallest) fish around.

Season 2

This season, Eric packs his swim trunks and travels throughout and beyond the continental U.S., from Alaska and Hawaii to Montreal, Minnesota, Puerto Rico and even Mexico! His quest will lead him to the dangerous Bering Sea, where he'll join a hardened crew of cod fisherman on a three-day journey in sub-zero waters to the tropical islands of the Atlantic, where he'll dodge tiger sharks while he spearfishes in the middle of the ocean. With pit stops in Florida, Texas, Oregon and California to try new challenges involving alligators and monster-sized grouper, Eric will meet and fish with some of the most unusual characters in the fishing world.

From tarpon fishing on stand-up kayaks, to free-dive underwater spear fishing for small-mouthed bass beneath a frozen river, to slingshot bait fishing for sturgeon, to a massive annual ice fishing festival on a frozen lake, Showtime Eric Young embraces odd, local traditions practiced for decades and centuries, and no matter how long it takes, how crazy it seems or how many bumps and bruises he gets along the way, he won't stop 'til he catches the ultimate fish.

"Off the Hook: Extreme Catches" is a production of part2 Pictures for Animal Planet. Gregory Henry and David Shadrack Smith are the executive producers for part2 Pictures, and Vaibhav Bhatt is the supervising producer for Animal Planet. Charlie Foley is senior vice president of development for Animal Planet.

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Network: Animal Planet
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 30 mins.
Premiere Date: July 29, 2012
Seasons: 2
Production Company: part2 pictures

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