DVD REVIEW: Adventure Bound – Series 11, Episodes 1-6

THE show Adventure Bound, which screens on TVS 44 in Sydney and CH31 in Melbourne and Adelaide, is the pick of the bunch when it comes to locally produced fishing TV programs.

Hosts Lee Rayner, Scott Gray and Andrew Clark are serious and experienced anglers and their presenting styles thankfully feature little, if any, of the over-the-top antics and blatant advertorial plugs that make most of the other fishing programs screening these days so damn annoying.

This DVD features the first six episodes of series 11 of this popular Victorian-based show. It features a blend of fishing action from trout to snapper to big kings and bluefin tuna. There’s also an interesting episode featuring a bit of snorkelling to gather scallops and crayfish which resident chef Shane Hannett uses as the basis of a tasty looking seafood basket. Personally speaking, I most enjoyed the king jigging episode – this featured some monumental encounters with mammoth Norfolk Island bruisers and was interesting in so far as it showed just how tough and brutal these fish really are. The boys got well and truly stitched up on several occasions, which was both entertaining and illuminating. Sometimes you can’t stop a big kingie from reaching his reefy home.

The other episode I particularly enjoyed featured Lee fishing Bermagui, on the NSW South Coast, during the run of SBTs last season. I was down at Bermi at exactly the same time Lee was filming this show and it was pretty cool to see another perspective on that amazing tuna run. Lee and his mates got onto some cracker bluefin, releasing a 100kg beauty as well as many other quality fish, and I picked up some hints and tips from this episode that will hopefully come in handy this season.

Spectacular underwater filming by Jack Monkiewicz showed the grace and beauty of these fantastic tunas – it was amazing to see 50-kilo fish casually vacuuming up pilly cubes just metres from the transom. Watching this footage was almost as good as actually being there! This twin-disc DVD set covers more than 2.5 hours of quality fishing action and should be available from any decent tackle shop.

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