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March 7, 2016

'Fishing Behind the Lines' begins new season March 14

OSWEGO, NY - The quality and variety of Oswego County's exceptional fishing opportunities will be featured in several new episodes of "Fishing Behind the Lines" beginning March 14. Season 2 of "Fishing Behind the Lines" will be aired on the North Country's public broadcasting station, WPBS-TV of Watertown, Mondays at 7:30 p.m. and rebroadcast Saturdays at 7 a.m.

All episodes will be available for streaming the day after the broadcast premiere at watch.wpbstv.org.

The series features active duty and retired servicemen and women who share their experience in the military while on a fishing trip with host Don Meissner. The program is sponsored in part by Oswego County Tourism and the American Military University.

"Fishing Behind the Lines Season 2" opens March 14 with a charter out of Oswego Harbor. U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer MK3 Steve Comtois of the Oswego Coast Guard station fishes with Capt. Ed Monette of Cannonball Runner Charter Service. The episode was filmed early last summer.

On March 21 in episode 2, retired Army Ranger and Wounded Warrior Brian Eisch of Lacona takes Meissner bass fishing on the Oneida River near Phoenix. Brian shares his story of courage and sacrifice during his time in the military and his life as a retired veteran.

In episode 6, airing April 25, retired Canadian Navy veteran Colin McKeown joins Meissner to fish for steelhead in the Salmon River near Pulaski.

The action returns to Lake Ontario with Capt. Ed Monette aboard Cannonball Runner in episode 10, which airs May 23. Capt. Monette and his mate, Hunter, show retired Army veteran Ray Moore and Meissner the tricks of the trade as they make lures and fish for salmon and steelhead in late summer.

In the last episode, Meissner joins veterans from all over the state for a salmon fishing event in Pulaski organized by Project Healing Waters. Along the way, Meissner reflects on some of the best catches of the season and the great friends he made along the way.

"Not only does this series showcase the fantastic fishing experiences and excellent guides that we have in Oswego County, it also gives viewers personal insight into the sacrifices that our military men and women, and their families, make while serving our country," said Janet Clerkin, Oswego County Tourism and Public Information Coordinator. "We're proud to be a part of the series."

"Fishing Behind the Lines Season 2" will reach about 650,000 households in Northern New York and Eastern Ontario, and will be offered to other stations in the PBS network. Viewers will also be able to learn about each of the guests appearing on the series, watch fishing tips provided by host Don Meissner, and learn about different species and visitor information at www.wpbs.org.

"This program has meant more than fishing and celebrating our region," said Meissner, who hosted "Rod and Reel Streamside" for several seasons, and worked with Fort Drum and WPBS to focus on fishing destinations from the perspective of servicemen and women. "Fishing Behind the Lines Season 2 gets down to highlighting the most basic forms of humanity and how we connect to people through recreation. This program will build bridges and enhance friendships with our military community."

Oswego County Tourism also sponsored the first season of "Fishing Behind the Lines" in 2014-15. The series featured fishing on Lake Ontario and the Salmon River, and was carried on more than 1,000 public television channels across the U.S.

For more information, visit www.wpbstv.org

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