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Watch our show “Rates and Reels” now on YouTube and Facebook!

Pretty soon, we were back fishing, this time for bull sharks to catch and release. Yet again, Travis got a monster on his hook. The thing was cruising from one end of the boat to another, pulling on the line so hard I was worried it would snap. But after a long time working with him, Travis reeled in a medium-sized bull shark. As we took the picture, the thing was snapping at the air. Wouldn’t want to end up between those jaws, I can tell you that. Looking back on it, this was an action- packed episode to kick off “Rates and Reels,” and it’s obvious I picked the best guest possible. Travis is one of the best guys around, and if you’re thinking about getting your kid onto the Mariner High football team, don’t hesitate: He’ll shape them into driven, model citizens.

On August 21, 2017, the greatest show of the summer will take place in the United States: a total solar eclipse! In the last 100 years, only 14 solar eclipses were visible from the U.S., and none have occurred in the new millennium. This eclipse will be visible across North America, but the path of totality — the area where the moon completely covers the sun — will only fall in the continental U.S., leading this cosmic event to be called the Great American Eclipse. If you’re already in the United States, a day’s road trip is all you need to grab a front row seat for this rare astronomical occurrence. Columbia, South Carolina Need a place to watch the eclipse in the southern U.S.? Then get yourself to South Carolina! The state capital, Columbia, is almost right in the middle of the path of totality, with the duration of totality lasting a full 2 1/2 minutes. Plenty of hotels make Columbia a great viewing location for those who don’t want to camp out, and the vibrant city life means Travis has strong opinions on his players playing multiple sports. “I want them to do multi-sport … if they’re not going to be playing a sport, they’re definitely going to be running track … it keeps the competitive edge in the off-season.” What has he learned in his years as head coach? “Every kid comes from a different background, and you can’t treat every kid the same … you never know what a kid’s going through in the evening. Some kids, they don’t have moms at home, they don’t have dads at home, they’re going home and taking care of their little sister, and you gotta kind of treat them a little differently because of what’s going on at home.” With everything Travis says, it’s obvious how committed he is to shaping his players into better human beings than they were when they entered the football program.

Watch our show “Rates and Reels” now on YouTube and Facebook! turning us onto some monster fish, and everybody who watches the show every week. Once football season starts up, head out to Mariner High on Fridays to see his team in action. Go Tritons!

Thanks to Travis Smith for being on the show, Captain John Conway for

VIEW OF A LIFETIME Where to Watch the Great American Eclipse

you’ll have a lot to do even when the eclipse is over.

Sandhills, North Platte, Nebraska In the heartlands, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more perfect viewing location than the Sandhills of western Nebraska. The August weather in this area has a reputation for ideal conditions for watching the eclipse, so there’s less of a chance cloudy skies will block your view. With wide-open skies, low rolling hills, and no towering buildings to get in the way, the Sandhills are sure to be a popular viewing spot. Why not view the eclipse from an official NASA broadcast station? The Museum of Idaho has been designated an Official NASA Observation Site, and the museum is hosting four days of events to celebrate. Enjoy live presentations, technology demonstrations, and special exhibits as you prepare to watch the total eclipse with NASA scientists. The Museum of Idaho, Idaho Falls, Idaho

A total solar eclipse is an event like nothing you’ve ever witnessed before. Be sure to visit the official website of the Great American Eclipse at for everything you need to know about this once-in-a- lifetime sight!

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