What would happen if you took a group of world-famous fishing enthusiasts, brought them down to the Bahamas, set them loose on the flats for a week’s worth of bonefishing, and then captured it all on film? Well, you’d get Pirates of the Flats, which (despite the goofy name) looks to be about the coolest fishing show to come around since, well, ever.
Talk about your all-star cast: The six-episode series features Tom Brokaw, Michael Keaton (yes, the actor), fly-fishing legend Lefty Kreh, Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, writer Thomas McGuane, and photographer Val Atkinson (and in case you’re wondering, they can all unfurl a sixty-foot cast into the wind before you can say “Bonefish at two o’clock”). The episodes will air on ESPN2 beginning this January. But there’s more than just star power and big fish here. Produced in partnership with the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, the series will highlight conservation efforts surrounding this most hallowed of game fish and the coastal environments they call home, so you learn not just how to catch bonefish but how to protect them as well. Now that’s a fishing show worth its salt.
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