B-Side Fishing

B-Side Fishing with Joe Cermele celebrates misunderstood, maligned, overlooked, or just plain cool fish and fisheries. New episodes every Tuesday.

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S2-E01: America Runs on Shad
S2-E01: America Runs on Shad

Are you a proud patriot? Then give thanks to the American shad. They are the most culturally significant fish in this country, and subsequently spawned an entire fishing subculture that Joe Cermele has been a part of since he was a kid. You’ll never look at shad the same again, especially after Joe explores whether the fish that fed our forefathers is worth eating if you’re not starving to death.

S2-E02: The Snakehead Revival
S2-E02: The Snakehead Revival

It’s been more than 20 years since invasive snakeheads showed up in U.S. waters. Despite early fear about how devastating they would be, time and science have proven otherwise. Still, they are arguably the most hated fish in the country. But do you really understand what you’re hating? Joe Cermele joins snakehead zealot Grant Alvis in Virginia to prove that since we can’t beat them, let’s have fun catching (and eating) them.

S2-E03: I'm Gonna Git You, Sucker
S2-E03: I'm Gonna Git You, Sucker

At best, a sucker is a good muskie bait. At worst, it’s a fish most people don’t even deem worthy of a nightcrawler. But Tyler Winter sees things differently. While the rest of us stress over prime real estate for glam species like walleye, bass, trout, Tyler enjoys equally hard fights in beautiful, unpressured sucker spots across Minnesota. Joe Cermele joins him to figure out if he’s the sucker for flying out to target these lowly river dwellers, or if everyone else is a sucker for overlooking these tenacious native fish.

S2-E04: Sweet And Salty Whiskers
S2-E04: Sweet And Salty Whiskers

Virginia’s James River is one of the best known blue catfisheries in the country, but what many people don’t realize is that these brutes mingle in the river’s low end with salty players like black drum and redfish. Joe Cermele teams up with swimbait guru Oliver Ngy to hunt a mixed bag in this salty-sweet zone, but what presentation will reign supreme? Sexy, expensive rubber or a good old-fashioned chunk bait?

S1:E01: Jersey Mahi On The Pot
S1:E01: Jersey Mahi On The Pot

Joe Cermele heads to the lobster pot fields off the New Jersey coast, but he's not after crustaceans. The shade produced by the buoys tied to the pots attracts piles of mahi-mahi in late summer, creating a light-tackle fishery that rivals Key West's

S1-E02: Pickerel In The Devil's Domain
S1-E02: Pickerel In The Devil's Domain

Chain pickerel get no respect. They're overshadowed by their pike and muskie cousins, but Joe Cermele has a soft spot for them. Join him as he targets these under-appreciated predators in New Jersey's vast, eerie, and historic Pinelands National Reserve

S1-E03: Take The Newark Exit For Northern Pike
S1-E03: Take The Newark Exit For Northern Pike

The Passaic River winds through the most heavily populated part of North Jersey. A lot of it isn't pretty, but beneath all the overpasses and behind the miles of barbed wire that flank it, there's a healthy population of Northern Pike. Join Joe Cermele for an urban flyfishing adventure exploring this not-so-secret "secret" fishery

S1-E04: All I Want For Christmas Is Tautog
S1-E04: All I Want For Christmas Is Tautog

With dull gray scales, bulbous heads, and gnarly buck teeth, tautog aren't winning any beauty contests. But what they lack in looks they make up for in fight and flavor. Joe Cermele has been a member of the Northeast 'tog cult for decades, and breaks down why so many anglers can't wait to close out their saltwater season chasing these oddballs

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