I admit it: I'm not a fishhead. I'm what serious angler Lenny Rudow would call a "blowboater." But I still really enjoyed watching the latest episode of Got Bait? Mahi Madness.

Here are my top three reasons why even sailors should watch this show:

Got Bait? Mahi Madness is family madness

Fishing (at least for the Rudows) is all about family, even though David sleeps through a lot of his quality time with Dad and twin brother Max.



1. It's a competition. Boys (Lenny's 14 year old twins David and Max) vs. grownups (Lenny and guest angler Larry Golden). Bait vs. lures. This appeals to me in a way that "regular" fishing (which as far as I can tell consists of idling around, catching fish or not, and consuming a lot of beer and fossil fuels) never will.

2. It doesn't take itself too seriously. The boys play a few pranks, and so do the grownups. Maybe mahi fishing brings out the inner child? Or maybe these guys just like messing with each other.

3. It's family time at its best. As Lenny said in Their First Marlin, "We need bridges, to help span the communication gap that often appears between generations. And in my family, fishing is that bridge." With a common goal, adults and teenagers square off head to head. No teaching moments... except it's all a teaching moment. No egos... except for that competition thing. And no losers... well, except for the team who had to wash the boat down at the end of the day. And that must've been a messy project; we blowboaters are usually kidding when we talk about "blood in the bilges," but in this case, it's real.

So for all you non-fishheads out there, grab some popcorn and watch for yourself. And if you enjoy it as much as I did, make sure you subscribe to the boats.com YouTube channel to be notified when the next episode goes live.

And if your attention span is better suited to watching 6 minute segments, here's the link you need:
Got Bait? Mahi Madness Part I: Rigging & Dolphin Migration Patterns

Written by: Carol Cronin
Carol Cronin has published several novels about the Olympics, sailing, hurricanes, time travel, and old schooners. She spends as much time on the water as possible, in a variety of boats, though most have sails.
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