By Sadie Whitelocks
14:25 EST, 5 June 2013
19:27 EST, 5 June 2013
One woman is giving extreme fishing a fresh lick of sex of appeal in Animal Planet’s new reality show titled, Top Hooker.
Melanie Housh, 32, from Key Largo, Florida, is one of ten competitors to appear in the eight-part series which features wacky angling challenges and a $30,000 cash prize.
In a racy trailer for the program, the bikini-clad brunette touches on some of her tactics, telling viewers: ‘I’m gonna get the longest rod and reach out and touch it’.
Ready for action: Melanie Housh, 31, has earned the title of ‘sexy spearfisher’ in a new fishing reality show
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Behind-the-scenes she has apparently earned the nickname ‘sexy spearfisher’, due to her ability to point and shoot a speargun.
Miss Housh, who works as a firefighter with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, says that she started fishing when she was ‘three-feet-tall’ and has never looked back.
From the boardwalk leading off her backyard she likes to scout for hogfish, grouper and snapper.
And when she heads out into ‘the deep blue’, kingfish, sailfish, wahoo and cobia are her primary targets.
Reeling them in: When she’s not fishing Miss Housh works as a firefighter
Longtime passion: The brunette said she started fishing as a youngster
‘I’m strong enough to reel in the big ones from the deep and gentle enough to feel the subtle bite of a bonefish on the flat,’ she explains in her YouTube audition tape.
Animal Planet put out a casting call for the show last summer, and Ms Housh, encouraged by a friend, was one of hundreds to apply.
Producers at the television network said they were impressed by her fishing prowess above and below the surface.
Armed: Miss Housh gets to work with a speargun as she hunts for fish underwater
Patience: As the sun begins to fall Miss Housh opts for some rod and reel fishing
She added: ‘I love to fish, I love all kinds of fishing. I take care of business start to finish and I have a lot of fun doing it.
‘I can clean and prepare my own catch and I happen to be a really great cook too.’
A publicist for Top Hooker, which premiered on June 2, told the Los Angeles Times that they picked the name because ‘it’s catchy . . . grabs your attention [and] gets people watching.’
Keeping it in the family: Miss Housh’s father is also a keen fisherman
Talking about the show, one of its executive producers, Keith Hoffman, added: ‘To
me it’s like Top Chef or Project Runway.
‘You don’t have to be interested in fashion to appreciate the skill or the personalities. And
fishermen have very big personalities.’
Miss Housh said she enjoyed the experience and would like to appear in
another reality show, perhaps Survivor, where she could further use her