Press Release

Pete Maina – “Who Says Fishing Ain’t Cool?!”

June 6th, 2011 for Immediate Release

Opening weekend of muskie season here in Hayward Wisconsin brought more than a chance to land the elusive toothy critter for internationally known professional angler and TV show host Pete Maina. Just days prior Maina was named as one of the “Top 20 Anglers on the Planet” by Outdoor Life Magazine. Then, the TV show he hosts on the Versus Channel (now part of NBC Sports) “The Next Bite” was awarded “Best Overall Outdoor Fishing Program” by the 2011 Outdoors 360 Programming Excellence Awards, and he was also a top five finalist for the Best On-Air Talent Award. Can you say lunker weekend?!

Maina humbled by the recognition said, “We were up against some pretty stiff competition- names that I grew up with. This really means a lot to all of us at TNB.” When asked about the secret to their success, Maina responded, “Lots of people deserve the credit for this. Our team, our viewers, our sponsors–they’re all part of the TNB family. It’s funny, because when we first sat down 8 years ago, we discussed what we thought it would take to make a successful fishing show– something that would be viewed as a trend-setter. We built the show around those ideas. Those elements are the same today as they were then– entertainment and education wrapped around a unique format. Sponsors who believe in us. Viewers who can relate to us. And fish. Lots of fish.”

TNB’s unique personality is part of the appeal. Maina, whose looks would fit just as easily with a surfboard on Long Beach or thrashing a flying V on stage with many of his rockin’ musician friends, is viewed as a rebel of sorts within the fishing world. From authoring books like Muskies Suck to being a guest host on numerous other shows, Pete brings an edgy look and feel to everything he does. When asked if that is a departure from the public’s perception of what fishing personalities usually are, Maina’s response is a simple “Who says fishing ain’t cool!?”.

The Next Bite can be seen at on the Versus Channel now part /NBC Sports Network, WFN and on For more information about Pete or to schedule an interview or appearance, contact Marketing and PR at 715-462-3334. You can also connect by logging on to or find him on Facebook under “Pete Maina Professional Angler and Muskie Expert”.