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WFN: Getting School'd with JP DeRose

By Doug Drotman

                You want to shatter that world record with your next catch? Then you’d better use every asset to your advantage. That means staying up to date on the latest gear and the newest techniques—which is what the weekly gear show on WFN: World Fishing Network “Getting School’d with JP DeRose” is all about. 

                “We offer viewers an inside look at iCast (the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, which is the world’s largest sportfishing trade show), while getting recommendations from some of the best anglers in the world, and of course a detailed look at the products,” DeRose explained. “Then we spend time on the water and try to break down the tackle and techniques to give anglers a great start at trying something new. The technique focus in Getting School’d has allowed us to break down new techniques every year, stepping outside the comfort zone and figuring out the optimal set-up to make everyone more effective at the given technique.”

      Getting School’d with JP DeRose airs exclusively on WFN: World Fishing Network every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET preceding Offshore Wednesday -- one of WFN’s primetime theme nights -- two-hour blocks of themed programming dedicated to all aspects of the pastime, airing nightly, 8:00 pm-10:00 pm. ET.  The five “WFN Theme Nights” include:  Big Bass Monday; Fly Fishing Tuesday; Offshore Wednesday; Inshore Thursday; Freshwater Friday and World Fishing Saturday.  For more details on the show, visit

      Like many die-hard anglers, DeRose has noted huge changes in modern fishing gear lately. “There have been so many cool things we’ve seen on Getting School’d,” he said, “and different things hold a special place in my heart for different reasons.”

                But this show is no 30 minute commercial for new gear. “The fact is that nothing could be farther from the truth,” JP said. “We developed the show to help the industry by showcasing new gear to educate the viewer. All of the iCast segments are shot for free, at no expense to the manufacturers. And when we sit back after a season, we really try to listen to what our viewers want. Over the years a steady demand for more on-the-water instruction has come to the forefront so we’ve been giving them just that, expanding the time spent on the water, and breaking down the tackle and techniques.”

                One of the best things about being on the water is never knowing what will end up on your line. And whether you’re targeting a specific for a world record attempt or you’re focused on a species to film a TV show, catching the “wrong” fish can be a big plus. Take, for example, the time DeRose had an unexpected encounter with a 500-pound sawfish.

      “We were shooting with Shimano America and Capt. Steve Rodgers. While catching sharks on the new Terez rods and Talica, Trinidad and Thunnus Ci4 reels, I noticed something massive behind us. I tossed a fresh chunk of mackerel out on a 6'8" Medium Heavy Terez and the super tiny Talica 10 reel. The fish swam over and ate the bait and it was game on! Once I set into the fish we realized what it was—a sawfish, a dinosaur-looking shark species that has a long bill with teeth it. The amazing part was its size; the fish slowly swam by the boat and was easily 14’ to 15’ long and pushing 500 pounds. The movie Jaws immediately flashed through my head!”

                A 500 pound sawfish might not come close to the 890 pound record, set by Jack Wagner in 1960, but it surely adds a bit of adrenaline to a day of shark fishing on the flats. And when you watch Getting School’d, you’ll soon realize that excitement like this is merely a perk—the real value of the show comes from the education you can get. As JP says, the single most important lesson he’s learned while hosting Getting School’d is to keep your mind open to new things, and remain versatile. Do so, and that new world record could be just one cast away.

      WFN is the only 24/7 television network dedicated to all segments of fishing with programming that covers instruction, tips, tournaments, travel, food, boating, outdoor lifestyle and more with a wide-ranging programming lineup including; a selection of the best international series and the most diverse species coverage of any TV channel. The beauty of WFN’s programming is available in 100 percent stunning High Definition.  WFN’s multimedia platform includes a mobile portal, WFN Fishing Log (fishing app for the iPhone and iPad) and a robust fishing website,

      Originally launched in December 2005, today WFN and WFN HD are available in more than 30 million households through North American cable, satellite and telecommunications distributors including; DISH Network, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Charter Communications, Comcast, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse, and more.  To see if WFN is offered by your cable or satellite provider visit