Moses Lake fishing video debuts on national TV

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Michael de Avila is host of the NBC Sports Network show "Lunkerville," which will air a home video by Moses Lake residents Patrick and Jennifer Zickler at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

MOSES LAKE - Patrick Zickler likes fishing so much, he named his band after a fishing term.

Zickler plays in a rock band called Lunker, a term used to describe a big bass.

Patrick's passion for fishing was something his wife, Jennifer, grew to love too, she said.

"Pat grew up fishing here with his dad and it has been a passion of his since, a passion I now enjoy with my husband," she said.

However, she didn't like watching fishing shows all the time.

Most fishing shows, anyway.

When the couple came across the TV show "Lunkerville" on the World Fishing Network, she found it surprisingly entertaining.

"What sets us apart from other shows is that I'm the host, but I'm not the expert," says Lunkerville host Michael de Avila, known on his show as "Mike D." "I'm the guy, the curious filmmaker, who kind of goes fishing with all these people across the country that love to fish ... The idea is, I go meet with these people who have probably never been on TV. They're not celebrities, they're not professionals, but they just have a passion for fishing. I find out about them through my Facebook page, they submit videos and photos and then I'm like, 'Hey, you want to go fishing?' And then I hook up with them, I fish on their boat, I use their equipment, for the most part, and they teach me their secret tips and special techniques."

A home video segment has been part of the show since the beginning, although its role on the show has evolved over time, he says. At first the home video segment only aired once in awhile. Now it airs every episode.

"We didn't have it on every episode, because actually 'Lunkerville' predated Facebook," he said.

De Avila used to find out about people for the show through the message boards on his websites, www.nybass.com and www.lunkerville.com.

"When Facebook came about it was just the perfect media for us, a natural progression for the show, and so we've pretty much told people to submit videos and photos and fishing stories and just kind of participate in talking about fishing on that Facebook page, mostly. So that's kind of how that came about. In the old days we would have a home video segment every few episodes, now we're doing it every show."

Jennifer first submitted a video on the "Lunkerville" Facebook page, she said.

"I'm in a band called Lunker," Patrick says in the video. "We're from Moses Lake, Washington, and you can tell by the name that we really like to fish. We thought it would be a good idea if you could come out to Moses Lake this spring and we'll take you to a few of our secret holes and make you an honorary member of the band Lunker."

The video shows photos of Patrick and his band mates showing off fish they've caught, accompanied by the music of Lunker. The scene then switches to Patrick reeling in a fish and concludes with a photo of a microphone with a sign reading, "Reserved for Mike D."

The video was supposed to air during a World Fishing Network broadcast of the show, but Mike didn't have time to fit it in, she said.

"Lunkerville" has now been picked up by the new NBC Sports Network and will air on the show's fourth episode on the network, she said.

"She sent me a curious video that was very entertaining," he said. It had "some music from the band Lunker, kind of over it, and that was cool and I put that on the show."

Usually when viewers submit home videos, de Avila visits them in their hometown and fishes with them as part of the show. He hasn't visited Patrick and Jennifer in Moses Lake yet, but he intends to, he says.

For more information on Lunkerville, visit www.lunkerville.com.

For more information on the band Lunker, visit www.myspace.com/lunker4u or www.facebook.com/pages/Lunker/58076316336?sk=info.

Patrick and Jennifer Zickler's video can also be viewed on the Lunkerville Facebook page at www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150157965929910.

The video Patrick and Jennifer Zickler sent to the NBC Sports Network show "Lunkerville" includes photos of fish caught by members of Patrick's band "Lunker."

 

Patrick and Jennifer Zickler's home fishing video will air on the NBC Sports Network show "Lunkerville" at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

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