Yankee Fisherman, Thursday, June 7

Big Doug’s Saltwater Shootout, and Finding Joe Brooks

Paying homage to anglers, and helping charity in the process, is the theme of today’s Yankee Fisherman, presented by The Dock Shop, at 1 p.m. at HAN.Network.

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We’ll check in with Doug Thurston on preparations for the third annual Big Doug’s Memorial Saltwater Shootout. The catch-and-release bluefish and striper tournament, open to boat and shore anglers all around the Long Island Sound, is set for Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15, based at Oak Leaf Marina in Old Saybrook. The mandatory captains’ meeting is 7-9 p.m. Friday, July 13, at Comfort Cafe, 90 Essex Road in Old Saybrook.

When Big Doug unexpectedly passed on, his family found out he had been helping Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries. The tournament keeps alive his love of fishing and his work to feed the hungry.

We’ll also revisit our interview with Joe Brooks about his efforts to learn about his namesake and great uncle, chronicled in the documentary Finding Joe Brooks.

The movie will air on The Sportsman’s Channel, The Outdoor Channel and World Fishing Network over Fathers’ Day weekend.

Brooks found as he researched his great uncle’s life a pioneer of fly fishing who overcame his demon and changed the sport.

Yankee Fisherman is hosted by John Kovach, editorial director, host and announcer for the HAN Network. A native of New Jersey, Kovach has fished since his father first took him out as a child. Kovach fishes fresh and salt water, ties flies, dabbles in lure making and promotes conservation, including a leadership role in the Connecticut Council of Trout Unlimited.

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