Mariko Interviewed in Sacramento Bee

WFN is on the road and headed to the International Sportsmen's Exposition in Sacramento, CA. Mariko Izumi, host of Hookin' Up, will be at the show to meet fans and help showcase the great programming that WFN has to offer. In advance of her arrival, Mariko was interviewed by the Sacramento Bee. Below is the complete article:

Mariko Izumi, a 26-year-old angler and entertainer, is casting a wide net intended to attract even non-anglers to her fishing show on the World Fishing Network.

As a host who prides herself on the entertainment value she offers, the rush of catching mahi-mahi is typically followed by the fun of dancing the night away on her show.

"What you see is what I am in real life," she says. "Viewers see that, and they appreciate that. It's about trying different sports and traveling to different cities."

In one episode she's zip-lining hundreds of feet above a thick forest. In another, she tries car drifting but just can't stomach the sounds of tires screeching.

"When it's something scary I do, of course, I'm happy I did it in the end," Izumi says.

Entering its second season, "Hookin' Up with Mariko Izumi," looks to add more adventures. The World Fishing Network airs locally on Dish Network and AT&T U-verse. The network is moving into Comcast markets but is not yet airing on Comcast in Sacramento.

Beginning Jan. 21, Izumi will be in Sacramento at the International Sportsmen's Exposition, where she'll pose questions to the guest speakers at the fishing demonstration tank.The Bee asked her to share her five favorite hot spots and her five favorite adventures.

Here they are:

Las VegasFavorite hot spot:
The Wynn hotel's Tryst nightclub, half-indoors, half-outdoors, comes complete with an outdoor waterfall, creating a magical environment. My favorite time to go (is) Halloween, because the staff are all in very intricate costumes.

Favorite adventure:
Who knew you could fish in the desert! Lake Mead, America's largest man- made lake, boasts an impressive amount of striped bass.Costa Rica

Favorite hot spot:
Jaco Beach, five minutes from Los Suenos Resort and Marina, is a great place for late-night dinner and dancing.

Favorite adventure:
Saltwater fishing with Capt. Earl on the Barbarossa boat for mahi-mahi, wahoo and Pacific sailfish. After pulling up the third mahi-mahi, my arm felt like it was going to fall off - so much fun!

Tampa Bay, Fla.Favorite hot spot:
After fishing all day with the crew, we headed to Venue nightclub and restaurant for some delicious sushi and some late-night dancing.

Favorite adventure:
Going for redfish with Capt. Rob Gorta, his wife, Carmen, and the host of the Pro Tarpon Tour Series, Joe Mercurio.

Portland, Ore.
Favorite hot spot: I loved Voodoo Doughnut even before I tried the doughnuts. Interesting people, old and young, are to be found hanging outside the surrounding bars and eating the most delicious doughnuts ever.

Favorite adventure:
Learning how to fly fish on the Deschutes River. Tom Larimer of Larimer Outfitters brought us through the rapids in his jet boat.

Favorite hot spot: I spent over two hours at Restaurant Globe, but I could have spent the whole night there, sipping my grape martini and listening to the music.

Favorite adventure:
Fishing with Ben Woo, founder of the B1 Berkley Fishing Tournament on the Saint Lawrence River. We were going for bass, but I ended up catching pike instead!

Izumi's mother is from Montreal, so her trip there was family-centered. The TV host comes from a line of anglers - her father and uncle both excel in fishing - so she can converse about her passion with her family.

Izumi will not have time to fish in Sacramento, but says she knows it's a central location for the sport.

Asked if Sacramento will ever be a featured city, she says: "It's a total potential spot, for sure."

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