“Fishing University,” hosted by longtime pro anglers Ray Brazier and Charlie Ingram, will film on the lake Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and the show’s hosts will appear at a special meet-and-greet party from 5 until 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Pat’s Archery in Jasper. The public is invited to attend.
On Friday, Oct. 4, Brazier and Ingram will speak at Dora High School in a special program scheduled from 7:45 until 8:45 a.m. The program, which will also be filmed to air as part of the series’ ‘Back to School’ segments, will focus on jobs and careers in the outdoors.
“Fishing University” airs on The Outdoor Channel on Saturdays at 2 p.m., Sundays at 7 a.m., and Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m.
The meet-and-greet is being sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County.
“Fishing University” is sponsored by Legend Boats. Randy Quarles, president of Legend Boats, and Dean Smith, CEO of the company, are scheduled to be at the lake next week, too. They will also appear at Dora High on Oct. 4, along with Kay Donaldson, director of the Alabama Bass Trail.
“It’s going to be huge for us,” said Linda Lewis, president of the chamber. “It’s going to be an exciting, weeklong event.”
Lewis said the exposure for Smith Lake — as well as Jasper and Walker and Winston counties — is priceless.
“It’s going to showcase our area in a big way,” Lewis said. “Now that Smith Lake has been chosen as one of 11 waterways in Alabama to be part of the Alabama Bass Trail, we’re going to continue to see this caliber of productions coming into our area. People want to fish where the pros fish, and now they know the pros are fishing here.”
Brazier is a veteran tournament angler. For more than 20 years, he has made his living exclusively through the fishing industry. Besides fishing tournaments, Brazier helps design boat performance products, works promotional shows and occasionally helps out a shorthanded support crew at a tournament.
With more than 35 years experience as a professional angler, Ingram is a fixture in every bass tournament trail in America. He started his professional fishing career on the B.A.S.S. trail and was the first angler to ever win three tournaments in a calendar year and is an eight-time qualifier for the Bassmaster Classic. Ingram has also fished the FLW tournaments and has qualified for four FLW Championships.
“This is going to be big for us,” Lewis said. “Because of things like this, we’re going to continue to see people wanting to come to Smith Lake. To have this type of exposure on an outdoors channel is priceless. We couldn’t pay to have this kind of coverage.”
According to its website, Fishing University began its 26nd year in 2013, airing to a national audience on The Outdoor Channel, America’s leader in outdoor TV. The show is highly instructional, providing in-depth coverage on the whys and hows of each activity.
“We tell what specific equipment to use and show our viewers how to use it,” Ingram said. “Our goal is to teach viewers how to catch more fish in their home areas and to help our sponsors sell more products.”