On May 4th, 2011 I will be heading off on an exciting 1-year trek across Central & South America. I will be carrying two fishing rods in my backpack - one spin casting & one fly rod. Join my adventure as I search for each country's best fishing spots, learn local techniques, and show you how to get in on the action. Rainbow Bass fishing in Nicaragua, Machaca in Costa Rica, and Peacock Bass in Guyana are only a few of the adventures on the itinerary.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Q&A with Mariko Izumi: “I love my job as a TV Travel/Fishing host but I wouldn’t rule anything out in terms of future projects”

If you aren’t already a huge fan of the globetrotting Mariko Izumi and her show ‘Hookin’ Up’ it’s about time you get to know why so many people are.

Fishtalker asked and Mariko Responded. Here's what she had to say:

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1. Heaven forbid but assuming that you were banished for life to fish on one lake/river/body of water in Canada and one outside of Canada where would it be and why?

Mariko’s Answer: In Canada – Lake Ontario, because this way I could still switch it up…one day I could be fishing in the Kingston area and the next day I could be fishing in the Toronto area (and enjoy the view of my home city!).

Outside of Canada – Pacific Ocean (off the coast of Costa Rica)

2. You have traveled all over the world but what are your top 3 recommendations for a group of single friends searching for the perfect blend of fishing and entertainment (partying)? Why?

Mariko’s Answer: Miami: partying in South Beach and fishing for sharks a mile offshore. Jaco Beach, Costa Rica: cool tiny bars and amazing deep sea fishing for Sailfish, Dorado and Wahoo. Montreal: this city is packed with good restaurants and bars and you can fish for bass on the St. Lawrence River (although the part about being single doesn’t apply – all 3 places are great for everyone!)

3. I assume that you have tons of bloopers and funny moments when filming Hookin’ Up, but what’s the funniest pick-up line (fishing related) that someone has tried on you when you were on the road filming?

Mariko’s Answer: Believe it or not, the pick up lines are never fishing related.

4. Complete the statement: When I’m on the water and nothing seems to be working I…
Mariko’s Answer: I don’t really care ‘cause I’m on the water! It’s always good to be on the water (unless I’m sea sick of course).

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5. You certainly don’t fit the stereotype of an angler, so what’s it like being a female angler in a male dominated sport?

Mariko’s Answer: To be honest – don’t put much thought into it.

6. What 3 lures would you tell every angler to never leave home without?
Mariko’s Answer: Depends on where you’re fishing and what you’re fishing for. I always go with what the pro or guide tells me to use.

7. Your show ‘Hookin’ Up” is doing really well but what’s next for you? Any future projects that you are dreaming of working on?

Mariko’s Answer: I love my job as a TV Travel/Fishing host but I wouldn’t rule anything out in terms of future projects…I like to take things as they come.

8. What’s your favourite part of your job?

Mariko’s Answer: Getting to re-visit favourite cities/towns and getting to explore new ones.

9. What is banging on your i-pod on repeat? What’s the last song you added to your i-pod (assuming you support Apple products)?
Mariko’s Answer: Songs on repeat lately – “We Started Nothing” by the Ting Tings and “OMG” by Usher….last album added to my ipod – Kylie Minogue’s Aphrodite

10. What advice would you give to anyone who wants to make fishing more than just a hobby?

Mariko’s Answer: Think of unique ways to get yourself noticed and be respectful.

Photo credits – the WFN


  1. Cool interview! It's impressive that a girl knows so much about fishing and is interested in it. Maybe I'll come with you again but I want to do "angling" like Mariko!
    (It would be cool for you to do a list of fishing terms and their meanings for your female inexperienced readers:):)

  2. Great suggestion. It was also suggested that I do a little fishing 101 post for all those who are interested but have no idea where to start.

  3. That's really it for now. Take care of yourself, and keep up the great work on your television program. Great fishing rods pointed at good time!

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