Fishing shows are not the normal fare when a group of girls get together for brunch. But that's exactly what sisters Bea and Emily Girndt of Mount Pleasant and some of their friends will be doing Saturday morning.
Local sisters fish on Bass 2 Billfish
ON TVWhat: Bass 2 Billfish ShowWho: Sisters Bea and Emily Girndt of Mount PleasantWhen: 9:30 a.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on NBC Sports Network.
Bea and Emily are this week's guest stars on Bass 2 Billfish, a show that focuses on the variety of fishing found in Florida. The program airs at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on the NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus), and again at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
With Tropical Storm Sandy buffeting South Florida with high winds and rain, Bea and Emily caught peacock bass, largemouth bass, jack crevalles and even jumped a few tarpon during the late-October filming. They also visited the big Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, toured the International Game Fish Association museum and cashed in $250 gift certificates at Bass Pro Shops in Fort Lauderdale.
“It was definitely the trip of a lifetime. From the moment we stepped off the plane to the moment we got back on the plane, every second of it was a dream,” said Bea Girndt. “It was a great experience to be able to share with my sister. We had an awesome time in Florida.”
The sisters, originally from Columbia, did not grow up fishing but learned to love the sport after moving to Charleston six years ago. Bea, 23, who now works for an environmental non-profit, got hooked while she was attending the College of Charleston and working at the Isle of Palms Marina.
“I would hear her stories and how she would catch rides on all these boats. It got me really interested and I started fishing from shore when I could,” said Emily, 27, a kindergarten teacher at Devon Forest Elementary School in Goose Creek.
They watched Saturday morning fishing shows and became hooked on Bass 2 Billfish, which airs from January through June. Last year, with help from some of their friends, they put together an audition video that earned them a call from Peter Miller, the host of the show.
“They were so energetic. They fed off each other. It's the first time we've had sisters on the show,” said Miller, a three-time World Sailfish Champion.
The first day of fishing focused on tarpon and jacks with Capt. Jeff Maggio of Lunkerdog.com fishing. They jumped three or four tarpon, caught nice jack crevalle and barracuda. The second day was land-based fishing for peacock bass and largemouth bass in community ponds with guide Adam Rizzi. Bea said they caught between 35 and 40 peacock bass in just over an hour.
“Their personalities really made the show succeed,” Miller said. “They kept my spirits up and the crew's spirits up. The harder the wind blew, the more rain we had, the more they wanted to fish. They really helped me hold it together because I was losing my mind.”