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Florida Visit with Addictive Fishing TV Host

If it’s June, then the heat is on down in Florida, and the rainy season, with afternoon thunderstorms crank up by July. Heading down to Jensen Beach, Florida, on June 8, I was able to meet up and go fishing with Blair Wiggins, host of Addictive Fishing TV show. We weren’t filming on this day, but we were testing out some artificial baits from his main sponsor DOA Lures. It was back in 2010 when Wiggins was filming in Charleston that I first saw him in action, and this most recent trip gave me added perspective of the angler known as the Mogan Man.
The term Mogan is a nickname for a large fish, and it’s a cross between sayings like “Monster” and “Biggan.” Captain Blair Wiggins was a professional guide for many years in his home state of Florida, and then went on to be successful on the redfish tournament trail by winning the FLW Championship in 2006. Fast forward to today, and Wiggins has become so well known that he has signature fishing rods for sale at Dick’s Sporting Goods. And Wiggins will be in Charleston later this summer to appear at the Grand Opening for a new Dick’s Sporting Goods location in Mt. Pleasant.
Addictive Fishing airs on cable channels like the Fox Sun Sports channel, but this show has a modern edge to it and every episode can also be viewed on YouTube. Social media plays a Mogan role for the TV show and its star, and fans can use the ‘Hangout’ on Google+ to discuss all things Mogan, and of course, to post their fish photos to the Show Your Mogan section. With 15 full seasons of filming under his belt, Blair Wiggins still loves to go after saltwater fish like snook, and share the experience with viewers.
Our day began at dawn at River Palms Cottages, which is a fish camp with an old Florida feel to it, located right on the waters of the Indian River lagoon. We jumped aboard his 24-foot Bay boat with custom tower made by Skeeter boat out of Texas. A 300-horsepower outboard had us skipping over to the jetties at Stuart Inlet in no time, and we began our quest to catch a snook. Starting out with a 3-inch holographic DOA shrimp, we bounced our lures along the bottom in 6 feet of water, but had no strikes.
Next, we motored into the inlet to fish a spot known as the Hole In The Wall, and Wiggins switched over to a rootbeer DOA baitbuster to fish in the tide that was flushing out. I had caught a snook in this same location the year before, but this time it was Wiggins who got the strike and reeled in a 35-inch snook, also known as a Linesider for the lateral black line running down the side of its silver body. Wiggins knows how to pose a fish for a few photos, and we made sure not to keep it out of the water very long, since we understand that the best way to protect our marine resources is to set an example and practice catch and release tactics.
The fishing action slowed down as the tide reached dead low, and we were cruising the bank looking for any area that might be holding bait and the gamefish that chase them, while also keeping an eye out for opportunistic encounters with jack crevalle. With plenty of other boats out doing the same thing, it wasn’t long before we had to navigate some boat wakes, and then a 14-foot john boat with two youth anglers in it came over to us, giving us a memorable encounter.
“Excuse me, sir, but are you Blair Wiggins from TV,” said one of the teenagers. Wiggins has a shock of blond hair that makes him stand out to fans. “Yes, son, I’m the Mogan Man,” hollered Wiggins. “Gosh, I hate to bother you, but could I get your autograph?” Just then a boat wake brought our two boats close enough for me to grab their john boat, and Wiggins knew what to do. “We can do better than that, you two come aboard and we’ll make a photo on your cell phone to take home!” After the photo, the boys departed in their boat, and we both reminisced about being young boaters.
“I had an Evinrude 1.5-horsepower motor that I saved up to buy when I was their age,” said Wiggins. “Not sure how many hours I put on that motor, but it was a lot.” I volunteered that a 6-horse Evinrude helped guide my john boat through the creeks of the Lowcountry for many years as I chased crabs, shrimp and redfish. Back then, we read fishing magazines to let us know who to watch for but, with the Internet, anyone can cue up the fishing videos at www.AddictiveFishing.com, and just try to imagine being as excited as Wiggins when he sets the hook solid on a Mogan.
Jeff Dennis is a Lowcountry native. Read his blog at www.LowcountryOutdoors.com

Jeff Dennis, Contributor (172 Posts)

Jeff Dennis is a Lowcountry native. Read his blog at www.LowcountryOutdoors.com