The guys at BD Outdoors all agree that the key to any successful fishing trip is local knowledge, and that’s when the idea for the TV show started. “We kind of just all fell together,” said local charter fishing guide Rush Maltz, who knew his co-host Ali Hussainy through the late Jose Wejebe, founder of “Spanish Fly” show.
“Local Knowledge,” now in its second season of filming, has the two veteran fishermen in front of the camera. Maltz captains Odyssea out of Key West, while Hussainy, from San Diego, is the president of BDoutdoors.com, one of the largest online fishing websites in the country.
“We seek out the fishing guide that knows the destination the best,” said Maltz, who has travelled to some of the hottest fishing spots around the world. “The one who knows the best fishing spots, the best restaurants, knows their hometown better than anyone. It’s about the culture of fishing.”
Maltz says he has met some of the most diverse group of people in the fishing industry since this started, in places like Guatemala, Louisiana, San Diego, and Baja Mexico. But, he says, nothing beats the fishing right here around the Florida Keys.
Just a couple weeks ago, the two hosts met up with local fishing guide Nate Wheeler of Waypoint Fishing to film a tarpon series at Bahia Honda. “It’s great to look at how other people do things even in our own backyard,” said Maltz.
With show names like “Tuna Town,” and “Smart Fish,” his favorite thing so far was catching a 489-pound swordfish. “It was a heck of a fight from 1 to 7 p.m.,” he said. “Gladiator of the Deep” is a nine-minute short film exhibiting the fight on the website.
‘Local Knowledge’ airs Saturdays at 7 a.m. on Destination America. The show can also be streamed on service providers like Roku, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and Apple TV. There is also a ‘Local Knowledge’ app with all the hot bites streaming.
This isn’t a ‘grab and grin’ kind of fishing show.” – Captain Rush Maltz of “Local Knowledge”