NOLA Code:
FBTL 0600H1
Number of Episodes/Length:
13 / 30
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Year Produced:
Soldiers share their experiences in the military while fishing is introduced as a natural way to relieve stress. The series invokes the soldier’s story, their lives serving in the United States Military, the effect on their families, and their overall life experiences.

#601 Urban Fishing
Season 6 begins with host Don Meissner and guest Chris Mellowship, fishing on Otter Creek in Alexandria Bay, New York, in search of bowfin and bass. Don and Chris visit several different sites along the creek, and demonstrate you don’t need to go out of your way to catch fish.

#602 Walleye World
Host Don Meissner, along with fishing guide Mike Tankersley of Full Tank Charters, take guest, New York State Assemblyman Mark Walczyk, fishing on Oneida Lake in New York for walleyes. Mark discusses his time in the Army Reserves.

#603 Summer in the Adirondacks
Host Don Meissner and volunteer Mike Bean join guest Terry Byard to fish for bass at Cranberry Lake on a sunny summer day in the Adirondacks. Terry talks to Don about his career in the Army, now working as a civilian at Fort Drum, New York.

#604 A Family Tradition
Host Don Meissner fishes the St. Lawrence River with his guest, Army veteran John Robla, along with John’s son, Jon Robla. The group launches from Jacques Cartier State Park near Massena, New York, in search of giant bass.

#605 Amish Roots
Don Meissner and guest Brian Hostetler, a former member of the Amish Community and current soldier, stationed at Fort Drum, New York, and his son Alder, enjoy a beautiful summer day in search of bass on Chaumont Bay in Northern New York. Don and Brian discuss Brian’s life in the Amish Community and why he joined the Army.

#606 Reservoir Fish
Don Meissner, host, meets up with his friend David “Rocky” Rockwell, to fish the Redfield Reservoir. The two head out early morning in search of bass. “Rocky” talks with Don about his extensive military career, which spans decades.

#607 Drifting the Grasse
Host Don Meissner takes his guest Trent Meyer, along with guide Rust Eddy, to drift along the Grasse River near Canton, New York, in search of muskies and bass. Trent talks about his involvement in Healing Waters, a program that works with disabled military veterans.

#608 Texas Rigged
Host Don Meissner takes guest John Williams to Fobare’s Lake in Chase Mills, New York, along with boatsman Rust Eddy and John’s friend Melissa Schulenberg, to find bass. John talks about growing up in Texas, his career as a Black Hawk helicopter mechanic stationed at Fort Drum, New York, and his impending deployment to the Middle East.

#609 Solo Act
Host Don Meissner is also our special guest for this episode. Don, along with fishing guide Wayne Weber of Wayne-O’s Guide Service, revisits the Redfield Reservoir, in Redfield, New York, in search of bass. Don reflects on his time in the military, and in being host of Fishing Behind the Lines.

#610 Return to Fobare’s
Host Don Meissner returns to Fobare’s Lake in Chase Mills, New York, with his guest, Marshall Weekes, to fish for bass, along with friend Jon Robla. Marshall reflects on his experiences in the Air Force.

#611 Family Bonds
Host Don Meissner joins his guests, brothers Mike and Dan McCarthy along with their father, and decorated Vietnam veteran, Joe McCarthy on Lake Ontario. The group launches from Henderson Harbor in search of lake trout. Mike, now in the Army Reserve, is a charter captain with Irish Rover Sport Fishing, and his brother Dan, retired National Guard, was awarded a Bronze Star.

#612 Salmon River Reflections
Host Don Meissner, along with fishing guide David “Rocky” Rockwell, take guest Gerhard Hildebrandt fly-fishing on the Salmon River, near Pulaski, New York. Gerhard, a Major in the Canadian Forces, reflects on his career in the military. Don also recalls on previous experiences on the Salmon River.

#613 A Look Back – Highlight Episode
Host, Don Meissner takes a look back at his favorite moments and catches from season six of Fishing Behind the Lines, and the friends he’s made along the way.

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Rights Dates:
3/18/2020 - 3/17/2023
School Rights:
1 year
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