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Jackson Kayak’s Road Trip Angler – Trip Report: Oklahoma

The second film shoot for Heliconia’s newest media project, Jackson Kayak’s Road Trip Angler, wrapped up last month. Show host Jameson Redding packed up his fishing kayak, rods, tackle box and gear, and drove from his home base of North Carolina to Oklahoma to experience their legendary fishing opportunities for himself. Below is his trip report.


When planning the filming schedule for this inaugural season of Road Trip Angler began, and Oklahoma was named as one of the film shoot destinations, I must admit I was intrigued. I mean… I knew that it was home to one of Jackson Kayaks largest dealers, Oklahoma Kayak, but I had never thought of it as being a fishing destination. As I do for every film shoot, I began researching and I discovered that not only does the state have a huge paddling community, but it may be one of the best kept secrets when it comes to casting a line in the water. Home to more than two hundred lakes and over one million surface acres of water, Oklahoma has more shoreline than the non-tidal East and Gulf Coast combined! That alone got me pumped to learn more.

Dave Lindo, owner of Oklahoma Kayak, and I began to plan out the trip and it became clear that the state is super diverse when it comes to the landscape and the fishing. To do it justice we would need to do some traveling. I wanted to pack as much as I possibly could into the limited amount of time we had, so we kicked it off by stopping in Broken Bow and then headed from there to the Wichita Mountains.

Broken Bow, located on the southeastern side of the state, is the gateway to Beavers Bend State Park. Home to Broken Bow Lake, as well as to beautiful rivers and tributaries including the Mountain Fork, it is no wonder this is a popular destination. The lake is full of Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted Bass, and the Mountain Fork that feeds it is loaded with the same, but also has several species of trout making it perfect for fly fishing as well.

Any time I travel to a new destination I try to curb my expectations. In some cases, I only have a day to figure out a pattern and get a few bites. This is where local knowledge is key. Joined by Richard Penny, the territory sales manager for Jackson, and his son Jake, who had never fished the area, we were lacking in that department. Dave came to the rescue by connecting us with one of his friends, Joel Pritchard, who had fished the area often. After getting a plan of attack together, it was time to hit the water. Armed with kayaks, tackle, and Joel’s local intel thanks, it didn’t take long to start putting a pattern together and finding some fish!

The water temps were in the mid 60s and this had the fish staging up and pushing into the bull brush to spawn. I opted to try and catch them on top and did just that. It is not often you get to hit the water on a new lake for the first time and get on fish right off the bat, but that is what happened. I never like leaving fish, but with some weather pushing in we made the safe decision to leave them biting and get off the water. That evening Dave joined us, and we hashed out a plan to try and explore the river a bit the next day, but again weather was playing a factor.

Hoping for a window to get on the lower Mountain Fork we did some exploring and found a launch that would allow for single access. This would keep us from being stuck between a put in and take out if storms kicked up. I must admit, that as I look back this small window to get on a river was one of the biggest highlights of the trip for me. I love river fishing and it is where I am most confident as an angler. Add in the fact that this river is home to my favorite freshwater fish, Smallmouth Bass, and it makes for a deadly combination. The Mountain Fork was also one of the most beautiful rivers I have had the pleasure of fishing! Lined with cypress trees and littered with boulders creating shoals throughout, it is truly a unique fishery.

Dave, being more of a kayaker than an angler, was the first to hook up and his contagious excitement set the tone for the morning!

We all landed several spotted bass, and after switching again to the Z-Man Toadz, a topwater frog, I was able to connect with my two best fish of the day. A decent Smallmouth and a toad of a spotted bass! The fish were amazing, but spending time with friends, watching someone that doesn’t get to fish a lot get excited about it, and exploring such a beautiful destination made me regret that we had to move on to a new location. With weather moving in, however, it proved to be the right decision. We loaded up and hit the road, driving four hours to our next stop.

The plan for the following day was to head west of OKC into the Wichita Mountains to fish some of the lakes that call the mountains home. Again, local knowledge on new water is so important, and Dave had arranged for us to meet up with some knowledgeable kayak anglers that hit these lakes on the regular.

I feel this is a good time to share that you will notice I am a bit vague on the exact locations of some of our launch spots. This is because I truly feel that when someone is kind enough to share a location that they have spent time putting the work in to learn and perfect, it is not my place to give out every detail. What I will say is that everywhere we fished is public and if you are willing to do a little work and research you will likely stumble across these areas, or the people that fish them, yourselves. Now that that is out the way, back to the fishing!

After meeting local anglers, Delbert Patton and Mike Archer, we decided to hit Lake Lawtonka in search of protection from the wind. This paid off quickly! Within sight of the ramp, we were hooking up! The water temps had the bass up shallow, and I managed several nice Largemouth on top again with the Goat Toadz. This was starting to become a theme. We all stuck several fish in this area, but I could not resist the urge to explore. This made for an awesome day on the water that proved to be very productive. I have to say even Dave was becoming quite the angler! This is where a newfound father-son rivalry began to spin up.

The next day we planned to head back into the mountains once again and hit a lake that had been a bit too windy to fish the previous day. A much smaller body of water, this lake only allows for smaller craft and electric, or people-powered, boats. Perfect for kayak fishing! Water temps here were much colder and the bite was different from the top water I had become used to on this trip. Father and son duo, Richard and Jake, began to have some luck and a bet was made. Now, I must be honest that I am not a finesse angler and nothing I was trying was working. The water was super clear and a bit colder than the previous day, so the fish had not moved into the shallows as I had gotten used to. I had to make some adjustments. After playing with some color combinations, I found success with a chatter bait and, while the window was small, the bite turned on!  It was short but sweet.

After losing my best fish of the day I was a little bitter, but it was time to head back to the launch and see who had won – father or son. Being named judge in the little tournament I looked over the fish and declared that while Jake had bigger fish than his dad, and Richard had caught more. I, however, had out-fished them both. It was only fitting that they both endure the punishment. What’s the punishment, you ask? Well… you’ll just have to tune in to see.

Dave had one more adventure up his sleeves and lead us on a short hike into the mountains and through a field of boulders that proved Oklahoma would live up to everything he had told me about. Such a diverse and surprisingly fishy state.

To quickly touch on what worked for us on this trip it was mostly topwater with the Goat Toadz from Z-Man paired with 30lb Seaguar Smackdown Braid tipped with Seaguar’s 20lb Gold Label fluorocarbon leader. I threw this on a Medium Heavy 7’ 2” fast action Rainshadow Eternity blank. My other go to was a 7’ medium heavy Rainshadow Judge which has a moderate/fast action. The bait I used on this setup was the 1/2 oz Z-Man Jackhammer Chatterbait in various colors on 30lb Seaguar High Vis Smackdown and I tipped it with 20lb Gold label again. We mixed in some various finesse presentations as well, but those were the top producers from me by far! We fished out of a variety of Jackson Kayaks, but I found myself in the JK Knarr which handled all the different scenarios perfectly.

Throughout the years, kayak fishing and spending time on the water with friends, old and new,  has always filled my heart, and this trip did just that. If you haven’t yet loaded up your truck with some kayaks and gear and put Oklahoma in the GPS, I strongly encourage you to consider it the next time you are looking for an adventure! I know I will be back.

About Road Trip AnglerJackson Kayak’s Road Trip Angler is a multifaceted media project designed to help showcase brands and products to a dedicated and engaged audience of avid anglers and outdoors lovers. Leveraging host Jameson Redding and Jackson Kayak’s significant dealer and consumer distribution channels to reach markets across the US, this show hits the road to find the best fishing in America in the coolest regions. Jameson Redding will explore the many fisheries across the US with the businesses and angler influencers who call these regions their home. Each 30-minute TV episode airs nationally across Bally Sports Network. Brand interested in partnering with Road Trip Angler are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Partnership Manager, Malvin Young, at malvin@helipress.com.

We’re Hiring! Sales Assistant (Part-Time)

Interested in joining a cutting-edge production company that produces adventure travel television shows around the world?  Heliconia is currently looking for:

Sales Assistant

Part-time (20 hours per week) with potential to full-time, starting at $20/hr

Location: Beachburg, ON (in house position) with opportunity for hybrid work

Start date: Immediate Start

Job Purpose:  Acting in a supporting role to the Tourism Partnership Manager, the Sales Assistant will be tasked with searching and locating pertinent information to help progress the sales and sponsorships of various Heliconia projects. In particular, the Sales Assistant will do research, using various sources (mostly online) to locate new sales leads and opportunities, and to obtain the appropriate contact information for the sales department. The Sales Assistant will also be responsible for helping with sales automation, database upkeep, and other various sales-related duties.

Sales Assistant Job Duties:

  • Research to find new sales leads and opportunities for the sales team
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date database
  • Create sales flow templates and coordinate the automation of email campaigns
  • Work collaboratively with sales & marketing staff
  • Report directly to the Tourism Partnership Manager
  • All other duties as assigned

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Motivated by finding vital information. Must have a “hunter” mentality
  • Excellent ability and use of the internet
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Strong organization (task/time management, prioritization, ability to quickly locate information as requested)
  • Knowledge of global geography
  • Knowledge and interest in outdoor activities a bonus
  • Sales interest and/or expertise an asset

Please send your resume and cover letter to the Betterteam online application portal by May 30th :

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Only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. Candidates who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, a person of colour, LGTBQ2S+, and/or a person with a disability are encouraged to apply.

About Heliconia

Heliconia is an award-winning video production company that helps destinations and brands reach the outdoors and adventure travel audience. The company produces a varied and growing number of unique media projects, providing authentic storytelling opportunities for every adventure and every destination. These series include: Epic Trails, Facing Waves, Adventure Cities, The Great Family Adventure, Chad Hoover Fishing and the Road Trip Angler. Heliconia has a proven formula that marries inspiring video production with guaranteed television and digital distribution. For more information, visit www.heliconia.ca.

Chad Hoover Fishing – Trip Report: Stafford, Virginia

Filming for Season 11 of Chad Hoover Fishing has officially wrapped up with the last episode captured in Stafford, Virginia.

In this episode Chad is kayak fishing on rivers, creeks, and lakes in search of that addictive spring bass bite.

While in Stafford, Chad is joined by local anglers to float down the meandering Rappahannock River where they hook up with some smallmouth bass. The historic and scenic river brought the kayak anglers to spots with whitewater, creating some entertaining moments and an opportunity for Chad to share some safety tips.

Also while in Stafford, Chad connects with the YakAttack crew to find out what new products they are working on. Together, they hit the water and get their scales ready to weigh in 7-pound large mouth bass! 

ABOUT CHAD HOOVER FISHING: Starring funny-man Chad Hoover, Chad Hoover Fishing is an engaging and entertaining fishing show jam packed with thrilling kayak fishing action and valuable fishing tips. The Telly Award winning TV series is designed to excite and educate viewers—whether or not they have ever considered fishing from a kayak. Each 30-minute TV episode airs nationwide on Bally Sports Network. Brands interested in partnering with Chad are encouraged to reach out to Malvin Young at malvin@helipress.com. Learn more about the series at www.heliconia.ca.

Adventure Cities Trip Report – Charleston, SC

Jonathan and the Adventures Cities team recently set off to find the best adventures in Charleston, South Carolina – a city often referred to as the ‘holy city’ for its numerous historic churches and known as being the epitome of good ol’ Southern charm and charisma.

While in Charleston, the Adventure Cities team tried to hit par at the Charleston Municipal golf course. More than a superb course, the Charleston Municipal golf course is a community hub where everyone seems to know each other’s name (with apologies to Cheers).

No trip to Charleston would be complete without a sailing adventure. The great team at Keelforce Sailing Charters, Charleston’s only performance sailing yacht charter, had Jonathan sailing across the Charleston Harbor at record speeds in near-perfect conditions.

While in Charleston, Jonathan also tried his luck at surfing on Isle of Palms, explored the beautiful beaches of Seabrook Island by horseback, attended a private ‘shag workshop’ (shag being the ‘swing dance of the South’), visited Firefly Distillery, the largest distillery in the state, went parasailing, and took in a one-of-a-kind crabbing experience with Charleston native and owner of Casual Crabbing with Tia, Tia Clark.

Oh… did we forget to mention ghost hunting?? Teaming up with investigators from Charleston Paranormal, Jonathan and the crew set out to investigate the historic, and notoriously haunted, Dock Street Theatre. Be sure to catch the final episode to see the entire investigation and “special guests” who decided to join the Adventure Cities crew that night!

ABOUT ADVENTURE CITIES: Adventure Cities follows award-winning travel journalist Jonathan Thompson as he searches for outdoor adventure and reveals the wonderful cultures, allures, and attractions of the world’s most fascinating urban centers. Each 30-minute episode is comprised of two, 10+minute Features and is broadcast into more than 130 million US TV households through Discovery Channel and Outside TV. Tourism destinations interested in being featured on Adventure Cities are encouraged to reach out to Stefanie Manton-Ward at stefanie@helipress.com. Learn more about the series at www.heliconia.ca.

Great Family Adventure – Trip Report: Oklahoma City

On this episode of Great Family Adventure, The Jackson-Troutman family head to the kayaking freestyle championship, hosted at the Riversport facility in Oklahoma City.

Riversport features huge human-made rapids down a cascading river with plenty of unique features including a perfect freestyle wave for the competition.

This year, not only was Emily partaking in and organizing the event, but her father, EJ, also used the competition as a bid to make the US men’s freestyle team. Dane (Emily’s brother and EJ’s son) was last year’s global/American champion. Talk about a power family!

Nick, who had already qualified for the global competition as part of the Canadian team, had the opportunity to “ghost” (be a part of but not actively compete) in this competition. This allowed him to spend some extra time hanging out with Parker and Tucker with their mom and grandfather competed.

The Riversport OKC facility has plenty of on-water activities, but it also has a plethora of off-water activities, including a rope climb/”via Ferrata” style challenge rig where Tucker faced his fears and conquered a huge 80 foot downward slide. It was truly a very memorable moment for all involved!

Oklahoma City also touts a unique canal that zigzags through the heart of “Bricktown”, an old industrial site that has been converted into restaurants and an activity hub. The family also climbed aboard a guided ship tour of the area.

While in Oklahoma City, the family also got to visit an impressive science center, with a huge variety of interactive games for the kids.

Check out all the family’s adventures when the episode premieres later this summer on Bally Sports Network and Outside TV.

About Great Family Adventure: Great Family Adventure is an exciting and inspiring TV series that follows World Champion kayakers, Nick Troutman and Emily Jackson, and their family on a new-age family road trip. Join the family as they learn about new cultures, paddle wild rivers, exploring rad bike trails, swim in the ocean, and camp out under the stars. Each 30-minute TV episode airs on Outside TV and Bally Sports Network. Networks interested in carrying Great Family Adventure are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Vice-President, Brendan Mark, at brendan@helipress.com.

Epic Trails – Trip Report: Mexico City

The third film shoot for the upcoming season of Epic Trails took place a couple weeks ago. The team headed over to beautiful Mexico City, where they took in turquoise waters and epic mountain hikes.

Below is an excerpt from Eric’s blog post about his experience:

Are you familiar with Mexico’s hidden gems?

I recently flew to Mexico City to film an episode of Epic Trails. My girlfriend Kristi joined me and we met up with an old friend of hers, photographer Rob Woodcox. Rob has been living in Mexico City for more than four years, and he has become quite enamored with the country. When Kristi and I proposed that he join us on this adventure, he immediately listed off a dozen options for us to explore.

Needless to say, Mexico is a vibrant and beautiful country that is diverse and nuanced. And there is much more than deserts and Dos Equis.

Mexico City is a bustling modern city with verdant green spaces, museums, world-class restaurants, and all the things that make city living attractive. But our adventures were elsewhere.

Five of us, Kristi, Rob, Max (the Director of Photography of Epic Trails), and another friend Michelle, all piled into a car loaded with equipment for filming for a week. It was a bit of a clown-show in there, all of us squeezed in with gear packed to the brim. But it worked!

Within a few hours of Mexico City is a sight that I never thought I’d see in the middle of an arid landscape. Grutas Tolontango is an oasis of hot springs that pour forth from canyon walls for as far as the eye can see.

Grutas Tolongtango is an unheralded gem that is mostly filled with local vacationers enjoying their own country. But even though we were visiting on a holiday and there were many people here, the hot springs are so extensive we were able to find grottos all to ourselves.

After a long drive from Grutas Tolontongo, we arrived at Tamul, a wonderful river known for its green blue waters and a stunning waterfall. During the summer monsoon season, the waterfall is so thunderous that it cannot be seen without a long hike in. The flooding canyon is simply too dangerous. However, during the dry springtime, visitors can paddle long wooden boats upstream and see the waterfall firsthand.

While the waterfall is certainly the main attraction, it wasn’t, in my eyes, the most interesting thing we would find this day. That distinction lies with my dream of swimming in a cenote. Cenotes are caverns or sinkholes where water has eroded or eaten away at the limestone. They are prevalent across Mexico, but I wasn’t expecting to get to swim in one on this trip.

So when the guides stopped the boat and let us go for a wander, I was thrilled with what we found. – Eric Hanson

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE!

About Epic Trails: Epic Trails is an exciting and inspiring adventure travel media series that follows host, Eric Hanson, as he explores the people, places, and adventures surrounding the world’s top hiking destinations. Each 30-minute TV episode airs on Outside TV, 27 regional networks, and internationally through National Geographic Channel—Asia and Extreme Sports Channel across Europe. Episodes of Epic Trails aired over 2,200 times in 2020. Learn more about the series at www.heliconia.ca. Networks interested in carrying Epic Trails are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Vice-President, Brendan Mark, at brendan@helipress.com.

Trip Report – Packrafting Lake Powell, Utah

Filming for episode 2 of Epic Trails, Season 5 is underway, and recently host Eric Hanson and crew returned from a packrafting trip in Lake Powell, Utah.

Below is an excerpt from Eric’s blog post about his experience:

The Grand Staircase Escalante region is one of the most beautiful areas in the country. It’s so rugged and remote that was the last area in the lower 48 to be mapped. It also happens to be a stone’s throw from my home.

Lake Powell, a man-made lake, is a strange place. It is undeniably beautiful and is amazing for recreation. But it also submerged one of the nation’s most beautiful canyon networks, not to mention a vast amount of cultural history (cliff dwellings, petroglyphs, kivas, and more). Many people in the Southwest have a strained relationship with the place.

Newsworthy for more than just conservationists, Lake Powell is now at its lowest point since the dam that flooded the cherished Glen Canyon was constructed in the 60’s. Severe drought, along with some poor planning in the first place, has left Lake Powell’s future in limbo, as water seeps into the sandstone bed, and its massive surface area combined with the hot environment make it a poor water retention area.

With lake levels dropping massively over the last year, it has meant there is a new opportunity for exploring the canyons as they emerge out of the muddy bottom of the lake. In January, I organized an expedition with three of my friends to explore two canyons that lead in and out of Lake Powell. What we experienced was truly incredible! I was so enthralled, I decided to return a month later with Epic Trails in order to film an episode.

Joined by my friend Jesse Weber and Max Stussi, the Director of Photography for this episode of Epic Trails, we set off for the Escalante area of Utah to film these canyons that, up until a year ago, were under water.

We planned our trip with packrafts in mind, in order to fully explore these canyons. Packrafts are small boats that pack down into a backpack and weigh just a few pounds. They’re incredible tools for adventurers to explore some of the most challenging and inaccessible areas.

The three of us loaded up with four days’ worth of gear, food, and packrafting kit. It doesn’t make for a small pack, and our entry point was a notoriously narrow canyon. These two factors do not play well together.

On day one, we slogged and scraped and crawled our way through a long slot canyon. It was painfully slow, and a delightful adventure. At many points the canyon was far too narrow to walk through with our packs on our backs. Sometimes we’d hoist them over our heads, or carry them sideways. Once, we even had to break down our packs entirely to get them to fit through the narrowest of spaces.

It was slow and arduous work. But we were happy. It was a proper adventure.

After a full day in the canyon, we had managed to hike only two miles! As night was descending, we finally emerged from the narrowness of the canyon and into the wider box canyon that allowed us to hike, more naturally, through the deep sand.

Quickly into day two, we learned the canyon would throw another challenge our way; a network of overgrown tamarisk and willow that were nearly impossible to hike through. The canyon was choked out and, yet again, we made impossibly slow progress. We hiked all day, encountering massive canyon walls with the biggest alcoves I’ve ever seen. At no point did the canyon allow for easy passage.

That night we camped under the roof of one of these alcoves, where a bend in the canyon gave us a stunning view. – Eric Hanson

Click here to read the full article!

About Epic Trails: Epic Trails is an exciting and inspiring adventure travel media series that follows host, Eric Hanson, as he explores the people, places, and adventures surrounding the world’s top hiking destinations. Each 30-minute TV episode airs on Outside TV, 27 regional networks, and internationally through National Geographic Channel—Asia and Extreme Sports Channel across Europe. Episodes of Epic Trails aired over 2,200 times in 2020. Learn more about the series at www.heliconia.ca. Networks interested in carrying Epic Trails are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Vice-President, Brendan Mark, at brendan@helipress.com.

Adventure Cities set to Premiere on Discovery Channel, March 26th

Heliconia, the video production and marketing company behind the adventure travel series Epic Trails and Facing Waves, is pleased to announce that their newest series, Adventure Cities, is set to premiere nationwide on Discovery Channel on Saturday, March 26th at 8am EST. The first episode showcases the adventurous sides of Geneva, Switzerland and Québec City, Canada.

Adventure Cities is a timely and inspiring adventure travel show hosted by award-winning travel journalist, Jonathan Thompson. “In a post-pandemic world where everyone is desperate to plan proper vacations again, adventure travel and city breaks don’t have to be mutually exclusive,” explains Thompson. “Our goal [with Adventure Cities] is to dive into the heart of that vigorous Venn diagram: reintroducing some of the world’s best cities through the thrilling adventures and extreme sports you can experience while staying in each of them.”

Beginning with Geneva and Québec City, Season 1 of Adventure Cities will feature one exciting and adrenaline-pumping city after another, including: Amman (Jordan), Ottawa (Canada), St. Pete / Clearwater (USA), Zürich (Switzerland), Banff (Canada), Juneau (USA), Charleston (USA), and Poznan (Poland). The adventures range from flyboarding in Florida to urban surfing in the heart of Zurich’s Financial District, dogsledding through the Rocky Mountains to tackling North America’s highest bungee jump, and more. 

In case you miss the series premiere on March 26th, you will be able to catch all the action the following week as the episode will be made available for streaming on Discovery GO. Between airings, adventure travel enthusiasts may access inspiring content on Jonathan’s Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts.

ABOUT ADVENTURE CITIESAdventure Cities follows award-winning travel journalist Jonathan Thompson as he searches for outdoor adventure and reveals the wonderful cultures, allures, and attractions of the world’s most fascinating urban centers. Each 30-minute episode is comprised of two, 10+minute Features and is broadcast into more than 90 million US TV households through Discovery Channel. Planning is currently underway for Season 2 of Adventure Cities, and tourism destinations and brands interested in being featured on the show are encouraged to reach out to Lauren at info@heliconia.ca. Learn more about the series at www.heliconia.ca.

ABOUT HELICONIA: Heliconia is an award-winning video production company that helps destinations and brands reach the US adventure travel audience. The company produces eight unique media projects, providing authentic storytelling opportunities for every adventure and every destination. These series includeEpic TrailsEpic Trails: Mountain BikingFacing WavesAdventure CitiesGreat Family AdventureChad Hoover Fishing, and Road Trip Angler. Heliconia has a proven formula that marries inspiring video production with guaranteed television and digital distribution, ensuring that your message is heard by the adventure travel community in a unique and impactful way. For more information, visit www.heliconia.ca.

Adventure Cities – Trip Report: Banff & Lake Louise, Canada

Snowy mountains, dogsledding, and flannel – oh my!

Jonathan and the Adventure Cities team had an incredible time in the iconic cities of Banff & Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada.

It was truly a ‘jam-packed’ film shoot with bucket-list after bucket-list of adventures to experience. With the support of Banff & Lake Louise Tourism, Jonathan, with film crew in tow, braved the cold (-37 Celsius) weather and went fat biking, snowshoeing, skiing, ice climbing and caving. The team also took in some iconic indoor experiences, like cheese fondue at The Grizzly House, visiting Rocky Mountain Flannel, and recharging at the world famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

While difficult to choose a favorite experience, one highlight for sure was skating on frozen Lake Louise with Canadian figure skater Carlotta Edwards.

Banff & Lake Louise is an outstanding destination and the definition of what make memorable, and must-visit, Adventure Cities.  

ABOUT ADVENTURE CITIES: Adventure Cities follows award-winning travel journalist Jonathan Thompson as he searches for outdoor adventure and reveals the wonderful cultures, allures, and attractions of the world’s most fascinating urban centers. Each 30-minute episode is comprised of two, 10+minute Features and is broadcast into more than 130 million US TV households through Discovery Channel and Outside TV. Tourism destinations interested in being featured on Adventure Cities are encouraged to reach out to Stefanie Manton-Ward at stefanie@helipress.com. Learn more about the series at www.heliconia.ca.

ABOUT HELICONIA: Heliconia is an award-winning video production company that helps destinations and brands reach the US adventure travel audience. The company produces eight unique media projects, providing authentic storytelling opportunities for every adventure and every destination. These series include: Epic TrailsEpic Trails: Mountain BikingFacing WavesAdventure CitiesGreat Family AdventureChad Hoover Fishing and Road Trip Angler. Heliconia has a proven formula that marries inspiring video production with guaranteed television and digital distribution, ensuring that your message is heard by the adventure travel community in a unique and impactful way. For more information, visit www.heliconia.ca.

Chad Hoover Fishing – Trip Reports: Polk County, Florida & Kissimmee, Florida

The Chad Hoover Fishing team has two more Season 11 film shoots under their belt! This time, the crew headed to the Sunshine State.

Polk County, Florida:

In this episode, Chad explores Polk County, Florida for winter bass on some of the various lakes around Polk County, Florida. For the duration of the trip, Chad was based out of Camp Mack – a Guy Harvey Lodge, Marina & RV Resort with many amenities and great fishing just a few steps away. Chad was joined by Gene “The Flukemaster” Jensen for some friendly competition, as well as Florida local, Kris Muszynski, who showed-off some of his favorite hot spots. It was not hard to convince the crew that Polk County has many beautiful lakes and monster bass waiting to be caught.

Kissimmee, Florida:

The second episode captured during this film shoot in took place in Kissimmee, Florida. Chad returned to Kissimmee for Kayak Bass Fishing’s most prestigious event – The TEN! During the filming, Gene “The Flukemaster” Jensen shared some insight on pre-fishing in the area while accidentally hooking up to an alligator, and Chad tested his skill looking for bigger bass to bring to his kayak. The real excitement, however, was with the tournament anglers who provided non-stop kayak bass fishing action.

ABOUT CHAD HOOVER FISHING: Starring funny-man Chad Hoover, Chad Hoover Fishing is an engaging and entertaining fishing show jam packed with thrilling kayak fishing action and valuable fishing tips. The Telly Award winning TV series is designed to excite and educate viewers—whether or not they have ever considered fishing from a kayak. Each 30-minute TV episode airs nationwide on Bally Sports Network. Brands interested in partnering with Chad are encouraged to reach out to Malvin Young at malvin@helipress.com. Learn more about the series at www.heliconia.ca.