Glenwood, AL (March 31, 2017) – Nearly one week ago, just hours after being filmed striking and landing one of the largest bass in the 47-year history of the BASSMASTER Classic, the Greatest Show on H2O, Mike Iaconelli directed the raucous final-day weigh-in crowd, and bass fans live streaming the ceremony all across the world, to look out for brand-new episodes of his smash-hit “Going Ike,” now running on Pursuit Channel.
Together with the stunning growth in satellite and cable television, the rise of the internet and the recession-proof popularity of outdoor activities, Iaconelli’s unmitigated skill and exuberance for catching fish, particularly big bass, have made him one of the most engaging and well-known professional fishermen in American history. Born in south Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, raised by his mother, his uncle and his loving grandparents, Ike grew up with summer fishing trips to the Pocono Mountains central to his youth. Soon after high school, he founded a local fishing club, Top Rod Bassmasters, and in less than a dozen years he’d moved forth from homegrown competitions to capture the BASSMASTER Classic (2003) and B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year (2006).
His reaction to the glistening giant he wrestled from a field of submerged truck tires at the Classic on Sunday, March 26, 2017, was vintage Ike: come-from-behind reality show gold that cannot be faked.
“Ike’s the original high-energy bass professional and youth-movement icon,” said Rusty Faulk, CEO of the Pursuit Channel. “We’re very excited to recognize such an amazing talent, to help present ‘Goin’ Ike’ to one of the world’s largest audiences engaged in outdoor television.”
Through the second quarter of 2017, “Going Ike” can be seen Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. and Saturdays at 6:00 a.m. exclusively on Pursuit Channel.
The Iaconelli announcement comes directly on the heels of a surge of newsbreaks by Pursuit Channel, who recently added the multi-million home AT&T U-verse to its market-leading distribution footprint and made Pursuit HD available to all DIRECTV HD customers.
Pursuit showcases more than 100 leading outdoor television series, including: Brush Country Monsters; Deer and Deer Hunting, Destination Whitetail, Land of Whitetails and Modern Shooter; The Given Right; Americana Outdoors, Deer Gear TV, Yamaha’s Whitetail Diaries, Cabela’s Fisherman’s Handbook and Ranger Boats’ IFA Redfish Tour, Collegiate Bass Series and Texas Team Trail; Ducks Unlimited Television; Remington Country; NWTF 365 and Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.; Gamekeepers of Mossy Oak and Mossy Oak Country Roots; Wallhanger TV; Winchester and Drury’s Natural Born; American Airgunner; Doug Koenig’s Championship Season; Canadian Whitetail TV; The American Way; Love of the Hunt; Shoot Straight with Chad Shearer; Predator Quest; Open Season; The Best of the West; The Mudbum Boys; On the Water with Hank Parker; Primal Instinct; Ultimate Outdoors with Wayne Pearson; Sporting Dog Adventures; Majesty Outdoors; Jason Peterson into the Wild; The High Road with Keith Warren; The Bear Whisperer; Trigger Time; American Rebel; Where in the world is Colorado Buck; Silent Draw; The Grind Waterfowl TV; Blitz TV; and Blue Collar Adventures.
Pursuit Channel, www.pursuitchannel.com, is presently available in more 42 million U.S. television households and millions more via HD linear and OTT feeds. Pursuit is the only audited outdoors television network viewable to all DIRECTV HD (604 PRST), AT&T HD and DISH Network (393 PRST) subscribers and it is available to all Fios by Verizon and Centurylink Prism subscribers. MOOSE Media, www.moosemedia.com, represents producer time-buy sales, network advertising schedules and many marketing functions for the network.
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