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'Top Hooker': Meet the Contestants



Premiering Sunday, June 2, the new Animal Planet reality competition series, hosted by Reno Collier, pits ten of the world's top anglers against each other.



"Top Hooker" (TV show) contestants and host
Top Hooker (TV show) contestants and hostApril 30, 2013

Larysa Switlyk in "Top Hooker"
Larysa Switlyk in "Top Hooker"
Larysa Switlyk in "Top Hooker" - © Animal Planet
Danny Hallock in "Top Hooker"
Danny Hallock in "Top Hooker"
Danny Hallock in "Top Hooker" - © Animal Planet
NEW YORK, NEW YORK — Extreme angling isn't exactly new to Animal Planet. Jeremy Wade has hunted underwater legends in "River Monsters" for five seasons; "Off the Hook: Extreme Catches" explores outrageous angling escapades with Showtime Eric Young; and the men of "Hillbilly Handfishin"' have captured catfish and viewers' hearts far and wide. But "Top Hooker" brings an all-new dynamic to Animal Planet when 10 of the world's top anglers are pitted against one another for a series of wildly out-of-the-box fishing challenges that will put their brains, brawn and skills to the ultimate test. They're putting it all on the line for the chance to win $30,000, a new truck, and the honor of being crowned Animal Planet's first "Top Hooker." See them work their reels when the eight-part series "Top Hooker," hosted by Reno Collier, premieres on Sunday, June 2, at 10PM (ET/PT).

A diverse group of dynamic opponents will take to America's coastlines, lakes and waterways in an outrageous competition that will blow your everyday sport-fishing tournament out of the water! From a harpoon wielding Southern belle to a South African bodybuilder, these men and women are from incredibly different backgrounds but they're all diving in with hopes of out hooking the competition. Each week viewers will be wondering who will catch a spot in the next round — and who'll be thrown back home!



Meet the "Top Hooker" contestants:

Attila Agh - "Attila the Hun-garian" - Cranford, N.J.

Chris Mason - "The Laidback Hawaiian" - Kaneohe, Hawaii

Danny Hallock - "The Bass Man" - Page, Ariz.

Dzifa Glymin - "Fly Boy" - Highland Ranch, Colo.

Greg McNamara - "Grampa Greg" - Stamford, Conn.

Ian Esterhuizen - "Beefcake South African" - Trabuco Canyon, Calif.

Kevin - "Al-lure-ing Lawyer" - Little Compton, R.I.

Larysa Switlyk - "Bowfishing Babe" - Sarasota, Fla.

Melanie Housh - "Sexy Spearfisher" - Key Largo, Fla.

Patrick Crawford - "Cocky Captain" - Charleston, S.C.

With grand prizes of $30,000 cash and a brand-new pickup truck, the expert anglers of "Top Hooker" are up for the fight of their lifetimes. While each of the 10 fearless competitors have distinct skills including deep-sea fishing, bowfishing, fly fishing and surfcasting, they'll need to widen their horizons to survive what "Top Hooker" throws their way. Challenges include anglers capturing fish using only their mouths, zipline fishing, catching fish nearly invisible to the naked eye, and literally walking on water while reeling in their catches. Sponsor Bass Pro Shops provides gear for each of the daunting tasks.

"Top Hooker" is produced for Animal Planet by Pilgrim Studios. For Pilgrim, Craig Piligian is co-creator and executive producer and Ralph Wikke and Mitch Rosa are executive producers. For Animal Planet, executive producer is Keith Hoffman and Sarah Russell is production coordinator. "Top Hooker" was co-created and developed by Animal Planet's Charlie Foley.
 
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