By Joe Cermele

I’ve been known to get sucked in by a few reality cooking shows, with “Top Chef” being my favorite. Whether you’ve seen the show or not, I’m guessing you’ve heard of chef Tom Colicchio, who is the head judge on “Top Chef” and also a very notable restauranteur. What you might not know is that he is also a diehard angler. I once fished a striper tournament for which Colicchio’s restaurant provided all the boxed lunches. Needless to say, the soggy hoagie or cold fried chicken I usually bring on the boat taste like dog food in comparison.

Anyway, Colicchio is now hosting a new show called “Hooked Up” on the web-based Reserve Channel. There’s a preview below, but you can catch the full first episode here. I like it because it captures the way anglers really act on a boat: we curse, we joke, and we’re crude. And we have fun. What do you think? Have a great weekend.